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Clara Hogan

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The 16 best restaurants in Oakland to try right now

The 16 best restaurants in Oakland to try right now

Oakland is a hotbed of diverse cuisines and cultures, so much so that it’s become one of the most exciting places to eat in the country. That means the best restaurants in Oakland reflect the diversity of its people, running the gamut from authentic Filipino and Ethiopian fare to mouthwatering Southern food and BBQ. Here, you can travel the world from the dinner table, street by street—try nationally lauded Cambodian cuisine and taco trucks on Fruitvale Avenue, and fine dining Italian and tapas on Piedmont Avenue. You’ll even find a Michelin-starred restaurant (which is on par with the fine dining restaurants in San Francisco proper, if you ask us), not to mention mom-and-shop joints that have a long history in town. If you’re coming from SF, there are plenty of ways to cross the bridge to the sunny side of the bay, and it’s worth making a day out of it by exploring all there is to do in Oakland, from scenic hikes in the redwoods to art galleries and boutiques. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by Jack London Square to find some of the best waterfront wineries in the Bay Area. But enough about that, because you came here to eat. Here is our guide to the best restaurants in Oakland right now.  RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Oakland

Guide to spending Valentine’s Day in San Francisco

Guide to spending Valentine’s Day in San Francisco

There's no questioning the romance of San Francisco—the views, the fog, the charming restaurants, and the historic inns. Yet, it's also a notoriously brutal city for dating. Whether you’re a lover or a fighter, February 14 can be a fairly stressful day. Survive Valentine’s Day in San Francisco with our guide, including the best date ideas, dinner specials and gifts to give. Big spenders may want to wine and dine the object of their affection (complete with a huge bouquet of flowers), but we've also got plenty of cheap date suggestions for a more low-key evening. There's something for everyone this February 14th.  RECOMMENDED: The best romantic restaurants in San Francisco

The best hot springs in California

The best hot springs in California

Hot springs in California lure visitors from far and wide for rest and rejuvenation. With geothermal waters bubbling just below the surface of several places to visit in California, it’s easy to find restorative waters throughout the Golden State. For stress-melting, skin-nourishing bliss, check out these steamy pools of mineral-rich water, just as generations of Californians and health-seekers have for decades. These gorgeous natural hot springs provide far more than a backdrop for Instagram boasting. Sulfur-rich hot springs have been shown to offer healing benefits for skin irritations and infections, arthritic pain, digestive issues, and much more. California hot springs include luxurious soaks at upscale hotels in Napa, laid-back dips at clothing-optional havens within California national parks, or hidden swimming holes that require a bit of work before the reward. Grab your crew and make a weekend of it—you’ll likely be surrounded by multi-generational families and local couples enjoying romantic getaways. Some offer far more than a place to soak, allowing visitors to enjoy fine food and drink, spa services, and other activities that fuel hours of soaking. Whatever aquatic relaxation you need, here are the best California hot springs for soaking to your heart’s content. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in CaliforniaRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in California

Where to find the best breakfast in San Francisco

Where to find the best breakfast in San Francisco

We here in San Francisco take our breakfast seriously. Whether it's a gourmet bagel to go, a luxury toast (yes, that's a thing here) or a plate full of eggs and bacon, the best breakfast in San Francisco is one that satisfies your taste buds as much as your hunger. While weekends are usually reserved for splurging at one of the city’s best brunch spots, true morning meal diehards know that weekdays are the best time to go for breakfast, when crowds are usually thinner. Everyday morning could mean a quick and hearty meal of fresh juices, baked goods and to-go dishes. But if you have a bit of time, try an Israeli-style breakfast or a vegan spot slinging indulgent eggplant bacon. Some of these places even offer breakfast at any time of the day, allowing true breakfast fans to revel in pancakes for lunch, or an eggs bennie for dinner.  If your only breakfast requirement is a jolt of caffeine and carbs, try one of the city’s best coffee shops or one of the best bagels in San Francisco. Otherwise, grab a seat at one of these breakfast spots and fuel up for your day. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in San Francisco

The best art galleries in San Francisco

The best art galleries in San Francisco

San Francisco has plenty of world-class art museums, from SFMOMA to the de Young, where visitors can take in masterpieces covering all disciplines, styles, and centuries. But the city is also bustling with smaller art galleries you can take in paintings and other works of art. A decade ago, Bay Area art buyers would flock to Union Square, where exclusive galleries mingled with high-end boutiques. Not anymore. As gallerists have fled rising rents downtown, the resulting dispersal sparked an art resurgence in the Dogpatch, Potrero Flats, SoMA, and beyond. From international standbys to intriguing up-and-comers, and classical painters to cutting-edge video artists, the best art galleries in San Francisco run the gamut. If you're interested in checking out a more boutique art gallery experience and supporting a local business, here's where to start. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in San Francisco

The best day trips from San Francisco

The best day trips from San Francisco

With so many things to do in San Francisco—including world-class restaurants, amazing bars and beautiful beaches—it’s easy to stay within the city limits and never leave. That said, every Bay Area local gets a little stir-crazy now and then. Sometimes you just need to get away and a day trip is just the thing. The best day trips from San Francisco offer a little fun, relaxation and the chance to experience something new. Fortunately, all you have to do is hit the road—or hop on a train, bus or ferry—to explore the many wonders of the region; this means there are plenty of enticing day trips to choose from at any time of the year. From San Francisco’s perch in the Bay, you can easily access completely different worlds in under two and a half hours. Explore the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, a historic lighthouse, an elk preserve, quaint towns, a thrilling coastal drive with incredible views and much more. Escape the city for a day and you may find your favorite new cafe tucked away on a small street or an amazing bookstore that has just what you want. Hike a trail to gain a new perspective and reconnect with nature, or visit the home base of local purveyors who supply the city’s restaurants and grocery stores. After exploring the immediate region, go a little farther and plan a weekend getaway. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 15 best things to do in Mendocino

The 15 best things to do in Mendocino

Mendocino appears plucked out of a storybook—a place that mixes charming New England architecture and the romance of California's rugged northern coastline. Situated a couple of hours north of San Francisco, the county remains relatively remote, which only enhances its allure. Here you'll find stunning scenery wherever you look, from soaring redwoods to coastal bluffs and rocky beaches. The best things to do in Mendocino include sipping some of the world's greatest pinot noir in the Anderson Valley wine region, dining at restaurants that operate at the peak of a farm-to-table ethos and getting out into nature. If that doesn't keep you busy enough, stroll the independent shops in Mendocino Village or downtown Fort Bragg, jump on the historic Skunk Train or hit the spa. When it comes to where to stay, Mendocino offers everything from cozy inns to luxurious resorts. Ready to travel up the coastline? Here's what's in store.

The best things to do in San Francisco right now

The best things to do in San Francisco right now

San Francisco has it all — the weather, the food, the outdoors, and a whole lot more. It was even named the best city in the world in 2021. This is a city that offers something for everyone, whether you're a foodie wanting to enjoy world-class dining, a nature enthusiast hoping to take in pristine views, a museum hopper wanting to soak up wine and culture, or a wine guru looking to sip the freshest California varietals. That's why our list of the best things to do in San Francisco runs the gamut. From eating burritos to shopping dispensaries, sipping on craft beer, and admiring every view of the Golden Gate Bridge, what more could you want? Get the skinny on iconic San Francisco attractions and the best restaurants in San Francisco – not to mention which outdoor activities have us rushing into the fog. Then get out there and enjoy all the city and larger Bay Area region has to offer.   RECOMMENDED: The best San Francisco hotelsRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in San FranciscoRECOMMENDED: The best attractions in San Francisco

The best dim sum San Francisco has to offer

The best dim sum San Francisco has to offer

If you’re set on finding the best dim sum San Francisco has to offer, our first tip may surprise you: venture beyond Chinatown. Sure, the neighborhood has plenty of incredible dumpling shops. But locals know that some of San Francisco’s dim sum stand-outs are found not on Grant Avenue, but farther west in the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods.Eating dim sum in San Francisco is a staple experience, and the options range from high-end thrills (take the white-tablecloth vibes at Yank Sing, for example) to a no-frills ambiance at mom-and-pop joints. Lately, some of the newest, drool-worthy dim sum restaurants are even going modern, upending a normally classic atmosphere with trendy interiors and flavors. From joints with traditional dim sum carts to extra-casual San Francisco cheap eats, here’s the best dim sum in SF right now. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in San Francisco

The best rooftop bars in San Francisco

The best rooftop bars in San Francisco

San Francisco rooftop bars are few and far between — which is surprising in a city with temperate weather year-round and stunning views around every corner. But the sky-high bars that do exist in the city are some of the best places to grab a drink in town, and to be fair, the number of them has finally expanded in just the last year. Newcomers like Rise Over Run in the brand new LINE Hotel and local favorite Good Good Culture Club are some of the hottest openings in the city.  Our favorite rooftop bars in San Francisco are perfect places for a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine to celebrate any occasion, whether it's a date night or an average Friday night. They're a great choice during those scorching hot days, but also a good pick year-round with most locations offering heaters on chillier evenings. One thing's for sure, of all the places where you can kick back with a drink in San Francisco (cocktail bars, breweries, speakeasies, wine bars), those with fresh air and awe-inspiring vistas always come out on top.  RECOMMENDED: Complete guide to the best bars in San Francisco

Embrace the season with these winter rum cocktails in San Francisco

Embrace the season with these winter rum cocktails in San Francisco

Winter in San Fransisco may not be as brutal as much of the country, but the days are still shorter, darker, and chillier. And this moody season calls for a strong drink. Many of the restaurants and bars in the city adapt the ingredients highlighted on their menus based on what's available at the local Farmers' Markets, or simply what pairs well with the seasonal vibe. This winter, that means certain citrus fruits, chocolate, chai, or really anything that pairs well with cold-weather dishes. When it comes to cocktails, bar directors are leaning on rum-based drinks with various spices, herbs, and liqueurs that will keep you feeling cozy all the way through spring. We caught up with some of the best bars in San Francisco to hear about their best rum-based winter libations. You'll find a twist on the espresso martini, spiced-packed cocktails, and tropical drinks that will make you feel like you're on a beach somewhere warmer.

12 hours in San Francisco

12 hours in San Francisco

If you only have half a day in San Francisco, let it be full of carbs, cocktails and stunning views. Ditch the tourist traps and spend time exploring what really makes the city so magnificent: its neighborhood eateries and green spaces, with some weed thrown in—if you partake. Luckily, SF is pretty small and dense, with plenty of transport options to get around easily. Here’s an itinerary for a perfect day in San Francisco that’s sure to leave you full and happy.

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

You can hear the Napa Valley Wine Train before you see it. Starting in Downtown Napa at the McKinstry Street Station, the train rumbles through towns like Yountville and iconic vineyards like V. Sattui on a 36-mile round trip journey to St. Helena and back. The cavalcade of railroad cars were built in 1951 by the Pullman Standard Company and  refurbished for the modern era with details nodding to the original time period such as plush booths and mahogany paneling. Passengers can choose from a variety of dining journeys, including the Gourmet Express (a multi-course meal), Romance on the Rails (dinner and wine in a private booth on the train's Vista Dome) and Murder Mystery (a murder-mystery– themed dinner). One of the most intimate option is the Champagne Vista Dome experience, which guarantees you a private table. This car features curved glass windows in the observation-style dining car that give even more expansive views of Napa's lush countryside.  The three-hour lunch and two-hour dinner rides generally stick to the rails, but if getting off and exploring the vineyards is more of your thing, opt for one of the winery tours; most go to a few wineries and include lunch or dinner on the train.

The French Laundry

The French Laundry

5 out of 5 stars

Since 1994, the old stone cottage in the heart of wine country that houses the French Laundry has stood among the holiest of holy grails not only for destination diners, but aspiring industry pros around the world. Chef Thomas Keller’s influence on the culinary world is inestimable; without him, there’d be no Noma, Alinea, Benu or Frasca Food and Wine, to name just a few iconic restaurants his mentees have gone on to open. The pilgrimage to this intimate, 17-table Napa Valley institution remains at the very top of foodies’ bucket lists. Reservations open a month in advance, with seatings occurring daily from 4pm to 8:15pm. Every meal begins with a crisp salmon tartare cornet paired with a glass of champagne. From there, diners select one of the two prix fixe menus (one for meat eaters and one for vegetarians) and are then promptly taken on a three-to-four hour culinary journey. Dishes consist of classic and refined, yet unstuffy, French cuisine that showcase California-fresh produce sourced from the culinary garden across the street. The French Laundry has served as the pinnacle of fine dining for 25 years, with hospitality as unwaveringly pristine as the food. The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars every year since the first Michelin guide to the San Francisco Bay Area was issued in 2007, making Keller the only American chef to have two three-star restaurants at the same time (the other being Per Se in New York.)  The restaurant recently underwent a stunning $1

Crawloween Pub Crawl

Crawloween Pub Crawl

Think of San Francisco’s largest Halloween pub crawl as trick-or-treating for adults. Thousands of costumed revelers take over Polk Street for drinks, music and dancing, and costume contests. This year, whether you show up on foot or via the San Francisco Party Bus, you’re sure to be in spooktacular company at 20 haunted watering holes including Mayes, Nick's Crispy Tacos, Del Mar, and Wonder SF. It’s free to join the festivities.     

BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley

Napa Valley’s BottleRock festival is back this year for its first “normal” event since 2019. The festival was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 and, in 2021, it was delayed until the fall and had pandemic precautions in place. This year, BottleRock is back in all its glory in its usual slot, Memorial Day weekend, with big-name headlining artists from Pink to Metallica and Luke Combs. Other performers include Twenty One Pilots, Kygo, Pitbull, Alessia Cara, Vance Joy, and Amos Lee. The event will also host a slew of other activities from famous chefs and celebrities on the culinary stage to an impressive food and drink line-up and a series of more intimate performances outside of the main event.  We’ve rounded up answers to all of your questions to give you everything you need to know about BottleRock 2022. We also have you covered on where to go, eat, and sleep in Napa Valley should you want to explore more.  What is BottleRock?BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars, is a three-day music, wine, craft brew and culinary festival that started in 2013.  When is BottleRock? BottleRock 2022 will run Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, in downtown Napa at the Napa Valley Expo fairgrounds. How do I buy BottleRock tickets? Three-day tickets are sold out, but one-day general admission tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available through the BottleRock website. You can also still buy sold-out passes through the official ticket exchange Lyte. How much are BottleRock tickets?

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The best cities in the US for coffee

The best cities in the US for coffee

The local coffee scene across American cities has exploded in recent years — but which city loves its coffee the most? That would be the City by the Bay, at least according to one recent report. San Francisco is the number one coffee city in America, ranked by a survey from the personal-finance website WalletHub. The calculation compared the 100 most populous cities across the US using 12 key metrics, including the average spending on coffee per household, the share of homes with coffee makers, the number of coffee shops and manufacturers per capita, and the number of coffee-centric events.  After San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando, Honolulu, and Portland rounded out the top five coffee cities.  Source: WalletHub Coffee has played an important role in San Francisco's history: the first cup of restaurant coffee in the West was served there, large coffee brands such as Hills Brothers and Folgers started in the city, and the Italian espresso houses of North Beach were popular meeting spots for famous Beat poets. Today, the "third wave" of coffee shops has meant a coffee boom.  San Francisco's top coffee shops are independent, full of local personality, and spread throughout the city. Favorites include Ritual Coffee, Andytown Coffee Roasters, and Farley's. A few of the factors for SF's number one rating — it had both the highest number of affordable coffee shops and cafes rated 4.5 stars or above per capita, as well as the highest number of manufacturers. It also ranked number on

Tunnel Tops, San Francisco's version of The High Line, just opened to the public

Tunnel Tops, San Francisco's version of The High Line, just opened to the public

Add another must-do to your San Francisco bucket list: the Presidio Tunnel Tops, a project 30 years in the making. The new federal parkland is now officially open, offering 14 acres of space to play along the bay and take in stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Tunnel Tops, located within the Presidio, a national park formed out of a former military outpost, debuted on July 17 to an outpouring of crowds eager to see the city's newest national park destination. It is a creative solution to creating usable green space in a densely packed city, located on top of the busy Presidio Parkway highway tunnels and connecting the center of the Presidio to the park’s Crissy Field waterfront. The unique design feat was a perfect fit for James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind New York City's High Line, which also found ways to connect urban streets to more peaceful, nature-focused settings.  The park is already a hit with locals and visitors alike, featuring picnic sites, a campfire circle, trails, native plant gardens as well as the Outpost, a sprawling two-acre, nature-inspired play area for children.    Photograph Courtesy of the Trust for the PresidioTunnel Tops   Getting to the Tunnel Tops is easy from most places in the city. Several of the city’s MUNI lines stop at the nearby transit center and there's a free PresidiGo shuttle from downtown.  If you get hungry, you can count on a variety of food trucks and carts nearby, in addition to a slew of eateries offered with

世界で最もLGBTQ+の人々に友好的な都市はレイキャビック

世界で最もLGBTQ+の人々に友好的な都市はレイキャビック

イギリスの金融商品比較サイト、Money.co.ukは新しい分析調査を実施し、LGBTQ+コミュニティーに最も友好的な世界の都市ランキング『The most LGBTQ+ accepting cities』を発表した。 分析に使われたのは、さまざまなデータ。例えばSocial Progressから入手した各国の受容度に関する世界的な指標、人口10万人当たりのLGBTQ+施設の数を示すTripadvisorのデータといったもの。出生証明書や運転免許証の性別表示変更が州相当レベルでどれだけ容易か、成人におけるLGBTQ+自認の割合、子育てをしている25歳以上のLGBTQ+成人数なども含まれている。 その結果、世界で最もLGBTQ+の人々を受け入れていのは、アイスランドのレイキャビクとなった。同地のLGBTQ+受容度スコアは満点の10ポイント。LGBTQ+専用のバーやクラブが最も多くあり、それらの質も高いことが結果に反映されたようだ。 2位、3位はオランダのアムステルダム、ロッテルダムが続いた。アムステルダムは、惜しくもレイキャビックにトップの座を譲ったが、スコアの差はほとんどない。受容度も9.8ポイントと非常に高く、ナイトライフについても数、質ともに大差がなかった。ロッテルダムは、LGBTQ+向けの施設の数が上位2都市に比べると少ないため、この順位になったようだ。 4位に入ったのが、アメリカのサンフランシスコ(アメリカの都市として1位)。同地は、人口10万人当たりのLGBTQ+施設の数が全都市中2番目に多く、それらのTripadvisorの平均評価も星4.2つと高い。サンフランシスコが高順位になったことは、この都市がLGBTQ+コミュニティーにとってリベラルで進歩的な避難所であるという長年の評判や、LGBTQ+運動の歴史を考えると大きな驚きではないだろう。 このランキングのトップ20を見てみると、、アメリカからはボストン(11位)、シアトル(12位)、ロサンゼルス(16位)、シカゴ(17位)の5都市がランクインしている。 ただ、同時発表されたアメリカの州別ランキングで1位になったのは、カリフォルニア州ではなく、ハワイ州だった。同州では人口の4.6%がLGBTQ+を自認。労働安全や出生証明書の性別表記を変更する手続きなどでも高い評価を受け、LGBTQ+コミュニティーで子育てをしている割合が30%と、上位5州の中で最も多い。ハワイに続く2位にはメイン州、3位にはバーモント州がランクイン。カリフォルニア州は4位となった。 ランキングと分析内容は、Money.co.ukの公式サイトで確認できる。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『ブライダル大手が同性婚のためのウエディングプランを紹介』 『東京、学びのクィアスポット6選』 『日本のジェンダー観や婚姻制度のあれこれ、もう一度社会の前提を疑おう』 『ニューヨーク歴史協会がLGBTQ+博物館の設立を発表』 『6年で日本は「ジェンダー平等」に近づいたのか、公平な制度の実現へ』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

This is the most accepting city in the US for LGBTQ+ people

This is the most accepting city in the US for LGBTQ+ people

A new study shows which cities around the world are the most friendly toward the LGBTQ+ community, and we're not that surprised at the winners.  The study, conducted by Money.co.uk, analyzed cities based on a variety of criteria, including a worldwide indicator sourced from Social Progress on the level of acceptance in each country, Tripadvisor data showing the number of LGBTQ+ establishments per 100,000 people, as well as how easy it is at the state level to change the gender marker on your birth certificate and driver's license, the percentage of adults who identify as LGBTQ+, and how many LGBTQ+ adults over 25 are raising children, among other factors.  In the United States, San Francisco came out on top as the number one most accepting city in America, and fourth in the world. The city has the second-highest number of LGBTQ+ establishments per 100,000 people and has an average rating of 4.2 stars.  San Francisco coming in the first place isn't a huge surprise, given the city's long reputation as a liberal and progressive haven for the LGBTQ+ community and its history of LGBTQ+ activism. Out of the top 20 most accepting cities, five are based in the US: Boston ranked 11th; Seattle ranked 12th, Los Angeles placed 16th and Chicago came in at 17th. At the worldwide level, Reykjavik, Iceland was number one. That was followed by Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.  In terms of states in the US though, California wasn't number one. It came in fourth. Hawaii actually cam

This murder-mystery train ride through Napa is perfect for Harry Potter fans

This murder-mystery train ride through Napa is perfect for Harry Potter fans

Napa Valley is a bucket-list destination for every wine lover – the rolling vineyard hills, award-winning wineries, and gourmet California cuisine make it a foodie mecca that people around the world flock to. And one of the most magical ways to take in all that wine country has to offer is aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.  The wine train is an iconic piece of Napa that’s been operating for more than 30 years, running directly through the valley on a rail line originally built in 1864. It was on a long hiatus during Covid, but officially re-opened in May. And now it's bringing back its popular Murder Mystery rides starting this month through October. The themed rides include 'Crime and Punishment,' 'Death of a Gangster' and a 'Wizards and Witches' tour that sounds perfect for Harry Potter fans (wizarding robes and hats are highly encouraged).  Photograph: Courtesy Napa Valley Wine Train While aboard the refurbished 1951 Pullman coaches, guests will have two hours to solve a murder (all while being served a multi-course fine-dining experience). On the Wizards and Witches tour – which takes place October 2, 9, and 16 – feel free to dress up as your favorite Hogwarts character and imagine you're aboard the Hogwarts Express!  Not into dress-up? The train offers a variety of other tours. Choose from various experiences and times, including daytime and evening rides, an intimate meal in the Champagne Dome, as well as those that includes stops at wineries and special ones like j

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