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The Eclipse - April 2014 Eclipse & Golden Gate Bridge
Photo Courtesy of Mike Moir

Bay Bridge - Courtesty of Stephanie Tovrea Guilin, SLG Photography

Pier 39: Fresh seafood and sea lions
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Mandarin Oriental San Francisco: Best rooms with a view
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San Francisco Pride: The largest LGBT gathering on the planet
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Alcatraz Island: Former home of Al "Scarface" Capone and Robert "Birdman" Stroud
Photo courtesy of Dawn Ellner
Chinatown: A city within the city
Photo courtesy of Ed Schipul
Beach Blanket Babylon: Longest running musical revue in the country
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San Pedro Square San Jose

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 David Herberg

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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts 
 Andrew Sims

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San Jose State University (Tower Hall with Ivy)
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Knight Ridder Building San Jose

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Adobe World Headquarters San Jose
 RamaReddy Vogireddy

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VTA Train and Bus Stop Downtown San Jose
 Nathan Cook

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The Sainte Claire Hotel San Jose

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Balloon Ride Over Napa: Get a romantic bird's eye view
Photo courtesy of chadh
Di Rosa: Art, wine and gardens
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Cycling Napa: An active winery tour
Photo courtesy of Neeta Lind
The French Laundry: Award-winning French cuisine
Photo courtesy of Matthew Hine
Auberge du Soleil: One of Napa's best hotels
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Uptown Theatre: Live entertainment
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Harvest STOMP: Napa's annual fall festival
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World Class Spas: Relaxation and romance
Photo courtesy of Villagio Inn & Spa
Yountville: Home to some of Napa's best restaurants
Photo courtesy of Dave Dugdale
Mustard Flowers: Napa beautiful during low season
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Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Bodega, CA. It was built by shipbuilders in 1859 and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County. The church is located directly next to the Bodega schoolhouse, which was the setting for the schoolhouse scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds. Photo Courtesy of Kenneth Bradley Photography


Fogo de Chao Santana Row

Fogo de Chao Santana Row
Fogo de Chao Santana Row
Where every table is a Chef's Table

Byron Carman,
Best of Bay Area

Fogo de Chao (fo-go dèe shoun) is Portuguese for "fire on the ground" and is a traditional Brazilian way of cooking which was brought to the United States 27 years ago by two brothers born and raised in Southern Brazil.  Family gatherings for the brothers were all about hospitality and family members bringing this and that to the table.  The brothers brought the same concept to the US by opening their first restaurant Dallas. The focus was to pamper every guest and to provide prompt service and fresh food right out of the kitchen. 

Fogo de Chao Santana Row opened their doors in February this year. Each location is a bit different from the rest. For example, the Santana Row location is the only restaurant that features an open kitchen view for their guests. You can elect to dine inside or outside overlooking Park Valencia where periodic  concerts take place.

Up, Up, and Away in My Beautiful Balloon

by Cari Lynn Pace

Watching colorful hot air balloons rising into the sky is a treat, but being in one is simply awesome. Bay Area residents and their guests are incredibly lucky to have the Napa Valley Balloon company right here in our backyard, just a drive away. It’s the most stunning “soft adventure” you can do, as long as you can get up early.

We gathered at 5:30 AM (yawn!) in the pre-dawn darkness at the Domaine Chandon winery in Yountville, above Napa. Napa Valley Balloons has their act together: there were plenty of directional signs guiding us to where we checked in, even at that early hour. They welcomed us to enjoy steaming coffee, tea, fresh fruit, orange juice, and fresh-baked croissants.

J Vineyards Annual Pink Party

Bubbles With A Splash Of Pink: J Vineyards Annual Pink Party

Mandy Hulse, Best of Bay Area

Healdsburg August 9, 2014 --- The pink carpet was rolled out and hung above were twinkling crystal chandeliers that lit the perfectly straight path into all things pink. Saturday night at J Vineyards & Winery annual Pink Party guests enjoyed a celebration of bubbles, new friendships, and paired tastings. Even the fountain burst forth in its own special pink!

Guests began the evening by walking the pink carpet with their flutes brimming with J’s renowned Brut Rose sparkling wines. At the end of the carpet choices had to be made as all directions led to a different fantasy of food, drink, and cozy ambience. The evening included specialty pairings of culinary delights that were prepared by J’s Executive Chef, Erik Johnson, a major proponent of local and sustainable farming and fishing. In addition to Erik’s preparations, the Hog Island Oyster Company joined in the fun offering their Tomales Bay oysters on the half shell.

The pairings were abundant, delicious, masterfully prepared and were displayed within the many terraces, all created for comfort and informality, an important and fundamental theme to Judy Jordan’s vision of J Vineyards & Winery.  The pairings included: 


Best of Durst - The Slacker Congress by Will Durst

"In essence, they're taking a vacation from nothing"

More fun than fourteen barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them. Anybody who’s ever spent a summer in DC can tell you the climate is real similar to Hell. With humidity. Then again, not sure even Hell has winged insects the size of footstools. It’s not called Foggy Bottom because that’s the first thing that springs to mind when Diane Feinstein walks away, you know.

Funny thing is, this is the same Congress that lies on the verge of breaking all previous records for complete and utter futility. The Zero Zip Zilch Crew. Who have ridden lethargy into the ground and taken loitering to bold new heights. Or is it depths? Folks who would need hydraulic mechanical assists to raise their attitudes from stuporous to torpid. From the lair of the drugged slugs. Debi Does Drowsy.

In essence, they’re taking a vacation from nothing. Which is a lot like waking up to take a nap. Topping breakfast off with a sleeping pill. Floating off to a loafing, lay- about layoff. Playing hide and seek with the mirror. And losing.

Theatre Rhinocerous Presents Compelling "Habit of Art"

Theatre Rhinoceros has never shied away from difficult material.

Barry Willis, Best of Bay Area

“The Habit of Art,” at Eureka Theatre through August 23, is a play-within-a-play set in 1972, about a British theatrical troupe rehearsing a production focused on a fictional but plausible meeting of composer Benjamin Britten and poet W.H. Auden. After a twenty-year separation, the former collaborators have agreed to meet to discuss working together on an opera of Thomas Mann’s 1911 “Death in Venice, ” a story in which a blocked writer obsesses about a beautiful young boy. In Mann’s tale, classical deities represent conflicting human motives. Auden and Britten argue about their meaning and relevance, especially for a modern audience. Ultimately, Mann’s writer dies of cholera without ever having spoken to the object of his obsession.

LB Steak Santana Row

Byron Carman, Best of Bay Area

All Steakhouses are not created equal. LB Steak in Santana Row is clearly one that has broken away from the pack. LB Steak Santana Row is a top quality hybrid steakhouse in my opinion. I say hybrid because they offer diverse menu choices (salads, prime steaks, burgers, chicken, seafood and unique sides), with bold American flavors and the option of dining inside in a luxury steakhouse environment or on the sidewalk area right on the vibrant Santana Row.

There were two things I noticed immediately when we were seated. First, the prompt table service and second the comfortable leather booth we were seated at. The elegant ambiance and noise level inside was perfect as you could carry on a conversation and not feel as though you were sitting in a library.

Lucy Restaurant of Yountville

Lucy Restaurant Patio
Lucy Restaurant Patio
Ashok Khanna, Best of Bay Area

In 2009, Bardessono Hotel entered a crowded field of luxury inns and hotels in Yountville, a prime tourist destination. Its distinctive modern design with clean lines and use of glass and salvaged wood emphasizes sustainability. Indeed, it was awarded a Platinum LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design), the highest level.

Its restaurant, Lucy, vies with a congestion of illustrious restaurants in the small town, including three by Thomas Keller, one of the best chefs in the US. Conforming to the hotel’s premise, Lucy’s Garden, located on-site, provides fresh organic vegetables. Suppliers of other ingredients are carefully chosen for quality and compatibility with its approach and are located nearby, whenever possible.

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