SHAKEWELL – Taste the Rainbow

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There is something reassuring about the familiar haunts of childhood, even in change. Lakeshore Avenue, with its quaint shops and soda counters, was perhaps where I spent most of my life, after school, before school, all summer long. An outing … Continue reading

DOWNTOWN WINE BAR – Intoxicating Buildings and Beautiful Wines

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Growing up in Oakland, I used to love to wander downtown and look at the buildings. I went downtown a lot. That’s what teenagers do, they hang out downtown. We would go to the old Capwell’s or Liberty House for … Continue reading

BOX AND BELLS – Of the Rapture that Impels

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“To the Swinging and the Ringing” It’s been almost ten years since I started writing about Oakland’s changing restaurant scene. Hard to believe, but it has. One of the earliest visits I made was to my hometown’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, … Continue reading