Culture

A new addition to the renaissance of eateries that the former Gold's Gym strip of businesses on Encinal Avenue enjoys is Sidestreet Pho, a restaurant that gives a tip of the hat to pre-war Vietnamese street cuisine.

The Pacific Piunball Museum's plans to build “the Smithsonian of pinball” in the city’s grand but long-shuttered Carnegie Library has city leaders ready to rethink Alameda’s ban on arcades. Here's the story.

Alameda's vaunted Fourth of July parade is coming up soon, and its approach is being heralded by press releases like this one from Paul Hauser, the media contact for the parade.

My visit to Zen Asian Fusion on a recent Monday night was spontaneous. We almost didn't go because it was Monday and, well, when you get your heart set on going somewhere, and then realize it's Monday and it's closed (as so many are) it's upsetting.

With all the changes in media and news outlets in this modern era, it can be interesting – not to mention fun – to reminisce by looking back at newspapers from yesteryear.

St. Joseph Garden Club's 20th Gardens Galore tour was held on May 18, and Mike Lano was there, camera in hand. Here's a sampling of the 260 photos Lano shot of the tour.

Nearly 10 months since the initial announcement heralding a new, upscale wine and tapas place on Park Street, Wine and Waffles is open for business - and business is booming.

Once upon a time - in 2004 - three friends decided to open a restaurant in Alameda. Since they were all Italian (two natives and an Italian-American), they figured it would be a good idea to feature Italian food and wine. They named their restaurant C'era Una Volta, which incidentally is Italian for "once upon a time." Eventually, one of the friends got homesick and returned to Italy. The others wished him well and redoubled their efforts to make their dream flourish. And flourish it did. But this is not the end of the story.

For the past few months, residents of Bay Farm Island have been seeing and hearing something totally out of the ordinary: A rooster has been walking up and down residents’ wood fences, running the length of Harbor Bay Isle’s tracts.

Over the past several years, Ron Cowan's Harbor Bay Isle Associates has offered several proposals to add additional homes to Bay Farm Island. The most recent bids to increase development there are only the latest in a series of development cycles that have transformed Bay Farm from marshland into Alameda’s own little suburb.