Things of Interest

Real Estate:

Red Oak Realty, Berkeley and Oakland


Berkeley Horticulture Nursery

Flowerland, Albany

East Bay Nursery, Berkeley

Cottage Gardens, Petaluma

Urban Tree Farm Nursery, Fulton

Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, Sebastopol


Garden related places:

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek

Berkeley Rose Garden

Great Resources for kids and families:

Alvin Ailey Dance Camp, Berkeley

Children's Fairyland, Oakland

East Bay Regional Park District - Kids Activities

Oakland Museum of CA

Rabbit Ears Pet Supplies, El Cerrito

Albany Bowl

Oakland Zoo

Brushstrokes Studio, Berkeley

Berkeley Parents Network (online resource for parents)

Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

Jam Camp West, Oakland



The Jazz School, Berkeley

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland

Yoshi’s, Oakland


Grocery Stores:

Monterey Market: I think of this as our "7 day a week, more choices for less money than a farmer’s market" universe of produce.

Berkeley Bowl:  The new Bowl has plenty of parking, and a really good café.

The Cheese Board & Cheese Board Pizza:  $2.50 a slice, one special pizza each day and free jazz. This is a quintessential Berkeley experience: just one offering each day, only vegetarian, and always excellent.

Tokyo Fish Market Not only excellent, very fresh fish, but the world Japanese food product and a jewel of a produce section with excellent prices.

Ranch 99: Welcome to Asia!

Farmer Joe’s  This is a great market with a wonderful prepared food section.

Monterey Fish:  Market Gourmet Ghetto Fish

Magnani’s:   Magnani’s has hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats and excellent take-out chicken.

The Spanish Table Welcome to Spain!

Masse's Pastries Baked goods that are truly worth the calories.

The Pasta Shop:  Two locations: one on 4th Street in Berkeley, the second at Market Hall in Rockridge.

La Farine

Acme Bread


Mariposa Bakery Gluten Free Pastries and breads

Piedmont Grocery

Phoenix Pasticheria: They have been known to trade your home-grown Meyer lemons for their products.