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Hello, Giant Pacific Octopus

Hello, Giant Pacific Octopus

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

The Weeknighter: Zeitgeist

The Weeknighter: Zeitgeist

Weekends are for amateurs. Weeknights are for pros. That's why each week Stuart Schuffman will be exploring a different San Francisco bar, giving you the lowdown on how and where to do your weeknight right. From the most creative cocktails to the best happy hours, Stuart's taking you along on his weeknight adventures into the heart of the City's nightlife. So, who wants a drink?

Win Tickets to Wine Riot at the Concourse Exhibition Center This Weekend

Win Tickets to Wine Riot at the Concourse Exhibition Center This Weekend

Wine Riot is your all-access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented "wine tasting" for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor – it's you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe.

They've rallied up a team of die-hard experts to bring you the brain juice: interactive booths and crash courses loaded with tips and tricks for conquering the wine world. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos (!), and a few thousand of your closest friends.

Hanging Out in Santa Barbara with the Family On Foot

Hanging Out in Santa Barbara with the Family On Foot

Whenever I arrive somewhere new, I like to go walking and exploring with my family to help us get our bearings. Especially if the getting there took some time in a car or plane. The drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is a little less than 6 hours - long but doable for a traveling family. Picturesque and pedestrian-friendly, Santa Barbara is a great place to park the car and get some fresh air while seeing the town.

Five Awesome August SF Events for the Design Lover

Five Awesome August SF Events for the Design Lover

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

What better way to waste away your summer day than taking a stroll in San Francisco’s bustling neighborhoods and stumbling upon a great street festival in Noe Valley? Or scoping out some fabulous art pieces in downtown’s Union Square? We've rounded up five thrilling can't-miss San Francisco events for the month of August!

Five Affordable (and Very Tasty) Things to Eat in the Dogpatch

Five Affordable (and Very Tasty) Things to Eat in the Dogpatch

Even if you don’t live in the Dogpatch neighborhood, here are five oh-so-delicious and easy-on-the-wallet options that will hopefully inspire you to embark on a lunch (or dinner) adventure.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Qi Ultralounge Opens in SOMA: After two years of renovations, this new cocktail lounge and dance club (pictured above) has opened in the former Annie's Social Club space at 5th and Folsom. The new theme is aquatic, with white sofas, sexy murals of underwater damsels, purple lighting, and even a custom ocean-breeze scent. Cocktails are themed around the four elements, with Methane (reposado tequila, peach, lime, simple syrup, black salt rim; $12) representing fire, Reservoir (cachaca, creme de cassis, vanilla syrup, mint, lemon; $12) representing water, and Granite (cognac, Cointreau, sour, Black Mission fig, ground cinnamon; $13) representing earth. (Tuesday-Wednesday, 6 pm-12 am, Thursday-Saturday, 9 pm-2 am; 917 Folsom St., SOMA.) 

Two Sense: Why Cheating Isn't Worth It, Part Two

Two Sense: Why Cheating Isn't Worth It, Part Two

I’ve been with my wife for ten years, married for two. About a year ago, I cheated. I felt so guilty, I decided she should find someone else and filed for divorce. We separated for five months, and I realized I couldn’t live without her. So I asked for a second chance and we started seeing each other. We put the divorce on hold and started working things out slowly. I asked her to tell me if she was seeing anyone else—I noticed she was always checking her phone. One day I showed up at her place with flowers and found her with another guy. I was heartbroken, but long story short, we moved back in together. That was a year ago, and we still haven’t had sex. I’ve been a good husband, helping with housework, giving her massages, buying her flowers. She’s told me she will initiate sex when she’s ready. I don’t know whether I’ve hurt her too much or I am too impatient or if she’s seeing someone else. She occasionally sees in passing the guy she slept with at work, though she tells me she doesn’t speak to him. I find that hard to believe. I stopped all communication with the woman I slept with. I’ve planned a birthday trip for my wife soon and we’ll be renewing our vows. The only thing our relationship is missing is sex. Am I on the right track?

"The Exorcist" Director William Friedkin Brings Balls and Brio to the SF Presentation of "Killer Joe"

William Friedkin is a director who's never failed to ruffle a few feathers. Best known as the director of The Exorcist, The French Connection, the imperiled Sorceror, and the contested Cruising (protested by gay rights groups everywhere), he's also one of the last "great" directors of his generation to be producing work that still feels alive and exciting. Killer Joe, arguably the most chilling of his films since The Exorcist, opens Friday around the Bay Area. 

Check Out High-Brow Arts at Lake Tahoe Summerfest This Weekend

Check Out High-Brow Arts at Lake Tahoe Summerfest This Weekend

High culture meets the high mountains when the 2012 Lake Tahoe SummerFest kicks off this weekend in the northeast corner of Big Blue.

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