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The Most Anticipated Bay Area Restaurant Openings of 2016

In August 2015, Bon Appetit food editor Andrew Knowlton named San Francisco the best food city in the country and Al’s Place the best new restaurant in America. But it's a brand new year, and promising restaurants are popping up all over the Bay Area. Here are six upcoming restaurants that may clinch our region's culinary dominance.

Get out with the Green Fairy: Where to Drink Absinthe in the Bay Area

Few spirits are as divisive as absinthe—the infamous green fairy conjures both sneers from skeptics and delight from devotees. The aromatic, herb-based elixir, which dates back to 18th century Europe, has made a resurgence in the Bay Area in recent years. But, many folks are still too nervous to try the somewhat esoteric drink. Fear not. Here are six local spots that will walk you through it.

Property Porn: Futuristic Oakland Abode Sells for $20.5M

Sitting high above the Town in Oakland's Claremont hills, this futuristic abode was asking a whopping $21M, and sold for just shy of that figure this week. 

Oakland Makes New York Times' List of Places to Go in 2016

Thursday morning the New York Times released its annual list of "The 52 Places to Go in 2016," ranking the East Bay at number 39 (out of the whole world). 

New Oakland Spirits Company Invites Collaboration From Local Makers

What happens when a wine-making techie leaves the echelons of Silicon Valley to make grape-based spirits using local ingredients in a collaborative environment? Better booze for all.

Cannabis Insider: Oakland's Leviathan Building Becomes a Hub for Silicon Valley Cannabis Startups

A local marijuana reporter’s field notes and gossip from the intersection of pot, money, and power in the epicentral San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakland Has Until December 28th to Convince the Raiders to Stay

With the undefeated Warriors headed to San Francisco in a couple years and even the A's trying to "pull a Niners" and move to Silicon Valley, it's about time the city of Oakland got some good sports-related news. 

2015 Hot 20: Niles Lichtenstein, Keeper of Human History

At the age of 32, Niles Lichtenstein has a resume that would resonate with any tech entrepreneur, including stints at Ansible Mobile (where his clients included Microsoft and Intel), and the mobile marketing firm Velti, where he held the title of youngest VP. Then, in 2015, he gave it all up. To tell stories.

Shop Local at These Bay Area Holiday Pop-Ups

If you want to support local artists and get your holiday shopping done at the same time, head to these local holiday pop-ups, selling unique and handmade goods from right here in the Bay Area.

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. 

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