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Snorkling with Manta Rays Off the Kona Coast

Just off the Kona coast, visitors with a snorkel mask can see manta rays twist, turn, and twirl and feast.

Families Relying More on College Admissions Consultants

You can spend a lot—or not—getting into college. As competition increases, more parents are paying pros to lead them and their kids through the application process. But could they get that help for free?

Matthew Fox is Hopped Up About Alameda Island Brewing Company

A beloved hobby turns into a career for Matthew Fox.

Egrets Take Up Residency in Downtown Oakland

Birders seek protections by copying a Santa Rosa solution, but that fix won’t fly in Oakland.

Oakland’s City Stables to Ride Again

A new concessionaire plans to rebuild the long-running equestrian legacy of the historic stables on Oakland’s Skyline Drive.
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Life & Style

Snorkling with Manta Rays Off the Kona Coast

Just off the Kona coast, visitors with a snorkel mask can see manta rays twist, turn, and twirl and feast.

Chocolate Enters Every Dish at Berlin’s Fassbender & Rausch

Luxury meals with chocolate in every course grace the plates at Fassbender & Rausch.

Wandering the Micro-Nation of Seborga

A real prince presides over piazzas, robed knights, and windy roads in the tiny ‘country’ of Seborga.

Chill Out in Stokholm’s Icebar

At the Icebar, you’ll don a fur-hooded cape and gloves and sit in stark ice chairs to enjoy drinks ‘in the rocks’ in an otherworldly, ice-sculpted interior.
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Food & Drink

Chocolate Enters Every Dish at Berlin’s Fassbender & Rausch

Luxury meals with chocolate in every course grace the plates at Fassbender & Rausch.

Matthew Fox is Hopped Up About Alameda Island Brewing Company

A beloved hobby turns into a career for Matthew Fox.

Tambo Pleases With Peruvian Plates

Tambo is one of Oakland’s finest under-the-radar ethnic restaurants.

Smoke’s Poutinere Brings the Canadian Poutine to Berkeley

A Canadian chain brings gravy and fries and other oddities to Berkeley.
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Arts & Culture

Tina Blaine Inspires Dance and Drumming at Rhythmix

Via a rather circuitous route, Bean landed in Alameda to mix up drumming and dance.

Daud Abdullah Turns Trash Cans Into Works of Art

Daud Abdullah’s personal quest to clean up litter leads to beautiful public mosaics.

And Now, the Linen Guitar

Guitars and ukuleles made by Oaklanders gain big acclaim for sound and ease of transport.

Handspring Puppet Company Examines Apartheid

Handspring brings Ubu and the Truth Commission to Cal.
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Couscous and Merguez

Berkeley's Hasnia brings Algerian cuisine to the forefront.

Beam Me Up, Google

Chanda Conzales talks about colonizing the moon, sort of.

Celebrating the Guidi Era

With Lustig at the helm, the Oakland Ballet Company honors 50 years of dance this spring.

Unconventional Medicine Man

Dana Ullman wants you to join the debate over whether homeopathic or allopathic health care is best.

Why Alameda Has So Few Homeless Residents

Social service servants take a proactive stance to keep roofs over residents’ heads.
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