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Bay Bridge Photo Contest: We Have a Winner!

In honor of the Bay Bridge's 75th anniversary, we held a photo contest to show SF's second-favorite bridge some much-deserved love. We had almost 500 entries on Instagram and Twitter, and were blown away by the incredible photographers in our city. Although the winner has already been chosen and notified, we still want to share a few of our favorite entries with you.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The further flung locales of the East Bay rarely get much love from city dwellers, but don't be too quick to turn up your nose at suburban Walnut Creek or industrial Richmond. These spots may not have quite as much going on as Oakland or Berkeley, but they're still home to many hidden gems. Here are three of our favorites worth checking out this holiday weekend.

Secret San Francisco: The Key System

East Bay residents, just imagine getting from anywhere in Oakland, Berkeley or Alameda via an environmentally friendly electric railway to anywhere else in the East Bay or SF in 30 minutes or less, even in rush hour. 

Brunch Around the World in Berkeley

Pancakes

Ever dream of backpacking around the world, experiencing cultures and sampling delicacies of every kind? For those of us who can’t take the time off of work, there’s no better way to embark on a foreign adventure than starting your day with a worldly brunch. Here’s our roundup of brunches from around the world that you can find right across the bay in Berkeley.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Grace Potter and The Nocturnal

Fall has officially descended on the Bay. Chase away those end-of-summer blues with some bubbly, some flowers, and a kick-ass rock show.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Ghost Ship Apocalypse

When the Castro was still hosting its epic annual Halloween street party, the East Bay just couldn't compete. While we were all sad to see that party go, it did at least give this side of the bridge a shot at Halloween fun times. Following are our three favorite examples:

Halloween Weekend Alternative: The Claremont’s Tango Dance Weekend

For those seeking something exciting to do this weekend that doesn't involve costumes and candy corn, the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley is throwing a Tango dance weekend extravaganza.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Petanque

What to do on an average, ho-hum weekend in the Bay? Head east for a quick game of petanque, a knock-your-socks-off Mexican meal, and a 21st century take on Hamlet, under the stars.

Kermit Lynch Celebrates 40 Years of Bringing Great Wine to Bay Area

Kermit Lynch Retail Shop

Because man cannot live on domestic wine alone (not even those of us lucky enough to live in the Bay Area) God has given us The Importer. As the ultimate gatekeeper, the importer is responsible for deciding which wine — from the hundreds of thousands produced around the world — end up in your local retail shop and ultimately on your dinner table. This month, Kermit Lynch, one of the very finest importers of French and Italian wines to the US, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day he unpacked his first case of wine in his Berkeley storefront.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Thingamajigs

The heat wave may be over, but the sun still shines on the East Bay. Following are three great spots to enjoy it this weekend:

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