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2015 Hot 20: Mark Bittman, NYT Columnist Turned Berkeley Dot-Commer

When Mark Bittman defected to Berkeley last spring for a lecturing gig, the Bay Area food writing community collectively high-fived. It’s not often that we lure New York’s own to our fairer coast, and Bittman—prolific author, famed New York Times columnist, and brilliant journalist—is one of the biggest catches we could net.

2015 Hot 20: Stephen Curry, the Next Michael Jordan?

Stephen Curry, 27,  just might be the greatest basketball player of all time, or at least he’s on his way. The Ohio-born point guard who stands at only 6-foot-3-inches and 190 pounds, led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA Championship in 40 years last spring, while simultaneously winning over Bay Area hearts with his wholesome character and adorable family.

2015 Hot 20: Rob Bonta, the Marijuana Policymaker

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom may be nabbing headlines for his support of the growing cannabis legalization movement, but it's California assemblymember Rob Bonta's name that's on the tips of tongues in the state's marijuana industry. 

2015 Hot 20: Pete Docter, the Man Behind Your Favorite Pixar Movies

As a childhood Disney fanatic, Pete Docter probably didn't expect to be where he is today. Where is that, you might ask? Well, in the director's chair on Pixar's latest smash hit.

How to Spend 50 Perfect Hours in the Tri-Valley

Bay Area visitors looking to escape the fog and embrace warmer temperatures, rolling Wine Country hills, and cute downtown districts are smart to head to a region called Tri-Valley. This area consists of four cities: Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore and offers endless outdoor activity options, yummy restaurants, cute shops and vineyards that go on for miles.

The Big Brain Tease: 25 Game Nights, Exhibitions, and Bars to Unleash Your Inner Nerd

The Bay Area is not afraid to embrace its nerdy side. From museum exhibitions, to literary-themed bars, and drop-dead-gorgeous libraries, there are too many brain-busting activities to choose from. To help out, we compiled a list of 25 must-check-out events that'll guarantee you a good time. Go forth and be geeky!

Bookworms Take Note: 5 Must-Attend Literary Events this Month

Holiday gift ideas for your favorite bookworm, boozy bookswaps, and more literary events to attend this month.

The Old Bay Bridge Will Be Blown up This Weekend

In what will likely be the coolest Instagram video you've ever shot, a part of the old Bay Bridge is being demolished this weekend. 

Drink Here Now: Wine Tastings + Whiskey Week

Where to bend an elbow this week. 

Explore Ancient Art and Endangered Species at Mt. Diablo's Vasco Caves

Longtime Bay Areans may have never even heard of the Vasco Caves Regional Preserve, a series of limestone outcroppings, formed over centuries by wind erosion, that spans 1,644 acres along the rolling eastern foothills of Mt. Diablo. For diehard naturalists and geologists, there's plenty to see here.

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