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Dine Al Fresco at These Lounge-Worthy East Bay Spots

On the nights when you're getting blown away in San Francisco, or chilled to the bone by Karl the Fog, head to the East Bay for a warmer dining experience. 

The 10 Restaurants That Changed San Francisco In the Last 5 Years

San Francisco has always been a great eating town. From the days of cioppino and hangtown fry to the advent of California Cuisine in the 1970s and 80s, no one can deny that this is one of the nation's premiere food cities.

Pacifica: Sleepy, But Far From Boring

So many of us venture over a bridge or down the windy Highway 1 for weekend escapes. But how about saving some gas and spending a few easy-going hours in San Francisco's coastal neighbor, Pacifica? Just 15 miles south of the city, and founded at the same time as San Francisco, in 1769, by Spanish explorers, Pacifica is a sleepy coastal town with bohemian charm and many hidden gems. Sleepy yes, boring no. Even though Pacifica means “peaceful” in Spanish, it's fast growing as a surf town and affordable staycation destination.

How to Get into the Best Restaurants Without Having Reservations

There's something that my husband, a longtime restaurant industry person has taught me: When going out to dinner, have no fear.

Before I met Joe, I would never in a million years have attempted to go to the most popular restaurants in town, on say, a Friday night—with no reservations. But he never thinks twice about it. His attitude is, it'll work out, and it almost always does.

Step Aside, Sandra Lee: Local Designers Show How to Set a Table with Style

These days 'setting the table' might consist of little more than swiping a pile of magazines to the side of the coffee table, but during the holidays everyone's eyeing ways to step up their home dining experience. For Thanksgiving hosts planning to forgo the cornucopia-and-dried-corn centerpieces of stodgy home magazine,s or obsessive color palette 'tablescapes' made (in)famous by Sandra Lee, we suggest trying a fresh approach. Need a little inspiration?

Twitter Me This

No one expected the concept of Twitter--keeping others posted on what you're doing, where you're going, who you're doing it with in 140 characters or less? who cares?!--to explode quite like it did. But since its conception, everyone from global tycoons to celebrities to our President has joined the highly addictive social media site. Personally, we prefer to use Twitter to find out what's going on around San Francisco; thus, we give you our 10 Bay Area Tweets worth the follow.

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Google Pioneer Opens Calafia in Palo Alto

In general, Palo Alto and "culinary mecca" aren't necessarily synonymous terms. But former Google god, Charlie Ayers, the chef behind the multi-billion-dollar company's dining success, has set out to change that. First order of business: Bringing a much-needed, top-notch eatery to Palo Alto's once-forgotten Town & Country Village.

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