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Oakland, Calif., Has Never Been Better: Here Are 10 Reasons Why (PHOTOS)

Let's face it: Oakland has found its place in the sun.<p>Our neighbor to the east has been honored with a slew of awards over the past year, including a nod from the <i>New York Times</i> as a top-five worldwide travel destination and the title of Most Exciting City in America by real estate blog Movoto. M.C. …

What’s new in East Bay food, XXXII

<b>HOMESTEAD</b> Homestead, a new restaurant under the helm of co-owners and husband-and-wife team Fred and Elizabeth Sassen, is scheduled to open Aug. 1 in …

Check Out the New Menus at Plum and Haven

As discussed last week, there's been a chef shakeup at Daniel Patterson's duo of Oakland restaurants, <b>Plum</b> and <b>Haven</b>. Former Haven chef <b>Kim Alter</b> has moved over to Plum to take the reins of the kitchen there, while <b>Coi</b> sous chef <b>Chris Johnson</b> was promoted to the top job at Haven. It's all part of a …

Homestead, An Oakland Comfort-Food Haven

Grid View<p>Homestead Restaurant in Oakland<p>Chef Fred Sassen strolls through the dining room.<p>Protests or no protests, the upscale restaurant scene in Oakland continues to blossom, and the latest spot to come to life is <b>Homestead</b>, a farm-to-table bistro from the husband-and-wife team of Fred and …