“I've never been off the strip in Vegas.” This comes from not one, but multiple people I've talked with recently about Las Vegas. Is that not the same as visiting San Francisco and never leaving the Marina? Well maybe not quite, but nonetheless, half the fun of travel is discovering a part of a place that is relatively unexplored by the traveler. While the Las Vegas Strip is no doubt where the action takes place in Sin City, there is so much more to Vegas that I spotlight today with five things to do off the strip.
1. Top of the Mark's Summer Movie Series: Like most cities, SF offers summer movie screenings in the park, but our warmth-challenged summers make it hard to focus on the film through all the teeth-chattering. Thankfully, Top of the Mark has intervened, screening classic films all summer long for free in the great indoors (with a killer view, to boot). And to sweeten the deal, they're offering wine tastings from the likes of Domaine Chandon and Wild Horse Vineyards, available for a $3 suggested donation that benefits BAYKIDS.
San Franciscans were agog the other day when news that local patisserie chain La Boulange had been purchased by Starbucks broke, to the tune of a remarkable $100 million. Sure, we love our artisanal brioche and chocolate-hazelnut croissants as much as the next person, but that's a serious chunk of change.
The charming couple you see above, apparently engaged in struggle with an expensive-looking vacuum cleaner, is the late artist Larry Sultan’s parents. The photograph is from this Bay Area luminary’s hugely acclaimed Pictures from Home series, which earned Sultan the title “king of color photography” and is held largely in major museums like SFMOMA. This Wednesday, at a benefit auction marking the Headlands Center for the Arts’ 30th birthday, Bay Area collectors will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire it.
Are you sick and stranded at home? Fridge is bare? Maybe you just can’t stand another night of pasta and butter. Here are five places that deliver some damn good vittles right to your door. It’s like magic.
I'm a 40-year-old woman who has been in a relationship with a wonderful guy for the last decade. He's everything one could want: handsome, responsible, and incredibly loyal and loving. However, I have a terrible problem. As he has pressed for marriage in the last few years, I’ve come to a horrible revelation: I don't love him. He's really more my best friend. These days when we have sex I am only going through the motions, and that was enough for me until now, when I must commit more fully. The whole relationship has been unfair to him, because he wants more, and to me, for I am miserable living a lie. He often wonders why I don't express more fulfillment in my life, thinking it must just be the way I am. In fact, it's because I have not been fully honest with him and feel trapped by my own lies. How do I extract myself from the predicament? The guilt and remorse is killing me.
Lake Tahoe and its surroundings are resplendent with geological wonders and biological diversity to boot. A visitor can get a sample of Tahoe's natural bounty by car or bike, but to get an authentic taste of Tahoe, to savor Big Blue in all its glory, it's best to put on a pair of trail shoes or hiking boots and explore it by foot.
Cherry season is in full swing at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and, with new varieties popping up each week but only a handful of weeks left in their short season, now is the time to get your fill. There are over 15 varieties of cherries to try and buy from a dozen different farms. Many of these varieties, like Brooks, Lapin and Rainier, are already available at Paoletti Farm, K & J Orchards and Frog Hollow Farm.
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