During this time of social distancing and staying home, we're sharing ways you can experience Oakland from home! Continue to expand your tastebuds, try out new recipes, and embrace the culture that breathes life into our Town. 


Stay In, Order Out!

If you want a break from eating home-cooked meals and crave your favorite local bites, fear not! Though we’re not able to dine-in, many of our food businesses are providing takeout and delivery, and are relying on our community’s support to continue operating! Find local food and drink businesses to order out from by scrolling through the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s running list, “Oakland’s Open.”  

Close up of a seafood dish made in Oakland


Make Your Own Rocky Road Ice Cream

Whether it was Dreyer’s or Fenton’s that mixed up this beloved chocolatey, nutty, marshmallowy masterpiece, rocky road ice cream was definitely invented in Oakland! Make this road a little less rocky, and mix up your own No-Churn Rocky Road ice cream at home, courtesy of Rustic Joyful Food

What you’ll need– 

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows 
  • ½ cup chopped toasted almonds or walnuts 


Whip heavy cream, salt, vanilla, and cocoa powder until the stiff peak stage using a mixer or a whisk. Then, gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, marshmallows, and almonds/walnuts (you want to be very gentle so as to not deflate the whipped cream, as this is where the light and airy texture comes from). Spoon your ice cream into a freezer-safe container with a lid, and freeze for 4-6 hours before serving. 

Rocky road ice cream cone with lots of marshmallows and nuts

PC: Instagram @bestfoodinoakland


Mix Your Own Mai Tai!

Kick-off your sandals (or house slippers), and envision yourself in the tropics as you sip on your homemade island drink with Oakland roots! 

What you’ll need– 

  • 3/4-ounce fresh lime juice 
  • 1/2-ounce orange curaçao  
  • 1/4-ounce orgeat (almond syrup) 
  • 1/4-ounce rich demerara simple syrup (2:1 ratio sugar to water) 
  • 2 ounces amber rum 


Combine all your ingredients with ice (crushed or cubed), and shake until chilled. Pour— ice and all —into your favorite glass, and garnish with a spent lime shell and mint sprig. Cheers! 

Mai Tai cocktail with mint leaves and lime on a blue tabletop

PC: The Starline Social Club


Binge Watch Oakland-Based Movies 

Now that you’ve got dinner, dessert, and drinks taken care of, settle in to binge these flicks filmed in the Town.  

Sorry to Bother You is set in an alternate present-day Oakland, following telemarketer Cassius Green, who finds himself in a macabre universe after discovering a magical key that leads to professional success. 

In Blindspotting, longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal (playing Collin and Miles) star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship, and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. 

Centered around the Oakland A’s, and based on a true story, Moneyball follows Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the team’s general manager, and Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) as they reinvent the team on a tight budget, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed.  

While Marvel didn’t film on scene in Oakland for superhero movie Black Panther, the opening scenes (and historic movement) are based here. SF Gate says, "Oakland scenes from 1992 and 2018 bookend the movie...the production crew does a great job of making the basketball court in the opening scene look like one anyone who grew up in Oakland would recognize." 

Binge-watch more movies filmed in, and inspired by, Oakland.  

Characters from the show Blindspotting


Listen to Oakland Artists 

With standouts like Mistah F.A.B.Keyshia Cole, and Kehlani, Oakland is overflowing with musically talented individuals. If you’re looking to jam to some Oakland sound, start with this playlist, featuring more Oakland and Bay Area artists like KamaiyahKeak da SneakMac Dre, and Iamsu! Check out more Oakland artists to keep an eye on. 

Also, tune in to Oakhella Radio every 1st Wednesday from 6pm - 7pm for a monthly curated deep dive into music, art, and food through the lens of life in Oakland.

Artist Kamaiyah wearing a white coat