1. The latest novel by Rainbow Rowell continues to show her knack for story telling. Another easy read, Landline is the story of Georgie, a script writer living in LA, and her husband Neal, a stay at home dad. It’s Christmas time and Georgie is forced to stay behind to work on an opportunity of a lifetime while Neal and their kids jet off to Nebraska to celebrate the holidays. With their marriage is possibly on the verge of falling apart, Georgie finds solace in an old rotary telephone that has magical connection to the past.
2.My first 5k deserves a spot on this month’s 5 things. Admittedly, training for the race has been sparse (or closer to none), it doesn’t take away from the excitement of the event. The scenic race course runs along the iconic San Francisco piers and ends at AT&T Park, home of the Giants.
3. Training or not, a 5k is a perfect excuse to drool over new kicks. This Nike Free 3.0 is an older model with 5.0 already on the market, but is still just as effective. Customization allows you to personalize the color scheme, width, and thickness of the sole.
4. This annual event at Oakland’s Jack London Square is back again for the fifth year. Last year’s Eat Real Festival featured a plethora of local food vendors, selling everything from coffee to artisanal beers to hand crafted jams. There’s a live stage for cooking demonstrations and an army of food trucks ready to satiate those taste buds. Arrive early as popular items have a tendency of selling out.
5. While there is no shortage of specialty food events nowadays, the Bubbly & Crunch takes the cake. For $65, foodies can partake in unlimited fried chicken and champagne at the Oakland based event. Chances are the fare here is better than a bucket of extra crispy from KFC. Ten local vendors will be frying up a storm, providing a range of flavors from good ol’ southern style fried chicken to Korean fried chicken.