.Holiday Guide

Dec 7, 2022

Last Minute Gifts

A festive guide to ethically sourced retailers in Oakland  Holiday season is here. *Bells jingle softly in the distance; steam rises off a cup of hot chocolate.* A miraculous and much-needed week or two of rain, nippy temperature and shop windows dutifully bedecked in honor of various winter festivities all...
Dec 16, 2020

Gift Local

Let's imagine this holiday gift-giving worst case scenario: Like any Covid-fearing citizen, you've remained quarantined, stayed home and done all your gift shopping online. And then the alerts start blowing up your phone—"Your Delivery is Delayed!" Ack! Thanks...
Dec 9, 2020

Ideas for the epicures and aesthetes in your life

Gifts for Cooks Since almost everyone is doing more cooking right now, gifts for kitchen use are both practical and welcome. Take a look at these suggestions—most will work for both cuisine novices and chef-wannabes, and a couple...
Nov 26, 2019

The Best Bars for Reuniting Your Crew

It's the holiday season, which means that for those of us who grew up in the Bay Area, it's the best time of the year to reunite with friends who have since moved away and are back...
Nov 26, 2019

A Guide to the East Bay’s Best Holiday Desserts You Can Buy

The Best Holiday Desserts You Can Buy The holiday season is upon us, and even if you dread the music that floods every store as soon as Halloween is over, most of us can't resist a good holiday...
Nov 26, 2019

Collecting Birds, Making Chocolates, Fighting Bandits, and Other Pursuits

People love games — both playing them, and giving them as gifts. We have a special fondness for board games that bring people together at a table, face-to-face. Video games involving cooperation can do the same thing....
Nov 26, 2019

Confederates and Immigrants, Punks and Riot Grrls

Cantoras By Carolina de Robertis Alfred A. Knopf; 336 pages; $26.95 With Cantoras, Oakland writer Carolina de Robertis looks back to her homeland, Uruguay, over the course of 35 turbulent years. In her new novel, five lesbians learn the...
Nov 26, 2019

What Teens Want For Christmas

Middle school girls and boys can often be worlds apart in how they think and how they act. What we found, though, is that these usually opposite groups are actually pretty much in sync with each other...
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