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Get Your Sea Legs: 5 Spots to Stand-Up Paddle Board in the Bay Area

Stand-up paddle boarding is all the rage among tropical vacationers. But turns out, you don't have to go to Hawaii to give it a try. Here are five local places to paddle out.

Poetry Readings, Quickfire Novels, Litquake in Palo Alto + More Delights for Bookworms This March

The Bay Area literati has a full plate this month with the arrival of Litquake Palo Alto, poetry readings, and more.

Secret Recipe: The Advocate's Chicken Liver Toast

While chicken liver toast can be ordered on menus all around the Bay Area, we're partial to the version at Berkeley's The Advocate, where Chef John Griffiths adds a brilliant layer of currant pistachio relish to the creamy dish. 

Foodie Agenda: Wise Sons Bagel Opens + Telefèric Barcelona Launches Brunch

Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit! 

Two New Kava Bars Chill out the Bay Area With a Calming, Natural Concoction

The Polynesian term for cheers — Bula!— isn't commonly heard in San Francisco's restaurant scene, where toasting over a glass of Champagne or even a mug of coffee is the norm. But head down University Avenue in Berkeley, and you'll hear the salutation shouted with gusto over kava-filled coconut mugs inside MeloMelo Kava Bar. 

Oakland Staycation: Getting Nautical in Jack London Square

While seemingly out of the way for Oakland residents who spend their time drinking greyhounds in Uptown or making laps around Lake Merritt, a newly revamped Jack London Square is brimming with ways to spend a delightful weekend on the water. From a morning spent kayaking in the harbor, to fresh oysters for lunch, to a glass of wine and a movie overlooking the bay, Jack London Square is the closest you can get to a beachy vacation within walking distance of a BART station. 

Babes Who Beer: An SF Photog Zooms in on the Industry's Women Brewers, Bartenders & Entrepreneurs

The Bay Area brewing industry may feel awash with burly bearded dudes, but a growing number of women are beginning to change the face of the male-dominated field. San Francisco photographer Natalie Jenks set out to document the sea change with this series of portraits that spotlight the women behind your favorite brews. 

Bookworms, Take Note: Yann Martel, Angela Davis, and More Literary Events

Is El Niño dampening your day? Stay dry at these indoor literary events. 

Stunning New Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) Opens Downtown

The Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive is ready for its close-up. After three years of construction and a whopping $112 million capital campaign, the museum reopened on January 31st in a stunning new home that easily joins the ranks of local architectural icons such as the De Young and soon-to-reopen SFMoMa.

Groovy, Baby: Get This Adult Coloring Book of '60s Style & Intrigue by San Rafael Artist Katharine Boyd

For anyone who's ever found themselves side-eyeing a six-year-old and considered stealing her coloring book, or who has found themselves nonchalantly doodling with crayons on the kids menu at Nick's Cove, San Rafael art teacher Katharine Boyd has just what you need: a totally groovy coloring book for grownups.

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