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High-rises and Hutongs Define Beijing

Like a bowl of its intensely flavored noodles, Beijing is a tangle of contradictions. Wander the twisting lanes in a few hutongs to feel the timeless pulse of daily life.

The Appeal of Treasure Island

One day it will be a bridge to somewhere—Treasure Island, which beckons with a popular flea market, urban wineries, and other coming attractions. For now, the pedestrian-bike path stops short of Yerba Buena and Treasure islands, where attractions await. Caltrans expects closing the gap this summer.

A Bit of the Hamptons in Berkeley

Hidden in plain sight just below the summit of Grizzly Peak, the Colonial-inspired Hamptons-style mansion at 1530 Grizzly Peak Blvd. in Berkeley is an anomaly wrapped in an enigma. Nestled among ancient redwoods along the crest of the East Bay’s coastal range, this decidedly East Coast house evokes the Gatsby-esque era of leisure, affluence, and grandeur in an unexpected West Coast context.

Excitement on Tap at Blackwater Station

The new cocktail-centric Temescal eatery embodies interesting in all the best ways

Cafecito Time in Miami Beach

It’s sizzling hot and spine-tinglingly cool.

New in Northwest Berkeley

The long-dowdy San Pablo-Gilman corridor has got it going on these days.

An Asian Occasion in Piedmont

Contemporary yet timeless, harmonious and sophisticated, describe this Japanese-inspired gem in Piedmont,

MeloMelo Is a Bar Without Booze

You can get shell-faced at MeloMelo thanks to the kava. No haters allowed.

Rethinking the Basics

Venice: City of Dreams

You’ll love the ancient watery city of Venice more if you arrive as a curious, respectful semi-innocent.