About Christine Ciarmello

A San Francisco-based freelancer and now fog aficionado, Christine Ciarmello was editor-in-chief of Islands, then deputy editor of one of the largest circ lifestyle magazines, Sunset, where she created the culture blog Westphoria. She left her hometown of New Orleans after a nearly lifetime stint, three hurricane evacuations, and too much seafood gumbo. She covers the hedonistic sports of traveling, eating, drinking, and design-hunting. Places that require a ferry to get there, plus modern-vintage hotels and the tropics are her weaknesses. cciarm.com

Return of the Deadheads: Discovering the Grateful Dead in San Francisco

A reunion tour has Deadheads re-emerging for one last summer of love. See the Grateful Dead in San Francisco or Chicago, and explore deadhead territory in the Bay Area’s Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood. Discovering the Grateful Dead in San Francisco © torbakhopper/Flickr Ready yourself for the second coming of the … Continue reading
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Hit the Surf in San Francisco

  Just about seven-and-a-half miles from downtown San Francisco the city meets the Pacific Ocean. Waves rush the shore, joggers run the Coastal Trail, and those looking to hit the surf in San Francisco navigate dunes and wander across the Great Pacific Highway to Ocean … Continue reading
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Exploring the Mendocino Coast: Beyond San Francisco

A three hour-drive north of San Francisco, the Mendocino Coast is a wild stretch of headlands and bluffs known for marine life, outstanding seaside drives, and stands of giant redwoods. Yet the best part of this haven is the patchy mobile service and laidback evenings … Continue reading
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Things To Do in Palo Alto | A Guide to San Francisco’s Start-Up Centre

Whether you’re planning a business meeting in Silicon Valley’s Palo Alto or are simply curious about the start-up paradise that lies 30 miles south of San Francisco, here’s your guide to how to plug in. As one hotel entrepreneur said, “Palo Alto is the new Hollywood.” … Continue reading
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San Francisco’s Most Delicious Ferry Plaza Restaurants

For those who want to taste all of San Francisco‘s greatest bites and purest ingredients, head to the Ferry Plaza restaurants situated in the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Bay. It’s a one-stop eat fest.   San Francisco’s Ferry Building is one of the city’s top … Continue reading
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The Influence of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse on Oakland

We’re not saying that you should forego Chez Panisse, the Berkeley, California restaurant that the venerable Alice Waters opened in 1971. It’s just that “¦ you have options. Many former employees have now splintered off from the House of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse to open … Continue reading
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Popuphood: The Hottest New Stores in Oakland

First came the “pop-up” concept – stores and restaurants in a temporary spot. Then the more ambitious Popuphood launched in Oakland, California in December 2011, redesigning a city block to become a shopping destination. Although founders Sarah Filley and Alfonso Dominguez wanted to use the … Continue reading
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Hiking in Oakland: Four of the Best Local Trails

  Oakland’s appeal extends beyond the creative start-up environment and hotter-than-San-Francisco food scene to the actual land itself – the hills, the grass, the trees. Within 15 minutes of Oakland’s downtown area you can find yourself exploring an extinct volcano, hiking in the Redwoods, or … Continue reading
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Across the Bay: A Beginner’s Oakland Guide

Thanks to our great new codeshare agreement with Delta, a whole new world of American cities are now within easy reach, including Oakland””or “Oaklandia” as San Francisco’s neighbour across the Bay is sometimes nicknamed for its indie spirit, quirky boutiques and rabid craft cocktail scene that … Continue reading
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