Upon finishing a breakfast of challah french toast with raspberry jam, applewood smoked bacon, and coffee, I settled down on the couch for a day of catching up on my blog feed, cleaning up my desktop, editing photos, and working on my to do list for this week. Evan thought differently. He wanted to go for a walk. And I can't blame him: he works from home so by the time Saturday rolls around he's itching to get out of the apartment. Plus it was really, really nice outside. So I closed my laptop and put on some walking shoes and away we went. Here's what we saw, did, and enjoyed on this sunny, warm Oakland day.
Someone is revitalizing this food joint. It's been vacant for years and has been a big eyesore. It's really exciting to see the positive changes that are taking place, though I am really annoyed with the amount of attention that it gets from hoodlum graffiti taggers: it gets tagged every time the owner puts on a new coat of paint. I hope it stops and/or they catch those jerks.
Grand Lake Theater.
Grand Lake Theater. Evidence of the revitalization efforts on this Oakland landmark.
Grand Lake Theater. New coat of paint and new bulbs.
Beautiful day in Oakland.
Religious nuts in Oakland. Webster Street and 17th-ish.
Tay Ho Restaurant.
Tay Ho Restaurant. #8: Ground pork and woodear mushroom mixture wrapped in soft rice noodles, more rice noodles, bean sprout, cucumber, mint, and basil salad, shrimp popover, sweet potato tempura, and pork cake. Very, very tasty (and economical), especially with sambal oelek and hoisin sauce. The fizzy lemonade was very tasty, too.
Thumbs up to this street art.
Old Oakland historic building. Current residence of Breads of India.
Old Oakland. 9th and Broadway. I love this two-tier sidewalk and wrought iron fencing.
Old Oakland. 9th and Broadway. Beautiful historic architecture.
Classy lamp for sale in Chinatown shop. They had tons of great stuff, this was one of the best.
Hello Kitty Ramune soda found at Sweetheart Cafe. It was very unfortunate that we could get the cap off; I was looking forward to some refreshing Hello Kitty fizzy goodness because it was warm and I was thirsty.