It was a very pleasant suprise when NYTimes ranked Oakland as number 5 out of 45 destinations to visit in the world for 2012. Wow. We are #5. This was based on number of amazing restaurants in Oakland including Plum, Haven, Commis, and Hawker Fare. Having eaten at Plum, Plum Bar, Commis, and Hawker Fare, I can say without a bias that we have amazing restaurants. In all seriousness, I enjoy eating out and Oakland has a lot to offer. For truly authentic Vietnamese and Mexican food, go to International Blvd. Korean food? Check out Telegraph Avenue between 27th to 50th Street. Restaurant rows? Check out Uptown, Old town, Rockridge, Piedmont Avenue, Grand Lake, Temescal, and on and on. But why just stop at restaurants? Oakland has little bit of everything for everyone ranging from redwood regional park for hiking, skylines for cycling, star gazing at Chabot Space and Science Center, etc. For more information, go to 100 Things to do in Oakland. If you’re curious about Oakland food scene, neighborhoods, or whatever, send me an email, and I will tell you all about it.