01/02/2013 10:44 pm ET Updated Mar 04, 2013

A Beginner's Guide To Oakland - The Bold Italic - San Francisco

I knew when I moved to Oakland a couple years ago that I'd have to do some convincing to get my San Francisco friends to come hang out in the East Bay. Oakland is rad. It has its own feel, pace, and character; there's so much going there. But it also shares so much of what we all love about SF. So for all of you who've feared to venture across the Embarcadero, here's a guide to the spots in Oakland (and Berkeley) that feel just like - or dare I say, even better than - home. Hopefully this will be the push you need to cross the bay and find even more amazing places - the ones that feel like the East Bay and nowhere else - on your own.