GQ’s Oakland Weekend Guide

I’m always pumped to see a mention of my hometown, Oakland, in the news for something good, so I’ve gotta give GQ a major fist bump for showing The Town some love. Even if it does imply major gentrification. https://www.gq.com/story/oakland-weekend-guide

Everyone is Welcome in LA

With the U.S. currently gaffe-ing about matters both diplomatic and domestic, it’s little wonder the sentiment outside of the States is so wary—especially when it comes to booking travel. But count on California to do something to change that. I love this colorful, bright-eyed ad from LA Tourism, that both says and shows that #everyoneiswelcome. And to be honest—since we’ve acknowledged the population is so varied, I’d love to see such a diverse cast in a “normal” ad too. #goals

What to Eat in Portland, Oregon

  I already covered a bit of the Portland beer scene (check it out here), so this post is about the second thing making our bellies happy—food! In terms of food—well, to be frank, we love eating, but we’re not necessarily true foodies. We don’t go out of our way to nosh on the latest…

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The Best Spots for Beer in Portland

  It was hard to say what we more excited for as we belted ourselves into our flight to Portland. Was it beer? Was it food? Was it getting out of town for the weekend—being on another flight? Whatever it was, it brought a flush to our cheeks and hammer to our hearts…or maybe it…

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Urban Hikes: San Francisco’s Top Date Hikes

I have been living in the city for almost five months now, and after five straight days of the hustle-and-bustle daily grind, I start to crave a break from the concrete jungle and (plethora) of city smells. While San Francisco is famous for its hilly sidewalk, it’s also got ample green spaces to set your feet down…

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Adventures in Glamping: Yosemite National Park

Last Saturday morning, I woke up not the usual sounds of the clanking garbage trucks, honking traffic, and weekend morning rattle of one of the most populous cities in the country, but to the steady rushing of rain on a canvas roof. It took a minute to orient myself in the cozy gray light—then I remembered that…

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Travel Inspiration: Santa Cruz in Photos

After spending the bulk of the last eight years on the chilly east coast (notable exception: that one time in Thailand), I have to admit, I’m loving the warm fall weather. We took a day trip down to visit my younger brother on one of his last undergraduate weekends—sunshine and blue skies all the way!…

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