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478 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Yone has a rare kind of time-capsule-charm. It's a tiny shop you can get lost in for hours—lost in San Franciscan history, lost in slow conversation, and, of course, lost in beads. Mr. Bee, now 90, opened Yone in the '60s and has amassed a...
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Taqueria El Grullenes is not a destination—is not exactly charming, they don't use special ingredients, and you won't see much on your way there—however it is the best meal for $1.50 I've had state side. Tortillas are made to order and their al...
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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
Outerlands is an Outer Sunset institution. The small restaurant near Ocean Beach serves local, organic cuisine in a rustic-chic setting. Covered floor-to-ceiling in warm, rough-hewn wood, the interior invites lingering over an artisan cocktail or...
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200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Stop by Reveille Coffee Co and your morning will be instantly better. The light, airy space in North Beach serves up coffee, pastries, and some of the best avocado and egg toast you’ll find in the city. Founded by Christopher and Tommy Newbury,...
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318 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
This tiny, unassuming deli-like place is right next to our office and is a lunch-time favorite. The owners are super sweet. We are addicted to the $4 udon-to-go, green tea gingerale and Bugles here. Cash only. Fun fact: the chefs at nearby Quince...
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Even now I'm craving their guilt-free collection of tapas-style breakfast miniatures. You can expect to find little croissants stuffed with jamon, light pastries topped with berries, and fresh squeezed orange juice. It's simple, inexpensive, and...
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Presidio Pkwy, San Francisco, CA, USA
Looking for a short but sweet run with beautiful views and no hills? Run the presidio!
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1690 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
In Golden Gate Park, right off Ocean Beach, you'll find two historic Murphy windmills that have just been restored to their former working glory. The surrounding tulips and a picnic area make it a perfect pit-stop on your way to, or from, the...
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Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Chairman gourmet food truck roams the streets of San Francisco and serves up some of the most delicious Asian cuisine I've had. Here I had a steamed bun but it was served taco-style with pork belly and some spicy pickled thing. Wow. So...
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Petaluma, CA, USA
At Armstrong Redwoods old growth redwood trees tower over a floor of miniature clovers. I was lucky enough to find not one but two four leaf clovers in one afternoon! You can drive through the grove but take the walking path instead and you may...
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Fulton, CA, USA
"No they are not going to give us parachutes just in case- a hot air balloon is essentially a giant parachute!" If you're afraid of heights, cruising at 25 miles an hour (just a few thousand feet in the air) is relaxing way to conquer that fear....
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San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
While not as beautiful as the golden gate, this bridge takes you to the glorious East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland etc.). The two sections of the bridge meet on Treasure Island (no there aren't any pirates) and on the first weekend of warm months there...
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982 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
The Warfield Theater in San Francisco opened in 1922 as a vaudeville theater, but lives on as a live music venue in current times. Starting with entertainers that included Louis Armstrong and Charlie Chaplin, its prowess lives on with Pearl Jam,...
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972 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
True to its name, this Sebastopol Hole in the Wall cafe was hidden and delicious! The Dutch baby is a deep German pancake made in a skillet with tons of sugar and apples. The chef brought it out to us sizzling hot! What a breakfast.
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3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
There's something electrifying about catching a view of the Las Vegas Strip, lit up in all its neon glory, 46 stories above the city's streets. While there are plenty of vantage points along Las Vegas Boulevard, the scene caught from the viewing...
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Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Yeah Baby! The Strip might get all the attention, but if you want the real Vegas the only place to go is Fremont St. With its enclosed light show of a ceiling, freak show of people watching, and rock 'n' roll show of live entertainers you could be...
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
My father captured this shot after sunset by painting the ground with flash lights and prolonging the exposure. Desert trips are great to experiment with new photography techniques. (I was busy building the fire of course).
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
Cacti come in so many beautiful varieties with everything from massive pink needles to delicate red flowers. On this trip I discovered a world of succulents I didn't know existed.
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
While in the Alabama hills I fought for my life against the most feared worm in the West. Ok not really, but after finding out the saga of Tremor monster movies were filmed here I couldn't resist a little photoshopping. While the town of Lone Pine...
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Lone Pine, CA, USA
Until the moment we were behind the wheel, I was under the impression I'd be relaxing pool-side, piña colada in-hand, for 5 days in Vegas. Well apparently I misinterpreted the plan, because we were to spend half the trip camping in the desert—...
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Florence Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Sonoma County is recognized for its' wine, cheese, and nature but it is the quirky charm of its residents that give the region unique character worth remembering. On the way to the small town of Sebastopol you'll cruise through rolling hills, past...
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730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
I thought this dish would taste exotic and borderline strange, maybe even a bit slimy, but the Garlic Frog really did taste like chicken. This Fall we had our first AFAR Supper Club event at Lers Ros Thai and of course the group was up for trying...
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5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Watching the sun set over San Francisco Bay from this hilltop is an unforgettable (and truly local) experience. Maybe going to graves is a little creepy, but the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland is more beautiful and historic than most places you...
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899 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
San Francisco's Muni system can be scummy, inefficient, and scary, but I'd recommend any visitor take the bus vs. a cab at least a few times. Other than walking, riding the bus is the most entertaining and memorable mode of transportation. In a...
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1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
When my friends came to visit from abroad this was the first place I had to take them. Bay Area locals can't get enough of this co-op run, cheap, gourmet pizza! This particular pizza was a delicious combo of gruyere cheese, cilantro, garlic, corn...
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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Golden Gate Park was formed out of an expanse of sand dunes to the west of the city in the nineteenth century—a history that is still discernible in the rolling topography of much of the park’s more than 1,000 acres. Over 13 million...