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2222 3rd Ave, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Napa Valley’s newest sub-appellation is just 10 miles east of downtown Napa but it is tucked into a pocket of the Valley that feels like a throwback to the pre-Mondavi days—when the region was a diverse agricultural area and winemaking was a labor...
2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Mind, blown and belly, full. Brown Sugar Kitchen is the place in the East Bay for your brunch in search of food for the soul. Created by the master head chef Tanya Holland (known for her celebration of community as well as her gifts in the...
2049 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA
Welcome to my new favorite, neighborhood cafe near the intersection of University and San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. The space is inviting (both inside and out), the communal tables and cozy chairs plentiful and the Four Barrel coffee delicious with...
2865 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Mint Leaf Vietnamese restaurant in Berkeley is situated where the old Scharffen Berger Chocolate factory used to be. The building with its beautiful brick and large glass windows is perfect for a cold rice noodle salad with Vietnamese iced coffee...
Presidio Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Artist Andy Goldsworthy's Wooden Line meanders its way through a grove of Eucalyptus in the Presidio, inviting all to take off shoes and balance beam through the forest. The sculpture, formed from the trunks of eucalyptus, gently curves its way...
One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
If Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, continue walking for another ten minutes and you’ll arrive at one of its newest attractions, the Ferry Building. Actually, the building itself is not new, having been completed in...
3119 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
El Mansour is a destination kind of place! It's really fun for big groups and special occasions. Not only is the food delicious, but the atmosphere is lively. The inside looks like a big Moroccan tent...And! There's belly dancers!
Lands End Trail, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
This is where Adam and I got engaged! It's a gorgeous, rocky beach off the Lands End Coastal Trail. It's a bit of a hike to get there, but that's part of the fun. Grab a sloppy, delicious sandwich at Lou's Cafe or AK Meats before you go and have a...
555 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
I recently signed up for a drawing class with a few fellow AFARians, and I came to this art supply store—near Jackson Square in the Financial District—to stock up on materials. Sporting wall-to-wall color and two floors of pencils, paints,...
100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The Victorian-era glass and wood structure, which looks like a sugar-coated castle atop a grassy slope, is Golden Gate Park's oldest building. It's also one of San Francisco's most splendid historic sites. Wander through five different galleries...
875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Spending a day at a spa was something that never crossed my mind until I heard about the day spa at the Meritage Resort and Spa just outside Napa, California. I decided to give it a go and emerged a believer. Spa Terra is built in a cave under a...
271 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Stop by and treat your palate to University Café's sensational drinks. Homemade lemonades and specialty coffees are great on the go (especially when exploring University Ave.). For those with time to sit and enjoy a meal, they serve crave-able...
Stanford Dish Hiking Trail, California 94305, USA
The Dish in the Stanford Foothills is just the location for the nature enthusiast or fitness fanatic. Located on the corner of Junipero Serra Blvd. and Stanford Ave., this 4-mile paved stretch of landscape is host to some of the most gorgeous...
1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
Just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Muir Woods National Monument, a 554-acre park; old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, cover 295 of those acres. Peaceful and lush, the forest is ideal for simply communing with...
325 Sharon Park Dr, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
Often the term 'local artisans' conjures up images of macrame owls and decoupage jewelry boxes—but at Shady Lane you'll find goods with boutique style and designer quality. With a creative population and an increasing maker's movement, the Bay...
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The de Young Museum, with its perforated copper facade and spiraling tower in the center of Golden Gate Park, is as dramatic outside as it is inside. Follow the widening crack in the sidewalk into the atrium. It's an Andy Goldsworthy–created...
933 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
The line for burgers and fries at Gott's Roadside (formerly Taylor's Refresher and don't you forget it) in St. Helena can be ridiculous in the afternoon, but if you go in the morning, you'll have your choice of picnic tables—either in front...
1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Northern California's state and national parks are some of the most spectacular in the country. A few hours drive from San Francisco, one can road trip to Yosemite Valley, sleep among the giant sequoias, or wake up to Pacific waves crashing. But...
557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Locanda’s reputation for authentic Roman food and fresh, local ingredients was already established long before it opened in 2005; this is, after all, a part of the small group of renowned restaurants opened by Craig and Annie Stoll of Delfina,...
901 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
Six years after opening its doors, Sol Food has become a Marin institution. I eat here several times each month (and post about it often, to the chagrin of some of my FB friends) so I've tried just about everything on the menu. Sandwiches make for...
San Francisco, CA, USA
Garden Creamery serves small batch (vegan) sorbets and ice creams sweetened with agave nectar. Sounds healthy? Doesn't impact the taste! They travel the usual food truck circuit, you can find them at Off The Grid and out and about. A great way to...
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
With over 1300 reviews on Yelp, an appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and a line that often snakes down the block, I won’t try to argue that Swan Oyster Depot is one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets. But I will...
1910, 1805 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Above this 4th Street crafts store and paperie, beloved by everyone from Martha Stewart to local DIYers, is a studio classroom. With one-day and weekend workshops on topics such as pajaki chadeliers and Santos figures, this is the perfect intro to...
1621 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Van Kleef is an unassuming dive bar with massive instruments and vintage collectibles hanging from the ceiling to the ground. They also have some kind of pull with the grapefruit growers of America, because their grapefruits— cut in quarters and...
907 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Cosecha is a located in the Housewives Market inside Swan’s Marketplace, a restored space in Old Oakland. The large counter hosts jugs of colorful agua frescas, the chalkboard menu lists daily specials, patrons sit at communal wood tables that...
11 Central Ave, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
There are a lot of good eating options in Sonoma, but not so many that don't come with some snobbery. El Molino is different: Bright blue and yellow tiled floors, an open kitchen, freshly made tortillas from stone-ground corn, and homey,...
2311 Magnolia St A, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
I'm one of those people that falls in love with a song and plays it on repeat until I'm sick of it. I do the same thing with dishes, but I'm nowhere near tired of FuseBox's chicken wings yet. This is a Korean "fusion" restaurant on a quiet street...
801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
1220 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706, USA
Husband and wife Isamu and Tazuye Fujita opened up Tokyo Fish Market in 1963. Since 1971 it's been an extended family affair and the fish market, grocery store and gift shop (two different buildings on San Pablo Avenue) are fabulous places to head...
1890 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
With beans sourced from Mr. Espresso, another Bay Area coffee institution, Coffee Bar makes sure to keep its business local. Coffee Bar’s open, modern spaces—two downtown and one in the Mission—are ideal for spending a morning working remotely or...
180 El Camino Real #700, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
This modern Chinese restaurant serves traditional Hong Kong food with a modern touch. Perfect for lunch and dinner, Yucca De Lac offers appetizers and various dim sum dishes. I recommend the Ahi Poke—a great starter. The prices are fair, with a...
359 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Vinyl is a coffee shop and wine bar on Divisadero Street in the NOPA neighborhood. On a sunny day, sit by the large windows along the periphery; if the fog is closing in, cozy up at the bar. No matter where you decide to settle down, you can pop...
Point Reyes Lighthouse, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
I practically got "blown away" at the Point Reyes Lighthouse because it was so incredibly windy the day I visited. In fact, this is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place in North America, making it very dangerous...
151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
It had been a long wait for modern art lovers, but after a three-year closure and a $305 million renovation and expansion, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopened in May 2016, and was it ever worth the wait. A new 10-story...
1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Amoeba records is a destination in itself, and every music lover will want to head there. But, turning your attention from the music to the people is also a worthwhile pursuit. Very, very fascinating! Young Cyndi Laupers and John Lennon wannabes,...
1805 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA
This cute bakery and cafe has been around for a while, and I’ve known the owner since I was little, but for some reason I never got around to going til lately. Boy, have I been missing out on some great barbacoa tacos. The shredded beef is slow...
San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Most people driving through San Francisco's Sunset District head to Sutro Baths, the Cliff House, and Ocean Beach. However, if you take a subtle right turn at Fort Miley you will find a beautiful coastal trail that offers unbelievable views of the...
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