An East Bay native, Bianca Sotelo is always first in line for the latest boutique or restaurant opening in the ever-changing neighborhoods surrounding her Alameda home.
Here, the interior and photo stylist and producer shares her favorite local haunts: • Trouble Coffee With its white walls, fixtures and floors, this cafe is a blank slate for clearing your mind and starting your day. They serve the best thick-cut toasts and iced soy lattes too. troublecoffeeco.com. • Alchemy Bottle Shop Selling a curated mix of small-batch and often locally crafted spirits, this is my go-to shop when I want to add a swoon-worthy bottle to my home bar. alchemybottleshop.com. • Neighbor Tucked away in this moody boutique is the best mixture of made-in-the-USA accessories and the latest and funkiest home decor and curiosities. You’re certain to stumble across a new favorite artisan here. iloveneighbor.com.• Tamarindo The most sophisticated space to enjoy my favorite food: Mexican! A floor-to-ceiling brick bar and beautifully woven vintage textiles invite you to stay for a few margaritas and flavorful ceviche. tamarindoantojeria.com.
Written and edited by ANDREA STANFORD.