.Letters from our Editor

December 27, 2023

Learning Becomes Eclectic

Celebrate the East Bay's diverse array of opportunities for discovery in this year's inaugural issue of East Bay magazine, featuring articles on the Bentley School, mental health support programs, handcrafted instruments, local food nonprofits, newt migration, chocolate shops, Cal Performances in February, and more.
The Art of Living
August 24, 2023

The Art of Living

This summer, my partner and I hosted our first art salon. It’s not as pretentious as it sounds! Gathered in our backyard on benches and pillows, friends sang, played guitar, recited poetry and epic limericks, acted, danced...
Letter from our Editor, "Better Than All the Rest"
June 26, 2023

Better Than All the Rest

We all have our faves. Our go-to’s for takeout. The same special place we reserve for celebrations. The restaurant we return to when we’re sick of it all. Our usual spots to buy books or groceries or...
Food, Glorious Food
April 26, 2023

Food, Glorious Food

It’s one of life’s simple pleasures. And I’m not just speaking anecdotally. A recent study conducted by OnePoll determined that food-related activities comprise one-fifth of the top 50 things that bring us joy. Among these are: a...
My School of 'Stiff'
February 27, 2023

My School of ‘Stiff’

As an undergraduate studying marine biology, I became aware of the droll reality of scientific pursuits too late. I’d like to blame it on that one chemistry class I had to retake three times. Or my somewhat...
The Rainbow Connection
December 23, 2022

The Rainbow Connection

Many moons ago, my preschool teacher asked each of us kids sitting in a circle to share our race or ethnic heritage. One by one, my classmates proudly declared that they were “Korean” or “Black” or “white.” When it was my turn, I stood up and said, “I’m chicken!”—crossing the signals of being told I was “Chicana,” or Mexican American, to hilarious effect.
For the Love of Winter
November 25, 2022

For the Love of Winter

We in the Bay Area love to complain about cold weather. But while most people at this time would prefer to be lounging poolside in a warm locale, I’m more of a fall/winter person. It might have something to do with growing up in deserts (Las Vegas, Palm Springs) and spending a formative decade on Maui (read: even “perfect” weather all the time gets monotonous—I know, I’m weird). I like the chilly seasons.
Love and Marriage: An Introduction
October 25, 2022

Love and Marriage: An Introduction

Now, I’m not married, but this month I’ve entered a union of a different kind: editing this magazine.