Tooling around the East Bay

Spent a chunk of today exploring various spots in the East Bay: Alameda, including South Shore and the Franklin Park area , the Lakeshore Avenue/Lake Merritt Oakland area in Oakland, North Oakland, Temescal, Dimond, Oakmore, and North Berkeley. Oakland has some wonderful areas. In some ways , I preferred it to Berkeley–it seems more low key. I also found Alameda really interesting–the historic houses–particularly the Victorians– are beautiful–and it’s right by the water.
Oh yes, and we managed to snag some righteous dim sum to go in Oakland’s Chinatown area–the freshest gai mai bao, dao choi bing, and scallion pancakes–great lunch munching as we drove around. Ended up with coffee at Fatapples, then headed home.