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Headed to Monterey? Stay at the Gorgeous Portola Hotel & Spa

Headed to Monterey? Stay at the Gorgeous Portola Hotel & Spa

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Monterey Bay, the Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa reflects the captivating spirit of a rich, historical setting surrounded by everything that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer.

Exploring Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California

Exploring Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California

A national park named after a tree, and one that's said to have reminded people of the prophet of the same name in the Bible. Can't we do better than that? Here in the U.S. we have national parks named after volcanoes (Lassen Volcanic), caverns (Carlsbad Caverns), and an eruption that formed a beautiful lake (Crater Lake); yet in Southern California, in the desert nonetheless, there's a national park named for a tree? However, before you dismiss it like I was ready to, let me give you a better introduction to Joshua Tree National Park.

New Cool Sweets For Hotter Days

Shaved Ice, Ice Cream Pie and More New Cool Sweet Treats Around Town

We're not denying the allure of a refreshingly unhip scoop of vanilla ice cream, or the siren song of a scoop of Bi-Rite's impeccable salted caramel ice cream. But there are times when it's hot out, and you don't want ice cream. Enter an arresting coconut shaved ice "sundae" from Namu Gaji—topped with pinenut crunch, caramel drizzle and coconut brittle, no less. Here are the hottest new cold desserts in town. Sorry, plain old ice cream, you didn't make the cut. 

Look of the Week: Draw the Shades

Look of the Week:  Draw the Shades

Jack Nicholson once said, "With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60."

Now, we're not saying you should wear your sunglasses 24-7 (like Jack), but we definitely support the idea that the right pair of shades can really make a look. The trick is finding that perfect pair -- a comfortable fit and classic style that's neither too trendy nor dated.

CrashMyPad Helps Travelers to "Live Like a Local"

CrashMyPad Helps Travelers to "Live Like a Local"

“We’re just two guys being scrappy out there among the big boys,” is how John Dale and Dave Evans describe themselves and their tiny venture, CrashMyPad.

SF Biking by the Numbers

SF Biking by the Numbers

Happy Bike to Work Day! Thousands of people, including the Mayor, are pedaling to the office today. In celebration of San Francisco's biggest biking day of the year, I decided to forgo my usually wordy diatribe on how great biking in SF is (it is!), and instead let the numbers do the talking. Here are a few stats to get you excited about the big bike day. Happy pedaling!

A Tale of Pianocrastination

A Tale of Pianocrastination

What I remember best about my years living in a commune is that there was always a record playing in my home. All of the hits of the 60s and early 70s (as well as classical, jazz, real country, gospel, and other music) made a terrific backdrop to the daily chaos of communal living.

Many of the vinyl discs and reel-to-reel tapes were actually given to “us” by the artists themselves during their not-infrequent visits to our abode. There were also quite a few jam sessions, and a lot of us kids “lived” backstage. Because of all this, I’ve always needed to play some kind of music.

One of the Coolest Parks for Bay Area Kids

 One of the Coolest Parks for Bay Area Kids

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Heaven's Dog Launches New Cocktail Menu: Though it's the least touted member of Charles Phan's empire, Heaven's Dog (pictured at left) has a lot in common with its ultra-popular Valencia sister, Wo Hing General Store, including a nouvelle-Chinese menu and top-notch cocktails. To match Wo Hing pina-colada master Brooke Arthur, Heaven's Dog has brought on Rickhouse alum Trevor Easter, who's significantly altered Erik Adkins' original menu while maintaining a focus on drinks inspired by Charles Baker's 1939 Gentlemen's Companion.

A Spicy Mexican Wedding in the South Bay

For this autumn wedding, the bride and groom added touches of their Mexican heritage to spice up the event. 

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