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Happy Friday, ya’ll! As usual, there are lots of cool events going on around the SF Bay Area this weekend — something for everyone’s palette, I think — and lots of interesting activity across the internet. Enjoy the round-up: Local Events Mill Valley Film Festival: Considered one of the top ten film festivals in the […]

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It never ceases to amaze me the extent to which people express themselves through their homes. Rationally, I get it – a home is just four walls, and within those walls, you can do anything (even blow out the walls). But I still find myself surprised at the variation from home to home. Take my […]

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Let’s say you’re not the biggest wine fan. Sure, you’ll order a bottle of wine with friends, or spend a day wine tasting just for the heck of it, but at the end of the day all you want is a gooey chocolate brownie or big mug o’ hot chocolate. That’s how I am. So, […]

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With fall fast approaching, it can’t hurt to revisit those glorious summer getaways, can it? I recently traveled to Martha’s Vineyard for a family get-together, something that has become a tradition in recent years. “Tradition” may not be the best word – we’re a slightly unconventional bunch – but we stick together. Each year, my […]

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Imagine walking home from dinner one night, just minding your own business, when suddenly you come upon this: They always say it’s only the tourists in a city who look up, but sometimes it’s worth reminding the locals to crane their necks from time to time. The particular performance I happened upon last weekend was […]

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As in most other big cities, the gourmet food truck and food cart trend is in full swing here in San Francisco. It’s pretty surprising, too, considering the fact that San Francisco has yet to change it’s legislation to better accommodate food trucks, like other cities have. But maybe all the struggle and determination required […]

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We all know travel can change lives, but we rarely think about the impact we have on those we visit (unless, of course, we’re stealing pierogi from them…). To set the stage for this story, you need to know that last weekend I stayed in my first yurt. This therapy studio-turned-weekend-vacation-rental in Mendocino, 3 hours […]

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This whole week, all I’ve been hearing about are these different events going on around the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend. It must be a side effect of Post-Labor-Day-Syndrome — you know, when you realize summer is for sure over and now it’s time to get back to business? So consider this weekend your […]

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Harvest Festivals are in full swing all over California wine country, with many vineyards offering visitors a piece of the action. All you need to do is take off your shoes, roll up your pants, and…well…you get the idea: Grape stomping (also known as foot treading) is possibly the most fun one can have around […]

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I’ve stayed in quite a few vacation rentals in my day, but my two greatest vacation rental experiences EVER have been in homes that provide chefs. And it’s not because of the cooking. It’s because of the chefs themselves. Passionate about their towns, both sought to make me love them as much as they did. […]

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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, and it’s rumored to be the most photographed event in the world. I can certainly see why. Growing up in Albuquerque, my family attended the festival every year. The big draw for us was Mass Ascension, when the pre-dawn air […]

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Hmm… A flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima will take an hour and 15 minutes, and a ride on the bullet train will take over 4 hours. The price of both is about the same… What should we do? If you are ever faced with this question, let me help you out: TAKE THE TRAIN! Here’s […]

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Sometimes, the best way to find something great is to look at what everyone else is doing, and go the opposite direction. We live in San Francisco. Up north, Sonoma and Napa beckon legions of visitors every year, and we happily travel alongside the masses to sample the region’s famous vino. Last week for a […]

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As a wine country native, I can tell you that wine countriers will use just about any excuse to throw a party. From casual park picnics to sophisticated galas, Sonoma County has an event for nearly everyone this summer. Here are a few that — warning! — may ignite a burning desire for a Sonoma […]

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When you go on vacation, do you like to hole up in paradise, or spend your time exploring every last corner of a new city? I’m always torn. I want to be the sort of person who looks at natural beauty and thinks deep, introspective thoughts. But when it comes down to it, I always […]

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