Burma Superstar!


On any given weekend a trail of patrons line up along the infamous Telegraph Avenue to enjoy a tasty bite at Burma Superstar.


Burma is a sovereign state located on the Southeast Asia border of China. Burma, or officially renamed, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is commonly known for their precious jewels; natural gas and oil; and for their rice production but to an avid foodie and a Bay Area native, Burmese cuisine is a highlight of the State’s culture.


If you do visit the historic Burma Superstar. Start your meal off with their classic Burmese Tea Leaf Salad. Flown in form Burma, the tea leafs sit on top of  a salad mix of fried garlic and peanuts, a true a must have! If you are not a fan of salads give the appetizer menu a shot, no matter what you order it is guaranteed to be hunger fulfilling hit.

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In addition to their wonderful appetizers, the entree menu offers various unique options to satisfy your taste buds. Try the Coconut Rice as a delightful addition to your starter. This dish is prepared with Jasmine rice, cooked in coconut milk and topped with fired onions. Jasmine rice originated in Thailand, one of the many countries bordering Burma. Jasmine rice has a natural nutty aroma and a leafy flavor. The flavors combined make for an foodgasm all five senses can enjoy.

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If you have a sweet tooth and enjoy seafood, the Walnut Shrimp is a perfect selection, and also goes great with the Coconut Rice.


From Chicken, Pork, Lamb and Beef, to Noodle dishesand Seafood Burma Super has it all! Burma Superstar brings to you a lovely infusion of spices and seasonings from India, Laos, China, Thailand and of course Burma. Located in San Francisco, Alameda and Temescal area in Oakland, no matter were you are your are only a bus stop, a toll booth or a BART station away from spending your evening on cultural exploration that will leave your taste buds more than satisfied.


Blackberry Bistro

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There is nothing like Sunday morning brunch! After a strolling through your local farmers market, a good sermon or a jog around the park, hop in the car and head to Lower Hills side of Oakland for some good eats on the corner of Park and Wellington, at Blackberry Bistro!

Chai Soy Latte

Start your morning off with a delightful Chai Soy Latte – perfectly sweeten, this little cup of sugar and spice well get your taste-buds on the right track for what’s to come. Add a little whip cream on top for a personal touch!

Crepe Suzzete

With plenty of charming menu items like their Crepe Suzete, Crispy Potato Pancakes topped with granny smith apple sauce and crème fraîche…


and Vanilla Orange scented French Toast (with caramelized banana’s if you will), all made from scratch using fresh local produce, you are guaranteed to leave with a mouth dribbling for more.

Mi Rancho

Known for their savory egg scrambles, the “Mi Rancho” is a customer favorite!


Stop by for lunch and try their sultry Coconut Curry Noodles with portobello mushrooms or Grilled Green Chile Corn Cakes.

Serving breakfast (or brunch as I like to call it for those late bloomers) and lunch with seasonal specials, Blackberry Bistro is the place to be for a relaxing and comfy dining experience. With in and outdoor sitting, on a sunny day take in a breath of fresh air, embrace the warm California breeze and laugh with friends over a meal to remember!

Fruitvale Station


The howling sound of the BART train produced nostalgic feelings of my childhood growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sounds also re-hatched memories of the tragic event on New Years 2009; a tragedy that sparked action, eventually leading to this very film – Fruitvale Station. Opening up with real life cell phone footage from the platform of Fruitvale Station in Oakland CA, the fatal shot that ended Oscar Grants life is fired and the screen goes blank.

The film transitions into the last day of Grant’s life, giving us an intimate picture at the intricacies of the young man whose death shook the nation. In the aftermath of his death, heightened and polarized opinions of the real life man swarmed in the media. Writer and director, Ryan Coogler made sure to introduce the audience to who Grant was beyond the headlines. An exceptional performance by Michael B. Jordan humanized a multi-dimensional Grant. As a Bay Area native within Grant’s age cohort, I could not help but watch the film and think that this could have been my schoolmate, my relative, my friend.


The essence of life is found in the lives of those we touch. This story was told from the perceptive of the relationships Grant had with the most important people in his life – his daughter, mother, girlfriend, friends, and extended family. The social reality of his character was displayed on screen, helping the audience to connect with him not as a “good” guy, or “bad” guy but as a human being.

On screen Grant affectionately and playfully connects with his daughter, Tatiana – his pride and joy. A Daddy’s girl, endearing moments of the two racing, making funny faces, being comforted when scared, and sneaking her extra fruit snacks showcased the caring father he was. A flashback to Grant’s time in prison also reveals the mistakes he once made that kept him from being the father he wanted so badly to be. It too, showed the pain of his own mother, Wanda, played by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, who grew tired of enduring the painful reality of visiting an incarcerated son, and comforting his daughter who could not comprehend his absence. This very flashback reminded Grant of his desire to change his life though he struggled with keeping a job and providing financial support for his family. Trying to keep a lie, we see the attempts Grant makes to right his wrongs.

A family celebration for Wanda’s birthday was the heart of the film, where the most important people in Grant’s life gathered unbeknownst to them, for the last time. Eating a traditional Gumbo dish for New Year’s Eve, the family did what we all do around the holidays-chow down with laughter and fun as their main course. Following, the BART ride to San Francisco was a fun and exciting thrill – slappin’ Mac Dre, a deceased Bay Area rapper, everyone on the train could be heard rapping, “I’m in the building and I’m feeling myself.” Anyone who has ridden BART on New Years knows the magnetic feelings of this party bus that empties into the dynamic streets of San Francisco. It’s was a celebration and Grant and friends did just that!


One moment can change a lifetime. Throughout the film there were opportunities where one decision might have altered the fatal outcome. The looming hope of an alternate ending was present. However, a scuffle on the BART train led to the event we all hoped to escape – Grant and his friends being held on the platform by police. Even in these last few moments you can see the multi-faceted sides of Grant as he was angered by feeling unfairly targeted, while yearning so badly to get home to his family. By the time audiences witnessed the fatal shot fired, an excruciating pain accompanies. There were no dry eyes in the theater.

Following Grant’s family and friends we all anxiously waited in hope of Grant’s recovery, at Highland Hospital. Any Bay Area native knows the fear that accompanies the cold halls of this well-known trauma center. The audience joined Grant and wanted so badly to see his life work out for the best. This was our son, father, boyfriend, and friend. We had spent the last hour getting up close and personal with Grant and mourned his loss potential. What weighed heavy on our hearts was our knowledge that this was more than a movie; it was real life – a reality we dreaded.

The film closed with its final clip capturing Grant’s daughter at his 2013 Memorial service, reminding us of her immense lost.  A sorrowful feeling was partnered with hope and a call for us to cherish each moment we have with our loved ones because we never know when it will be our last.

Fentons Creamery

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It was the summer of 2010, and fresh out of college I trolled the city of Oakland in search for something sweet, cool and refreshing. While Rite Aid and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream had cured my sweet-tooth as a child, Fentons Creamery knew the song to my heart and on a late Friday or Saturday night served up to scoop of ice cream fit for the gods!


Located on the infamous Piedmont Avenue, amongst trails of tasty hot-spots, Fentons hosts a variety of customers. Families celebrating birthday’s, softballs teams hanging out after the big game and ladies like us, just out for a little girl talk and something sweet!

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Old fashioned burgers, sandwiches and more are available for lunch and dinner. Most of us marvel with salivation in the presence of four different flavors of Sherbet, four flavors of yogurt and over thirty-three delectable flavors of ice cream, often choosing to skip the main course and go straight for dessert. Patrons favor: Rocky Road, Swiss Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Swirl!

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A family-owned company, Fentons Creamery was founded in 1894 – notable for their retro soda fountain appeal and most importantly their handcrafted ice cream and sauces. Do not fever lovelies if your preference is a sundae, try “The Black & Tan” sundae, a signature menu item made with their in-house invention “Toasted Almond Ice Cream.”

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Providing the community with a memorable experience at an age-old destination” – Fentons 119 year old philosophy, solidifies the family-oriented nature of this establishment. With friendly staff, outdoor sitting and delicious chili cheese fries (often our chosen “before dessert meal”), Fentons is the perfect venue for reuniting old friends, first dates and keeping things simple, to enjoy a deliriously delicious scoop of ice cream – my personal favorite: The Blueberry Sundae!

The Happenings: 6/2/2013-6/9/2012

Los Angeles

3rd Annual Westside Shodown Standup Competition Finals

What: 3rd Annual Westside Shodown Standup Competition Finals

When: Wed June 5th @8pm

Where: 1323-A 3rd St Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Cost: $10


What: 8th LA WineFest 

When: Sat June 8th from 2pm to 6pm & Sun June 9th from 12pm to 5pm

Where: 5300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Cost: $20-$155

San Francisco

12th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival

What: 12th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival

When: Thur June 6th thur Sun June 23rd

Where: Roxie Theater 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Cost: $11-$20

love our lake Day

What: Love Our Lake Day

When: Sat June 8th from 2pm to 6pm & Sun June 9th from 12pm to 5pm

Where: 568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Cost: Free


Green Street Graffiti

What: Green Street Graffiti

When: Mon June 3rd thur Thur June 6th

Where: Green Street, 1201 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002

Cost: Free


What: Houston Beer Fest

When: Sat June 8th from 1pm to 10pm

Where: Hermann Square Park, 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002

Cost: $10 to $150

New York City

Governors Ball 2013 Official Pre-Party POPSHOP- NYC-

What: Governor’s Ball 2013 Offical Pre-Part POPSHOP: NYC

When: Thur Jun 6th @9pm

Where: Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

Cost: $10 to $15

Governors Ball

What: The Governor’s Ball: Music Festival

When: Fri June 8th thur Sun June 9th

Where: 1 Randall’s Island, New York, NY 10035

Cost: $95.00 & up


Movies in Central Park

What: Movies in Central Park Series: Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows

When: Thur June 6th @7pm

Where: 1380 Atlantic Dr Ste 14250, Atlanta, GA 30363

Cost: Free

PJ Morton Album Release Show

What: PJ Morton Album Release Show

When: Sat June 8th @9pm

Where: Center Stage Theater, 1374 W Peachtree St. Nw, Atlanta, GA 30309

Cost: $20