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Oakland is a city in California on the Eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. As of the 2000 census, the city's population was 399,484.

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Oakland Facts

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  • Professional sports teams in Oakland include the baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, the NBA basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, and the NFL American football team, the Oakland Raiders.

  • The main airport serving Oakland is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport.

  • Oakland's nicknames include "Bright Side of the Bay", "Detroit of the West", "O-Town", and "Oaktown".

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Oakland Top 100 Spots: 2015 Travel Guide to Oakland, California (Local Love Califonia City Guides)

Guidelet Travel Guides
Released: 2015-05-27
Kindle Edition (116 pages)

Oakland Top 100 Spots: 2015 Travel Guide to Oakland, California (Local Love Califonia City Guides)
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Want an easy-to-read travel guide to Oakland? This book shows the top 100 best spots in this unique destination in California.

Local Love Travel Publishing works exclusively with local travel experts to guide and help you make the most of your vacation.

'Oakland Top 103 Spots' is your menu to all the 'must-visit' spots in this destination in California.

Quickly get the lay of the land, understanding all your day, food and night-life options.

Enjoy your days at places like: Lake Merritt, Oakland Zoo, O.co Coliseum, Oracle Arena, Woodminster Amphitheater, Jack London Square, Chinatown, Old Oakland, Oakland Aviation Museum, Museum of Children's Arts, Jack London's Cabin, Preservation Park, Blue Bottle Coffee, Savor Oakland Food Tours, LLC, Shan Dong, Make Westing, Pretty Penny, Cafe Van Kleef, Peerless Coffee & Tea, ... amongst tons of other interesting nooks in Oakland!

Enjoy local cuisine at top notch restaurants like: Chinatown, Fox Theater, Commis, Boot & Shoe Service, Kainbigan, The Good Hop Bottleshop, The Hog's Apothecary, Plum Bar + Restaurant, Restaurant Chu, Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant, Ohgane Korean BBQ, Shooting Star Cafe, Rumbo al Sur, Heinold's First & Last Chance, Jack London Square Inn, The Alley, Camino, Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant, Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub, ... amongst many other food spots!

Party at local hangouts like: Oracle Arena, Woodminster Amphitheater, Jack London Square, Chinatown, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland Ballet School, Woodminster, Jack's Night Market, California Canoe & Kayak, Waterfront Flicks, HushFest - Jack London Square, Boot & Shoe Service, Heart & Dagger Saloon, The Barrel Room, Hipline Studio, Ohgane Korean BBQ, Shooting Star Cafe, District Lounge, Jack London Square Inn, ... amongst dozens of others!

This guide also covers Oakland spots like shopping areas, museums, parks,outdoor adventures, nightclubs and street foods.

For each and every point of interest you`ll get:

  • Illustrative photo

  • Address and phone

  • Link to your Google Maps

  • Link to Website (when pertinent)

  • And a quick explanation as to why it deserves a visit.

No needless fluff, no boring anthropological lessons! Just everything we love!

We don`t stuff our travel content with working hours, credit-cards accepted, nearby transportation and user-reviews as it tends to bulk up the writing and are subject to change since the time of publishing. Once you decide the places you want to visit, these infos can easily be found at your hotel concierge, on-line or on Google Maps.

No user-review based content!

Similarly, our philosophy has been that user-reviewed travel sites are subjective, as they tend to top-rank places that manage their reputation on those sites. So little corner bakeries, unique shops by local artisans, secluded beaches and hidden bars don't show up in those sites as visibly as places that have an on-line marketer or social media specialist. Similarly, we believe the opinion of one well-informed local expert should outweigh the opinion of hundreds of first-time visitors to Oakland. First-time visitors tend to flock to famous tourist attractions, creating a vicious circle, accentuating just the popular places. Our local experts know the entire city, and know what deserves a visit, whether a famous attraction or a quaint corner.

'Oakland Top 100 Spots' is the first travel guide to Oakland you ought to read.

It quickly helps you define your short-list of places you want to visit, so you don`t have to spend hours reading hundreds of pages of dense writing. All for less than the price of a sandwich.

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Oakland (Postcard History)

By Annalee Allen

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2005-08-22
Paperback (128 pages)

Oakland (Postcard History)
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Oakland became a transportation and industrial hub in the late 19th century as its oak-studded ranches and fruit orchards evolved into urban neighborhoods. Just as the postcard was born at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition, Oakland began its transformation into a major city. As postcards grew in popularity, Oakland grew astride, led by two ambitious mayors, Frank K. Mott and John L. Davie. Mott, a proponent of the “City Beautiful” movement, fostered the creation of grand boulevards and imposing civic buildings, while his successor Davie oversaw expansion of the port, a regional parks system, and one of the first commercial airports in the nation. All of these, along with picturesque Lake Merritt, made excellent subjects for hundreds of postcards.

California Fresh Harvest: A Seasonal Journey through Northern California

By Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Gwen Prichard & Gina Gallo

Brand: Favorite Recipes Press (FRP)
Hardcover (228 pages)

California Fresh Harvest: A Seasonal Journey through Northern California
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Arranged by season, this cookbook highlights the abundance of fresh foods cultivated in Northern California. In addition to our members' favorite recipes, which have been triple-tested in our own kitchens, California Fresh Harvest provides fascinating food lore, inspirational menus, wine pairings, cooking tips, and information on local events and special destinations. In the tradition of the treasured, original California Fresh cookbook, again the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay has created a classic for Northern California residents and visitors alike.

Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia

By Desmond Tan

Released: 2017-03-28
Hardcover (272 pages)

Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia
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From the beloved San Francisco restaurant, a mouthwatering collection of recipes, including Fiery Tofu, Garlic Noodles, the legendary Tea Leaf Salad, and many more. Never before have the vivid flavors of Burmese cooking been so achievable for home cooks.

Known for its bustling tables, the sizzle of onions and garlic in the wok, and a wait time so legendary that customers start to line up before the doors even open—Burma Superstar is a Bay Area institution, offering diners a taste of the addictively savory and spiced food of Myanmar. With influences from neighboring India and China, as well as Thailand and Laos, Burmese food is a unique blend of flavors, and Burma Superstar includes such stand-out dishes as the iconic Tea Leaf Salad, Chili Lamb, Pork and Pumpkin Stew, Platha (a buttery layered flatbread), Spicy Eggplant, and Mohinga, a fish noodle soup that is arguably Myanmar’s national dish.

Each of these nearly 90 recipes has been streamlined for home cooks of all experience levels, and without the need for special equipment or long lists of hard-to-find ingredients. Stunningly photographed, and peppered with essays about the country and its food, this inside look at the world of Burma Superstar presents a seductive glimpse of this jewel of Southeast Asia.

This Is Oakland A Guide to the City's Most Interesting Places

By Melissa Davis

Acorn Press
Paperback (208 pages)

This Is Oakland A Guide to the City s Most Interesting Places
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This is Oakland: A Guide to the City's Most Interesting Places is a stylish city guide book that informs, entertains, and inspires. The book profiles 90 of the most interesting places to visit in Oakland, CA- from cafes to boutiques- and the innovators who own them. This book is, of course, for anyone who lives in or is visiting Oakland or the San Francisco Bay Area and wants to know where to go for food, drink, shopping or just plain fun. Perhaps more importantly, though, this book is for anyone across the country, who is inspired by creative thought and the pioneering spirit. Oakland's restaurants are trend-setting, and its shops are getting national attention. People who want to know what's next are looking to Oakland. This book offers them a glimpse inside. Editorial Reviews: "Melissa Davis has assembled a book on Oakland full of gorgeous photos, prime spots (some secret, some proudly obvious), and much more. It's enough to make a die-hard San Franciscan like myself seriously ponder throwing in the towel and doing the unthinkable-packing up a U-Haul and moving to the other side of the bridge." -Sara Deseran, editor-at-large, San Francisco magazine "Stylish, vibrant, diverse, and cool, this book perfectly captures the essence of Oakland. It's a love letter to its people and places and, above all, its creative energy. You'll want to discover each and every one of the unique and wonderfully homespun businesses profiled in its pages. Here's to a city that just keeps on getting better." -Irene Edwards, Executive Editor, Lonny magazine "This book showcases the coolest spots in Oakland today. Whether you're a local or an occasional visitor, you're sure to discover some amazing hidden gems." -Anh-Minh Le, Editor-in-Chief, Anthology magazine

Secret Stairs: East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland

By Charles Fleming

Santa Monica Press
Paperback (232 pages)

Secret Stairs: East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland
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The hills of the East Bay contain one of the finest and densest urban hiking environments in the state of California—more than 400 paved pathways and public staircases lattice up and down the slopes of Berkeley and Oakland alone. Rising high above the city centers, with towering views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco itself, these elegant civic walking trails—many of them shaded in oaks and redwoods, and many unknown even to local residents—present a unique landscape for both the casual walker and dedicated hiker.

Charles Fleming, the Southern California author whose bestselling 2010 walking guide Secret Stairs turned the hidden public staircases of Los Angeles into popular hiking trails, now turns his eyes northward. For Secret Stairs: East Bay, Fleming has designed more than 30 individual hiking loops. Linking multiple staircases into one-to two-hour self-guided strolls, these urban treks will delight the tourist, newly arrived Berkeley undergraduate, and veteran Bay Area resident alike.

The circular walks, each calibrated by length, difficulty, and duration—and each accompanied by a detailed, easy-to-follow map—are sprinkled with fascinating facts about the historic staircases, the historic homes around them, and the famous Bay Area characters who gave them their names. Walk the walks of Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir! Climb Berkeley’s massive Fred Herbert and Tamalpais Paths, hike Easter Way, and summit Sunset Trail! Mount Oakland’s Oakmore stairs, then tackle the hills of Upper Rockridge and Crocker Highlands via the public staircases. And do it all within easy walking distance from BART or bus stops, free parking, and excellent Bay Area cafés.

Dorothea Lange's Ireland

By Dorothea Lange & Gerry Mullins

Brand: Denver Museum of
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Dorothea Lange s Ireland
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A collection of the noted documentary photographer's works captures the essence of Ireland

Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Sara Benson

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Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet San Francisco is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Loll in Golden Gate Park, stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, get spooked at Alcatraz, ride a legendary cable car, maneuver down the crookedest street in the world, or take a day trip to wine-soaked Napa Valley; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of San Francisco and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet San Francisco Travel Guide:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, music, art, architecture, literature, cinema, cuisine, wine, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out San Francisco map (included in print version), plus over 38 color maps
  • Covers Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, downtown, North Beach, Chinatown, Nob Hill, the Mission, the Haight, and the Castro, as well as Berkeley, Muir Woods, Sausalito, Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet San Francisco, our most comprehensive guide to San Francisco, , is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of San Francisco? Check out Lonely Planet Pocket San Francisco, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out our Lonely Planet California guide for a comprehensive look at all the state has to offer, or Lonely Planet Discover California, a photo-rich guide to the state's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die

By Jessie Fetterling

Released: 2017-09-29
Kindle Edition (178 pages)

100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die
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Oakland is in the middle of a renaissance and, in the past five years, has quickly become a melting pot for hipsters, techies and aspiring artists escaping the San Francisco fog. But at its heart is the families that have called this city home for decades, giving it a rare sense of community that’s dying in other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. This can be experienced first-hand every month at Oakland First Fridays, where local bands and artists converge to put on the ultimate block party. Or the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market every Saturday provides another canvas for cultural and ethnic diversity. It only takes about 10 minutes at one of these city-wide events to see how Oakland, the birthplace of the Black Panther Party and other social justice organizations, is the definition of civic pride, welcoming any and all who visit to feel at home.

Oakland Noir (Akashic Noir)

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Oakland Noir (Akashic Noir)
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"San Francisco's grittier next-door neighbor gets her day in the sun in 16 new stories in this tightly curated entry in Akashic's Noir series. The hardscrabble streets of Oakland offer crime aplenty...Thompson and Muller have taken such pains to choose stories highlighting Oakland's diversity and history that the result is a volume rich in local culture as well as crime."
--Kirkus Reviews

"The legendarily tough California city of Oakland finally gets an entry in the Akashic noir series."
--Publishers Weekly

Brand-new stories by: Nick Petrulakis, Kim Addonizio, Keenan Norris, Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder, Katie Gilmartin, Dorothy Lazard, Harry Louis Williams II, Carolyn Alexander, Phil Canalin, Judy Juanita, Jamie DeWolf, Nayomi Munaweera, Mahmud Rahman, Tom McElravey, Joe Loya, and Eddie Muller.

In the wake of San Francisco Noir, Los Angeles Noir, and Orange County Noir—all popular volumes in the Akashic Noir Series—comes the latest California installment, Oakland Noir. Masterfully curated by Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller (the "Czar of Noir"), this volume will shock, titillate, provoke, and entertain. The diverse cast of talented contributors will not disappoint.

From the introduction:

Jerry Thompson: Discovering the wang-dang-doodle jams of the Pointer Sisters shifted my entire focus. Stunning black women were scatting and bebopping all the way into my soul. I think what we’ve put together in Oakland Noir is a volume where this city is a character in every story. He’s a slick brother strutting over a bacon-grease bass line and tambourine duet. She’s a white chick with a bucket of hot muffins heading to farmer and flea markets, to sell crafts and get hooked up with some fine kat with dreadlocks and a criminal record. And it’s in the faces of young fearless muthafuckers pounding keyboards and snapping fingers, lips, Snapchats, and Facebook timelines. It’s the core of not only Black Lives Matter but all lives matter. We are the children of fantasy and of the funk . . .

Eddie Muller: These days, writers and readers aren’t denying the darker parts of our existence as much as they used to, especially in crime fiction. Some writers just do it for fun, because it’s become the fashionable way to get published. You know, “gritty violence” and all that bullshit. The genuine darkness in noir stories comes from two places—the cruelty of the world’s innate indifference, and the cruelty that people foster within themselves. If you’re not seriously dealing with one, the other, or both, then you’re not really writing noir.

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