Maybe because Ladyfingers has been around most of my life, I forget to appreciate it.


It’s with good reason that everyone loves their blackbottom cake (and cupcakes), but have you tried their buttery breakfast pastries? Their rich cheesecakes – also available in mini-sized? Their big, chewy cookies? Today they had creamy chocolate mouse in tiny chocolate teacups! I love them and their cute strawberry sign in the window. Next time don’t just speed by on your way off 580. It’s worth stopping for.


Oaktown Spice Shop

The smell of the Oaktown Spice Shop is intoxicating. The service is warm, personal, and individualized: kind of like having a personal spice butler. There’s a lovely view of the lake from in there. Keep your eye out for the Lake Merritt Monster while your spice butler is preparing your selection of paprikas from around the globe.

Oakland, 1990

Temescal History

Oakland North is running a great set of pieces on the History of Temescal today, including sweet before and after pics of Temescal stores and intersections.

Map source Ed Clausen via Oakland North

Feelmore 510

Why are sex stores so unsexy? Feelmore510 proves it need not be thus. On Telegraph at 17th. Do yourself and your sweeties a favor and check it out.

Also on twitter.

Shit Oakland Says

The Pretty Lady

There are no tables at The Pretty Lady, just one big, horseshoe-shaped counter with the kind of wooden chairs that are attached to the floor by rotating pole. There are three pretty ladies of The Pretty Lady, but the one who will take your order, who I believe is named Sung, is funny and dry and will give you a fist bump on your way out.

I had a very good salad and a perfectly acceptable fish sandwich, but my friend and I were coveting our neighbor’s chili fries.

18th and Peralta, West Oakland. Check it out.