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Visiting California's remarkable National Park sites

California is home to some of the world's most incredible scenery, preserved and cared for by the National Park Service. From desert terrain and volcanic formations to rugged coastline and old-growth redwood forests, the landscapes and ecosystems available for eager explorers are vast and …

7 Ways To Make Life Simpler (Even If Your Life's a Little Crazy)

<b>“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite</b> …

San Francisco staycation ideas

Thinking about sticking around town next time you have a couple of days off? Here are some fun ways to spend your time.

Sur Thing

When talking to a local about the magic of California, Big Sur will inevitably find its way into the conversation before too long, And it can't <i>not</i>: …

The Escape: Guide to Big Sur

The ultimate guide to the Cali destination.<p><b>The Ultimate Guide to Big Sur</b> Great writers and artists have long been drawn to Big Sur for its haunting, coastal beauty and bohemian mystique. The region's majestic nature inspired Jack Kerouac nature amid a dark period in his life, which he famously …

Big Sur Hiking Trails & State Parks

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Fernwood Resort share a border and you can easily hike into the state park from our campground. <b>Buzzards Roost trail</b> …

The 17 restaurants new to the Top 100 - Inside Scoop SF

Seventeen new restaurants made my Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants list this year, which was three fewer than in 2014.<p>It’s not that last year had better restaurants; rather, it’s that the competition this year has been so intense. Originally I had 25 new places I thought should be on the list, but once …

List-Worthy

The best dishes from the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants - Inside Scoop SF

Hungry for fried chicken or a great burger? Love pizza? Trying to find the freshest oysters in town? Want to be enticed by an exciting combination you’ve probably never had before?<p>It’s all here in my top dishes from the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants, a guide that was was published yesterday in …

10 weird gadgets that are really popular

Goofy gadget concepts, along with their pun-driven brands and bizarre commercials, have moved from "As Seen on TV" to crowdfunding sites.<p>Here are 10 of the weirdest gadgets on Indiegogo and Kickstarter that made our foreheads crinkle with wonder.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Wired In.</b> Telling someone to go away is hard. If …

Crowd Funding

Judge throws out United's lawsuit against 22-year-old computer whiz who found a way to get cheap airfare, rules lawsuit can be filed in different jurisdiction

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a lawsuit that United Airlines and Orbitz filed against Aktarer Zaman. But the judge ruled that it can be refiled in another jurisdiction.<p>"The reason for dismissal is technical, rather than merits, which means the judicial system isn't stopping United from …

Flying

Morning Sunshine! 20 Must-Try Smoothie Recipes

I think it’s fair to say that smoothies haven’t always had the best reputation. Upon hearing the word smoothie, many of would visualize those nasty …

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

8 Servings<p>Active Time: 50 min<p>Total Time: 14 min<p>The flavor of this salad deepens as it sits, and we’d use the vinaigrette on any bean salad, including green beans.<p>June 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups dried black-eyed peas (about 12 oz.)<p>1 red bell pepper, finely chopped<p>1 green bell pepper, finely chopped<p>2 …

Our favorite Bay Area versions of mac and cheese - Inside Scoop SF

Perfectly-cooked noodles tossed in a rich and cheesy sauce. When it comes to comforting foods, it doesn’t get better than <b>macaroni and cheese</b>.<p>In Sunday’s <b>Food + Home</b> section, I highlighted <b>three favorite versions</b> of the classic dish from local restaurants that range from high-end to down-home.<p>Be sure …

Cooking

What’s your favorite Bay Area breakfast sandwich? - Inside Scoop SF

Breakfast sandwiches have moved way beyond the standard Egg McMuffin.<p>In this Sunday’s cover story for Food + Home, Chronicle staff writer Tara Duggan and I explore how Bay Area chefs are now offering their own versions, going far beyond the staple morning version, oozing with creativity and local …

Breakfast

Where to eat Indian-Pakistani food in San Francisco and the East Bay - Inside Scoop SF

This week’s feature on Chettinad cuisine in the Silicon Valley offered yet another reminder that the Bay Area’s Indian-Pakistani restaurants aren’t just growing in number — they’re diversifying: atomizing into more specific regional cuisines and melding with California cuisine in intriguing …

San Francisco

Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time for him to leave what he describes as “the most perfect job in the world”; no epiphany, no flashpoint. “Life,” he says, in the lightly self-mocking tone he uses when talking about himself, “doesn’t really work that way, with a finger …

Comedy

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Literature

California's best coastal walks

From its wild and rocky coast in the north to the south coast’s vast, sandy shores, the California coastline lures many to walk along the edge of the continent to gaze at the ocean. Sweeping coastal views are blocked in many cities, but wide-open hiking spaces abound nearby where anyone willing to …

Four Awesome Northern California Hot Springs

Sure you could go up to Napa and dish out a bunch of dough to sit at a spa. But for those who like their relaxation outdoors, under the stars and in …

Healthy Recipes On A Budget: 5 Nutritious Meals You Can Try Now

It can be hard sometimes to find food that is nutritious, affordable, and great-tasting. Most people think that accomplishing two of those goals …

Deliciously Ella: raspberry and coconut mousse recipe

This delicious, indulgent mousse contains no dairy or refined sugar<p>Raspberry and coconut mousse<p>SERVES<br>4<p>INGREDIENTS<br>100g/3 ¾ oz coconut cream<br>1 avocado<br>1 vanilla pod<br>3 tbsp of almond butter<br>450g/1lb raspberries<br>2 tbsp honey<p>METHOD<br>Chop the block of coconut cream into quarters.<br>Scoop the avocado flesh out of …

Staged Social Media Management Platform

Grow Share Engage<p>Our Simple and Highly Effective <b>Twitter Marketing System</b> Allows Your Business to Rapidly Build Targeted Followers and <b>Generate More</b> …

Marketing

The 23 biggest Bay Area restaurant openings of the first quarter of 2015 - Inside Scoop SF

Traditionally, the first three months of the year are slow when it comes to restaurant business — and hence, restaurant openings.<p>But this year, the Bay Area has seen an explosion of restaurants in the opening quarter of 2015. Even more remarkably, many of the new places are important and notable …

San Francisco

Women’s marijuana event 'a Tupperware party for cannabis’

In a Russian Hill apartment, 17 women passed around cannabis-infused gluten-free vegan blueberry almond granola and rubbed marijuana-based topical cream into their shoulders.<p>The attendees — lawyers and chefs and nurses and tech executives among them — inhaled from vaporizers and erupted in laughter …

Cannabis

How to navigate Wine Country like a pro

You know the basic rules of Wine Country tastings and travel — don’t drink and drive, you don’t have to drink every last drop (that’s what those pour buckets are for), but what about things like the lesser-knowns wine areas, or what is there do in the region beyond vineyards, tastings or wine?<p><b>In</b> …

Napa Valley

13 Healthy Mason Jar Meals (Don't Leave Home Without Them)

Mason jar meals are easy, portable and on-trend. And since we "eat" with our eyes first, Mason jars are a gorgeous way to show off all the textures, …

10 restaurants to take tourists in San Francisco - Inside Scoop SF

Tourists are somewhat different from you and me. It’s not that they don’t love food, but their agenda is usually packed with other adventures, and dining out isn’t at the top of the list (unless they are truly food-obsessed, which I’ll deal with another time). Location often dictates where many …

Best of Bay Area bike trips get a lift from public transit #LoveLocalSF

A bicycle, that most perfect machine, gets even better when a train or a boat comes along for the ride. That's because a train or a boat is almost as noble as a bicycle. Not quite, but almost.<p>Trains and boats abound in these parts. The poet said there isn't a train she wouldn't take, no matter …