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After Thailand, my favorite place in the world is the incomparable Lake Tahoe. And the jewel of the Lake Tahoe area has to be the amazing Fallen Leaf Lake. Growing up in Sacramento, my family and I were frequent visitors to Lake Tahoe and spent...
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Hurricane Bay, California, USA
The best way to see Lake Tahoe to get out on it, or in it. The crystal-clear waters make for beautiful float-seeing. Look for big boulders below you and scan the shoreline for hidden cabins and mansions you can't see from the road. Kayaking and...
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138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Growing up in California, I spent many a summer day camping, hiking, fishing, and backpacking with my family in the spectacular Desolation Wilderness backcountry around Lake Tahoe. I now live in Connecticut, but my heart will always belong to...
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631 Coyote St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA
Located in the Olympic House at Squaw Valley ski resort, Wildflour is a magical grab-and-go snack spot that is home to the world's best cookies. About 2 inches in diameter and an inch or so high, they're baked to perfection. Crispy, golden...
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Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #8, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Everyone seems to try the famous Secret Breakfast flavor, which has bourbon and conflakes, but it's just one of the many creative and creamy options at this Mission ice cream stop (which now has a new location in the Ferry Building). I like a...
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390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
I just shot a travel piece for Draft Magazine and loved the dish included at Half Moon Bay Brewery, located just 20 minutes south of San Francisco. Executive Chef Gaston Alfaro told me he loves to play with food and try new things. He made me a...
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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
You might have to wait, but it is so well worth it!
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1170 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
Casey's Pizza serves New York-style, locally-sourced, and mostly organic pizzas from a truck. The owner, a East Coaster, spent a lot of time trying to replicate the pizza of his youth and has added the West Coast mandates of local and organic...
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2015 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Bun Mee recently opened near my house. Their Vietnamese sandwiches are just spicy enough, with the right amount of filling and at the right price. They also have great salads and sweet potato fries with curry aioli sauce. I've been having their...
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Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Consistently ranked in Top 5/10 lists for the best San Francisco Bay Area Food Truck list, Mama's Empanadas is a food truck with a seemingly strange food combination: empanadas and pasta. But Mama—born in Chile and raised in Italy—makes it work....
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104 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
This museum does so much more than tell you about Walt Disney's life—it reminds you of the struggles that all creatives face throughout their careers. The experience is unexpected, interactive, and current for kids and adults alike. The view onto...
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Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA, USA
The artist is unknown, but the Tenderloin National Forest is a wonderful place to visit. Behind a big steel door, and open to the public off and on, the walls of this little alley that has been turned into a park, are covered with murals, and...
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1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Nicole Krasinski describes the novel concept of her restaurant State Bird Provisions as “dim sum and a great hors d’oeuvre party morphed into one experience.” She and her husband, chef Stuart Brioza, prepare beautifully executed...
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525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Suppenküche serves delicious, traditional German cuisine in a cozy space lined by long wooden tables and constantly changing art. I highly recommend this restaurant to travelers looking for a undoubtedly good meal in a vibrant neighborhood of San...
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754 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
This place is tiny, but it's one of my favorite places in my neighborhood. The menu is small so there are only a few choices, but no matter what you get, you'll be happy. Make sure to try the iced coffee. It's made with chicory, the way it's done...