Posts in Culture
Bay Area Cafés Worth the Buzz

A new, hip, trendy coffee shop pops up on every street corner just about every month, each with its own schtick -- rainbow lattes, veganism, cats. It's like the mythological Hydra -- one goes under, two more appear the next day -- and your choices them become overwhelmingly varied. In distress, nearing hysteria, you scream to the heavens, how can I choose? Where do I shamelessly spend $4 on coffee? Which café's aesthetic will get my overhead latte-and-scone shot the most likes on Instagram?!

Never fear. I've got you.

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Tips for Stress-Free Travel

Caught the travel bug? Believe me, so have I. I wish I could be out there exploring a new place, but for the moment, I'll have to satisfy myself by offering you a few pieces of advice for your own travels. It's easy to let something like planning a big trip stress you out, but there's no need to let it get to you! Here's how to make the most out of your vacation, as well as a couple do's and dont's for when you're on the fly.

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The Bay's Best Burgers

WARNING: Do not read this while hungry!

I've always believed there's nothing like a burger to brighten the day (except during the brief, dark period of my life in which I decided to become a vegetarian.) However, when people ask me where the best burger in the Bay is, I can never choose just one! So, I've compiled a list of all my favorites, from fast-food to gourmet.

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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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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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