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Locals Reveal What to Do in San Francisco

What to do in San Francisco: SoMa StrEAT Food Park

T+L asked a few of the city’s in-the-know denizens to reveal their favorite haunts.

Jeremy Morony, Software engineer, Carbon Five
Four Barrel Coffee is the spot for socializing. I also like the custom shirts from nearby Taylor Stitch (383 Valencia St.).”

Ayana Ivery, Co-creator, L’Oven Fresh Goods bakery
“At Brenda’s French Soul Food, order the Hangtown fry: a scallion, fried oyster, and bacon scramble of deliciousness served with grits.”

Jason Harper, with sons Kaleb and Jacob, Firefighter
“My kids love flying kites at Crissy Field. I enjoy exploring Fort Point National Historic Site, built in 1861 and still in great condition.”

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Trip Doctor: T+L’s Favorite Camera Bag

Camera Bag: ONA Brixton

Made with water-resistant canvas and full-grain leather, ONA’s stylish Brixton is designed to hold a camera, several lenses, and various accessories—all under an unassuming cover. When you’re not lugging photo gear, the adjustable foam panels can secure your laptop, while a padded shoulder strap makes it easy to carry heavy loads. $269.

Plus: See T+L’s Best Photography Tips

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@aexp.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.


Photo by Tom Schierlitz

Beauty Road Test: Conair MiniYOU 1” Ceramic Curling Iron

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Conair MiniYOU 1” Ceramic Curling Iron, $25

Pros: When I’m traveling for work, I like to at least attempt to have good hair. Enter Conair’s travel curling iron, with super-fast heat-up and a ceramic-coated barrel.

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T+L Twitter Chat Recap: “Secret Europe” as Only the Experts Know It

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Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat covered the best “secret” spots to visit in Europe, when you’re looking to skip the tourist attractions and head off the beaten path. Our panel of travel experts shared insider tips on unknown destinations, the best shopping spots, tourist-free beaches, and travel trends.

For some of the most underrated destinations in Europe, our panel recommended Olomouc in the Czech Republic (@indietravel), Slovenia (@The PluckyOne), Matera in Southern Italy (@YoungAdventures), and Le Pays Basque in southwestern France (@purpletruffle).

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Beauty Road Test: ILIA Lip Gloss

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: ILIA lip gloss, $24

Pros: New natural beauty brand ILIA just released an ultra-hydrating collection of lip-glosses in Popsicle-fresh colors. Each is packed with moisturizing ingredients (coconut oil, Shea butter, vitamin E), many of them organic. I adored “Love Buzz,” a Barbie pink shade that gave my lips decidedly grown-up gleam. Bonus: unlike a lot of glosses, it’s not the least bit sticky.

Cons: It only comes in six colors right now, and a couple of them are questionable (Gold? Ox Blood?). But the red, pink, and nude shades are divine.

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo Courtesy of ILIA Beauty

Beauty Road Test: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $26

Pros: Clinique’s iconic primrose yellow lotion has been an industry favorite for the last 45 years. This August it’s getting even more “dramatically different” with new ultra-moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea). I don’t want to get too “Science Speak” on you, but let me tell you: they work.

Cons: None. They even recently released a travel-size tube! My tip: apply a thick layer before every flight. You'll need it.

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Clinique

Tech Thursday: Jack of All Trades Travel Adapter

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The one gadget that makes every hotel a workstation: CB2's ultra-compact Universal Travel Adapter ($23). It's half the size of its competitors and has one simple switch that toggles between built-in plugs for virtually every destination around the world. It comes in four bright colors, making it easy to find in your suitcase.

Nikki Ekstein is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of CB2

The Best New Hiking Backpack for Your Next Adventure

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Since we’ve been talking a good bit about hiking around here lately, here’s the one accessory you should plan to pick up before your next adventure. Known more for their tech-friendly messenger bags than for their outdoor gear, Timbuk2 has just launched a new collection of urban-inspired camping backpacks, which are rugged enough to survive your toughest mountain climbs but designed to convert into a rolling suitcase for less elemental pursuits. The Aviator Travel Pack (from $179) is smartly designed with carbon ballistic nylon for durability, padded straps and a hip belt that stow away when not needed, and a water-resistant rain shedding pack cover that tucks into its own dedicated pocket. But what really does it for me are cleverly placed compartments that store (and protect) a 17” laptop, important-to-reach items like your phone and wallet, and separate spill-protecting toiletry panels. If only we could custom-order them in pretty colors and patters, like Timbuk2’s flagship messenger line.

Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her at on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of Timbuk2

This Summer's Hot UK Souvenir: Royal Baby Swag

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Last summer, some of the most omnipresent souvenirs found around London featured the faces of Wenlock and Mandeville, the much-maligned, one-eyed mascots from the 2012 Olympics.

This summer, experts are predicting that the image of a more agreeable tyke will draw tourist dollars: the baby expected in July by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her royal baby daddy, Prince William.

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Beauty Road Test: Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara, $38

Pros: The Land o’ Lashes is typically strewn with synthetic polymers and plastic tubes that are relegated to the landfill every few months. Enter Italy-made Kjaer Weis Mascara, with a certified organic formula and re-fillable metal packaging that’s actually glamorous.

Cons: My only beef? I love it so much that I’ll now be forced to buy refills at $24 a pop, instead of my cheapie drugstore brand. But if every time I pull out the sleek tube I feel like Grace Kelly—which I do—it’s worth it, wouldn’t you say? 

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Kjaer Weis

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