15. Jack London Square is always poised and ready to be sorta great soon
It’s sunny, it’s pleasant, it’s... err, Jack London-y, and it’s perennially on the edge of being a real destination (Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House juuuuuust opened, and beer-garden-bocce-and-bowling-equipped Plank is on the way). In the meantime, at least it has Heinold’s.
16. Say no to KONO
According to banners, the area along Telegraph North of 20th is called "Koreatown Northgate", or "KONO", an acronym which is unfortunately close to a Spanish word for lady parts.
17. First Fridays aren't just our weird way of calendaring
Oakland Art Murmur, usually just called “First Fridays”, is a monthly art gallery open house and street festival that manages to be artsy, trendy, upscale, cheap, and mildly thuggy, all at the same time. Kind of like Oakland.
18. You need a car
Because AC Transit is basically the worst (although we do admit, the free B shuttle that goes up and down Broadway can be quite handy).
19. But don’t leave your bag in your car
In local Oakland dialect, that means “FREE BAG".
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Andy Murdock is an East Bay native and travel writer. He firmly believes that the churro will be the next cupcake, and is helping to make this come true by planting the word churro in his author bios. Tweet about churros to @andy_murdock to show your support.
This story was originally published on 9/26/2014.