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Downtown Wine Merchants-Downtown Oakland, CA

Downtown Wine Merchants

A wine bar offering small-batch vino and New American small plates in an upscale old-world space.  My daughter Melissa is a “regular customer” at the Downtown Wine Merchants-Oakland, CA. and they treat her like royal.ty.  She was so excited to share this little gem with me.  She said, mom, “You need to post this on your blog right away”! As you can see, I wasted no time.

Located just across the bridge at 102 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA. 94612, this is where the locals gather for great wine and outstanding food.

Melissa chose the Grilled Atlantic Salmon, braised vegetables, and olive tapenade.

Grilled Atlantic Salmon, braised vegetables, olive tapenade

Here’s a peek at their menu.

Wine Merchant's Menu

Downtown Wine Merchants (3)

Downtown Wine Merchants (2)The girls above are Heather and Margery, and according to Melissa, the service is AMAZING!!!  Owned by Susanne Downtown Wine Merchants received the 2016 Wine Spectator Award Of Excellence.

Dowtown Wine Merchants

If you’re in the Bay area, ( including the Oakland area) please check out some of these amazing places, they do NOT disappoint. For more information, visit

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Grand Lake Kitchen

Grand Lake Kitchen (2)

Located at 576 Grand Ave. Oakland CA 94610., right outside the San Francisco Bay Area, Grand Lake Kitchen is where the locals love to eat. If you’re in the Bay Area, google them and check out their different menus for brunch, afternoon, dinner, beverages, and dessert. Visit for their menu, directions, and hours of operation.

Melissa recently went for brunch at Grand Lake Kitchen. After her experience, she was excited to send me a few pictures to share with you. The food looks amazing! Here’s a peek.

Remember, there’s a lot to see in the Bay Area, including across the bridge in Oakland.

Buratta, baby beets, herbs, grilled bread,

Scrambled Egg Breakfast

French Toast With Fresh Berries

Turkey Sandwich

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The Market, First Floor Of The Twitter Building, San Francisco



In the financial district, downtown San Francisco, you’ll find this gourmet grocery store. This is really convenient if you work or live in the heart of the city. It’s located on the first floor of the Twitter building.

My daughter Melissa explains how it’s all laid out. In the center, there’s the grocery. The store offers all gourmet items that aren’t readily available in your traditional market. There are a wide variety of wines available as well.

Attached to the grocery store are food and drink bars. You can sit down and have a bite to eat and maybe then do some shopping. On the outer rim of the store are food stalls, similar to a food court, and a market cafe. They still have the original mailboxes from when the building was a department store. Here’s a peek into The Market!

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