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        • January 23, 2020 Talk to Each Other
          Talk to Each Other

          We loved this The Bold Italic article about East Bay coffee joints that encourage connection!

          Once upon a time, coffee shops were simple places. Somewhere you could go to buy a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, or catch up with a friend. Maybe you’d even meet a cutie in line. But in 2020, a coffee shop can now be anything: an office, a trendy backdrop for an Instagram photo shoot, the headquarters of a small startup.

          Don’t get me wrong; as a writer, I understand the need for a place to get some work done, and libraries don’t serve you coffee. But sometimes, I want to grab some coffee with a friend and not be glared at because I’m talking too loudly while someone is working on their pitch deck for a new app.

          If there’s one place that emphasizes and revels in human interaction, it’s the East Bay. With a surprising number of cafés that flat out don’t have Wi-Fi at all, the options are plentiful for those seeking comfort and conversation in a simple coffee shop. Below are my top picks for cafés in Oakland where people actually talk to each other:

          Tertulia Coffee 
          Awaken Cafe & Roasting
          Timeless Coffee, Piedmont
          Equator Coffees, Bay Place 
          Farley’s East, Oakland 
          Blue Bottle, Broadway 
          Julie’s Oakland 

          By Emma Webster for The Bold Italic.

        • January 17, 2020 Good Food Awards 2020
          Good Food Awards 2020

          We’re honored to be a sponsor of the Good Food Foundation’s 10th Annual Good Food Awards

          Each January, the Good Food Foundation organizes an epic three-day Good Food Awards Weekend for the public and the trade to meet, celebrate, taste and buy from the nearly 200 Winners: the exceptional food crafters who top the charts in a blind tasting and meet the environmental and social responsibility standards of the Good Food Awards. Over 2,000 entries from all 50 states are submitted each year.

          The Good Food Foundation exists to celebrate, connect, empower and leverage the passionate and engaged, yet often overlooked, players in the food system who are driving towards tasty, authentic and responsible food in order to humanize and reform our American food culture.

          Through five key programs – the Good Food Awards, Guild, Merchants Alliance, Mercantile and Fund – they build widespread support for the growers, ranchers, makers and merchants stubbornly swimming upstream to create and share the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible.

          There are still tickets available to the Marketplace, taking place this Sunday from 9am to 2pm. You’ll get the opportunity to meet this year's award-winning makers at their showcase for the food-loving public. Held alongside the Fort Mason Center Farmers' Market, the Marketplace is the first opportunity for the public to sample and purchase from the 2020 Good Food Awards Winners. 

        • January 13, 2020 Healthy Blues
          Healthy Blues

          We're on a major health kick over here...so it's smoothies and salads galore to refresh for this new decade! Give this one a whirl:

          Ingredients
          2 frozen bananas
          1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
          1 teaspoon of spirulina
          2 tablespoons of coconut cream (thick version of coconut milk)

          Blend until smooth and creamy!

          Photo credit: feedfeed

           

           

           

        • January 06, 2020 Yumi Zouma
          Yumi Zouma

          I got Spotify Premium for the holidays! It's unbelievably addictive and I'm loving all the new discoveries. One I can't get enough of is Yumi Zouma, an alternative pop group from New Zealand. I've got them on repeat as I ease my way into 2020.