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Ikeena Hardman

Chef, Farmer, Epicurean

I seek to bring to light that Soul Food encompasses Slow Food and is by its very is nature organic, local and sustainable. An Oakland native, I grew up in the Lake Merritt area. I have a passion for the city and it’s rich cultural legacy–Art, Social Activism, and Food.

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BARE Magazine

Fashion & Arts Publication

BARE Magazine is UC Berkeley’s premier fashion and arts publication. Through the production of our bi-annual publication, we transform the individual ideation of a diverse assemblage of people into one. Each issue is different, but all are cohesive in their pursuit of self-expression. Our approach to fashion is artistic, conceptual, and thought provoking. BARE celebrates the power of a publication to make a collective vision tangible.

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Highwire Coffee Roasters

Coffee Experts

We are three friends who have a shared love of high quality teas and coffee. Combined, we bring over 55 years of coffee and tea experience. We are excited to be running Highwire to be able to share our experience and passion with our customers and community.

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1-2-3-4 GO! Records

Record Label and Store

An Independent record store and label dedicated to vinyl with a small selection of CD’s and Tapes. Genres covered include; Punk, Indie, Hardcore, Garage, Classic Rock, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Ska, Funk, Country etc. Located in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland.

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Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Bay Area Food Blogger

Since 2007, Rebecca Gomez Farrell has blogged about food, drink, and travel from the average consumer’s perspective at theGourmez.com. The Bay Area’s inspiring cuisine—from ritzy, hidden bars to hole-in-the-wall sandwich spots—keeps her hopping and hungry.

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Adrienne Schell

Lifestyle Blogger

I’m Adrienne Schell. I am an Oakland native and a mom of 2 little ones. Oakland Momma is a lifestyle site where I share my love for all things Oakland. From The Town’s history and community, to its people and present vibe. Local love is where it’s at; it’s my lifestyle, made locally.

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Rachel Konte

Designer and Owner of OwlNWood

Designer and Owner of OwlNWood, a small boutique in the heart of Oaklands Uptown area. Specializing in vintage finds and local quality products.

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Laura McLively

Dietitian and food writer

Dietitian and creator of MyBerkeleyBowl.com, I seek to demystify unusual ingredients, one delicious recipe at a time.

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Slick and Dapper

Barber Shop

Established in 2012, Slick and Dapper Barber Shop is now serving Oakland in two locations. Please visit us on Grand Avenue or Broadway. We are a classic barber shop, with a dash of an old beauty parlor. High class cuts on a blue collar budget. Men, women, and even the lil ones are welcome.

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Melanie Kaufman

Yoga Teacher and Health Counselor

Melanie is a passionate and creative Vinyasa Yoga instructor based in Oakland, CA. Upon completion of her first teacher training in 2007, Melanie spent a year teaching and exploring the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Since then she has taught in studios, spas and a variety of other spaces both on the East and West coasts. She is also a certified Holistic Health Counselor with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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Jenny Cornbleet

Raw Food and Vegan Author

Jennifer Cornbleet is a raw food author and instructor, known for creating tasty and nutritious recipes that anyone can make fast. Jenny wrote the books Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and Raw For Dessert. Jenny currently lives in Northern California, though she can often be found on a plane, headed toward another exciting adventure in exploring regional or international cuisines.

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Michelle Moquin

Style Specialist

“The Quest for Killer Style is like the Hunt for the Holy Grail.”

Michelle Moquin is a Specialist in Styles that provides a variety of style services for women and men who want to transform and/or refine their professional and personal style/image, or increase their self-confidence, through a process of discovery that is exciting, fun and easy!

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Amanda Kate Hill

Personal Trainer

I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I am also a Certified Nutritional Consultant with the Global College of Natural Medicine and a Level 1 Certified Sports Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition. I have been a Certified Massage Therapist since 1992 after attending massage school at the Institute of Conscious Body Work in Marin County.

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Cristina Drafta


I am an addicted photographer, and a traveler passionate about the world. I write for Argophilia and other travel sites, and I like to use Stay.com to plan my trips. Hopefully, you can use my guides to plan yours too.

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Food Shopping in Oakland and Berkeley

Food Shopping in Oakland and Berkeley

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Laura McLively

Dietitian and food writer

Exotic produce, spices from the east, and more. Although Oakland and Berkeley boast an amazing variety of restaurants for dining out, it can sometimes be even more fun to venture into unique specialty markets to get ingredients for cooking your own dinner! My travel guide takes you to local markets, spice shops, ethnic delis and more. The independent sellers listed here have great souvenirs too, like beautiful spices and olive oils.

  1. Berkeley Bowl: my source for "Citron Budda's Hand" +Add

    Berkeley Bowl

    “There is no place like Berkeley Bowl for discovering ...
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  2. Mi Pueblo +Add

    Mi Pueblo

    “A huge grocery located in Oakland’s Latin neighborhood of ...
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  3. The Cheese Board Collective - Berkley - October 2009 +Add

    The Cheese Board Collective

    “Every East Bay cheese enthusiast knows that when you say ...
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  4. paella +Add

    The Spanish Table

    “My mom was raised in Spain, so we love shopping here for authentic ...
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  5. Oaktown Spice Shop +Add

    Oaktown Spice Shop

    “I love the feel of this place—the wooden shelves and jars of ...
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  6. Fresh Thyme +Add

    Middle East Market

    “A family-run shop with some of the smiliest service in town, I ...
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    Tokyo Fish Market

    “The incredibly fresh, reasonably priced fish here draws sushi ...
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  8. Berkeley, California - Amphora Nueva +Add

    Amphora Nueva

    “This awesome family-run store has the winning combination of some ...
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Laura McLively

Dietitian and food writer. Dietitian and creator of MyBerkeleyBowl.com, I seek to demystify unusual ingredients, one delicious recipe at a time.