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When Oakland Was a 'Chocolate City': A Brief History of Festival at the Lake

ake Merritt, the man-made lake at the center of Oakland, has been called the city’s beating heart. It is more than a body of water — it is where people gather to celebrate and protest, to party and to ... read more

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A Brief History of Chocolate

This Valentine's Day stores are stocked with all things chocolate. From chocolate hearts to chocolate bonbons to chocolate covered fruits, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the abundance and variety of ... read more

A brief history of cheddar cheese

You can find a chunk of cheddar cheese in just about any store in America. While much of today’s cheddar is plastic-wrapped and tailor made for the cheese aisle at your local grocery store, that ... read more

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‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’: Filmmakers offer ode to a disappearing city

(A24 Films) Part love letter to a city that ... last week at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater, Fails plays a fictionalized version of himself. Like his character, he spent his early youth in the Fillmore, ... read more

4 Jet-Setting Black Women Who Have Each Traveled To Over 100 Countries Give Their Best Advice

A Chocolate City native turned 8-year Italian expat ... From exploring underrated landscapes like the Uyuni Salt Flats and Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and eating her way through Thailand, to staying with ... read more

Looking Back at Oakland's Festival at the Lake

1. When Oakland Was a 'Chocolate City': A Brief History of Festival at the Lake '#Oakland’s finest at Festival at the Lake 1994,' writes @noblesaa in an Instagram post about the Festival at the Lake. ... read more

The History of the Frozen Banana Stand

Teller borrowed the idea for the frozen bananas from a candy shop in Lake Arrowhead Village, California. The recipe was simple: Freeze a banana, dip it into the specially-made, proprietary chocolate, ... read more

From dissertation to dessert: Former academic turned baker brings Turkish treats to East Bay

Hatice Yildiz, owner of Simurgh Bakery, at the Grand Lake Farmers Market in Oakland ... After a brief stint in Illinois, the pair moved to the Bay Area. She obtained a master’s degree in history at ... read more

A secret history of the Riverwalk bike ban

If I’d known city officials were going to try to ban biking on the new Chicago Riverwalk, I never would have advocated for building it. From the start, the Riverwalk extension was promoted as a ... read more

Why Kwame Onwuachi is the most important chef in America

The night before I interviewed Kwame Onwuachi at a book festival in Berkeley ... He previously served as the City, Industry, and Gaming reporter for the American Press in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He ... read more

On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

“Alien autopsy Passover Seder” is a phrase likely never uttered in the history of humanity before it emerged ... the two-day music festival that Ribak puts on in Oakland’s Mosswood Park each July. Now ... read more

A Brief History of Taking Books Along for the Ride

Were walking libraries a thing? There certainly is a rich history of people walking with books and of book collections made for traveling. But Myers and Heddon also wanted to ask what books add to a ... read more

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