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'Food Forward' PBS Series Debuts With 'Urban Agriculture Across America' Episode

'Food Forward' PBS Series Debuts With 'Urban Agriculture Across America' Episode Apr 16th, 2012 at 11:00AM: In less than a century, the United States has gone from being a mostly agrarian society to an urbanized one. Most of us live in cities and, despite our growing cultural fascination with food, most Americans have no idea where the ingredients on their plate (or in that wrapper) are actually coming from. That's where "Food Forward" comes in. After a three-year effort, the premiere episode of this...

Seattle Ranked 'Best City For Hipsters' According To Travel & Leisure

Seattle Ranked 'Best City For Hipsters' According To Travel & Leisure Apr 10th, 2012 at 1:30PM: So Travel & Leisure has published a list of "America's Best Cities for Hipsters." This is amusing – and a wee bit annoying) to me for a variety of reasons – not least of which because Seattle makes the top of the list. I've lived here (actually "there," because as I write this, I'm in a sublet in Oakland) for nearly three years. Apparently, I'm reverse-trending, because San...

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Knotted shoulders... stiff necks... flight delay anxiety... pent-up aggression toward the armrest-hogger seated next to you on the plane. Travel certainly has its ways of winding you up, and there's nothing like a great yoga class to wind back down. But with trendy studios charging upwards of $25 per class, it can be difficult to find a practice that doesn't exceed your daily travel budget....

Photo Of The Day: Arches Of The Golden Gate Bridge

Photo Of The Day: Arches Of The Golden Gate Bridge Apr 3rd, 2012 at 7:00PM: San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, but it might take a few minutes before you recognize her in today's Photo of the Day from Flickr user Jason Rodman. Is that a chic lounge? A minimalist sauna? A macro shot of Lego blocks? The image's contrast and perspective play tricks on your eyes until you finally recognize the iconic red arches....

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

Craft foods calling: nationwide schools, seminars and workshops teach you how to launch your own business

Craft foods calling: nationwide schools, seminars and workshops teach you how to launch your own business Mar 21st, 2012 at 12:00PM: Most children don't dream of selling cheese or hacking apart animal carcasses when they grow up, but it's a popular fantasy for many adults. Like most romantic-sounding culinary vocations, making craft foods and beverages can be hard work, and a risky business enterprise. "No matter how passionate someone is about their product," says Heidi Yorkshire, founder of Portland, Oregon's Food by Hand...

Cheese festival season has sprung: the best in the West

Cheese festival season has sprung: the best in the West Mar 13th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Spring, as they say, has sprung. In farmstead and artisan cheese parlance, that means pastures are currently abound with calves, lambs, and kids (of the goat variety), and the first milk of the season is in. That's why March is the kickoff month for cheese festivals, especially on the West Coast because of its more mild climate. The following just happen to be some of the nation's best. 8th...

Video: Haight Ashbury Museum of Psychedelic Art and History

Feb 8th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The Haight Ashbury movement may seem like a thing of the past. That's true or false, mostly depending on who you ask. But no matter how present the psychedelic spirit might still be in modern culture, its debut was art-altering, no one can deny that. That's why I hope the dream of the Haight Ashbury Museum of Psychedelic Art and History is soon realized. Tourists flock to Haight Ashbury in San...

Upcoming travel blogger conferences for 2012

Upcoming travel blogger conferences for 2012 Jan 30th, 2012 at 12:00PM: If the word "conference" immediately conjures images of tipsy, poly-suit clad conventioneers, comic book geeks, or coma-inducing workshops, you obviously haven't attended a travel blogger gathering. 'Tis the season for some of the year's biggest travel industry blowouts. Each has a different focus--some are for accredited travel writers, others hone in on the burgeoning travel blogging industry...

San Francisco introduces first-ever airport yoga room

San Francisco introduces first-ever airport yoga room Jan 27th, 2012 at 10:00AM: If a long flight has you hankering for a sun salutation, San Francisco International Airport has got you covered. On Thursday, the airport will unveil the world's first dedicated airport yoga room, just past the security checkpoint in the newly renovated Terminal 2. "The room gives modern travelers a space that fosters and supports quiet and reflection," said Melissa Mezill, design director...

Sustainable cities to watch in 2012

Sustainable cities to watch in 2012 Jan 13th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Think of sustainability, and San Francisco is probably the first city to come to mind. But a new crop of green urban centers is emerging, and they're not where you might think. Leon Kaye, editor of GreenGoPost.com, recently published a list of his picks for emerging sustainable cities to watch in 2012. Some spots were to be expected, like Detroit, with its preponderance of urban renewal...

Browse historic photos of San Francisco with Old S.F.

Browse historic photos of San Francisco with Old S.F. Jan 11th, 2012 at 10:30AM: A photographer could spend weeks wandering around San Francisco - between the city's dramatic natural setting, bright murals and colorful rows of Victorian homes, there's a lot to see (and shoot). As Gadling blogger Jessica pointed out recently, it's also a city rich with history. In fact, photographers have been documenting this City by the Bay ever since the very first days the camera was...

Video of the Day: A tour of 1955 San Francisco

Jan 10th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Today's featured video offers a rare glimpse at the city of San Francisco as it looked in 1955. Filmed by amateur filmmaker Tullio Pellegrini, the video provides a narrated tour of the city and its surroundings, complete with a gloriously vintage soundtrack. Pellegrini was also an inventor and tinkerer, and the video's quality is due to his merging of a 16mm Bell & Howell Cinemascope lens...

San Francisco's most exciting 2012 opening: The Inn at The Presidio

San Francisco's most exciting 2012 opening: The Inn at The Presidio Jan 4th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Just one hotel is planned for a 2012 opening in San Francisco, but it's a rather exciting venture. The INN AT THE PRESIDIO, the first hotel in the Presidio of San Francisco. Located in a national park, The Inn will be located in historic Pershing Hall, previously the post's bachelor officers' quarters, The Inn will will feature 22 spacious guest rooms - 17 of which are one bedroom suites for the...

Golden Gate Bridge celebrates 75 years throughout 2012

Golden Gate Bridge celebrates 75 years throughout 2012 Dec 24th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Anyone with plans to visit San Francisco in the next year should take advantage of a program of "75 Tributes" that the Bay Area is planning to honor the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Bay Area museums, cultural centers, universities, arts organizations, and more are coming together to create a roster of exhibits, lectures, performances, concerts and film screenings that honor...

Video: San Francisco sky over a year

Dec 15th, 2011 at 2:00PM: The San Francisco sky is one that I particularly enjoy. There's something about the ratio of gray clouds to blue skies that works for me in regard to the Bay Area (and that's why, perhaps, I'll be spending more time in that area over the next year). This time-lapse video says what I'm trying to say better, though... because it shows you. Take a look at this video, which was shot over the...

Photo of the day - Flying Mariachi band

Photo of the day - Flying Mariachi band Dec 8th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Last week, Virgin America launched new flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. What better way to get into the espíritu than with a Mariachi band? Frommers editor and Flickr user DavityDave was on board to get this shot and taste some Mexican goodies. We wonder if the band had to purchase an additional seat for their guitars or if they could just fit them in the overhead...

January is California Restaurant Month

January is California Restaurant Month Dec 2nd, 2011 at 12:00PM: As a native Californian and longtime former Bay Area resident, I have to confess there's no place like home when it comes to the American food/dining/wine scene (New Yorkers, feel free to sharpen your knives...). California's always been progressive when it comes to food and drink, from the early days of the vaqueros and Gold Rush-era San Francisco, right up to today's never-ending parade of...

Zimride announces new route to Lake Tahoe

Zimride announces new route to Lake Tahoe Nov 17th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Just in time for the start of the ski season, ride sharing website Zimride has announced the opening of a new route between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. To celebrate this new option, they're also giving away free gas and partnering with local resorts as well. Launched back in 2008, Zimride is an interesting mash-up of carpooling meets social media. The site allows drivers to sell the empty...

Five Halloween treats for grown-ups

Five Halloween treats for grown-ups Oct 29th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Like many former kids, I used to live for Halloween. Sure, the dressing up part was fun, but so was TP'ing the neighbor's tree. What All Hallow's Eve was really about were Pixy Stix, Fun Dip, mini Milky Way bars, and REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups (in my world, the latter still reigns supreme). Still, things change. We grow up; most of us lose our appetite for eating the equivalent of eight cups of...

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