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The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Spain

Spain is well known for its endless beaches, islands that compete with the Caribbean or city breaks, like Barcelona, Madrid or San Sebastian. But the …

European Travel

Bay Area things to do for fun off the beaten path

Staying close to home for the holidays? It's still possible to find affordable and convenient hidden gems throughout the Bay Area - especially spots where we can unwind and escape from the daily grind or San Francisco tourist crowds.<p>One of our favorite things about living in the Bay Area is, no …

Every FIFA World Cup champion: Brazil, Germany, Italy historically dominate tournament

The 2018 World Cup final is set, with France taking on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.<p>Will France win its second World Cup title, becoming just the third nation to collect two World Cup wins? Or, will Croatia become just the ninth different nation to win the tournament?<p>Here's a …

Soccer

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time<p>Even if a power outage stops your well pump or the city water supply, you can still flush the toilet. Dump a couple …

2 Chilling Documentaries Are Coming to Netflix to Feed Your True Crime Obsession

If you've scrolled through Netflix lately, then you've likely spotted more than a few high-profile true crime documentaries. The streaming giant's (and our own) obsession with twisted, real-life cases began with the fervor that surrounded <b>Making a Murderer</b>'s 2015 debut, and hasn't shown any signs of …

Entertainment

Your Amazon Echo Can Actually Help You Parent With These 9 Hacks Because Technology Rules

Right now, my Amazon Echo is sitting in my living room, waiting to be utilized as a glorified speaker and kitchen timer when I get home later and ask it to play my cooking playlist, then set an oven timer. I know that there are other people like me out there who aren't using their dear friend Alexa …

The Secret to Perfect Scrambled Eggs

When it comes to scrambled eggs, there's no shortage of different techniques. Whether you prefer a softer scramble or one with diner-style heft, the …

Breakfast

9 trails that every Bay Area hiker needs to check off the to-do list

While many head to San Francisco to visit its top-notch restaurants and cocktail lounges, others who live in the city are eager to get out of town on weekends to enjoy nature.<p>The beauty of living in this area is that you don't have to travel to all the way to the mountains of Tahoe or Yosemite to …

Hiking

This Under-the-Radar Beach Town Is Mexico’s Next Great Destination

As we reach the outskirts of Puerto Escondido, my driver grins and gestures with his chin for me to look in the rearview mirror. Just above the …

WyzeCam brings a motion sensing 1080P security camera for just $26

Security is on everyone’s minds lately, and most would love to add security cameras around their house. The one drawback to adding these security cameras is either price for wireless or experience for wired. Most wireless cameras are quite expensive, like Nest Cam, Netgear’s Arlo, and others. …

Smart Homes

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 …

33 spots where Bay Area kids can experience the great outdoors

School's out, and the Bay Area's outdoor wonders call.<p>It's time to get the kids away from the screen and explore the region brimming with natural beauty and providing families with an amazing outdoor playground filled with delights.<p>A hike along the coast might lead to a secret waterfall or whale …

Hiking

Weekend getaways every Bay Area resident must do at least once

Guerneville<p>Livermore<p>Point Reyes Lighthouse<p>Clear Lake<p>Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park<p>San Luis Obispo<p>Bodega Bay<p>Avenue of the Giants<p>Sea ranch<p>Mendocino<p>Fort Bragg<p>Monterey<p>Big Sur/Carmel<p>San Simeon<p>Napa<p>Calistoga<p>Healdsburg<p>Santa Cruz<p>Santa Cruz Mountains<p>Lake Tahoe<p>Yosemite National Park<p>Sacramento<p>Lost …

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 …

San Francisco

These Are The Best Cuts Of Steak To Grill

If you're gonna spend your money, make sure it's on the right cut.<p>You can’t just buy a hunk of meat, throw it on the grill and expect to eat a tasty feast. It <i>could</i> happen if luck is on your side, but if you buy the wrong cut of meat chances are you’ll end up with a tough, chewy meal that will feel …

BBQ

Ochéntame otra vez - Ibiza era una fiesta

(Música)<p>Internacionalmente, Ibiza es lo que es<p>gracias a los jipis.<p>"¿Tú para qué vienes?" "Yo por la revolución sexual".<p>Orgías o lo que para el payés …

The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be planning room layouts! Lucky for us, we now have access to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps to help us create floor plans and …

37 Ways To Game The Airlines: How To Get Free Flights, Travel Perks And More

This week, I made international news when I put my travel smarts to work and scored $11,000 in American Express gift cards for being bumped off several Delta Air Lines flights with my family. You can read the article about how I did it here. People were amazed, and the story got picked up by …

American Airlines

Exploring restaurants along scenic Highway 1

The Bay Area is filled with places to eat and drink, but one of the overlooked areas for eating and drinking is also one of the most interesting: the coast along Highway 1, heading towards Half Moon Bay. Many of the restaurants have the triple-threat of gorgeous views, delicious food and ties to …

Santa Cruz

The 10 Bay Area restaurants with a perfect 4 stars

Single Thread brings the number of 4-star restaurants to 10<p>For the first time in more than 30 years I awarded four stars to a new restaurant: Single Thread in Healdsburg. I've never seen a restaurant that opened so fully realized.<p>I'm hoping Single Thread might be the fuel to light the fire under …

Napa Valley

8 Camping Sites Within Two Hours of San Francisco

<i>This story is brought to you by the great people over at the Bold Italic. The Bold Italic is an online magazine, shop, and events hub in San</i> …

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2016. (Ranked in no particular order.)

7 Brunch Recipes to Help You Crush the First Day of 2017

The first day of the New Year can be a groggy, sleep-all-day-and-order-bagels kind of affair, or you can make it a kick-butt start by getting out of …

10 Best Brunch Recipes For Holiday Houseguests

The big feast is behind us, but there are still hungry houseguests to feed. Treat your company to a homemade brunch, from an elegant spinach and cheese strata to muffins bursting with fresh blueberries.<p><b>1. Spinach & Cheese Strata</b><p>This elegant brunch strata -- really a savory bread pudding with …

Breakfast

How much solar energy can your roof make? Just Google it

<b>Marrakech, Morocco (CNN) —</b> If you've ever thought about putting solar panels on your roof, you know that the process doesn't exactly qualify as an impulse purchase.<p>Typically, it involves multiple visits from solar installers.<p>The standard practice in the industry is to go up on the rooftop with a …

Google Earth

Six Continents, One Country: Why it's Time to Check Out this European Secret

If, for some reason, you were forced to point out Montenegro on a map, it's more likely than not that your high school geography skills would fail …

4 Bay Area Parks Worth a Winter Visit (Sans Crowds)

Exploring the seemingly endless number of great parks in the Bay Area may seem like a summertime, but winter is actually the best time of the year to …

National Parks

The Bay Area's Best Beach Camping

To celebrate the fact that fall in the Bay Area isn't anywhere near the freezing temperatures the rest of the country experiences, try camping on the …

Hiking

The 25 Best Movies of 2016

With just days left before we turn another page in the calendar, here's a look back at the year's best films.<p>The movie year is just about over, and a review of the past twelve months makes clear that cinephiles have been spoiled with sterling movies, from blockbuster superhero sagas and low-budget …

The 18 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix that your typical Friday night is probably spent trying to find something to watch, as opposed to actually watching something.<p>The streaming service has a huge, rotating selection of movies both old and new. It is hard to navigate through Netflix's massive library …