San Francisco, CASFGate

Here's why you should be riding Amtrak between SF and Tahoe

In planning a recent weekend trip to Tahoe, I realized I had a ride there but no ride back to the Bay Area, and I panicked. I don’t own a car, so I’m no stranger to using the likes of Getaround and Gig Car Share for quick trips. But a bit of research into Tahoe rental car options yielded sky high prices and limited options.
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Freedom McDonald’s celebrates reopening

WATSONVILLE—More than 100 people gathered in front of the newly rebuilt McDonald’s restaurant on Freedom Boulevard Tuesday for a grand reopening celebration. The business, located at 1598 Freedom Blvd., replaces the one originally built in 1974, which had remained at the same location until demolition began earlier this year. In an interview at that time with the Pajaronian, Martin Guerrero, whose family owns the local franchise, said the project was eight years in the making.
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California StateSan Francisco Chronicle

One of California's most famous pastrami purveyors is now available in San Jose

Pastrami sandwiches, Korean fried chicken and desserts with a cult following are now available under one roof from a new San Jose ghost kitchen. The new operation is a pop-up version of DoorDash Kitchens, following the delivery company’s first ghost kitchen in Redwood City. Opening Thursday, the hub is slinging food from the popular Aria Korean Street Food in San Francisco, the famed Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, local Indian chain Curry Up Now, dessert favorite Milk Bar in New York, grilled cheese chain the Melt and bubble tea chain YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea.
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Santa Clara,

The Best Hotels in Santa Clara, California

The entertainment capital of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California, is about much more than giant tech farms. It’s a family-friendly holiday destination chock-a-block with rollercoasters, interactive museums and water parks for the kids, plus world-class wineries, plenty of shopping opportunities and fascinating historic sites for the adults. Check into one of these top hotels for your stay – bookable with Culture Trip.
Santa Cruz, CASanta Cruz Sentinel

Scattered salmon frustrating Monterey Bay anglers | Fish Rap

Salmon anglers in the Monterey Bay area are getting frustrated. There are still fish in the bay, but they’re scattered and difficult to find from one day to the next. The most productive areas bounce from Mulligan’s Hill, then up towards the Pajaro and Soquel Holes. Last week saw a...
Gilroy, CAMercury News

7 incredible Bay Area things to do this weekend, July 30-Aug. 1

We’ve got a little bit of everything in this edition of The Weekender, from garlic, marvelous garlic, to redwood hikes, to one of the year’s best movies and stunning artworks from, well, garbage. Let’s get busy. 1 EAT: Gilroy Garlic Fest is back. After being marred by tragedy two years...
Mountain View,

The Ameswell Hotel, A New Design And Technology-Oriented Independent Hotel In Silicon Valley, Is Now Open

The Ameswell Hotel, a new design and technology-oriented independent hotel, is now officially open as of mid-July in the heart of Mountain View, California. Designed by BAMO, San Francisco's award-winning design team, The Ameswell is the newest hotel from Broadreach Capital Partners and Rockwood Capital, managed by Storey Hotel Management Group. With many of the same key players behind the nearby critically acclaimed Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, The Ameswell is bringing modern luxury to Mountain View.
Hayward, CAKRON4

McDonald’s teams with Bay Area native Saweetie for next celebrity meal

(NEXSTAR) – McDonald’s will soon be serving up Saweetie’s signature meal. The fast-food chain has teamed up with the platinum-selling hip hop artist for its latest Famous Orders promotion, giving fans the chance to taste all of Saweetie’s favorite Mickey D’s items in the brand-new Saweetie Meal. The meal, soon...

Visit a Museum for Free in August

Did you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.
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Robot-staffed restaurants & NASA Ames history: Peak inside Mountain View’s new Ameswell Hotel

“This is not a stuffy, high-end hotel…this is an experience for the community.”. Inside the Ameswell Hotel is a fusion of two eras. Modern-day amenities catering to millennials — like heated saltwater pools, games of cornhole and restaurants staffed by robots — sit alongside nearly century-old aeronautics equipment and grainy photos capturing Mountain View long before the city became a tech hub.
San Jose,

DoorDash Opens Second Virtual Kitchen

DoorDash has opened a second ghost kitchen, this time in San Jose, California. The new location will serve as a hub for six Bay Area and national restaurants. The new DoorDash Kitchens location offers delivery to San Jose, Saratoga and Campbell, California, as well as pickup orders. It joins the original location in Redwood City, California, which opened in 2019.
San Jose,

Open Doors: The QR Revolution Has Arrived at San Jose’s Bars

It’s just after 10:30pm at 7 Bamboo when a drumroll bursts from the PA and a man bearing the name “Dick Greyson” takes the stage. So far, the music at the San Jose karaoke bar has been a lively mix of hip hop, alt rock and Selena. But now, a tooting oompah beings to play, the already-loosened crowd swaying as the man named after Batman’s protege extols the virtues of Beauty and the Beast villain Gaston:
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Ellie Adventures

Beautiful Palo Alto FootHills Park: Great Scenic Views and Fun Car Photography Spot

Hello everyone and welcome to Ellie’s adventures! For this vlog, Sal and I went to Palo Alto Foothills Park, which is a 1400- acre park and is a nature preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains within the city of Palo Alto. We just came from a car meet with some friends and decided to come here to take some car pictures together. When you get to the entrance there is a fee of $6. As we drove around, we parked and took some scenic pictures with our cars lined up overlooking the mountains and valleys. Then we drove around to the lake, picnic area, and restroom. It was our first time there and we thought it was a peaceful place to hang out and enjoy nature, the view, and possibly have a picnic as well. Hope you guys found this video insightful and see ya next time for more adventures around the Bay Area.
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Sushinaloa adds Mexican spice to Japanese sushi

Spice-loving sushi fans have lots of flavors to sample at Sushinaloa in Redwood City. The chefs have foregone wasabi for chipotle, chiltepin and jalapeno, highlighting flavors from the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The restaurant celebrated its grand opening this summer, launching a menu with what sous chef Oscar Barron says...