Ah, Sunny San Diego, where the weather is perfect 99.9% of the time and flip flops are acceptable 100% of the time! I (Adrienne) was lucky enough to attend UCSD and live in the beautiful Southern California city for a handful of years. Really though, between the endless beaches and grub spots and the incredible […]
As you might have expected, after our visit to the Autumn Lights Festival, we were pretty excited to see what Christmas might bring around. We’ve just begun to join in the tradition of visiting Bay Area neighborhoods to check out the various displays, but we’ve had such mixed experiences, we thought we’d share them with […]
There’s nothing I love more than festive lights and even more so if I don’t have to wait until the holiday season! So leave it to Oakland to create a tradition bringing together the community and supporting the public Gardens with an extravagant festival. Bring the whole family and give yourselves ample time to wander through gardens lit up with ethereal and experiential installations by local artists. There are water works, fire works (a snail that shoots fire out of its eye tentacles as you pull on its reins), and even a light show as a piano is played.
We first discovered Temescal Alley while wandering the neighborhood as we waited for a table down at Burma Superstar, some number of years ago. It is a magical place. First, because there’s ice cream (Curbside Creamery – try their strawberry, tastes like real fresh strawberries) right at the entrance, and because of Crimson, one of […]
Oakland is all about craft – food, beer, art – and there was no better way to celebrate it than at the 9th annual Eat Real Festival. The Eat Real Festival is basically a big smorgasborg of local food trucks and stands and an introduction to some truly delicious wholesome and local sourced products. We lucked out with some beautiful weather this weekend, by far the busiest spots were Humphrey’s ice cream and Fat Face gourmet popsicles, unfortunately after we consumed both lunch and dinner, we didn’t have the room for dessert (Blasphemy! I know).
A much smaller festival than we anticipated, but as we were told, “things were a little different this year, because, [they] changed a few things”. Still, it made for a great excuse to get out to Santa Cruz. The outrigger races were spaced out so inbetween we walked over to the Boardwalk and hung out.
The Peace Lantern Ceremony is held in the beginning of August to remember the anniversaries of the world’s first atomic bombings (August 6 and August 9). The tradition of floating lanterns are in honor of the of victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to reaffirm our commitment to peace.
A great East Bay hike that winds through marshland along the bay. There’s five miles of graveled public trails and multiple access points. Bring a jacket and sunglasses, as it can get pretty windy next to the water, and there’s no coverage along the trails.
Obon Festival is a Japanese Buddhist festival to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. There were a number of celebrations throughout the Bay Area this year, so we decided to check out a couple. The Alameda County Buddhist temple in Union City holds a small Bazaar, so not a full on festival (as it’s fairly […]