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What do you do when your yard is the neighborhood embarrassment?When spring is on its way and your garden still looks post-nuclear?The only sensible option is to hop in the car and seek seedlings. And that's exactly what brings my husband, Greg, a...
Where to Stay Sherman House 2160 Green St., San Francisco; 415/563-3600; doubles $340-$800. Manka's Inverness Lodge Callendar and Argyle Ways, Inverness; 415/669-1034; doubles $145-$425. Sandpiper House Inn 5520 S. Hwy. 1, Elk; 800/894-9016 or 707...
These days, hardly anyone balks when busboys start clearing plates before everyone is finished. Maître d's keep patrons waiting for an hour, even when reservations have been made. Waiters appear to favor some tables, ignoring others entirely. How ...
Location is everything, so we like the 1950's retro Golden Bear Motel on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. We fly up from L.A., eat at Oliveto in Oakland, and check in for a good night's sleep, knowing that in the morning we can walk across the ...
Don't worry about saving room for dessert: it's chocolate soup to nuts at specialty cafés across the country. In Berkeley, the Scharffen Berger factory's Café Cacao (914 Heinz Ave.; 510/843-6000; www.cafecacao.biz) serves up chocolate pasta and fu...
The last time I was in Berkeley, someone had just lopped the heads off all the downtown parking meters and stuck flowers in the poles. "For a few moments, it brought back the spirit of anarchy," a friend remarked rather wistfully. Wedged between S...
As production designer, Maurice Sendak brings his gleefully raffish spirit to a fresh rendition of Brundibár, Czech composer Hans Krása's 1938 children's opera, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre (www.berkeleyrep.org; Nov. 11––Dec. 28) ...
San Francisco has always been a magnet for cultural renegades. It nurtured the Beat poets and jazzmen of the fifties and then the acid rockers and electric-blues players of the sixties. Now the Bay Area is celebrating a renaissance in the blues. T...
As I walk along Fourth Street in Berkeley, California, I notice a shop called Bare Escentuals, "nature's most complete beauty store." It seems terribly Berkeley-ish to me, so I decide to go in and take a look around. A young sales assistant appro...