What’s Happening This Week: November 25, 2019


Los Angeles Greater Area

Open Table’s top 10 LA brunch spots

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker.

With so many brunch choices out there, how do you know which are best? You ask the world’s largest dining network, Open Table, for its top ten local choices based on new diner reviews.

Break out of the dinner/movie rut

Black Rabbit Rose

Sure, “the usual” can be nice. But sometimes you crave something a bit more … offbeat. The fun  is all around you if you know where to look. Here, some ideas for revving things up.

Must-see holiday light extravaganzas

Courtesy of LA Zoo Lights

From forest fairytales to showstopping urban displays and neighborhood wonderlands, LA knows how to set the season to Stun. Here are over a dozen dazzling places to explore.

A Queen Mary Christmas

Dressed to the holiday nines, theGrand Lady herself oversees a world of dockside enchantment, from ice skating, train and carousel rides to performers, sweet treats, and a shipboard tour.

The Queen Mary

The San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Assembly headed for Jack London Square

Rendering courtesy of JRDV

It’s been 15 years of false starts, but the long-promised public marketplace in Jack London Square looks like it’s happening at last—and it might be worth the wait. Developers have unveiled plans for Oakland Assembly, an ambitious 40,000-square-foot entertainment venue with upstairs banquet hall, big-screen TVs for sports viewing, an indoor stage for live music, and dozens of food kiosks. Better yet, several high-profile East Bay chefs—including Reem Assil, Preeti Mistry, and Matt Horn—have signed on to the project, which could launch as soon as next summer. Check out the details.

Passing Through: SF’s best hotel bars

San Francisco Proper

There’s just something fun about hotel bars. From the breathtaking views at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins’ Top of the Mark to the tiki-terrific Tonga Room at the Fairmont, here are five top waystation watering holes in San Francisco to toast with the travelers.

What to eat in San Francisco right now 

Oysters at Angler, cochinita pibil at Mezcalito, beef cheeks at One65 Bistro, Hawaiian pizza at Jersey: Hungry, yet? The dining options in San Francisco can be overwhelming, but here are a dozen dishes that should definitely be on your checklist of things to eat right now in the city by the Bay.

Alameda Updated


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flea market finds

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Alameda has maintained a small-town feel in the midst of the urban Bay Area, but times are changing as craft breweries, hips restaurants, art galleries, and third-wave cafes are bringing a little life to the island oasis. Check out this guide to see what’s happening.


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