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How to make the best pasta in the Bay Area

Staying in this weekend? Treat yourself with the help of the following recipes from local bloggers: This crab bucatini recipe by Edible East Bay is, no joke, one of the best things I’ve ever made- and I burned it a bit! If you don’t clean the crab yourself, it’s very quick and easy. That’s my […]

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Recipe: Apple bread

A Side of Sweet‘s apple bread took my household by storm. The first time I made it, Boyfriend – of ten years, whom I’ve lived with and fed for five – said it was hands down the best thing I’ve ever cooked. I wholeheartedly agree. This year, it was my go-to holiday gift for the […]

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The City Taqueria

My go-to Mexican food order, when they’re available, is camarones a la diabla and watermelon agua fresca. Hidden in plain sight on Divisadero, The City Taqueria, bless them, hooked me up with both- and the best version of either I’ve had in months. A very fresh-tasting drink, and a good ratio of burning food to […]

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Virtual Sightseeing

Photo roll 12/21

Very cute display at SF Dance Gear: Gorgeous mural on Lowell and Mission: A sticker on the other side of the street: Cursed product at Good Life Grocery Boy is the tilework on the Bernal Heights Library beautiful! This was my first time seeing it, and I’m still mesmerized.

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Cole Valley Antiques

Years ago, a Cole Valley Antiques employee explained the standard antique store system to me. Most of them have a central checkout station surrounded by a ton of little enclaves; each of those spaces is rented to an individual specialty seller. The result is what makes Cole Valley Antiques particularly hypnotic: you’re not looking at […]

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BowWow and Kitty Too

BowWow and Kitty Too fills a really interesting niche. It’s a standard tourist personalization store, but their products aren’t customized for you: they’re customized for your pets. Start with your best friend’s breed and you can find a huge variety of products in an equally huge variety of styles, often leaning towards the psychedelic. For […]

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Asakichi

It goes without saying that the service in Japantown is unparalleled. Unprompted, free of charge, the Asakichi staff offered to wrap our things, and we left with most of our purchases looking crisp and colorful: definitely a better wrapping job than I could do. Which is kind of a problem, because we also bought these […]

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On the Bridge

Japantown’s On the Bridge is open – and, to hear the staff tell it, as busy as they’ve ever been! It got a bit too crowded for decent food photos. It’s just as well; I could look at the bar all day: It’s hard to see here, but the red light on the minion was […]

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Virtual Sightseeing

Photo roll 11/21

Weird cloud pattern near Stern Grove: Boyfriend and I went to Japantown… …and then to Point Lobos.

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Presidio Bowl

Boyfriend and I have finally discovered the secret to Presidio Bowl‘s popularity: you pay by time, when you leave – not by game. Without the pressure to destroy my partner in a limited number of rolls, I found myself really nailing down the most effective ways to move my body. I’m a better, more mindful […]