Mental Health Day: Take Yourself on a Date in NYC

Manhattanites and out-of-town visitors alike know the feeling: the sidewalks are teeming with speed-walking commuters, the city smells like hot garbage, and your social calendar looks like long division. If you’re a tourist, you’re tired from apologizing (needlessly but without fail) to the strangers who body-check you on the subway. Face it: you’re over-stimulated and it’s time to go on a solo staycation to clear your head.

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Art Basel 2018

The global art market converges in Switzerland this week for Art Basel, the largest annual gathering of dealers and collectors—and a massive crowd of visiting public. Last year, nearly 100,000 guests swarmed the Messeplatz, the event hall where the show is held, over a period of six days.

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Host Spotlight: Jeweler Ayaka Nishi

Get to know NYC jeweler Ayaka Nishi, Japanese jeweler who now runs her studio in New York. Though she struggled initially to spread awareness about her brand, hers is an inspiring success story -- read on to find out more about her journey as a craftswoman and how her designs came to be featured in the latest Marvel movie, Avengers; Infinity War! 

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Host Spotlight: Chefs Frances and Sasha

This week, I sat down with Frances and Sasha, the lovely hosts of The Field Kitchen Cooking School in Berkeley, CA. We covered topics ranging from Prince to pigs’ heads in our discussion about their passion, their pasts, and their journeys as chefs. Read on to hear more about the highs and lows of the culinary industry, and how they made it here in the Bay.

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Summer Street Festivals You Won't Want to Miss

In cities across the nation, residents are invited to spend time in the sun at one of the countless summer street festivals held almost every weekend. What better way to spend a warm afternoon than walking the streets of your favorite city decked out with foodmusic, and art? These are some of my personal favorites from cities big and small.

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Remembering Kate Spade

Kate Spade, the face of a brand with a colorful, modern flair, was found dead on her apartment on Tuesday in an apparent suicide.

Like so many other young women, my first "grown-up" piece of designer clothing was Kate Spade. At age fifteen, I saved up as much money as I could to buy a pink wallet half the size of my head. It was one of the first "nice" things I ever owned, and I was captivated by the brand ever since. My mom, sister and I would go into the her store just to stare at the brightly colored bags, so often that the salespeople began to recognize us. 

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5 Bay Area Food Trucks to Follow

I've always been a huge proponent of quick and (somewhat) reasonably priced meals, so I naturally gravitate towards food trucks, and here are a few of my absolute favorites. For each one, I'll recommend a dish or two, but I encourage you to go with your gut (literally). The best part? You can learn how to make all of these dishes with a Verlocal class!

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The Best (Free) Things to Do in Los Angeles

As a college student at University of Southern California, finding ways to explore the city of Los Angeles while sticking to my ramen-and-cheap-beer budget was a bit of a challenge. However, I somehow managed to discover a few hidden gems that made the city feel like home, and it didn't cost me a dime (if you disregard the constant surge pricing on Lyft).

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(Belated) Bay to Breakers

As a resident of the Bay Area for over ten years and a (somewhat) avid runner, it is astonishing that this year was my very first Bay to Breakers. I simply never got around to it, and I now realize I've been missing out on one of the most exciting yet eclectic events the city has to offer. Here are the highlights of my experience -- needless to say, I'm glad my friend peer pressured me into running a race I'll never forget.

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Best of Bottlerock 2018

Often referred to as “the fancy Coachella,” Napa Valley’s Bottlerock Music Festival was nothing short of exquisite. Like other festivals, it brought a stellar lineup, headliners including but not limited to Bruno Mars, Muse and The Killers. However, its expansive wine tasting garden, full-service spa, and a stage solely featuring celebrity chefs truly encapsulated Napa’s sophisticated culture. These elements drew a crowd that, rather than drinking and smoking their way through the weekend, were happy to sit back and enjoy good music with a glass of wine.

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Create Beautiful Works of Art and Sip on a glass of Wine with Melissa

Vino and Canvas offers a variety of party options but our most popular event is our two-hour acrylic painting class. Each month we offer a number of different classes to choose from so check out our Event Calendar and see where we will be next.  When booking a private painting party, there are a number of other great options in addition to our standard paint class to choose from including wine glass painting, Pop Art Your Pet classes, and charcoal sketching a live male model in an event we like to call Ooh La La Art Party.

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