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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...
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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...
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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...
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Do know that this beautiful showroom is available to visit only by appointment. I'd been wanting to make arrangements to see there work for quite some time when I noticed they were hosting an 'open house' one Sunday afternoon and knew I had to get...
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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...
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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...
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One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
inside the ferry building
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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!
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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...
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555 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
This art store hidden on a quiet street in Pacific Ave. has everything (usually), and the staff is very friendly and helpful. There are all sorts of handmade papers in their basement, which isn't totally obvious when you go into the store at...
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100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
A fanciful Victorian greenhouse, filled with rare and exotic plants, built in 1878 and located in the Eastern part of Golden Gate Park. It's an absolutely fabulous place to enjoy good weather or bad.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
After climbing the Oceanview hike on a warm Friday afternoon, a refreshing glass of white wine at the Pelican Inn was much needed.
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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...
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50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
I highly suggest visiting the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park. Not only is it in a great part of the city, with great art to boot, they have an incredible observation deck at the very top! This was my first time at the de Young Museum and...
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933 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
One of the best burgers around. If you are spending any amount of time in the wine country you need to head to Gott's Roadside in Napa for gourmet burgers, fries, and shakes.
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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...
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557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Step in from the bustle of the Mission's Valencia Street and Locanda transports you to the Italian capital. Before Locanda opened in 2011, it was nearly impossible to find authentic bucatini all'amatriciana, the classic Roman pasta made with...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Roka Akor, the newest restaurant to bring robata to San Francisco, recently opened in Jackson Square. There are other locations in Scottsdale and London. The San Francisco space—built out in beautiful wood and concrete—revolves around an open...
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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...
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433 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
This is a great place to knock out a great deal of work, within a good atmosphere of concentration and quiet conversation. The setup leaves a lot of space for individual laptop users, as well as a good WiFi connection. In return, make sure to pay...
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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...
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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...
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Point Reyes Lighthouse, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
After a day of hiking, relax with a short climb down the 300 steps to the iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse and catch a glimpse of whales!
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151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
This is a cool place to visit in San Francisco and if you buy a city pass you get free admission! You can find more info on the city pass by searching for it on google. Bring a camera and shoot away, but there are certain exhibits that you're not...
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1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
There didn't seem to be anyone listening to iPods or MP3 players the day I visited Amoeba Music. Instead, heads were up and bobbing to a band playing on the stage that looked over the music store. Those that weren't heeding the band were plucking...
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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...
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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...