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If you don’t plan well, a weekend vacation in San Francisco can be marked by wrong turns, windy walks across the Golden Gate Bridge, and waiting in... Read More

Thanks to characters like Cheech and Chong and Fast Times at Ridgemont High’s Jeff Spicoli, the California dude lighting up a joint is a fixture of pop... Read More

First, an admission: the author's uncle is an Oakland, California-based architect who struggled for years to construct a lovely spec house in the hills... Read More

Winter in the San Francisco Bay Area means many things. To the north, it means a romantic crowd-free weekend in wine country, and to the south, it means... Read More

According to Shawn Rezazadeh, the head bartender at the Rosewood, this seasonal take on traditional Sangria has a universal appeal—and works for a lazy... Read More

As of this week, the Bay Area boasts a brand new three-Michelin-starred restaurant. Michelin announced on Tuesday that Manresa, the Los Gatos restaurant... Read More

The Bay Area has another hot new Mexican restaurant—but this time it’s not a taco joint. Calavera, which just opened in Oakland’s burgeoning Uptown... Read More

Three years in the making, Los Fuegos will be a part of the much-anticipated Faena Hotel project and will open in November. (The other... Read More

Some say San Francisco’s new restaurants are beginning to gravitate toward a common theme (hello, upmarket pub fare), while Oakland’s dining scene is... Read More

Oakland’s fast-rising food scene just keeps getting hotter—and come November, there will be one more reason to pay attention. That’s when Itani Ramen... Read More

If you’ve been stalling on a trip to Napa in hopes of experiencing the currently-closed bastion of California fine dining, it’s time to book those... Read More

He’s the first-ever winner of the televised cooking competition, Top Chef Just Desserts, and this Saturday, his new pâtisserie opens in Palo Alto,... Read More

See 100 Places to Eat Like a Local ... Read More

Food: O’Hare installed 28 beehives on unused land and expects to harvest 700 pounds of honey this year; soon you’ll find it at O’Hare and Midway. Look... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

It may not have the skyline of San Francisco or the culinary pedigree of Berkeley (yet), but this former industrial powerhouse is forging a new, edgier... Read More

Silicon Valley is to the United States what the United States is to the rest of the world. —Michael Lewis, The New New Thing ... Read More

See our slideshow of the 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants. ... Read More

It’s just a 35-mile drive from the golden gate Bridge to Point Reyes Station. The distance is pocket change by California’s sprawling standards, but the... Read More

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... Read More

The latest generation of hands-on science centers and technology museums is launching kids into new levels of exploration. Medics-in-training can... Read More

space for rentYou've probably passed them in airports and wondered about those Laptop Lanes, business centers popping up like Starbucks. It started when... Read More

There's a woman in tears in Jim Lafferty's office at the San Jose Jet Center, which caters to private Silicon Valley planes. A desk agent, she has... Read More

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