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The Explorer's Guide to Big Sur

Sure, we all know the best places for a spa-tastic weekend getaway in Big Sur (the Esalen Institute) and where to get the best pastries while you’re down there (Big Sur Bakery). But while you’re at it, don’t forget to hit up at least a bit of all the spectacular natural beauty Big Sur has to offer.

Poppin' Bottles in Pismo Beach

Bubblyfest

In October, local sparkling wine lovers flock en masse down south for Bubblyfest on Pismo Beach, where the bubbles flow freely at events both social and educational. After a sold-out first year, the event organizers added a variety of extra events and extended the whole shebang by two days. With over 50 local and international sparkling wine and champagne producers pouring, you’ll have more than enough bubbly to make the drive worth while.

Weekend Guide: High Tea, Corn Dog Day, and Art in Bloom

Palace Hotel

Lift your pinkie at high tea, get reacquainted with the corn dog, and experience living art this weekend.

In Face of Drought, Napa Valley Witches Conjure Water With Magic

 An admittedly unreal image of Napa Valley water witches.

California has just creaked through its driest January on record and is staring down a fourth year of crippling drought—and everyone is talking about it. A recent op-ed in the LA Times left us all quaking in our unused Hunter boots. As our reservoirs dwindle, the Department of Water Resources is pleading with residents to conserve water however we can—fix your leaky faucets; let go of your precious lawns. But for some winemakers in Napa Valley, the answer lies in more mystical methods that hail from medieval times.

Foodie Agenda: Hapa Ramen's Big Deal, Springtime at Parallel 37, and More

Close that Sprig app, call some friends, and make a gastronomic date at one of these choice spots.

Union Square's Cuyana Unpacks Fresh Pastels for Spring

Just in time for spring's official arrival this Friday, favorite local retailer Cuyana rolls out its new collections of fresh pastels.

Drink Here Now: Aperitivo Hour, Arak, and More

If you came to make trouble, make me a double. 

Anchor Brewery and 21st Amendment Make It Big

While much of the recent local beer buzz has revolved around the opening of new small brewpubs, two of our older and larger San Francisco breweries are making some big changes.

We Wanna Be Friends With Burrito Justice

Prolific and popular tweeter, noted burrito champion, and brander of the La Lengua neighborhood (the flat, southern-most section of the Mission between 24th and 30th Streets), Burrito Justice is who you should be reading for updates on the San Francisco lifestyle, maps, burrito tête-à-têtes, and more. Before catching him in person at the "Bikes to Books" poster event at Bender's on Thursday night, get to know him a wee bit better.

3 New Books to Pick Up and Read Right Now

From a former 7x7 editor's new memoirs to a 1990s Seattle-based fairytale, here are three new books you should be reading right now. 

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