Diego Rivera on display at the Oakland Museum of California
Carolyn Alburger, Associate Editor: "The grilled octopus with shaved fennel salad and little shards of smoky salami from Mason Pacific. The restaurant's wine list is also amazing. Get a glass of the Huber sparkling rose."
Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: "If you've never had Lao food—for which I don't blame you!—Champa Garden is definitely, definitely worth a trip to Eastlake Oakland; there's an off-menu item called Avocado Paradise that is exactly what it sounds like."
Caleb Pershan, Editorial Fellow: "This was a great episode of my favorite podcast, the Slate Culture Gabfest. They "endorse" at the end of each show, so to endorse the show itself is an ironic meta endorsement I like to think they'd enjoy."
Jenna Polito, Intern: "Turntable.fm lets you listen to music in real time with friends, coworkers, or anyone who shares an internet connection and similar musical interests. We created a San Francisco magazine room, and I've been grooving all week to tunes from office DJs Charles_Shaw and George Mack!"
Scott Lucas, Web Fellow: "Doughnut beer. I had one from the Rogue Ales bar in North Beach last night that they made in conjunction with Portland's Voodoo Doughnut. It was Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale. It tasted like doughnuts and beer mixed together, and it changed my life. It must be what The Simpsons Duff Beer tastes like."
Stevanie Wazna-Blank, Intern: "I'm currently obsessed with this well written article by the 14-year old girl in Texas who wrote the "Jesus isn't a dick so keep him out of my vagina" sign. She's a virgin being called a whore for defending a woman's right to choose, and her dad defends her on Twitter."
Katy Quigg, Intern: "I love this custom watercolor wallpaper by Black Crow Studios because it's an artistic way to add interest and color to your walls. The paper makes a great statement piece and everything else in the room will fall into place. If covering the whole wall with an explosion of watercolor isn't your thing, they sell smaller canvas pieces as well!"