Oakland North’s treats of summer: Try them before the season’s over!

The diablito at Nieves Cinco de Mayo. Photo by Dara Kerr.

The diablito at Nieves Cinco de Mayo. Photo by Dara Kerr.

Summer is the time for cooling drinks, frozen concoctions and delicious bite-sized treats, and Oakland North hit the streets to find some of the tastiest and most original summer snacks in town. Check out the best of our finds this weekend, before summer is (almost) over!

Summer treat series: Check our our search for the most refreshing drinks where you’ll find mint lemonade, Italian sodas, Thai iced coffees and diablitos.

Summer treat series: Our survey of Latin treats in Fruitvale where you’ll find cream-filled empanadas, tamarind paste “lollipops,” and cups of mixed fruit topped with lime, salt, peanuts and spicy sauce.

Summer treat series: Dara Kerr explores the Middle Eastern corridor on Telegraph where you’ll find cinnamon harissa, zatar pie, and cardamom and red pepper marinade.

Summer treat series: Dara Kerr and Kate McLean explore Oakland Chinatown where you’ll find basil seed jello, taro buns, and mung bean jelly with salted coconut cream.

Don’t forget to check out our profiles of local restaurants and bakeries known for their snack foods:

A Fruitvale ice cream shop mixes up cool treats with classic Mexican flavors: Nieves Cinco de Mayo serves up corn, cactus and rose petal ice cream

This North Oakland shop (and its even newer sibling on Telegraph Avenue) offers innovative flavors based on fresh herbs, kitchen spices and unusual hybrids (blueberry mint, anyone?):Temescal shop answers Oaklanders’ scream for Tara’s Ice Cream

Need a cool summer lunch? Here’s where to buy Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches in Oakland.

The new Neldam’s still bakes classic Danish cakes and cookies, but now also offers much more: The late Neldam’s bakery is reborn, with workers in charge and treats as diverse as Telegraph Ave.

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