Oakland and Alameda Are Awesome!

Earlier this month I had the good fortune to ride back to Oakland, CA with my brother.  I had never spent any time in this city at all, so I was super-excited to see where he lived and to explore it.  First of all, he lives in the coolest industrial warehouse loft.  I spent a lot of time taking photos of the place because it was so cool. 

And, one of his roommates is Cobalt, a sweet, gorgeous pit bull.  I did the other half of the photos of him. 

We spent time in Alameda, which is just across the bridge from where Benj lives and is the coolest little island city.  We went and had late breakfast at Ole's, a throwback diner, and sat at the counter. It was perfect.  I found some amazing jewelry at a shop called Therapy, we went to a few bookshops and we even went to a movie at the Alameda theater.  The whole experience was pretty cool.  

Benj and I picnicked at Lake Merritt (who knew there was a lake in the middle of Oakland!)

 drank swanky coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee (they asked for rights to use my Instagram photo!)

checked out First Friday in Downtown Oakland, joined a dance party Friday night at the Oakland Museum of California, and ate BBQ on the sidewalk from Kenny's Heart and Soul Food (pulled pork mac n' cheese anyone?).  

I had a blast.  The thing that stuck with me most is how incredibly artistic this city is.  Art oozes out everywhere, from murals to re-purposing old things for outdoor and home decor to street vendors.  I think Oakland is amazing, and I cannot wait to go back and explore more.