Berkeley Gem: Cinnaholic or What I Want for Breakfast on My Birthday


To get out of the house and entertain a multi-generational crowd during a family visit, we headed over to the Cal campus to walk around. Upon discovering that the Campanile was closed as was the door to the Life Science building, it was time for something sweet, and my husband lead our nine-person posse to […]

East Bay restaurants for big family groups

Benchmark Pizzeria

When my visiting family was in town, I was at a loss for dining-out options that would be able to accommodate the nine of us. The restaurants we go to regularly tend to be smaller spots. But cooking and cleaning for nine in my kitchen is also a squeeze from which I wanted to escape […]

It’s Free! The Edible Schoolyard at King Jr High School

Chickens at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley

A stroll through the Edible Schoolyard garden is an ideal way to entertain visiting grandparents and small kids at the same time.  Situated behind Hopkins Park and the King track…

{510} Family Faves with happiness coach Christine Carter

Dr Christine Carter shares her East Bay favorite places

I was excited to catch up with East Bay native and happiness expert (cool job, yes?), Dr. Christine Carter. Christine is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents , a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at Cal, and an online happiness coach. She is the parent of […]

Mama’s little helper: Munchery prepared dinners

Munchery, Bay Area food delivery

Rationalizing that we need to be able to tell our 510 Families readers about it, Heather and I both ordered dinners from Munchery, and to skip to the bottom line: we’d do it again. In fact, I’m pretty sure she already has. Munchery delivers fresh, prepared meals from a broad menu of restaurant-style entrees, salads, […]

East Bay Home Services & Delivery Guide

MUNCHERY meal delivery service

Some listings in this guide are sponsored as noted. If you’re a super busy parent, you will be psyched to learn about these creative and helpful home services. These businesses will bring everything from diapers to dessert right to your front door or work on your car while your child naps. Click on a category […]

Support the food banks year-round

Support the Alameda County Food Banks

My friend recently told me about a program to replenish the food bank by picking up grocery donations from nearby homes on a regular basis, and I signed up to do it. The Berkeley Food Project is not a food drive, it’s a donor drive. By collecting food from willing neighbors every two months, instead […]

New snack stop in Oakland – Scarecrow Popcorn

Scarecrow Popcorn in Oakland

Liz Jobst, mom to baby Henry, sent in this note after a pitstop at Scarecrow Popcorn. After some Sunday afternoon shopping on Lakeshore Avenue, this seemingly always ravenous baby mom stopped into the newly opened popcorn shop, Scarecrow, for a snack. That afternoon there were five flavors to choose from – movie butter, jalapeno gold, […]

Strawberry picking at Swanton Farm

Berry picking at Swanton Berry Farm

Vivian took a recent family outing to pick at Swanton Berry Farm — open yearround — and offered to share the highlights with us. The kids had fun picking fresh organic strawberries. The strawberries were some of the sweetest and juiciest I’ve ever had. The view from the farm is magnificent, with the Pacific Ocean […]

Special outing to Crown & Crumpet tea stop

Teatime at Crown & Crumpet

San Francisco’s Crown & Crumpet Tea Stop Cafe was a perfectly special outing for me and my two daughters to celebrate back-to-school. I think we found a new tradition. What you need to know: Street parking is easy at the meters. The “nursery tea” (pictured below) is the children’s portion and it costs $12. Kids […]

Hidden gems of Oakland: James and the Giant Cupcake

James and the Giant Cupcake in Oakland

My girls and I love James and the Giant Cupcake, on San Pablo near Alcatraz.  I take them here when they deserve a special treat, like they just got shots or a blood draw, and it helps get them through the un-fun process knowing what they have to look forward to. I let the girls […]

Dinner on the table: Instacart grocery delivery


When Instacart, food shopping and delivery service, arrived in the East Bay, I had already heard many positive reviews from my City friends. Once I tried ordering groceries from their app myself, I was hooked. Save $10 when you try Instacart. Right now, orders over $75 include free delivery, but they seem to be always messing […]

Dinner on the table: SpoonRocket

SpoonRocket delivers tasty meals in minutes in the east bay

The other day as I was assembling dinner, my husband arrived home and I asked, “How hungry are you?” and he answered, “Pretty hungry” so I clicked ORDER on a delivery right then and there. Within ten minutes, a container of chicken, rice, and vegetables arrived at my house. True Story. Spoon Rocket promises […]

Oakland outdoor eating: 10 places to eat with your kids al fresco

Homeroom in Oakland

I actually wore mittens on my bicycle this morning — in AUGUST! — but by afternoon the temperature is comfortable enough to consider outdoor dining for dinner. Thanks those of you following on the 510Families Facebook page, we have curated a list of 10 kid-friendly restaurants with patios in Oakland. (See our list of Berkeley […]

Little gems of Berkeley: Casa Latina

Casa Latina Berkeley

In a world where a single cookie at your local cafe can cost $2.25, it is delightful to discover a place where the whole family can enjoy the afterschool sugar bomb of their choice for $0.75 each. Casa Latina, a tiny restaurant on San Pablo Avenue just north of University offers an assortment of Mexican-style […]

Healdsburg: Wine-tasting with kids

Healdsburg wine tasting with kids

My husband and I took an anniversary trip to Healdsburg for wine-tasting with our two daughters, and Heather asked me to share some highlights. My biggest piece of advice is to plot out your routes and think ahead (snacks, treats, toys, lunch)! Here are a few places that made it fun for all of us: Preston […]

Berkeley patios: 10 restaurants where you can eat outside with kids


Summer, which seems to run from early August to the beginning of October around here, is a nice time to eat at a restaurant with outdoor patio space.  The sound of kids rejecting their food can drift up into the heavens instead of bouncing off the walls and driving us all crazy. With a little […]