Nailing the perfect venue is an absolutely essential component to the success of a date.
But here's the thing: What makes a great first date spot is definitely not the same as what makes a place the best to celebrate a special occasion or even a second date — so deciding where to take a plus-one doesn't always get the same answer.
It’s a small city, but it punches way above its weight in terms of the interesting people you meet living here, and the ideas that get discussed at your average dinner party (or in my case, hurried preschool moms’ meet up.) And a perfect example of this rich ideas culture is Uncharted, the annual Berkeley ideas festival (October 14th and 15th.) It’s an immersive two day experience (although you can also buy a one day ticket too) similar in style to the celebrated Aspen Ideas, with a huge range of speakers, talking about a fascinating selection of topics.
I am lucky enough to be able to be part of it this year, in conversation with the amazing Lauren Schiller from KALW, talking about my book, America the Anxious and the American cultural fixation on happiness and why it’s leading to stress and anxiety.
Every situation has different needs — neighborhood, vibes, price point — and it can be tricky to find the right bar or restaurant if you've never been there.
So next time you're trying to pick a fitting location, just consult this guide.
I’m honored to be in some illustrious company- KQED’s Michael Krasny will be talking about laughter and discussing his new book about Jewish Humor.
And even better, the ticket price includes a fabulous Friday night party. We've got you covered if it's Berkeley you're cornering.In need of the best date spots in other neighborhoods?Street festivals occur in Oakland throughout the year, but the Art and Soul Festival in Downtown Oakland is one of the largest.Thousands of people head Downtown each summer for a weekend of live music, multicultural food, art, and excellent shopping.