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Guest Author: Heidi Keyes

The East Bay has long been an environment that is cannabis-friendly, and the city of Oakland continues to be at the forefront of legalization with some of the best dispensaries and cannabis-friendly events in the state. From lounging at Lake Merritt with the

Oakland has a proud and resilient Black history/community that celebrates the influence on cultures past, present and future. This is certainly reflected and embraced in its food. With everything from Caribbean jerk chicken and plantains to Ethiopian injera with wat and comforting Southern fried chicken, Oakland’s

We’re spilling the beans because something special is brewing in Oakland. Throughout the Oakland’s vibrant neighborhoods, inventive roasters and cafes are serving up a rich variety of tastes and experiences with coffee enthusiasts drinking it all in. Whether it’s sourcing the finest beans from sustainable farms around the world or training top-notch baristas to artfully pour the perfect cup, the specialty coffee-preneurs and professionals revolutionizing Oakland’s coffee scene take pride in their trade. Beyond stellar service and amazing coffee, they’re also dedicated to creating community with warm, welcoming spaces that reflect Oakland’s diverse, adventurous flavor. 

For the first time ever, Foodbeast's ultimate noodle festival Noods Noods Noods presented by NISSIN Original Cup Noodles, is hitting the Bay Area on April 7, 2018. Hosted at the all-new Esports Arena Oakland in Jack London Square, this food-lovers event will feature some of the craziest, Asian-inspired eats, alongside competitive video game action.

The inspired dishes at Noods are promised to be nothing short of Instagram-worthy and mind-blowing. The event will host a variety of Bay Area restaurant vendors, each supplying exclusive Asian-inspired and/or noodle-filled comfort-food items. Now, without further ado, here are three of the craziest dishes you'll find using noodles, all created by Oakland restaurants participating in Noods... 

Another Oakland Restaurant Week has been and gone with thousands of meals devoured at Oakland restaurants. From seafood, to Arab street food, to California favorites, to Mexican mole and margaritas, to Thai soul food, to spicy Indian fusion, to Italian classics and more! We asked diners to post their favorite feasts on Instagram, and here's some of the dishes we found.

Oakland's soul-food-restaurant per capita is pretty impressive, especially considering its 3,000 miles from the South. That's thanks to a strong African-American culture that's been part of the city's fabric since the founding. With a hunger for fried comfort, we set out to find the most popular spots in Oakland -- and we know that we've missed a bunch. Let us know and we'll add your favorites to the list!

Infamous for their long hours and long poured cocktails, dive bars are a great way to immerse yourself in Oakland’s diverse night-life culture. Though peculiar in appearance these hometown treasures offer a warm friendly atmosphere and, of course, well priced well drinks.