The bewitching bakers at James and the Giant Cupcake whip up their signature cupped cakes with impeccable ingredients, using unrefined sugars, organic ingredients, and fresh fruits from local farmers’ markets whenever possible. Choose one from a selection of rotating daily flavors; past hits have included delectable classics such as red velvet, sea-salt caramel, chocolate, and vegan carrot. Pushing the frosting-smudged envelope are heavy-hitting neophytes such as chocolate chili, french toast and maple bacon, and Guinness and Bailey's—chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness stout and topped with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting to whisk eaters back to that term they spent abroad in Dublin, reading Joyce at Trinity College and subsisting on corned-beef shamrock shakes.
The Fox Theater in Uptown Oakland is the city’s hub for the theatrical arts. Having closed its doors over 40 years ago after it fell decrepit, the Fox was able to obtain funding needed to reopen in 2009. The colossal project of renovating this art house to its former glory had a price tag of over $75 million. This new and improved Fox can be configured in a host of different floor arrangements depending on the event. This enables the theater to accommodate everything from plays to concerts, to orchestral performances. In addition to its function as a venue for live performances, it also features an up class, fine-dining restaurant, and an arts school.
San Francisco Pizza's owner and executive chef Silvio Barbosa Jr. has spent more than a decade perfecting his recipes for hand-spun pizzas and freshly prepared pasta, salads, and sandwiches. His menu is anchored by more than 25 specialty pizzas festooned with both traditional toppings such as pepperoni, basil, and sausage and more surprising fixings such as pine nuts, sliced hard-boiled eggs, and hearts of palm. Diners can also dig into pasta dishes and sandwiches accented with freshly grilled veal, seafood, and poultry to silence the loud hunger pangs drowning out the tiny angels perched on their shoulders.
Revitalize both your mind and spirit through sacred dance at the Ecstatic Dance Community. Ecstatic dance is the spontaneous, meditative practice inspired by free dance practices. Come down to the Ecstatic Dance community in Oakland to let go and loosen up as you dance to the rhythm of the music. Absorb the flow of good energy all around as you dance however you please in this safe haven. The Ecstatic Dance Community is open on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. They also offers contact Improvement and Yoga before the dancing begins. Remember to follow the guidelines to respect the space (no shoes, alcohol, perfumes or cameras) and no talking on the dance floor.
Not far from the bustle of Oakland's financial district, Ma Me House maintains a serene environment where piping-hot tea and bowls of steaming pho noodle soup stand on tables side by side. Light filters through a canopy of wooden rafters, bathing black tables and dark, hardwood floors in warm afternoon sun or the strobe lights that activate whenever there's an eclipse. In the kitchen, cooks craft coconut-milk curries and tofu-vermicelli dishes, drawing on the culinary traditions of Vietnam's Binh Thuan region.
A steady and familiar sizzle keeps the kitchen moving at Quick Bite. As the fryer puts the finishing touches on the chicken and seafood specialties, the kitchen crew assembles sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, and hush puppies. Quick Bite's most popular dishes include whole chicken wings and popcorn chicken, as well as catfish, snapper, and sole. The fish can be ordered alone, as a combo with chicken wings, or on a roll as the Fast Eddie sandwich. Fried prawns, breaded oysters, and breaded scallops are also available to complete one's daily requirement of items in the food pyramid's underwater base.