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5 Chiles Valley Wineries Are a Chill Antidote to Touristy Napa

Should you find yourself sitting in bumper to bumper on Napa's Highway 29 and feeling like a schmuck—this parade of tour buses isn't for a savvy local such as yourself—veer off toward the northeastern hills of Chiles Valley. In this sub-district of Napa Valley, cooler temperatures and higher elevation make for distinctive wines, and the handful of unpretentious family-owned wineries offer experiences so pure, you’ll want to keep them a secret.

The Best Places to Buy Succulents, Cacti + Air Plants in the Bay Area

If you’ve killed your fair share of green things or love a desert vibe, consider a succulent, air plant, or cacti—or perhaps even a Venus flytrap—to pretty up your home or office space. They’re much hardier and pretty difficult to kill. Plus, they come in some super cool, weird, trippy varieties. Here's where to shop. 

Secret Recipe: Locanda's Classic Cacio e Pepe

The secret to a legit Cacio e Pepe, according to Locanda, is boiling the pasta in a pot, then transferring to a sauté pan for the majority of the cooking. The starchy water will recoat the pasta as it cooks, which creates a luxurious, silky effect without needing to use butter, cream, or any other sacrilegious add in. Try it for yourself. 

Weekend Guide: Ai Weiwei Is Back + Oakland Dance Festival

April may be winding down, but the events are heating up. 

7x7's Friendly Guide to Cannabis: Get Cultured at the Bay Area's Ganja Dinners, Festivals, Exhibits, Yoga Classes + 420 Games

Experiences are the new commodity, and the cannabis world is getting in on the action. As pot goes mainstream, devotees are coming out of the shadows to share herb together over a host of fun activities—yoga and fitness, salons and suppers, film festivals and even museum exhibitions. There's much to do here in the capitol of cannabis. Here's a start.

Janelle Monáe to Headline Stern Grove Music Festival This Summer

The Stern Grove Music Festival is back for its 79th year this summer, and we have the full line-up of ridiculously talented performers who will take the stage.

Secret San Francisco: The Golden Fire Hydrant That Saved the Mission

When a massive earthquake struck San Francisco on April 18, 1906, the city was rocked by a 42 second blast, followed by aftershocks. Although the earthquake was strong, it is estimated that 90% of the damage to the city was caused by 30 massive fires that erupted from ruptured gas lines moments after the initial quake. Unfortunately along with broken gas lines were broken water mains, which meant firefighters were dealing with a serious shortage of water to combat the, literally, burning city.

Drink Here Now: Judgment of Paris Wine Dinner + Half-Price Veuve Clicquot

The martini: the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. ~H.L. Mencken

How to Lose $9 Billion and Still Live in SF—Frances Stroh Tells All

In her debut memoir, Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss (HarperCollins; out May 3), San Francisco writer Frances Stroh reveals what it was like to grow up as a member of Detroit’s Stroh’s Beer family, once in possession of the largest private beer fortune in America.

New Food Start Up, Josephine, Provides Home Cooked Meals to West Oakland Residents

On a grey afternoon in Oakland, I'm headed toward Stanford Avenue in Emeryville to pick up a dinner I had ordered online. Rather than using Caviar or Munchery, or one of the many on-demand meal service apps meant to have your dinner ordered, delivered, and eaten within an hour, I opted for a home-cooked meal (Cá Kho Tộ, a traditional Southern Vietnamese dish, to be exact) that must literally be picked up from someone else's home.

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