• Local's Guides
  • 30 Things Nobody Tells You About San Francisco: A Mildly Helpful Local’s Guide

    30 things nobody tells you about San Francisco, California: a local's mildly helpful guide.

    Don’t call it Frisco. The fog is named Karl. You can be naked in public. There’s a herd of bison on the park. There are so many weird, unique things about San Francisco that totally threw me when I moved to this odd little microcosm, expecting to find some kind of cross between New York and Los Angeles (lol, no). I could not have been more unprepared for the culture shock I experienced: San Francisco is a city unlike any other in the United States. So I thought I’d take a stab at depicting this amazing place in the only way I know how: with a mildly helpful guide to random stuff nobody tells you about San Francisco.

  • Booze Travel
  • The Booze & Food Guide to Paso Robles, California

    The Boozy Guide to Paso Robles, California - more than just wineries! Distilleries, breweries, and wineries in Paso Roblses, CA, USA.

    Paso Robles, California is the Central Coast’s answer to Napa. But there’s so much more than just world-class wine: there are also spirit distilleries and craft breweries galore, plus an incredible local food scene. I’m not going to lie: we went full lush in Paso Robles. It’s the booze tourist’s dream destination! Here’s where to get your drink on, and what to eat in between delicious tastings.

  • Coffee Travel
  • The 10 Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco: A Local Barista’s Guide

    The 10 Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco according to a local barista!

    We’re San Francisco coffee snobs. Like, if it isn’t single-origin specialty coffee roasted to absolute perfection and brewed to order using a system of convoluted scientific-looking objects made out of glass and wood that takes at least 15 minutes longer than necessary to create, we just won’t drink it. We asked a local barista friend for his list of the 10 best coffee shops in San Francisco that are up to our snobby standards. Bonus FREE map included!

  • Local's Guides
  • The Complete Local’s Guide to Things to Do on the Central Coast, California

    Things to do on the Central Coast California: A Local's Guide

    I grew up on the Central Coast in California. The Central Coast offers everything from scenic vistas and stunning outdoor beauty, to foodie finds, a booze traveler’s dream destination, and adorable marine wildlife critters (like adorable otters, harbor seals, and sea lions). Sadly, this part of California is relatively unknown outside of the state. As such, my wife seems to think that the Central Coast must be either Norcal or SoCal. Let the record stand: the Central Coast is it’s own thing. And it’s AWESOME.

  • Foodie Travel
  • Where to Eat in Oakland, California: A Local’s Guide

    A local's guide to where to eat in Oakland. The best restaurants in Oakland for getting incredible food in Oakland, California!

    When people think of the Bay Area’s amazing food scene, they typically think of San Francisco. In our extremely biased opinions (as Oakland residents for 4 years) the food in Oakland is hella underrated: chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, spongy Ethiopian injera bread, sizzling Korean bulgogi, bubbling mac & cheese… these are Oakland’s flavors. If you haven’t explored Oakland as a foodie (I see you, people who only come to Oakland for Warrior’s games), here’s a complete list of our favorite restaurants in Oakland to get you started on your next trip to the Bay Area!

  • Featured
  • The Ultimate Self-Guided Walking Tour of San Francisco: A Local’s Guide

    San Francisco, California. Take the self-guided walking tour of San Francisco!

    We may have packed up all of our belongings and flown to South America, but we left our hearts in San Francisco. Over the 7 years Jeremy lived in the Bay Area and the 4 years I lived there, we amassed a wealth of knowledge about the best things to do and see in San Francisco. This walking tour covers 8 unique neighborhoods in 6 miles. Plus, get a FREE San Francisco Walking Tour Printable Map and Directions!

  • Personal Posts
  • Why My Wife Will Never Go Surfing Again

    We went surfing in Morro Bay, California. It did not go well.

    When it comes to your partner or companion, it’s important to be able to read each other. Lia and I have a few different check-ins that we say to each other that hold different meanings in our partnership. One of them is “Is this surfing?” This is the story of the birth of that expression, and a lesson of caution about trying new things. At least, that’s how I introduce this story. Lia likes to call it “that time I almost got stung to death by a million jellyfish.”

  • Local's Guides
  • The 10 Best Weekend Trips from San Francisco, California: A Local’s Guide

    Big Sur is one of the 10 best weekend trips from the San Francisco Bay Area!

    If you live in the Bay Area, very weekend is a chance to explore one of California’s many iconic destinations. Within a few hours drive from San Francisco at any time of the year there’s beach, forest, mountains, snow, desert… anything your heart desires. If you leave Friday night and come back Sunday night, your weekend will feel like a vacation. It’s our favorite way to satiate our wanderlust between big trips!

  • Hiking
  • The 8 Best Hikes Near San Francisco

    The best hikes near San Francisco

    I haven’t always been a hiker. In fact, when I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area, a 5 mile hike sounded like a huge challenge. Anything over 5 miles required a day-pack filled with water, snacks, first aid, emergency supplies, an emailed itinerary to friends and family … you know, preparation.But now that I can safely call myself a (very slow) intermediate hiker, anything under 5 miles feels like a walk in the park (literally – ever tried walking through Golden Gate Park??). So after a few years of experiential research (there were spreadsheets) I’ve put together a list of my favorite intermediate level San Francisco Bay Area hikes! I bet you haven’t heard of some of these!