Archive for the ‘romantic’ Category

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.

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Walden Pond Books

A nice place to drop in while you’re strolling down Grand Avenue, Walden Pond is clean, well-lit, and has an awesome collection of new and used fiction, non-fiction (including a lot of radical politics and history) and photo books. An above-average kids book selection too. The people who work here really, really know books. Like one time I came in and said, “I’m looking for this kinda old novel about the railway industry in California…” and the guy was all, “Frank Norris’ The Octopus?” and went on to bust out a long anecdote about an actor from the film adaptation of one of Norris’ other California novels, McTeague.

Old Weang Ping Village

Old Weang Ping Village looks like it’s actually in a village. The pointy-roofed, Thai-style facade is almost totally obscured by ivy and bamboo. Only it’s in the middle of a residential strip of MacArthur east of Mills College.

(photo Lacy Atkins, SF Chronicle)

Knock on the locked door and wait – in a few minutes you’ll be guided into the awesomely funky secret hideaway. Great Thai food. Plus gumbo.

Paws and Claws

Everybody’s favorite queer women of color owned pet supply store: It’s Paws and Claws.

(Photo from pawsnclawsoakland.com)

Along with ecological, organic and otherwise wholesome pet foods, they’ve got grooming and some kind of DIY wash station for dogs.

Lake Merritt Boating Center

The Lake Merritt Boating Center:

(Photo courtesy http://www.oaklandnet.com)

Sailboats, pedal boats, row boats, all at fairly reasonable prices. They’ll tell you not to, but it is physically possible to pedal over to the Lake Chalet, tie up to their dock, and order a lemonade at the bar.