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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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Host Profile: Chef Arbel of BYWOOPS!

BYWOOPS is a quaint, colorful bake shop based in New York City, offering DIY macaron classes to kids, adults, and anyone with a good sense of fun and adventure. At the helm is Chef Arbel, a French-trained mastermind who whips up their picturesque cookies like a machine -- and then some. Formerly serving in the army, Arbel found her calling as a pastry chef. Read on for her story and sage advice!

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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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Host Profile: Roe Sie of The King's Roost

A farm smack-dab in the middle of Los Angeles? Seems unlikely. But for Roe Sie, bread making master of The King's Roost, it's a dream-turned-reality. His path from raising chickens developing a fully-fledged urban farm was not without hiccups, but resulted in a business that encourages city folk to get in touch with their roots. 

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How to Plan Your Perfect Staycation

Sometimes you just need a break. From work, from routine and from stressful over-scheduling. But planning a trip can be daunting and -- more importantly -- expensive. If the thought of air fare and hotel fees gets you down, try spending your time off in your own city! Here are some ways to approach your home with fresh eyes and get the most out of your staycation.

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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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Host Spotlight: Jeweler Ayaka Nishi of New York

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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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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