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10 mistakes every American makes when visiting London

If you're in the process of planning your first trip to London, or just thinking about doing it, you're probably feeling a little overwhelmed.<p>London is a large city with so much to offer that it can feel a bit intimidating, especially if you have no idea what you're doing. Being as prepared as …

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San Francisco: Where to take out-of-town relatives and guests - Curbed SF

<i>Editor’s note: This map originally appeared in November 2016, and now we've updated and expanded it</i> <i>with new additions</i> <i>for</i> <i>summer 2018</i><i>.</i><p>The three-day holiday weekend is here folks. For many this means distant relatives, old friends, and new in-laws will drop by for a visit.<p>Naturally, you'll want to …

The 19 best things to do in San Francisco, according to people who live there

San Francisco tourism is in a bit of a slump, though over 25 million people visit every year.<p>Visitors might be drawn to the obvious attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and the "Full House" home, but San Francisco has more to offer than tourist traps and trolley cars.<p>To help you experience the …

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Road Trip: How to Eat Your Way Up the New England Coast

The drive from Greenwich, Connecticut to the tiny town of Lubec, Maine is about 700 miles, if you stick to the coastline (and yes, that includes Cape …

The 34 Iconic Dishes and Drinks of San Francisco

Classic food and beverages from classic SF restaurants and bars<p>San Francisco can lay claim to inventing everything from sourdough bread to fortune cookies, so it's no wonder that some of the nation's most iconic culinary history originates within our 49 square miles. Behold, the <b>34 best single …

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Best Bay bites under $50, according to Reddit

We all know the Bay Area is expensive, but when it comes to food, we also know how to get the best bang for our buck.<p>In 2016, San Francisco cemented its critical status as a culinary heavyweight with as many 3-star Michelin restaurants as New York City. But to enjoy the fruits of this region, one …

10 Restaurants Worth the Drive from SF

San Francisco is absolutely teeming with excellent restaurants these days, but there’s no reason to confine oneself to the 7x7. The Bay Area is a mighty expanse, and there are many interesting places to eat outside of the city, no matter the direction you choose. And now that the summer months are …

The best hidden gems and secret spots in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that can excite you forever — it's one of those wonderfully dynamic places that's always ready to surprise. It's why, despite the rising costs and million other complaints, the city sticks with you.<p>But even the most beloved places can get a little worn. You've been to the …

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Sous-Vide Rib Eye Steak

Who doesn't love a good medium-rare steak? We employ our sous-vide machine to make the perfect steak, sealing it with aromatic herbs and garlic …

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The 11 worst tourist traps in Florida — and where to go instead

People from all over the world flock to the US' southernmost state for its warmth, its widely known attractions, and its stunning beaches. However, some places have started taking advantage of the annual influx of visitors.<p>And while some tourist traps can be worth a visit just for the sake of …

14 Fun and Fantastic Asian Snack Shops in San Francisco

Welcome to the wonderful world that is Asian snacks — an emporium of hidden treasures that somehow groups steamed rice rolls, moon cakes, shrimp chips, and even salad-flavored crackers under the same umbrella. It's a peculiar group filled with more Pocky flavors than you can imagine, but damn is it …

A Guide to Russian Food in San Francisco

Russian food in America is a very mixed bag. The cuisine encompasses Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Armenian, Polish, Georgian food, and more, and that's because all of those countries were considered Russia when many people from that area came to America in the 1980s and opened restaurants, which all fell …

Your Guide to China Live, Chinatown’s New Emporium of Food and Drink

<b>China Live</b> is one of the biggest openings to hit San Francisco in quite some time. It’s an incredibly ambitious, multi-faceted, massive project that can most easily be described as a Chinese version of Eataly, Mario Batali’s paean to Italian food in NYC.<p>Many food halls have been compared to Eataly, …

Carmel named one of America's '10 best small towns'

It may be surprising to hear Carmel-by-the-Sea called a "city," given its population of about 3,800.<p>But if you grant the Monterey County hamlet "small city" status, as a recent Conde Nast Traveler readers survey does, then it's no surprise to learn Carmel not only made the list of the 10 Best Small …

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Best road trip stops along Highway 101

If you can only do one road trip, then California's 101 is a must. The 790-mile stretch of highway parallels the state's coastline, giving you and your driving buddies gorgeous views along the way. The winding 101 takes you by all the places that make the West coast the best coast. Starting in Los …

BYOB for Free at These 14 SF Restaurants

It ain't cheap to dine out in San Francisco, and when you add alcohol on top, even casual meals can head into expensive territory. Luckily, there are still a few restaurants around town that offer an antidote to this very first-world problem: free corkage fees.<p>There's no shame in bringing your own …

10 Sous-Vide Recipes to Try ASAP

Time to meet the most game-changing food trend of the year: Sous-vide cooking. It’s a fancy French technique that involves sealing your food in a …

The best New York City restaurant for every type of cuisine

As part of its 2017 restaurant-survey results, released in October, Zagat compiled a list of the best restaurants in New York City for every type of cuisine.<p>From smoky barbecue to flavor-packed ramen to handmade falafel, there's a top-rated spot to curb every craving.<p>There were also a few repeats …

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10 Spots to Host Holiday Parties on a Shoestring

Like most things in San Francisco, hosting a holiday party isn't cheap. The month of December is prime time for restaurants, bars, and event venues to make some money before the tediously slow months ahead by hosting swanky soirees. However, unless you're a tech giant or a Rockefeller, that can be …

Museum Cafeteria Serves Black History and a Bit of Comfort

WASHINGTON — Chefs talk about pressure all the time: brutal shifts when the wait for a table is an hour long, an important critic is in the restaurant and your best sous-chef just sliced her finger to the bone.<p>But they don’t know pressure like the cooks here at the Sweet Home Café inside the …

33 things to do in San Francisco that are free or cost less than $5

Free Guided Walking Tours / Alfred Hitchock Tour<p>Stern Grove Festival<p>In the land of sky-high real estate and $30 restaurant entrées, deals are hard to find. But thanks to the city's expert on all things cheap, Johnny Hayes of the wildly popular site SFFunCheap.com, we've tracked down a list of …

17 Amazing Places to Eat and Drink Near Monterey and Carmel

Head South for a day or weekend of eating and drinking<p>Though it's an ever-popular tourist destination, there's more to the Monterey Peninsula than a cool aquarium and an epic golf course. It's not competing with San Francisco for the title of culinary mecca (at least, not yet), but this wildly …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Where to Eat Before San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Jazz Shows

Fall is approaching, which means it’s also the return of theater season. The symphony, opera, and jazz theaters are all roaring back to life to delight San Franciscans and lovers of culture. Civic Center is the city’s ground zero for entertainment, and considering it’s also become a hotspot for …

Hong Kong has the world's longest escalator system, and thousands take it to work every day

One of the first things you notice when visiting Hong Kong is its hilliness. Then you notice the escalators running up those hills.<p>The city is home to the longest outdoor escalator system in the world — the Central to Mid Levels Escalator system. The escalator system was built in 1993 as a solution …

Your Guide to the Ultimate San Francisco Seafood Platter

Crack a crustacean and celebrate National Seafood Month this October<p>What is it about (Indian) summer and seafood that go together so well? With San …

15 Slow-Cooker Chicken Recipes Perfect for Dinner Tonight + Lunch Tomorrow

7 Savory Ways to Use Figs

They’re not just for dessert.<p>Sweet, juicy figs are amazing for desserts like this luscious fig-and-raspberry tart or French <i>clafoutis</i>, but that's not …

Eat your way around the world without leaving San Francisco

Leave your passport at home and experience a United Nations of cuisines in your own backyard.<p><i>The cuisines of dozens of nations are represented by these Bay Area restaurants. How many of them have you visited? Which favorites have we left off the list?</i><p><i></i>What's the next best thing to the golden, …

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