Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
July is National Ice Cream Month, and in honor of this auspicious occasion we are sharing the scoop on the best ice cream in the East Bay.
We are lucky here on the sunny side of the bay, because we get a cross-section of creative gourmet shops for adventurous foodies and family parlors for ice cream traditionalists.
Check out these 18 favorites, which are listed alphabetically and not ranked by their creamy deliciousness – because, well, they allare heavenly!
1. Cookiebar Creamery
Cookiebar is a small East Bay chain that creates outrageous flavors like Fruity Pebbles and “1606” (peppermint, house-made cookies 'n cream cookies, Oreos, and chocolate fudge). For the more sophisticated palate, there’s Toasted Black Sesame and Calamansi Sorbet. And, as the name promises, they have fresh baked cookies, too. 517 8th St., Oakland and 647 Central Ave., Alameda.
Cream is a ...
Monday, July 2, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Forget Napa Valley for your next wine tasting tour, because we have something easier. East Bay locals can explore an award-winning wine country much closer to home – in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, where the reds, whites and rosés are ripe for sipping.
Some East Bay wineries, like in the Livermore Valley, are historic and lush with mature vines. Others are uniquely urban and located just blocks from BART and Jack London Square. (As Sunset magazine recently pointed out about East Bay wine tasting: “California’s newest wine country leaves the ‘country’ behind.”)
Hop on the Livermore Wine Trolley or walk the Oakland Urban Wine Trail. Or hit one of the East Bay's many wine and food festivals, like the annual Taste Our Terroir, Livermore Valley’s annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence. Tickets for July 26-29, 2018, are available at www.lvwine.org.
This is a perfect time to test the grea ...
Thursday, June 7, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
We are filled with Dub Nation pride these days! But it also is starting to sink in for Golden State Warriors fans that our home team won't be playing in Oakland's Oracle Arena for much longer. The NBA stars are scheduled to move to a new complex in San Francisco in late 2019.
Oracle Arena is an aging facility, despite a 1997 renovation. But it has been blessed with a storied history and a magical home-court advantage – one of the best in the NBA – that no one fully understands (even if they claim to).
The Dub Nation surely will follow their Warriors to S.F. when they walk off the Oracle Arena’s hardwood for good. But that is not the end of the Oakland arena’s story.
There’s a rich history. There’s a future. And we are feeling downright sentimental about all of it. Indulge us…
1. Arena's Place in Sports History
Jim Hadnot, a center for the Oakland Oaks, the first basketball team to play ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
The latest East Bay buzz is about how people are flocking to see Walnut Creek homes for sale, especially commuters and millennials drawn to downtown housing for its increasingly hip urban-suburban vibe.
New condos built near the Walnut Creek BART station are the latest draw for buyers, especially first-timers who are priced out of San Francisco. The Riv condo project, for example, just added 48 homes to the market, and developers recently broke ground on the THREE luxury condos by Lenox.
That got us thinking about other exciting downtown Walnut Creek developments. Check out these new and soon-to-be favs:
Patrick Dougherty's architectural artwork.
World-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty, who weaves willow tree saplings into giant whimsical shapes, has created a temporary public art installation titled "Sure Enough" in Civic Park, thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts grant secured by the city and Bedford G ...
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Summer blockbuster season is fast approaching, and two highly anticipated Oakland movies will play major roles in theaters.
So, grab some popcorn and settle in as we give you a preview of these breakout indie films that had Sundance buzzing earlier this year and have us buzzing with hometown pride. Watch the latest trailers, linked below.
Sorry to Bother You
Hip-hop artist Boots Riley set his directorial debut in his hometown of Oakland, where he and his crew attracted plenty of attention while filming this quirky sci-fi satire last summer.
“Sorry to Bother You” tells the story of a black telemarketer who uses a “white voice” to move up the ranks. He lives in an Oakland garage with his activist-artist girlfriend. The star-studded cast includes Danny Glover, David Cross, and Patton Oswalt.
The surreal feature film was a hit at Sundance this winter and was the centerpiece of the San ...