California’s 7th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival Gives Back

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Looking for something delicious to do next weekend? I’ve got just the thing.

California’s 7th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival is rapidly approaching for three days of cheese bliss! It will take place March 22 -24 at the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma.

Photo Credit: Derrick Story

This is the United States’ premier cheese […]

Try Restaurants In San Francisco’s West Portal With West Portal Passport

West Portal

Primarily an affluent residential area, West Portal is also home to four charming commercial blocks, featuring a small first-run movie theater, mom-and-pop shops, hair and nail salons and – most importantly – a surprisingly diverse and impressive selection of restaurants.

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Though the neighborhood exudes small-town allure, its size and […]

Bibliohead Bookstore In San Francisco’s Hayes Valley

Bibliohead Bookstore entrance

There is a magical energy that accompanies a secondhand bookstore, what with its bounty of tales new and old, all the stories waiting to be discovered and, of course, that wonderful old book smell. Much like its name suggests, book lovers will feel right at home at Bibliohead bookstore. The literary haven located in […]

Forza Coffee Company At University Village In Seattle

Photo Credit: Emma Mincks

I walked into the University District’s Forza Coffee Company mid-day on a Monday and enjoyed my short visit. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, and the drink I tried was fantastic.

Josiah, the barista I interviewed, seems just like the type of person I want to make my coffee. He was very energized about […]

Giving The Gift Of Charity In Monterey

Kids in need receiving their gifts from the Salvation Army (Photo Credit: usc.salvationarmy.org)

During a season of giving, the best thing that you can give yourself – and others – is your time and your smile. In a time of economic crisis and heartache, nonprofit organizations all over are looking for volunteers to help spread a little extra holiday cheer. Traveling to or near Monterey this year […]

Skates On The Bay: Dining With A Berkeley Waterfront View

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I hate to say it, but one of my favorite places to go on a date or to celebrate a special occasion is not in the city of San Francisco, but on the Berkeley Marina waterfront. Skates on the Bay has been my tried-and-true restaurant go-to for […]

How To Get The Most Out Of A Weekend Trip To San Francisco

Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill (Photo Credit: www.sftravel.com)

I am known for searching around this great city for the best happy hours, scrumptious food, and finding new things to do in San Francisco. I am constantly amazed how many things you can really see and do in one weekend. Here are some ideas for your quick trip to San Francisco.

Friday night– […]

Epic Spring Hike at Cataract Falls, Mount Tamalpais

Mount Tamalpais Photo Credit: Kimberly Gomes

As a nature lover that frequents the Bay Area hiking scene weekly, it’s almost inevitable that a trail will be visited more than once; and often times this repetition can be a bit unmotivating if the scene can’t keep up with my awe-inspiring trail expectations. Thankfully, Mount Tamalpais’s Cataract Falls resolves that dilemma. For […]

Crabbing at Fort Point with View of the Golden Gate Bridge

Photography by Shari Stamps.

The sun is out, the weather is a bit warmer, and Fort Point ­­–the lovely historic landmark next to the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach and Crissy Field– is once again offering pier crabbing. I really look forward to this activity every year because it’s peaceful and the National Park Service offers it for […]

A Bay Area Hike: Pacifica’s Mori Point

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Stunning Ariel View of Pacifica's Mori Point photo credit: www.artistsforchange.com

Despite how interconnected we may feel to our televisions and Smart Phones, the simplicities of nature still stand superior when it comes to creating calm, mental clarity. San Francisco is known for a variety of things- whether it be our open arms to […]

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