Pulled from the bucolic isolation of those tree-lined seven acres, the magazine’s staff—many of whom already lived in the Oakland area—are excited to become part of the neighborhood. Already, there are numerous food-based business headquartered nearby, from Belcampo and Blue Bottle Coffee to the Food Craft Institute training center and its annual Eat Real Festival. And while there may be rose-geranium macarons on display across the square at Miette and barrel-aged gin negronis at Daniel Patterson’s Haven restaurant downstairs, that hasn’t stopped Edwards from becoming a regular at Ben’s Restaurant, the nearby hole-in-the-wall that the East Bay Express calls “the best Chinese restaurant in Oakland that you’ve never heard of,” or chatting with the guys unloading broccoli and bok choy at the longtime wholesale Oakland Produce Market nearby. “It’s the best of both worlds,” she said, a big city whose neighborhoods can have a small-town feel.
Photo: Biscuits by Tanya Holland (Spencer Toy)