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Alameda art and paint nights – the exclusive list

You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy a night of wine and paint.  Our artist community in Alameda hosts lots of places to put your creativity to the test.  I will say that I am not an artist, but I really enjoy the process of creation. Maybe it’s just getting out that I love, but regardless, these Alameda art and paint nights have me captivated.

I will make every attempt to create an exclusive list, but there is likely more tucked away in churches and senior centers.  Let me know what I have missed in the comments and we will add it.



If you look through our Instagram you will see that we are no stranger to the artistic delights of Twirl.  The adult painting and crafting classes are tons of fun. My friend and I loved how we got to use nice brushes and just had more creative range than you get in some of the other places.  Wine and snacks were available as well as the creative expertise of the owner.

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You’ve likely seen this bright and delightful party store on Santa Clara, but you might not know that they host creative classes.  I have taken the watercolor calligraphy class, and it was crazy fun.  The class is a bit more costly than the others, however they are longer and a quality skill is taught. I went with five friends, and every one of us loved it.

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If you really want a wide variety of date and style choices, Pinot’s Pallete cannot be beat.  There are classes many times every week, and it is easy to send a link to your friends to sign up together.  I have always had a great time.  The wine cost is in addition to the painting fee. The paintings are very easy to do, so this is more for those looking to just have fun.

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I popped in for a few minutes to say hello when they first opened.  This place was filled with real creativity. This class list is a variety of mediums and methods that will delight those who are more advanced. From fairy houses to mosaic windows, what’s not to love here.

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Okay, so there are lots of places I have not tried. I would love your feedback so I can share it with our readers.


If you think learning to sew would be a hoot (I think I could do it as long as someone would thread my machine), then the sewing room has so many classes. From beginners to adults, this studio doesn’t just sew for you, they teach you to do it yourself. I have had several friends express an interest in learning to make pillows and little totes. I am quite sure when we find the time this will be our spot.

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If you love jewelry making, you should try the classes at bead inspiration. I’ve been in this shop and they have everything you need to make charm bracelets and fashionable jewelry.

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I can see they have some bridal projects and a “call to find out more about canvas painting”. I wasn’t feeling really excited about the information I received online so this is just an honorable mention.

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I took a cake making class at Michael’s so many years ago, and although I don’t use their recipes, it changed me forever.  It sparked a love of making fresh cakes with buttercream frosting.  So even though Michael’s isn’t owned by anyone living in Alameda, their courses may make your life more fun. They have great ones from crochet to cake making. Check it out.

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If you want to learn to paint furniture, create a rust finish or take a series of painting classes this is your studio.  The artistic owners Ja-Ying and Rachel live on the island and love to share all their creativity with their students.

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This is quite amazing. We have a glass blowing studio with courses, right on Clement!  Check out this amazing list of courses. Am I brave enough for this to be my next adventure? Maybe.

Mention you found them on #ilovealameda and you will get $10 off your first course. How super cool is that?

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Whether it’s date night, a moment to get creative or a girls night out you should book one of these places. 

What have we missed. Leave a comment!



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17 Best Alameda Restaurants for Date Night

Planning a fancy date or a cool night out but don’t feel like crossing a bridge? These are our current picks for restaurants in Alameda with great ambiance and delicious food. Let this jog your memory so you don’t go to the same places over and over! Do you agree with our list?

1. Asena Restaurant

Mediterranean food with a flair. Great ambiance and unique dishes. This small and delightful Alameda restaurant is a top pick for date night.

Photo by Asena

Photo by Asena

2. Kamakura Japanese

Wonderful sushi and Japanese dishes served nightly with warm ambiance. You will often find the owners greeting customers. This is a great spot for special occasions and birthdays. They have a special birthday dessert which is so much fun.

3. Pappo

Fresh food and flavors served with a smile and a glass of wine. Yes, please. Pappo is a go-to date night location for many Alameda residents.

4. Speisekammer

Are you looking for a little culture? We love the authentic German cuisine. It is just like being in Germany!

Photo by Speisekammer

Photo by Speisekammer

5. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

The selection of Dim Sum and seafood is amazing. The restaurant has a casual vibe, but if you want just good food this is a great choice on the west end.

6. Burma Superstar

Ask around town and you will hear raves about Tea leaf and Rainbow Salad at Burma Superstar. This is a great choice when you want food with great flavor.

7. Dragon Rouge

Steaming bowls of Pho and Sea Bass on a skillet, there is so much Vietnamese food to enjoy at Dragon Rouge. This is a favorite Alameda restaurant for date night and before events.

8. Pier 29

Not a fancy atmosphere, but sometimes you just want to stay casual. Overlooks San Francisco and the food is good. Don’t forget about Ballena Bay.

Photo Pier 29

Photo Pier 29

9. Sushi House

A casual sushi restaurant with great dishes. Fresh and unique rolls and bento boxes, and it overlooks the bay. This is nice spot for before a movie.

10. American Oak

The ambiance is great and the brussel sprouts are even greater. This is a must try for a romantic Alameda dinner.

11. Trabocco

Have you noticed that gorgeous restaurant with a crystal chandelier in the middle of Southshore Center? That’s the one. Stunning design and great food. We love it.

Photo Trabocco

Photo Trabocco

12. East End Pizza

Sometimes you just want pizza, but it is still a date. The pizza is really delicious and fancy. This is one of our lively Alameda restaurants with a great bar. It is is a nice spot to sit and talk.

13. Spice I Am

We love the mango sticky rice, and so do lot of other residents. When you are in the mood for Thai, this is a nice spot.

14. Hang Ten Boiler

Its casual. It’s messy. It’s fun and delicious. If your date is adventurous this is good time.

Photo East Bay Express

Photo East Bay Express

15. La Penza Azul

Have you seen all the kinds of Tequila. Well it might not be fancy in decor, it makes up for it in a lively atmosphere. Great Mexican cuisine and good drinks.

16. Café Jolie

This is a delicious café on the West End. The food is fantastic and it is cozy place to hang out.

17. Habanas Cuban Cuisine

For the best Mojitos in town, swing by Habanas.  The Cuban food and atmosphere make for a cool night out.

18 (bonus!). Shirasoni

Recently opened Teppanakki and Japanese restaurant. Really good food and great times.


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Did we miss one of the great Alameda restaurants? Did we get is wrong? Leave us a comment.


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Alameda Island Living

Living on an island is great thing, if you ask Alameda residents.  You might wonder if being water locked by the San Francisco Bay and Oakland Estuary is a good way to live. We know it is. These are 8 reasons we love living on an Island!

1. We have lots of waterfront

There are expansive beaches, walking trials and biking paths all over this 6 x 6 mile island. Much of those trails overlook the bay or the estuary. Many gaze right at the exciting San Francisco skyline. We have beaches for kids, water sports, tide pools and biking trails. For residents with an active lifestyle they never have to look far from home for outside adventure along the waterfront. All in all, being surrounded by water is the coolest reason we love living on an Island.

Island City Alameda

Alameda Island – Photo by Google Earth

2. Non-residents don’t just swing by

Those of us living here know the 2 tunnels, 4 bridges, 2 ferry stations and city wide bus routes so it is easy to find your way off the island when you live here. However, to get to the island for our friends and guests, they may need a little practice and a GPS. Even our land locked bayfarm island is a bit tricky to find. Most of us like that our city feels a little protected from the busy San Francisco Bay Area and has a sleepy vibe.

3. We have a bird sanctuary

Because of our expansive, quiet beach and the work of an amazing lady, Elsie B. Romero, we have a bird sanctuary. Elsie B. Romero Bird Sanctuary is part of the Crown Beach system to preserve the delicate ecosystem of over a dozen birds. These birds thrive on the salt march and live on the bay.

Birds like the snowy egret and marsh wren grace our shores.  The estuary is a very quiet place, where residents can bird watch or just stroll.  If you haven’t done this yet, you should!

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4. We have an active boating community

Alameda is second to Marina Del Ray as far as most boat slips in California. We have a thriving active boating community, and there are even racing teams like like the Alameda Dragon Flyers. We also have 5 yacht clubs and a house boat community on Alameda Island.  Much of our boating community is tucked away from open view, so you might even forget it’s there.

5. If you work in the city, you can ride the Ferry to work

22 minutes Ferry ride to San Francisco isn’t bad. If you consider they serve cocktails, it is even better. It’s a quick trip and quite relaxing for those who are spending their work days in the financial district of SFO.  If you are lucky enough that you can ride the East Bay Ferry to work, you will agree this is one reason we love living on an island.

6. We can say cool things like “I never leave the island”

It’s true. Many of us love to say to other locals “I try to never leave the island”. We also get to say we live in “Island City” or we have “Island fever”.  Not everyone gets to do that!

photo: Matching Hats

photo: Matching Hats

7. We have a lighted boat parade

For 39 years, Alameda Island has celebrated the Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland Estuary. Boats large and small celebrate the holidays with enthusiasm and flair. We love this snoopy boat. So festive for the holiday season.

8. We have everything we need

Because residents have such pride in living in Alameda, many times they live here and have businesses here. Many of our restaurants, flower shops, boutiques and stores have local residents behind the counter. Some businesses just love that sleepy island feeling to call home. Ultimately, it means that you never have to cross a body of water to get something special or needed.


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What do you think is the benefit of living on an Island? We would love to hear from you in our comments.

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