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What to Pack for a Voyage to Outer Space

The final frontier is having a style moment. Here are the bare essentials you'll need to look chic anywhere in the galaxy. 

Editors Pick Their Must-Have Items for May

7x7 editors pick their favorites from the latest shops, goods, and happenings in the Bay Area and beyond.

Artifacts From Distant Lands Fill the Studio of Designer Jonathan Rachman

The industrial Dogpatch address of the 5,000-square-foot warehouse-cum-atelier of interior designer Jonathan Rachman has little bearing on the world within this space. The studio doubles as a scrapbook for the Sumatran-born designer, brimming, as it is, with a rotating collection of treasures brought back from annual pilgrimages to Europe and, of course, his native Indonesia.

Flavor Profile: Namu Gaji's Dennis Lee

After an R&D trip with Ryan Farr (4505 Meats) to check out barbecue in Kansas City and the Carolinas, Lee took the helm as chef at Smokestack, the counter-service restaurant coming soon to Magnolia Brewery’s Dogpatch location.

Southern Hospitality, Tech Stars, BBQ, and More Motivation to Visit Austin Right Now

Austin is spawning more than its fair share of tech lodestars, transforming this quirky city on the banks of the Colorado River into a start-up scene–nicknamed Silicon Hills—that even Bay Area entrepreneurs could envy. The first Bitcoin ATMs in the United States landed downtown in March, and California companies such as Dropbox and Websense are ramping up local operations. In town to scout a start-up at the Capital Factory incubator? Take the weekend to see what all the fuss is about.

Where You Want To Go: San Franciscans' Most Coveted Travel Destinations

For an of-the-moment snapshot of what’s hot in travel, we turned to Pinterest to discover the destinations on San Francisco bucket lists. The tech gurus there gathered a list of the places we’ve pinned the most, and the data was telling: Copenhagen, Burma, Dublin, Iceland, and Mexico City are all spots balancing on the edge of change—each at a particular tipping point that appeals to global warriors. Then, we scoured Instagram for an authentic look at each locale. The resulting stories are firsthand accounts so palpable, you’ll want to book your ticket. When you do, we suggest you take the advice writ large and in lights on the wall of Pinterest’s SF headquarters: Ready, steady, GO.

Dublin on the Cusp of Greatness (Again)

Why do you return to Dublin so often?” people ask.

A few years ago, I won a playwriting prize that came with a nice check. I said to my wife, “Let’s take a trip.” I hadn’t been to Ireland since the 20th century, when I carried a Eurail Pass and backpack and stayed in a hostel for £2 a night and wandered the streets of what was then one of Europe’s poorest cities.

Ancient Myths Live On In Burma, the Land of Legends

A young man wearing a Britney Spears T-shirt tucked into a red longyi (wraparound skirt) poked at a tree with a 20-foot pole. I’d been in the dust of central Burma all day, traveling between ancient temples on a rickety bike, but this sight caught my interest.

“This owl—no good,” he explained in English. “It made my mom sick.”

A Seaside Getaway to Mendocino

You’d never know it from the tempestuous surf, nosebleed-high coastal bluffs and chilly, decidedly un-Serengeti-like wind gusts, but giraffes live happily on the Mendocino Coast—for our purposes, a wildly scenic 35-mile stretch of shore that extends from the town of Mendocino to Point Arena—along with some of their fellow endangered African ungulates (the greater kudu, Grevy’s zebra, and the sable antelope).

In Mexico City, Things Are Hotter Than Ever

For some, Mexico City comes with a warning label. When I posted on Facebook that I was going, my sister emailed me an article about beheadings. A tennis pal cautioned me to take only radio-controlled taxis, to avoid the risk of being taken for a metaphorical (and literal) ride.

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