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Secret Eats

At a time when so many drive-ins that once sang the praises of America’s forward-drive, jet-age optimism — so evident in the curvaceous, soaring lines of their fun, flirtatious Googie architecture — seem to have been summarily run off the superhighway to the future, it comes as sweet relief to see Lake Merritt’s legendary Kwik Way lovingly spiffed up and gently ushered into the 21st century.
January 6, 2012

Crop Swaps

Overabundance of kale? Mountains of zucchinis? Gather up your homegrown bounty and head to the North Oakland Farmers Market (57th and Market streets) the first Saturday of every month, and you can swap yours for your neighbors’.
January 6, 2012

Jumpin’ Juniper Berries

What’s a local distiller do once it competently turns out single-malt whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila, liqueur, eau de vie and even absinthe? Distill gin.
January 6, 2012

Real Estate Wrap Up

3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,700-square-foot Craftsman bungalow with a detached studio cottage
January 6, 2012

Itsy Bitsy’s Tea Room

Slipping into the College Avenue jewelry shop Itsy Bitsy for a little earring therapy, you may be puzzled to find an authentic Japanese tea room nestled cozily in the back of the store.
January 6, 2012

Fresh Spin

Berkeley Ironworks staffer Scott Frye has been an avid rock climber for more than 30 years, but when his climbing cohorts laugh over his relatively new passion, table tennis, he has one response for them: “I tell them you should come and play — it’s not beer pong!”
January 6, 2012

The Zen of Zinn

Like the old violinist giving a curbside recital in Manhattan, Dann Zinn knows how you get to Carnegie Hall.
January 6, 2012

Crazy for CAKE

Named for the buildup that adheres to the bottom of your shoe (or your life), the band CAKE certainly has experienced similar staying power.
January 6, 2012

Urban Media Madness

Kash Gaines sat sprawled on a couch in the lounge of Youth Uprising in East Oakland.
January 6, 2012

Wow, That’s Gin!?!?

Lance Winters, the distiller behind St. George’s three new gins — Botanivore, Terroir–Mt. Tam and Dry Rye — expects one reaction from people when they taste his new product: “Wow, that’s gin?! That’s amazing. I’ve never had one like that.”
January 6, 2012