25_ Solution January – March 2011 - Jean Quan

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					25% Solution January – March 2011

At the Inauguration, I asked Oaklanders to increase local shopping
by 25%. If we all did so, we could raise $9-$12 million more in sales
tax-- that's enough to double our Park and Recreation Programs, or
to add another 60 policemen! We can maintain important city
services by finding ways to increase our revenue. This one is very
Check out one of our 40 unique neighborhood business districts. Each one has a different mix of
restaurants and shops. The Shop Oakland website is a great place to start. There's a wonderful map, as well.

Visit Oakland Grown for the latest on local independent merchants
and their wares.


January 9, 2011

Consider: Eastlake

EastLake boasts an eclectic and diverse selection of businesses in a colorful and bustling
environment. This multicultural area is known as Oakland's Fusion Neighborhood. One of the few
Lao restaurants in the Bay Area, Champa Garden, 2102 8th Ave, is a wonderful neighborhood
restaurant and always crowded. I had them cater the lunch for my family and friends on Inaugural
Day. They have some unique dishes, I like the Rice Ball Salad and pumpkin curry. Very reasonable
prices. Near Clinton Park you will find a wide range of Vietnamese, Thai, and other reasonable restaurants.
Just minutes from downtown, EastLake has ready freeway access. One unique EastLake
business is the Foss Lampshade Studios, Inc., which has manufactured and sold lampshades
in the same location for more than fifty years. Don't miss the display of lamp parts from the 19th
Location: 1357 International Boulevard near East 12th.

January 16, 2011

Consider: Lakeshore Avenue

>> Mural from the Lakeshore Cafe

The Lakeshore Avenue shopping district is at the heart of Oakland. Near Lake Merritt, it is a small
but eclectic district where shoppers flock from diverse neighborhoods to shop, eat, and relax at
the local coffeehouses. Easy to find are toys for children, plus stylish clothing for the whole family
and a sophisticated assortment of gifts, wines, jewelry, and health products and services. Many
successful small businesses thrive alongside destination shopping like Trader Joes, the Gap, cell
phone servicers, yoga studios, and salons in our historic district. The Saturday Farmer's Market
at Splash Pad Park brings shoppers from all over the Bay Area.

Read the November 11 Oakland Tribune Article by J.M Brown

January 23, 2011

Consider: Chinatown

>> Asian Americans from throughout the Bay Area come to Oakland to buy their Lunar New Year
flowers, candy and gifts.

This 25-block commercial and cultural mecca is the nation's fourth largest Chinatown community.
Throughout Oakland's history, Chinatown has maintained one of the strongest local economies in
the city. The area's rich culture is reflected in a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, markets,
bakeries and attractions, including the Chinatown Streetfest, and Lunar New Year Bazaar which
attracts 100,000 visitors annually. This year, the Lunar New Year Bazaar will be held on
Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 from 10 am-5 pm and brings Asian Americans
from throughout the region to purchase their traditional new year decorations, flowers, gifts,
candies and other items of interest. There will also be continuous live cultural entertainment
featuring dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese cultural music and a "Little Prince &
Princess" Contest presented by the Oakland Chinatown Lions Club. The event is free.
Location: 7th Street to 11th Street between Broadway and Harrison Street

January 30, 2011
Oakland Cuisine Goes National!
Miette Patisserie
85 Webster St.
                          (510) 663-1300

Wedged between the chic condos, and rainbow-ed produce stalls, and the
beautiful landmarks like the Jack London sculpture, the Potomac's
mooring, and cool businesses like California Canoe and Kayak, it is hard to
believe the number of fabulous foods being concocted in this 'hood. Think
small batches of the best in roasted coffees, boutique wines, nut butters,
beer, and yes, cakes and cupcakes.

The 2011 edition of California's Official Vacation Guide
dedicates a full-page to Oakland's heralded cuisine
scene. Written by the editors at Sunset Magazine and produced
by Visit California, the state's counterpart to Visit Oakland,
600,000 copies of the guide are distributed at visitor centers
throughout California and at tradeshows around the world. The
online guide on visitcalifornia.com is viewed by millions of
people around the world as they plan vacations to California.

Other national publications are making Oakland a vacation destination as well as a hometown
gem! National publications that have covered Oakland as a visitor destination recently include
Travel + Leisure, New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and
National Geographic Traveler. For more travel articles featuring Oakland...

VisitOakland is the new name for Oakland's Visitors and Convention Bureau. Stop by their office
at 436 11th Street to discover more about our City.
                                                                   Submitted by Elisa Williams

February 6, 2011

Consider: West
Earn-A-Bike Program at the Crucible
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

                                                                         A non-profit collaboration of art,
                                                                         industry and community, The
                                                                         Crucible promotes creative
expression, reuse of materials and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue
for the general public. The classes and annual fund raising theatrical productions (left) here are
very popular. Where else can you mold and make your own jewelery? In a six-week Earn-A-Bike
Program, youth work with volunteer bike mechanics to fix donated bikes. Each participant fixes
two bikes and keeps one. The other bike is sold to raise money to support the bike program.

                                                           Bikes4Life, 1600 7th St: Tony
                                                           Coleman started this Bike Shop to
                                                           finance his program with West Oakland
                                                           Youth, local kids repair and sell
                                                           bikes. They sponsor the group bike
                                                           rides and annual Peace Ride around
                                                           Lake Merritt with the clapper spokes
                                                           and the outrageously large speaker
                                                           systems in tow.

Mandela Food Co-op, 1430 Seventh Street, 452-1133: Right across the street from BART they
are trying to set up a system to deliver directly to commuters. A good place to get a healthy drink
or snack if you are in the neighborhood.

Monday-Friday 7am-8pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

City Slicker Farms: You've probably
seen their products at Farmer's Markets
or Street Fairs. Visit them during their
open hours and you will be amazed at
what they are growing. This urban
farming program may be the way of our

                                           Brown Sugar Kitchen, 2534 Mandela Parkway, 839-
                                           SOUL (7685): The best waffles in the world and hearty
                                           breakfasts are just some of the reasons why we are
begging the owner to hurry up with her plans for new downtown restaurant. Check out her
cookbook and prepare to wait. It's a nice stop if you are biking this part of town.

The Best Oaxacan Tamales: The lady in front of the West Oakland BART station makes
wonderful tamales!

February 13, 2011

Consider The Laurel District!

                                           As Tommy Wong, the
                                           Executive Director of the
                                           Laurel District
                                           Association, will tell you,
                                           there's never a shortage
                                           of things to do or things
                                           to buy in the
                                           Laurel. Between the
                                           arches, there are over 80
                                           thriving local businesses -
                                           - everything from
                                           restaurants to copy/print
                                           services to hair salons to
tax/insurance firms. Commerce aside, there's even plenty of public
artwork on display to keep your senses engaged. The Laurel is a
crossroads community in the heart of Oakland, many cultures blend
in this neighborhood where many artists and musicians reside.

Look out for the seven new mural panels produced by local artists,
with two more currently in the works. Also, to honor Black History
Month, be sure to get your children's coloring book at any
merchant establishment. Finally, pick up a coupon book in any
business in the area, and enjoy deep discounts through the middle of
this month!
Check out the August 1, 2010 story by Cynthia Joseph from Oakland
Local on the Laurel Mural Art Walk.>>

And, be sure to mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming
Youth Dance Tournament
Last Saturday of Each Month (3-7 pm)
Allendale Recreation Center
Co-sponsored by the Laurel District Association "Security
Ambassador Team"

Laurel Street Fair
Second Saturday in August
                                                                Submitted by David Drabkin

The Mayor's Laurel Favorites: This neighborhood is full of restaurant bargains.
       •   Full House Cafe, 3719 MacArthur, some of the best breakfast
           dishes in town. I like the Eggs Benedict with salmon on the
           weekends. Different muffins every day.
       •   World Grounds Cafe, 3726 MacArthur, we did our office hours
           here because it is a real community center with good wifi,
           coffee and snacks.
       •   Trattoria Laurellinos: Very reasonable and good family Italian
           food. I always end up taking the left overs for lunch.
       •   Phnom Penh, 3912 MacArthur: Great Cambodian food
       •   Happy Garden, 4112 MacArthur & Fountain Seafood,3836
           MacArthur: Two very reasonable family style restaurants
           frequented by the neighborhood's Chinese population,
           inexpensive and very good. Try the family style meals at set
           price, best bargains in town.
       •   Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur, and independently owned
           bookstore with many author programs. Luann will custom order
           anything you need.
February 20, 2011

Consider Old
Old Oakland's distinctive architecture beckons both
residents and visitors. In the 1870s, it was the bustling
heart of town, with block after block of grand hotels
accommodating travelers arriving at the western
terminus of the first transcontinental railroad. Today,
these buildings are regarded as the finest collection of
commercial Victorians on the West Coast. Along old-
fashioned brick sidewalks are 15 cafes and restaurants,
Swan's Marketplace, fashionable art galleries, specialty
shops, and gourmet markets, including Ratto's, the
oldest international grocer in the West. A Friday farmers
market, brew pub, outdoor concerts and cultural events
are popular attractions.
                                    Broadway to Clay Street from 7th Street to 10th Street

                                    La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen
                                    582 7th Street, (between Jefferson & Clay Streets),
                                    Old Oakland, CA 94607
                                    (510) 444-9954 Fax: (510) 444-1646
                                    info @tamalegirl.com
                                    A family-run fixture since 1944, La Borinqueña not only serves great
                                    Breakfast and lunch, but you can Buy tamales (pork, chicken, veggie,
                                    green chili and cheese or a "sweet" variety) by the dozen, or pick up
                                    chili-pepper tchotchkes, masa, corn husks, chorizo, spices, tortilla chips,
                                    piñatas and more in the adjoining specialty shop that's reminiscent of the
tienda mexicana that started it all! When my husband was attending medical school in New York, my last
stop before returning to the big apple was for a dozen frozen tamales.

821 Washington Street
(510) 832-6503
An international grocery and deli family -owned and operated since
1897. Gourmet foods, olive oils, vinegars, domestic and imported
cheeses, charcuterie, wine, chocolates and more. Full-service deli
serving wonderful made-to-order sandwiches and delicious side
salads and soups.

                               Bookmark Bookstore
                               721 Washington Street
                               (510) 444-0473
                               If you are searching for an inexpensive place to purchase your next book--
                               science fiction, cooking, mystery, general fiction or non-fiction--check out
                               this wonderful wide selection of latest best sellers to hard-to find out-of-print
books. All proceeds support the Friends of the Public Library. Open Monday-Friday, 10:30 am-5:30 pm;
Saturday, 10:30 am-3:30 pm, and Sunday, 10:30 am-2 pm.

Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
906 Washington Street
(510) 836-2739

There is a lot of history tied up in
the Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
The building itself, built in 1876,
is part of a major renovation of downtown Oakland and has been beautifully restored inside and out. The
pub owners were able to acquire from the Oakland Museum some of their museum pieces for actual use in
the pub. The elaborate stained glass window, which adorns the store front, along with the ornate bar and
beer cooler, once graced the interior of the historic Cox Saloon, formerly located not far form their present
day home in Old Oakland. These pieces have been incorporated into the pub that features a hardwood floor,
brick wall, antiques and a heated beer garden adorned with greenery growing up its redwood trellis. A
satellite dish with multiple television screens and a CD juke box have added a contemporary accent to the
traditional pub atmosphere. Free wireless internet access-- oh, and they offer a wide selection of beer-- 20
on tap, only of which four are their own.

                                Old Oakland Farmers Market-- Fridays 8 am-2 pm
                                Ninth Street between Broadway & Clay
                                (510) 745-7100

                                One of the oldest Farmers Markets in the Bay Area, you'll find exotic Asian
                                produce, buckets of fresh flowers, potted plants, herbs and orchids, a
                                variety of bakery items and prepared foods, as wellas Fresh fish, wild game
                                birds and chicken.

February 27, 2011

Consider Piedmont Avenue!

                                              Piedmont Fabric
                                              3858 Piedmont Avenue

                                              In an era of mostly national fabric store chains, here's a
                                              locally-owned store filled with a great choice of fabrics for
                                              clothes making and quilting. Started by the former employees
                                              of Poppy, you'll find fine European and Asian fabrics not
                                              found in the chains.

Folks Art
4158 Piedmont Avenue

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, here's a great place to
start. Jewelry and hand made jewelry boxes, ceramics and clothes.

                                                      Garden Shop
                                                      3935 Piedmont

                                                      More than just a garden shop, Waterlilies also offers
                                                      unique gift items for the home and garden. One of the
                                                      best places to buy durable European shopping baskets
                                                      and bags.


Piedmont Theatre
March 6, 2011


                                              Consider Farmers
                                              March 20th marks the first day of spring, meaning a
                                              variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will be introducted
                                              at the Farmers Markets in Oakland. Some seasonal
treats to look out for include arugula, artichokes, lemons and nettles - cherries and mushrooms
are right around the corner in late spring. Begin your shopping at the
Fruitvale Market, held bi-weekly on Thursdays from 2- 7 pm. Every Friday, you'll find markets in
Old Oakland, which serves as a perfect stop for a lunchtime break, as well as the East Oakland
Farmer's Market, a smaller market with smoledering BBQ grills and blow-up houses for the kids.
The Kaiser Hospital Farmer's Market is another great option on Fridays in the Piedmont area,
promoting health education and organic produce. On Saturday, stop by the Grand Lake Farmer's
Market, voted as the top market in the East Bay in 2010, serving tasty treats just adjascent to
Lake Merritt . On Sundays, stop by the Jack London Square Market on the waterfront, the
Fruitvale market at the Fruitvale BART Station, the Montclair market near the Oakland Hills, or
the Temescal market nestled between the Temescal/Rockridge districts. For more on Farmer's
Markets in Oakland, visit www.visitoakland.org.

                         Reprinted with permission from Food and Drink, the magazine of Visit Oakland.

           FOUND HERE.
       •   The Oakland Food Connection runs smaller Farmers Markets on Saturday's in the Laurel at 4173
           MacArthur Boulevard, between 35th Avenue and High Street.
       •   Some schools including the Melrose Leadership Academy are also experimenting with
           small markets to promote good nutrition and more produce.

March 13, 2011

Celebrating the Green in Oakland
Green beer, Guinness, corned beef and cabbage means only one thing - St. Patrick's Day is
here. Local brew pubs such as Beer Revolution will be hot spots to celebrate the holiday, as
well as McNally's Irish Pub and Barclay's Pub on College Ave. The green beer will be flowing
at Cato's Ale House and sister restaurant Ben & Nick's Bar and Grill - a slew of Irish beers will
be served all day long at both locations. Pacific Coast Brewing Co. in Old Oakland will include
the full spectrum of Irish goods, including corned beef, Irish lamb stew, Harp and Guinness on
draft, Luck of the Irish Stout and a special Emerald Ale. Put on your green and get ready for the

Barclay's Pub on College Avenue
5940 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-1650

                                  Beer Revolution
                                  464 3rd Street
                                  Oakland, CA 94607
                                  (510) 452-Beer

                                  Ben & Nick's Bar and Grill
5612 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
9510) 923-0327

                                                                                     Cato's Ale House
                                                                                     3891 Piedmont Avenue
                                                                                     Oakland, CA 94611
                                                                                     (510) 655-3349

Crogan's Montclair
6101 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-2098

McNally's Irish Pub
5352 College Avenue
Oakland, CA
(510) 655-

Pacific Coast
Brewing Co.
906 Washington
CA 94607
(510) 836-2739

                                                                          submitted by Visit Oakland, Food and Drink-March 2011

March 20, 2011

The Oakland Renaissance
                                 Tuesday, April 26, 6-8:30 pm
Here's a great way to taste test the restaurants of Montclair Village while helping your local
community. Started in 2009, the event is sponsored by the Montclair Village Association and
the Montclair Lions Club.For $25, you receive a Restaurant Walk book of tickets to a variety of
restaurants in the village.

Expected participants include:

Colonial Donuts
Crogan's Montclair
El Agavero Mexican Cuisine & Bar
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines
Flavors of India Bistro
Grille One Carvery
Kakui Sushi
Italian Colors Ristorante
Metro Montclair
Montclair Baking
Montclair Bistro
Montclair Malt Shop
Paraung Thai Cuisine
Silver Palace
Taqueria Las Comadres 2
The Full Plate
Toshi Shshi

Proceeds support Lions Club Charities. To
purchase tickets (you must purchase tickets
ahead of time!) visit Viewpoint (ask for
Richard at 2069 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611), Wheels of Justice (2042 Mountain
Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94611), The Book Tree (6121 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611), or
Safeway (ask for Bill at 2096 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611). For details, go to the Montclair
Village website
March 27, 2011

After watching the runners at the Oakland Running Festival, consider checking out one of the hot new
downtown restaurants that are all the rage. If all Oaklanders bought 25 percent more of their normal
purchases from Oakland retailers, the sales tax increase would be about $10 to $15 million. This year
that could eliminate up to one-third of our deficit.

Some of the best new restaurants in the Bay Area call Uptown Oakland home:

                                  1745 San Pablo Avenue @ 18th Street
                                  Oakland, CA 94612

                                  Chef Sarah Kirnon's menu of bold and innovative Caribbean-Creole
                                  dishes area a modern homage to flavors of her childhood in Barbados.
                                  The food is a patchwork of colors,
                                  textures and flavors, woven from the
                                  cuisines of Africa, Europe, Asia,
                                  India and South America.

                                  Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

According to the S F Chronicle, Cafe Van Kleef is #2 of
"five places in the West that would do the Big Easy Proud."

Luka's Tap Room & Lounge
221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Luka's serves lunch and dinner, offers16 beers on tap, has DJs & dancing, pool table and pinball and is
open seven nights a week. What more could you ask? How about Fresh Steps-- monthly live hip hop
performances resident DJ aebidee on the turntable, every third Sunday at 9 pm.

Flora Oakland
1900 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

Flora is the creation of Dona Savitsky and thomas Schnertz and their desire to create a restaurant and bar
that echoed the prohibition era and Art Deco Style. It is housed in the beautifully ornate Oakland Floral
Depot building, a landmark Art Deco jewel of Eat Bay architecture located across the street from the Fox

                         2251 Broadway
                         Oakland, CA 94612

                         Contemporary Japanese cuisine and robata grill, sushi and sashimi,
                         complemented by a wide range of premium imported sake, wine and more.

                                       Pican Restaurant
                                       2295 Broadway @ 23rd Street
                                       Oakland, CA 94612

                                       Experience California-infused Southern Cuisine.

The New Parish
579 18th Street @ San Pablo
Oakland, CA 94612


Music, comedy club and bar.

                                                                The Den at the Fox
                                                                19th and Telegraph
                                                                Oakland, CA 94612

                                                                The renovation of the majestic Fox
                                                                Theater has brought a lot of excitement,
                                                                and great music, to Oakland's historic
                                                                Uptown neighborhood. The building
                                                                houses more than just the exquisite Art
                                                                Deco theater - The Den, adjacent to the
                                                                entrance of the Fox, serves as a lounge for
                                                                the theater. On concert nights it is the
                                                                perfect place to schmooze in a jungle of
                                                                like-minded concert goers before and after
                                                                the show. The after work scene is more
laid back.

Era Art Bar
19 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
A combination art gallery and bar.

2442a Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Uptown's latest happening night spot, right in the middle of Broadway Auto Row.

2214 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Celebrated Bay Area chef Daniel Patterson, best
known for his complex concoctions and bold
mixing of flavors at Coi, brings his rich taste to
Oakland's newest Uptown eatery, Plum.


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