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The Oakland Museum of California

One of the great things about living in Oakland is the wide range of things to see and do.  One of our favorites is OMCA, the Oakland Museum of California.  The museum brings together three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences—under one roof. With regular special exhibits and almost two million items in their…

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Pho Huang Que

Pho Huong Que is dedicated to providing the most authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the area. Their signature dishes include Beef Noodle Soup (Pho Bo), House Special Noddle Soup (Hu Tieu Mi Nam Vang), or Grilled pork and Egg Rolls over Vermicelli (Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio). The Spring Rolls and a Vermicelli plate is our staff favorite!…

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Children’s Fairyland: the Inspiration for Disneyland?

Every Oaklander with kids is familiar with Children's Fairyland –  a storybook-themed amusement park on the shores of Lake Merritt!  The park feeatures storybook sets, kid-friendly rides, animals, puppet shows, gardens, and children's theater! The park was founded by Oakland businessman Arthur Navlet, and designed by local architect William Russell Everitt.  When it opened in 1950,…

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Pho King

Pho King has some of the best soup around!  Ingredients are always really fresh, flavors are great, and portions are generous. Get a large pho and it will easily feed 2 or 3 people for under 15 bucks. Be aware that it’s usually busy, but it’s really fast from ordering to your food arriving. Website: …

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Lake Merritt – a Unique Urban Oasis

Check out the latest post on the TravelFeed travel blog: "1200 Lakeshore is a mid-century modern apartment building on the South shore of Lake Merritt. It is notable for its architecture, its rooftop gardens, and its many famous residents, which have included NBA All-Star Stephen "Steph" Curry, NBA champion and coach Stephen Kerr, actress Candice Bergen,…

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World Famous Hotboys

Hotboys is another of our favorites:  enjoy world famous hot chicken!  Hotboys uses 100% Halal chicken. Chicken sandwiches, wings, and southern spice A spice-level and flavor for everyone Big pieces of chick on the sandwich Now they have Chicken and Waffles too Try our favorite – the chicken sandwich! See why Yelp has rated Hotboys the…

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Golden Lotus – Vegan Asian Fusion

Golden Lotus might well be the top restaurant on our list.  Be sure to try their amazing Vietnamese iced coffee! The restaurant is famous for fresh, top-quality ingredients. They offer in-restaurant dining, takeout, and delivery. Conveniently located right by the 12th Street Bart Station! Visit their website at   Share your favorite places!  Email us…

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