From The Editor
Drumroll, Please Whew! Summer at Alameda Magazine means counting Best of Alameda ballots, and this year it was hard work, because more readers than ever filled out ballots in our fourth annual contest.
Ballot counting can be challenging. Editors have to suss out vague references and poor spellings to record the reader’s intention, so we’ve gotten good at figuring out the most egregious misspellings. We could tell “Camokuri” was for Kamakura and “Pagnaos” meant Pagano’s. Since we didn’t know the “Alameda Lite Opera,” we counted that one for the Alameda Civic Light Opera.
Readers can be snide, like the one who wrote “there isn’t one” on the best shopping district category. Another took time to put “I hate celebrities” on the best local celebrity blank. And there’s usually some funny guy, like the reader (we know who you are!) who penned “ghetti” next to day spa. (Get it? Day spaghetti.)
Kelly’s of Alameda won in the best live music category, but because the popular piano bar with open mic nights morphed into Barceluna at Kelly’s and then closed in the spring, we didn’t write about it. Maybe the newest iteration of the space, the Hobnob, will be around for kudos in 2008.
We spent the summer checking out all these Island favorites, dispatching our editorial staff, including our interns, to find out the lowdown on the hottest spots, coolest goods and best services. We also couldn’t resist throwing in some of our personal favorites as editors’ choices, so dive on into our must-read list of 107 winners starting on page 47.
We’ll be celebrating all these winners and more on Sept. 20 at the best over-21 party of the year, Alameda Magazine’s Best of Alameda Party, at Area 51. Advance tickets are $40; at the door, they’re $45; VIP tickets are $60. Go online, www.alamedamagazine.com, right now to buy yours. See you at the party.
— By Judith M. Gallman