Is the world falling apart? “San Francisco” followed closely by “Oakland” strewn across the front page of San Francisco Magazine…what is going on? We flipped through the latest edition of San Francisco Magazine at Pro Media and were shocked by what we saw…SF Mag, known to survey a plethora of various SF happenings had published a special edition: The Oakland Issue. If San Francisco Magazine had compiled 176 pages of adoration of Oakland, we all need to go. Right now. And here is why.
Based on SF Magazine‘s The Oakland 100, Oakland is taking the Bay Area by storm by satisfying appetites. From noodles at The Ramen Shop to delectable perfection at B-Side BBQ to fanciful doughnuts at Doughnut Dolly, “Oakland’s restaurants have taken the lead by being themselves: risk-taking, sophisticated but scrappy, and downright delicious,” as Eva Kolenko, SF Magazine, describes. Oakland is the place to venture if you’re into countless taco trucks, East coast-style hoagies at 1 a.m. and classy bar-food.
A trip to the Oakland Beer Halls, featuring Oakland Beers, would make our visit entirely worth it, even if this was the only attraction. Try Oakland Brewing Co’s Sticky Zipper IPA or Linden Street Brewery’s New Oakland Glow pilsner.
For wine lovers, Oakland’s urban wineries create delightful concoctions in local warehouses near Jack London Square. The 36-year-old urban wine extraordinaire, Rosenblum Cellars (sister winery to our amazing client, Rock Wall Wine Co.,) plans to contribute to this urban winery district as the tasting room will be relocated from Alameda to Oakland.
In terms of fashion, it appears that the look to be coveted speaks to “I don’t give a damn what you think”, meaning unmatched apparel, ethnic textiles, and/or purple hair.
Oakland has bred ferocious athletes such as Ivan Rabb, lyrical geniuses and musicians like the choir members of Allen Temple Baptist Church, artistic masterminds including street artist, Eddie Colla, and thus, has produced a rich, dynamic culture that deserves a little spotlight.
Looking beneath the surface, it is evident that Oakland is a culture in movement. It’s expansive reach encompasses urban art, impassioned individualists, dynamic technologies, and enormous appeal. We’re sold on Oakland. Care to join us?