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Where to Eat Now: Mourade

One of the must buzzed-about restaurants to open in San Francisco this year, Mourade is also one of the best.  Chef owner Mourad Lahlou has been a fixture on the Bay Area culinary scene for two decades, drawing on his Moroccan background but adding a northern Californian sensibility. Now he’s combined the two in sexy […]

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June 23, 2015 by
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Road trips from San Francisco

Best Road Trips From San Francisco

After a few days in the City by the Bay, you’ve likely spent time on trolleys and bikes or on foot, so you might be itching to hop behind the wheel and explore one of California’s most celebrated routes: Highway One. There’s much to explore beyond this scenic coastal byway, though. In a reasonable drive, you can reach exciting places such as Sonoma and Napa valleys, with their iconic wineries; Lake Tahoe with its world-class skiing; and even Sequoia National Park. This grants you plenty of time to explore. Here’s a look at what’s nearby and a few destinations worth a longer trip.

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June 17, 2015 by
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8 Foods and Drinks Invented in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s food scene is not a new phenomenon. The City by the Bay has been concocting interesting bites and libations for hundreds of years. Here are eight of the most popular foods and drinks invented in San Francisco: 1. Cioppino San Francisco’s bouillabaisse or burrida, cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew that arrived with […]

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June 15, 2015 by
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Boating Around the San Francisco Bay

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There’s a reason the region between San Jose and Marin County is called “the Bay Area.” The fish-shaped body of water that dominates the views of cities like San Francisco and Oakland is the center of life around here. The Bay defines the weather and the landscape; it’s the backdrop to countless picnics and romantic interludes; it’s the reason the area’s five iconic bridges were built; and it’s heaven for sailors and fishermen who enjoy boating around the San Francisco Bay.

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June 2, 2015 by
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Biking in Monterey and Carmel

Bike the Scenic 17-Mile Drive

Thanks to Highway 1, Monterey and Carmel have the type of views road trips are made for. But for a twist on the classic getaway, try taking in the sights using two wheels instead of four. Park the car and go biking in Monterey and Carmel. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or a pro, there are easy and challenging cycling routes to choose from – and most come with an impressive view.

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May 19, 2015 by
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7 Hidden Secrets of Golden Gate Park

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Stretching just over 1,000 acres between the Haight District and the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park is the cultural and recreational heart of San Francisco. It’s bigger than Central Park in New York City and is packed with goodies, many of which are just off the radar enough to feel like local secrets. Here are […]

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May 12, 2015 by
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Going Coastal on a Marin County Food Tour

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If you want to spend a beautiful day out on the California coast, soaking up the rays and eating your way through Marin County, look no further than the Best of Marin County food tour. I was looking for a way to celebrate my friend’s baby shower with a group of girlfriends when I came across this tour. We are all Bay Area locals, but had never made it up to Point Reyes Station, where the tour takes place.

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May 6, 2015 by
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3 Off the Beaten Path Scenic Drives in Carmel and Monterey

Monterey County Mural Cut-Outs

California’s Highway 1 has the stuff dreams are made of when it comes to planning a road trip. But the scenic rocky coastal stretch of asphalt that weaves through Carmel and Monterey comes with an added bonus; the ability to take a detour or two when the mood strikes and take in the view off the beaten path.

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May 5, 2015 by
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Best Bay Area Breweries

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It’s no surprise that the region that invented American beer in the late 1800s has also been a leader in the micro-brewery boom. Anchor Brewing Company arguably started it all with its steam ale that was naturally cooled on San Francisco’s foggy rooftops. Since then, several other breweries have joined the ranks and spread out from the City by the Bay. Here’s our list of the best Bay Area breweries.

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May 5, 2015 by
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Planning a Day Trip to Monterey from San Francisco

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey is a popular and easy day trip from San Francisco. With so many things to see and do in San Francisco, escaping at any point during a vacation is hard to do, but once you’re on the road, you’ll be glad you left the city behind.

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April 21, 2015 by
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