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Cool stuff to do in San Francisco's East Bay--Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and beyond.
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1510 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
The Pacific Pinball Museum, aka Lucky Ju-Ju, is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's hidden treasures. It's worth the $15 admission just to hear the sound of an actual needle on actual vinyl in an actual juke box. (Early Beatles the way they were...
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1007 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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I'm not typically a fan of food that takes too much work to eat. Lobster, for instance. Rarely worth all that cracking. But assembling the banh hoi at Le Cheval is fun. And the result is delicious. Soak the dry rice paper in hot water to soften it...
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3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville, CA 94506, USA
I'm not really a car guy. And I don't usually have much of a reason to go to Danville, CA, an exclusive suburb of San Francisco. But the car collection at the Blackhawk Museum is incredible. Rows of Ferraris, a giant silver sedan that a maharaja...
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Peralta Hacienda, Oakland, CA 94601, USA
A 15-minute drive up into the hills above Oakland's Fruitvale district, Redwood Regional Park is my go-to spot for a quick hit of real NorCal nature. An easy walk leads you along a creek beneath big, beautiful trees. The air is clean, the...
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34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555, USA
Every winter, migrating monarch butterflies stop off at Ardenwood Farm, near Fremont, California. You can take guided ranger walks out to the eucalyptus grove where they hang out. There are spotting scopes set up so you can get an upclose view....
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200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Yes, the UC-Berkeley Botanical Garden is a beautiful, tranquil place, especially on a winter morning. But it's also a great place for a scavenger hunt for naughty-sounding plant names: Blue Dicks, Naked-stem Buckwheat, Hooker's Evening Primrose,...