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Bay Area Spots Perfect for a Spring Picnic

Montara State Beach

Spring is officially here.

Diamond Dolphins: A Night for the Dolphins

A bevy of celebrities and guests gathered for a red carpet event at the Olympia Luxe Mansion in Los Angeles, benefiting Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Oceanic Preservation Society.

Host BeverlyJ Public Relations brought together a host of actors, directors, producers, musicians and publicists who came to support the charities in their efforts to stop the heartbreaking annual slaughter and captivity of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Sea Shepherd's California Chapter was on hand to meet and greet guests, and to relay information regarding the dolphin crisis.

The Top Five Adventures on Catalina Island

East End Adventure on Catalina Island, Photos by Dana Rebmann

When you visit an island there’s typically a good amount of beach time involved; it’s one of the perks of being on an island. Hop on a boat to Catalina Island's Avalon and you could find that relaxing on the sand gets nudged out by action and adventure.

The First-Ever Silicon Valley Beer Week Arrives This Summer

Silicon Valley Beer Week

Summertime will have traction as a desirable time of year in ads and commercials for forever, and with good reason. It's portrayed as a fairly relaxing time when we're able to lounge about in shorts and tanks and do some serious lolling.

Out of the Ordinary Bay Area Museums

Pacific Pinball Museum pinball game

Can you imagine how many boxes it'll take the Exploratorium to move into its new home on Pier 15? While they unpack, settle in and get ready for opening day on April 17th, there are a number of other Bay Area museums worth checking out.

Patricia Unterman's Spice Trail to Turkey

Hot on the scent of the indigenous maras pepper, SF food critic Patricia Unterman got an authentic taste of the cuisine and culture of southeastern Turkey. Her adventure took her through city bazaars to the countryside, tasting everything she could get her hands on along the way. Her full story can be found in the February Eat+Drink Issue of 7x7, but you can get a taste of the journey in the slideshow above.

Where to Pig Out in Pasadena

Pie n Burger

I’m sure Pasadena has its share of gourmet restaurants, given its wide leafy lanes, pristine old town, and upscale school district. But for some reason, whenever I pass through—which is often—I end up eating at a taco stand or a pizza place that proves so satisfying, I return again and again. Here then, are my non-fancy favorites in a fancy little enclave.

Playing Tourist in Los Angeles

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Folks who don’t call California home are often surprised by how different Northern California is from its neighbor to the south.

An African Safari Adventure in Monterey

Elephant delivering breakfast

Wild things live in Monterey County and I’m not talking about the jellies, sea otters and other creatures that call the Monterey Bay Aquarium home.

How Foodies Reclaimed Portland's West Side

Tasty n Sons

Portland, Oregon is a tale of two cities. Divided by the Willamette River, the west side features the historic downtown, verdant hills, and winding streets. This is the Portland visitors see, the side with the hotels. The other Portland is the largely featureless east side—although there are pockets of pretty, its charms are less obvious. It’s no wonder, then, that most new Portlanders settle in the west. When my husband and I moved from New York in 2010, we, too, fell for looks.

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