Wednesday, August 8, 2018

880 South: Oakland, Copper Spoon


Copper Spoon  4031 Broadway/41st St., (510) 897-7061.  L M-F, SunBr, D daily.  It’s all about the bar here, though the food service is good and enhances the drinks.  The pleasant sleek-yet-cozy interior features high ceilings, a stained concrete floor, and natural light from oversize front windows.  Seating is available at a long bar as well as in an adjacent, more private section that has small tables and booths and is closed off by a partition.  There is additionally a remote area in the back.  On my visit, I sat in the quieter private section and found myself wanting to see what was going on in the very lively bar area, but I was unable to see over the partition without standing up.  Next time I will secure a bar seat.

bar at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
bar at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California


dining room at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
dining room at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California


From a selection of classic, contemporary, and original cocktails I chose the whimsically named, “healthy” Down The Rabbit Hole made with mezcal and some other earthy ingredients.  It was quite carrot-orange, served in a cute little glass, and topped with a red dot and a tiny marigold flower (think India).  Next time I plan to try the Don't Mind If I Do . . . (mezcal, passion fruit, and lime with a Santo Domingo float).  My companion was also pleased with his Golden Triangle (Tequila, Cappelletti, vermouth, and lime).

Down the Rabbit Hole cocktail at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
Down the Rabbit Hole cocktail at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California


Though main dishes are available--I’ve heard good things about the chickpea cakes and roasted chicken--we decided to order from the appetizer section and share everything.  We started with the soup (we ordered two), which this day was a refined, delicate cold coconut milk combine with fresh corn puree.  It was followed by Breads & Spreads consisting of small slices of toasted sourdough baguette and four colorful pureed spreads:  green Blue Lake beans and celery; orange red pepper hummus; red beets and goat cheese (our favorite); red tomato and bacon jam.

coconut milk-corn puree soup at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
coconut milk-corn puree soup at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California


Breads & Spreads at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
Breads & Spreads at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California


Then came deviled eggs that consisted of four halves topped with a teeny, tiny bit of pickled mustard seed and a teeny, tiny fried broccoli flower.  Our final dish was a delicate fried rock fish with house-made chips.

deviled eggs at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
deviled eggs at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California


fried rock fish at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
fried rock fish at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California


Desserts were a choice of carrot cake, chocolate mousse, panna cotta, and a nectarine bread pudding (our choice, but it was more a dense cake than pudding).  The use of mix-matched plates and flatware added to my aesthetic enjoyment (one of the plates was from the same pattern as some in my own eclectic collection at home).  Note that a 3% service charge is added to the check for the kitchen staff.

nectarine bread pudding at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California
nectarine bread pudding at Copper Spoon in Oakland, California



More things to do in Oakland.

Way more things to do in Oakland. 

More ideas for exploring Northern California. 

images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Monday, August 6, 2018

880 South: Oakland, Mural Walk at Jack London Square


Mural Walk  Take a self-guided walking tour to view a bevy of thought-provoking murals that were painted for the 2018 Oakland Mural Festival.  This festival features primarily local artists.  The first was in Berkeley, the second in Richmond, and the third in Oakland--the first one that was supported and for which artists get a stipend.  Though the festival is over, the murals remain, so as you wander the streets immediately adjacent to the square keep a look out for these outstanding examples.  Map.

I was fortunate to experience a mural tour during the festival led by local Jena Dominique (her mom was a Raiderette), who introduced us to many of the artists that were applying finishing touches.  She leads several other Oakland tours via her Street Salad enterprise and integrates post cards into the fun. 

Murals:
1.  Lower Bottoms Collective.  Painted by four Oakland-based artists who have been creating murals together for 5 years.  The painting is on a PG&E building.
mural by Lower Bottoms Collective at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
mural by Lower Bottoms Collective at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


2.  Mike Bam Tyau & Jesse Rodriguez.  Recently Mike has been including his Hawaiian ancestors in his work.
mural by Mike Bam Tyau and Jesse Rodriguez at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
mural by Mike Bam Tyau and Jesse Rodriguez at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


3.  Alise & Jack Eastgate.  Their work draws on the lush landscapes of Jack’s native Fiji.  The painting on a PG&E building.
Alise and Jack Eastgate work on their whale mural at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
Alise and Jack Eastgate work on their whale mural at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


4.  Caleb Duarte.  He has created public works around the world.
mural by Caleb Duarte at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
mural by Caleb Duarte at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


5.  Trust Your Struggle Collective.  This group has produced more than 100 murals since 2003.
Jena Dominique describes mural by Trust Your Struggle Collective at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
Jena Dominique describes mural by Trust Your Struggle Collective at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


6.  Los Pobres Artistas.  The artists in this group have Chilean ancestry.
mural by Los Pobres Artistas at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
mural by Los Pobres Artistas at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


mural plans by Los Pobres Artistas at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
mural plans by Los Pobres Artistas at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


7.  Dave Young Kim & Erik T. Burke.  Don’t miss their giant rooster.
rooster mural by Dave Young Kim and Erik T. Burke at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
rooster mural by Dave Young Kim and Erik T. Burke at Jack London Square in Oakland, California


8.  David Burke.  He hs written a love letter to Oakland.
David Burke works on his mural at Jack London Square in Oakland, California
David Burke works on his mural at Jack London Square in Oakland, California