Being Authentic in the Bay Area


One of the things I really love about the Bay Area is that there are endless opportunities to meet authors. A few weeks ago my friend Emily called and invited me to see Mike Robbins the author of Be Yourself – Everyone Else is Already Taken speak at Café Gratitude.  Emily called me the same day I wrote this blog post: Being Authentic is Professional so I decided it was meant to be that I went to see Mike talk. Mike is the real thing and I enjoyed meeting him. (He’s pretty cute too!) 😉 I was brave enough to go up and ask him if he would be willing to do an interview with me and he said yes! (Which is pretty impressive when you see the other places he’s been interviewed!)

Thanks Mike!

What do you love most about the Bay Area?
I love how beautiful it is and all the different kinds of people.  I grew up in Oakland, went to college at Stanford in Palo Alto, lived in San Francisco for six years, and now live in Concord…so I have gotten to see different parts of the Bay Area and I love it all!

What is your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?
I love Lo Coco’s on Piedmont Ave in Oakland – great Italian food and neat local place.  I also love Café Gratitude (in SF, Berkeley, and San Rafael – incredible environment)

Where is your favorite place to shop for clothing, kids stuff, etc?
I’m not a big shopper – we go into downtown Walnut Creek sometimes and there is a cute store on Main St. called Calypso Twist…it is a gift shop and has lots of inspiring stuff for your house, kids, etc.

Favorite place to hike or bike? Favorite park?

Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tam

Favorite independent bookstore in the Bay Area?
Book Passage in Corte Madera

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I’m so grateful to have been born and raised here in the Bay Area.  I travel a good amount and have been to 47 of the 50 states, as well as been to some amazing cities around the world – Paris, London, Vancouver, Sydney, and more.  The Bay Area is my favorite place, by far, of all of the places I have traveled.  There is nothing like it and we are all so lucky to be here.

Mike Robbins
Thanks Mike!

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