I was excited to revisit Daniel Patterson's Haven located in Oakland's Jack London Square. Admittedly, I had not dined at Haven since the days of Kim Alter. However, I continue to hear positive reviews since Charlie Parker took over as executive chef. The space was as pleasant as I remembered, with its bustling open kitchen and elegant dining room facing the harbor - but now with an beautiful greenery in abundance. more →
Let me start by saying I'm a candy factory fanatic. Since reading Steve Almond's Candyfreak back in college, I've had dreams of touring the country in search of more →
You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream. Whenever we’re in the mood for scoopfuls of creamy, ice cold delights, we head to Oakland’s Fentons Creamery – the oldest continuously operating creamery west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1884 by Elbridge Seth Fenton, it’s the birthplace of flavors like Toasted Almond, Swiss Milk Chocolate and Rocky Road! With Fentons’ 120th anniversary just around the corner, Todd and I took a tour of their in-house production facility, where over 50 flavors are made and mixed by hand. Batch by batch. more →
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