Historic Columbia

Back in the gold rush days, a town called Columbia in the mountains was booming. There was maybe 20,000 people living in this town at the peak of its popularity when people were searching for gold. 


It’s common for 4th graders in California, to have to do a project that someone incorporates this theme. I’m not quite sure what the project is as its been 15 years since I was in 4th grade and I didn’t really ask. All I knew was that my niece has to do a project and she chose Columbia so my sister invited me to go up with them. 

This past Saturday morning, we drove up to historic Columbia. This town, or at least the historic part of it, is the only living California State Park…or something along those lines. Basically it means that people still work and live there so they don’t charge an entrance fee like all other state parks. They rely solely on donations made when people visit the historic gold rush down. And it’s never been a ghost town the entire time it’s been around. There has always been people living and running businesses there. 

Built in 1857 and not yet a Wells Fargo bank
I think this is a great place to visit, even if only for a couple of hours. They have a short walking tour (where you learn about movies that filmed there and other cool, interesting facts), an active blacksmith store, a stage coach ride, and you can pan for gold. They have businesses that are running inside of the historic buildings, including a bank and hotel. 

A real, working bank with an ATM at the side of the building

Also, I finally learned where the saying “Good night, sleep tight” comes from.  

 They had to tighten the ropes holding their mattress up periodically so it would stop saggin in the middle.


Mua Oakland

As a going away/pre-Valentine’s Day dinner, some friends and I went to Mua Oakland. 

The environment is very cool. It seems to be a converted warehouse and it’s a lot bigger than you realize. They also have a DJ playing. We were in a room off of the main one so the music was the perfect volume (in my opinion). 

The food there is very delicious. I’m not quite sure what I would classify the food as. As I’m vegetarian, I saw two main dishes that I could eat. A vegetable one that I contemplated seriously because I love lentils. I ended up ordering the #CBF burger though as people only had great things to say about it.

Appetizers wise, I didn’t order any because then I can’t finish my food. Everyone else did though and they loved it. I had bites of one appetizer (No Cheese Mac and Cheese) and a salad (grilled romaine lettuce, if I remember correctly). Both were delicious but I would say that the grilled romaine lettuce salad took the cake. It’s literally two stalks of lettuce grilled with dressing and breadcrumbs. Yum!!

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures but I highly recommend going to this restaurant!! It is a bit pricy though so it’s not somewhere I would go to constantly. 

I would recommend making reservations before you go. They are constantly so busy that I’m not quite sure how often they take walk-ins. 

For more information and to see the menu, check out the website: http://www.muaoakland.com

2442a Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 238-1100


Lunch                                                          Friday 11:30 – 3pm

Dinner                                                     Monday – Thursday 5:30 – 11:00         Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 12:00          Sunday 5:00 – 10:00                                  (Last seating 20 minutes before close)

HAPPY HOURS (BAR ONLY)               Friday: 3:00 – 6:00                            Saturday: 4:30 – 6:00                              Other Days: 4:30 – 6:30

They also have an Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

Coffee Shop

Went to Coffee Shop in downtown to catch up with my other best friend. We haven’t seen each other in about a month so it was really nice to get a chance to hang out with her.

Coffee Shop is a coffee shop that opened earlier this year in downtown Walnut Creek on Locust Street. It has a cool vibe to it (or indie as my best friend would say). They have a nice selection of drinks and will even spike your coffee! If you are ever in the area then you should stop by and support the local shops.