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3 Cool New Bars To Check Out In Oakland

OaklandPhoto: Oeste/YelpLooking for the Oakland bar of your dreams? We've found three new spots worth checking out. Here are the newest places to …

A Guide To Oakland's Neighborhood Craft Breweries

OaklandA taster tray at Novel Brewing in North Oakland. | Photo: Jean C./YELPThe number of craft breweries in California has tripled since 2012, and …

On Maui, seeking out the hidden wows of wild Hawaii

The best roads to drive are those that you would really rather not drive at all, the ones that practically yank you out of the car every mile to hike, surf, ski or just breathe in the tantalizing world beyond the windshield. Maui has a deep bench of such roads, among them a 25-mile stretch that …

Dining Rooms

How to Do Maui, Hawaii, Like a Local

<b>Natural Wonder: Red Sand Beach</b><br>Save your iPhone battery for plenty of photographs and pack your lightweight hikers. This small cove near Hāna gets its …

Maui

12 Unusual Experiences You’ll Only Find in the Philippines

Get ready to have your mind blown.<p>Once upon a time, you’d be hard-pressed to find any international travelers in the Philippines. Today, beach bums, …

Our favorite Northern California weekend getaways that won't break the bank

One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is its incredible proximity to countless beautiful places. But if you don't have a ton of spare cash, those beautiful places are as inaccessible as Mars.<p>Tahoe, Mendocino and Monterey are all lovely, pricy spots so, if you're on a budget or just …

Northern California

Oakland's grit and splendor is beginning to outshine San Francisco

Metro takes a tour of some of the most authentic treasures in a rapidly-gentrifying Oakland.<p>A thirty minute ferry trip from San Francisco, Oakland is …

7 Ways to Know You're With a Real Man

What defines a man as a <i>real</i> man varies from person to person, but there are certain qualities that should hold true across the board. It's not about masculinity or bravado in the slightest, but rather authenticity, integrity, and respect. Not only does he have good character, but he also knows …

Relationships

Why Visiting The North Of The Philippines Is A Must

<b>Visiting the North of the Philippines</b><p>Masasa Beach<p>The northern area of the Philippines stays under most tourists’ radar, as they all rush to visit the …

16 Easy Getaways for an Epic Weekend Outside the US

People misread the American dream. It's not working yourself dizzy till you retire in a house you spent 30 years paying off. It's emailing your boss</i> …

Finally, The Perfect Recipe for Grilled Artichokes

Lolinda's grilled artichokes are a must-order. They're perfectly paired with a large cut of meat at the restaurant, and, just in time for summer …

This Is What A Vegan Ultra-Athlete Eats In A Day

Although the image of veganism is slowly changing, when people think of the word 'vegan', many still associate the lifestyle with: <i>extreme, unhealthy,</i> …

5 Key Steps to Finding True Happiness and Peace, According to Zen Buddhism

If you want to look for a place to start finding your inner peace, look to Buddhism. Zen Buddhism will guide you to find the road to happiness and …

The Dalai Lama's Guide to Getting Through the Next 4 Years

Bookmark this one.<p>What a pit we've fallen into. Nevertheless, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, maintains our "surrounding situation" should not be the end to all happiness.<p>His Holiness spoke with Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN before President Trump's inauguration about preserving …

Happy Couples Have These 6 Things in Common—Do You?

I've always been staunchly against the idea that you should change yourself to please someone else, but I'll admit that this year my perspective …

Personality

Filipino Cuisine Is Making The Food Trends List Of 2017 - Keep Dining Magazine

Possessing a rich cultural history which is enhanced further by its culinary traditions, the gorgeous and exotic country of the Philippines is a …

Duterte for Dummies | Philippines

When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ascended to power in 1999, almost no one in the West, in Asia and even in most of the Latin American countries …

Secret Recipe: Woodhouse Fish Co.'s Garlic White Wine Dungeness Crab

Who better than to provide a quick and easy way to serve up some Dungeness? Chef August Schuchman delivers with one of the four ways they serve the …

Seafood

12 Great Places to Go in 2017—and How to Do Them on a Budget

Here Are 13 Workplace Distractions Robbing You of Productivity (And How to Fix Them)

What if I were to tell that there’s a secret productivity troll running loose in your office?<p>You can’t see or hear him, but he’s there, sabotaging …

Old Giants: The Last Days of Oakland’s Redwoods

An excerpt from Sylvia Lindsteadt's <i>Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area</i> on the logging of the East Bay's redwood trees.The post Old Giants: The …

The 12 Types Of Trips You Should Take In Your Lifetime

Better than your average beach vacation, and cheaper too.<p>To some travelers, “vacation” means lying on a tropical beach or staying in an urban hotel, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the start of a new year is time to think outside the box and start planning trips that help you both unwind …

National Parks

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

East Bay All the Way: 11 Reasons to Eat and Drink in Oakland Right Now

It’s got laid-back, destination-worthy restaurants, a vibrant ethnic food scene (Burmese!), and a homegrown booze movement. All with fewer tourists and tech moguls than that city across the bay. Welcome to Oakland.<p>For years people have been proclaiming Oakland the next big food destination. Well, I …

7 Ways To Travel Smarter In 2015

We've always loved a good travel hack, whether it's the secret to a smaller suitcase or the trick that gets cheaper plane tickets every time.<p>We asked the pros at CheapAir -- and sifted through our favorite hacks -- for 7 tricks that will make 2015 the year you FINALLY get out there, and on a trip …

23 Places You Should Visit In 2015

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2015.<p>From the Philippines to Peru, here are the best places to travel next year.