Oakland native Tran is a manager and partner in the family business, running popular Vietnamese restaurants Le Cheval and Le Petit Cheval.
Dragonfly Teahouse - It's good for small plates, and it's also a tea house, so it's two-in-one. I've always ordered different things there because I like variety when I go out to eat, but they have these salmon rolls that are really good, and fried jalapeño ravioli. And they invented the hard iced tea. (2598 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. 510-841-7734)
Koryo - I always like to go there because once you get in they'll give you your soup and salad right away, it doesn't matter what you order. Sometimes they'll give you something else complimentary I've had mussels and a tofu dish. I really like their sashimi over rice salad. (4390 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 510-652-6007)
Autumn Moon Café - My favorite there is the coffee cake. Also, the eggs Benedict with their lemon hollandaise sauce is really good. They have a vegetarian one and one with meat. (3909 Grand Ave., Oakland. 510-595-3022)
Monkey Yoga Shala -I take isometric Ashtanga and it's a great workout. Usually people think that with yoga it's just meditating or stretching, but this yoga is better than going to the gym. (3215 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland. 510-465-6357)