Oakland

A tale of two cities

My encounters with Oakland, for the most part, have consisted of fleeting glimpses from inside BART. Up until a month ago, the city appeared to me in a series of disconnected snapshots — small, old houses, a gathering of ships by a port, the giant gray structure of the Oracle Arena. I experienced Oakland half-asleep, lulled by the train’s dull buzz.
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9 facts you didn’t know about soy and tofu

We all know what tofu is. We’ve eaten it in our salads at Smart Alec’s, in our burgers at Saturn Cafe or as fried snacks at any of the boba shops around town. But do you know what tofu is actually made of, how it’s actually made or the variety
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Samuel Avishay’s Picks of the Week

Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown There are only three remaining Japantowns in the United States, and we are lucky to have one in San Francisco. Every year, in each of the three Japantowns, the blooming of the Japanese cherry blossoms, the “sakura,” is celebrated with a festival that attracts hundreds
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In search of the Bay Area’s best macarons

One of my favorite food groups is macarons even though they are neither healthy nor an actual food group. Because they are so near and dear to my heart, I went on a trip around the Bay Area to sample macarons, a trip that yielded some delicious and some not-so-delicious
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