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7 Festive Cocktails for Dia de los Muertos

You heard it here first: boozing hard on Halloween is for amateurs. After all, why waste your precious drinking stamina on fluorescent-colored punch and overly-sweet concoctions studded with candy corn? Instead, save your strength for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday dedicated to commemorating loved ones who have passed away.

7 Great Local Pumpkin Beers

Oh hey, Orangetober! As if the spate of 80-degree weekends wasn’t enough, this decorative gourd season is full of things to celebrate. Raise a toast to all things orange and awesome with seven delicious pumpkin brews from some of our favorite Northern California breweries.

Oakland Eats: Seasonal Ice Cream, a Berkeley Saloon, & a Cat Cafe

It’s nonstop action in the East Bay this week, with openings (and seasonal ice cream) galore. Oh yeah, and the first-ever U.S.-based cat cafe. Get out and get hungry… that is, if you still have room after plowing through The Big Eat Oakland.

The Top 8 Pastrami Spots in the Bay Area, Ranked

Say what you will about our bagels, but San Francisco has turned into a proper deli town, as evidenced by the proliferation of delicious, crave-worthy pastrami. Brined for days, smoked for hours, and full of salty, meaty flavor, pastrami may well be the deli meat of the gods—when it's done right. Here are the eight best in (and around) town, ranked:

Silicon Valley Eats: Hummus, Nepali Cuisine, & a Pumpkin Festival

It's beginning to feel a lot like fall in the South Bay, those little heat waves aside. Get in the spirit with a spate of restaurant openings, expansions, and the granddaddy of all pumpkin festivals in Half Moon Bay.

East Bay Eats: Soul Food, Yakitori, Plus Beer Brewing (and Drinking)

It’s a good week to eat and drink in Oakland, thanks to a new beer (and brewing) destination in Uptown; a soulful kitchen in West Oakland; and a massive spot for bocce, bowling, and beer in Jack London Square. Plus: Yakitori in Temescal opens next week.

San Francisco's Top German Beer & Food Pairings (Beyond Brats)

According to Christiane Schmidt, owner of Walzwerk and Schmidt’s in the Mission, no one celebrates Oktoberfest quite like Americans… even in Germany. 

Silicon Valley Eats: Ramen, A Foodie Incubator, and More

You can cover all of your bases in the South Bay, from an all-star pop-up to a restaurant with a philanthropic backbone. Also, ramen. Lots of it. Let’s get started.

The 10 Best SF Holiday Cocktails

‘Tis the season for spirited sipping, and our favorite San Francisco bars have you covered with ciders, punches, and grogs galore (and even a decadent tipple made with ice cream). Sample our top 10 picks around town, and scroll to the bottom for a few bonus recipes, perfect for your holiday party purposes.

Oakland Eats: Two New Coffee Spots and a Friday Night Beer Fest

Guten Morgen, East Bay! Have you kicked off your Oktoberfest celebrations yet? Whatever your answer, we've got a party happening tonight, plus two new coffee options for recovery purposes. 

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