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Can the Tenderloin Change for the Better?

Before I cleaned up my act, the most time I spent in the Tenderloin was walking into, and stumbling out of, Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, the neighborhood’s drag-themed dive bar. Although I’ve survived a couple of physical altercations on these infamously colorful streets, living here has also been a bit of a pipe dream. The gorgeous historic apartment buildings, the unrestrained joie de vivre, close proximity to Union Square, public transit at a whim—it all comes together for a highly intoxicating siren song. But now, the TL is cleaning up its act, too. Apparently, others see my vision, and they’re moving in fast. Does San Francisco need another Divisa-lencia?

A Modern Guide to Calistoga

The natural volcanic hot springs in Calistoga were originally discovered by the Wappo tribe more than 500 years ago; their rumored healing powers remain a draw today, along with venerable wineries, classy eateries, and luxury resorts. Knowing this, we have just two words to describe this gem of a town: Napa, who?

10 Questions for Melissa Perello, Chef-Owner at Frances and Octavia

Melissa Perello, Michelin-starred chef of Frances, is poised to reinvent her quaint neighborhood restaurant concept on a larger scale in Pac Heights. Perello will open the 54-seat Octavia this April in the former Baker & Banker space, where she’ll plate her trademark heartfelt dishes of fresh provisions from local farmers and fisherman, with hearty Josey Baker breads on the side. We asked the noted chef to share with us her thoughts on food trends (good and bad), last meals, junk food, and more. 

Check Out SFAI's Electrifying New Installation

“I hope the viewer experiences a wide range of emotions, from thrilling to disturbing,” says artist Doug Hall, 70, whose sizzling installation, The Terrible Uncertainty of the Things Described, will be on display in the SF Art Institute’s Walter and McBean Galleries.

5 Wine & Food Events Worth a Road Trip

There's no shortage of great food and wine in San Francisco, but there are also some hidden gems just across our three bridges. Mark your calendars for upcoming events from Sonoma Countyto Monterey. Queue up your playlist and roll down the windows—they are all well worth the drive.

Best of Bay Area Hair: Blowouts, Balayage, and More

We've plucked the best hair treatments in the Bay Area for your grooming pleasure.

The 2015 Big Cheap: 100 Things to Do in SF Under $20

From buying a home to grabbing a bite on Valencia, it seems almost impossible to find anything in the city these days that won't put a critical wound in your wallet. Which why we've come up with 100 things to do in San Francisco for under $20. 

Hike Among Redwoods in the Oakland Hills

Draped over 500 acres in the Oakland Hills, with expansive views of San Francisco and the Bay, Joaquin Miller Park is a delightful place to hike among towering redwoods. Operated by the city of Oakland it’s named after its former owner, noted local writer and poet Joaquin Miller.

East Bay Foodie Update: Pie and Cocktails for All

On this gorgeous Friday, we're thrilled to bring you news about two of your favorite things—cocktails and pie.

Manscaping & Beyond: Best Bay Area Grooming Treatments for Men

From hangover treatments to straight razor shaves to tiding up your overgrown nether regions, our Bay Area beauty guide for men will have you feeling shiny and new in no time. 

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