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Brunch at Zazie in San Francisco

If there’s one thing San Franciscans do well, it’s brunch. I often joke with visitors that if they want a TRUE San Francisco experience, then we have to stand in line for an hour at a popular brunch place (sadly, sometimes they don’t realize I’m joking and we actually do this). Zazie is somewhat of a SF institution. Nestled in a narrow space on the main strip of the peaceful/quirky Cole Valley neighborhood, Zazie is a French-inspired bistro that has been serving…

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Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

The first time I went to Tartine Bakery I was with the man I thought I might marry someday. I should’ve known the relationship was doomed when we shared Tartine’s famous big-as-your-face croissant, and he went right for the hard crust, devouring its dry and charred bits, while I opted for the only part I found edible: the soft center. “See, this is why we make a great team,” he told me. “I like the crust, and you like the…

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Playing in Snow in Yosemite National Park

Perhaps you remember my first snow excursion, from the post “Playing in Snow in Kirkwood Resort”? Well, I tried again. This time, in Yosemite. And with much more clothing. And for some crazy reason, my friend Stela agreed to go with me again. Naturally, lots of mishaps ensued… — It’s 3 a.m. on a Saturday in December, and Stela and I are wide awake, frantically grabbing every piece of winter clothing we can find, giggling at the bulkiness of my…

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NASA Ames Visitor Center

My first thought when I see the NASA Ames Visitor Center is, “This is it?” I am standing in an empty parking lot just outside the gate to Moffett Field, where it looks like someone haphazardly pitched a big, white tent and slapped a NASA logo on it. But, as we all know, looks can be deceiving. When my friends and I walk inside the dimly lit tent, I wonder out loud, “Why’s it so dark in here?” “We like…

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Climbing Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park

Fear is natural. It’s a basic biological response essential to our self-preservation. At least that’s what I keep telling myself as I climb the 400 steep, narrow steps of Moro Rock, a granite dome in Sequoia National Park whose summit reaches 6,725 feet elevation. Right now, the only thing preventing a full-blown panic attack is the fact that my friends Krissa and Manny are with me. With shaking hands, I hold tight to the cold, metal railing to steady myself.…

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