I think I'm in love...with Oakland of all places! Seriously, the city has a bad reputation and during my visit downtown for the weekly Art Stroll on Saturday I saw the usual array of smashed car windows and homeless people. But there is so much more. There is a creative vibrancy there that really drew me in...especially the thriving Uptown neighborhood where you'll find quirky bars, an accordion store and a designer collective (with wine bar!), that made me crazy.
The stroll happens every Saturday from 1 - 5pm. Go check it out. You'll find me at the ping pong table at the pop-up beer garden!