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Santo
"I'd always wanted to do a traditional, meets modern, meets farm-to-table New Mexican restaurant, and now was the time."
Boulder, Colorado
40.0259755
-105.28122589999998
Breakfast
Superflux Beer Company
"Catch a new release of Superflux Beer Company on tap if you're lucky."
Vancouver
49.2812734
-123.08509300000003
Drinks
Sweet Boy Cream Puffs
"Try and track down Chams on his Sweet Boy Cream Puff Bicycle for a tasty treat."
Vancouver
49.28445129999999
-123.0915976
Dessert
The Lido
"It's just a very good vibe."
Vancouver
49.26235399999999
-123.09246969999998
Drinks
Lynn Canyon Park
"You’re covered by the canopies and you feel like you’re in Jurassic Park."
Vancouver
49.3438842
-123.01811359999999
Outdoor Adventure
Burdock & Co
"It's really good locally-sourced and foraged foods."
Vancouver
49.260991
-123.10081200000002
Dinner
The Federal Store
"A community-oriented corner store with a great coffee program and scratch baking."
Vancouver
49.262003
-123.1030035
Coffee
Grapes & Soda
"A hole in the wall little bar with a great wine program."
Vancouver
49.266381
-123.1396628
Drinks
Bauhaus Restaurant
"They do contemporary fusions, which really goes back to how inclusive Vancouver and Canada are."
Vancouver
49.28269299999999
-123.1045861
Dinner
Nemesis Coffee
"It's in the heart of Gastown and I just really like spending time there."
Vancouver
49.282808
-123.11029050000002
Coffee
The Keefer Bar
"I would sit with my friends, sipping a Rosemary Gimlet, having all these deep philosophical talks after class."
Vancouver
49.2797602
-123.101272
Drinks
Kin Kao
"Their manager is such a good host."
Vancouver
49.2763229
-123.0697204
Lunch
Savio Volpe
"It’s very family-focused and it’s just really good, honest food."
Vancouver
49.2574425
-123.09094340000001
Recommendation
Bows X Arrows
"It's in an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood of Vancouver."
Vancouver
49.24769360000001
-123.08999870000002
Coffee
Alibi Room
"If you're a beer lover, there's nothing better in the city."
Vancouver
49.2842487
-123.10024220000003
Recommendation
Bike the Seawall
"Stop on the beach and crack a can of good local cider while looking out at the sunset."
Vancouver
49.2960965
-123.1279796
Outdoor Adventure
MakerLabs
"Vancouver's best local gem!"
Vancouver
49.2820461
-123.0872182
Shopping
Harvest Community Foods
"Andrea sources the best ingredients, her broth is made with care, the noodles are perfectly cooked and the greens are from local farms."
Vancouver
49.2777501
-123.09816849999999
Lunch
L’Abattoir
"You're missing out if you pass on visiting this gem."
Vancouver
49.2831025
-123.10443759999998
Dinner
La Mezcaleria
"A restaurant that's focused on Mexican flavors, mezcal and tasty tacos."
Vancouver
49.27012629999999
-123.0694684
Lunch
Nelson The Seagull
"A Gastown staple bakery and coffee shop started by a sister and brother from South Africa."
Vancouver
49.28215489999999
-123.10456120000003
Coffee
Bao Bei
"It’s a super fun room that’s beautifully designed, and it's got amazing food and is a mix of the new and the old styles."
Vancouver
49.2796534
-123.10061569999999
Dinner
Say Hey Cafe
"They just make really good simple well-composed sandwiches."
Vancouver
49.2801715
-123.10105659999999
Local Must
The Black Lodge
"The restaurant is super approachble, they're not like people sitting on an ivory tower."
Vancouver
49.25708820000001
-123.09106129999998
Recommendation
The Arbor
"When we try to escape the restaurant world, we go to The Arbor."
Vancouver
49.2499422
-123.10123249999998
Lunch
Ask for Luigi
"If you're driven by love and authenticity, you can create a masterpiece."
Vancouver
49.284201
-123.0977241
Lunch
Le Marché Saint George
"It's a good place for a quiet coffee."
Vancouver
49.2457667
-123.09443469999997
Shopping
Chickpea
"Spread love it's the Chickpea way."
Vancouver
49.2465536
-123.10104360000003
Local Must
33 Acres Brewing Company
"A brewery that's a part of the community."
Vancouver
49.2640091
-123.10533629999998
Coffee
The Fish Counter
"He says he's the best seafood in town."
Vancouver
49.2507804
-123.10127039999998
Lunch
Beaucoup Bakery & Café
"It's absolutely my favorite thing to eat."
Vancouver
49.2665191
-123.1407898
Local Must
The Birds & The Beets
"Gastown is one of the only neighborhoods in Vancouver where you get these weird and quirky spaces, and we’ve got one."
Vancouver
49.2834553
-123.10285390000001
Local Must
BETA5
"We challenge ourselves to be consistent and to operate at a high standard."
Vancouver
49.2698723
-123.09591560000001
Local Must
Revolver Coffee
"I always recommend grabbing coffee at Revolver."
Vancouver
49.283191
-123.1094521
Local Must
Visit Point Reyes
"A cape in Marin County."
San Francisco, California
38.017769
-122.9912711
Outdoor Adventure
Drive North to Redwoods National Park
"A spot to drive amongst the giants."
Oakland, California
41.4758802
-124.10928569999999
Outdoor Adventure
Set Out for the Oregon Coast
"A beautiful stretch along the Pacific."
Portland, Oregon
45.8917738
-123.96152740000002
Outdoor Adventure
Drive to Yosemite
"America's most famous national park."
San Francisco, California
37.74557009999999
-119.59360379999998
Outdoor Adventure
Visit June Lake
"A tiny town at the foothills of Mammoth."
San Francisco, California
37.7797825
-119.07542319999999
Outdoor Adventure
Seven Bar and Kitchen
"It's a super funky place based on the seven deadly sins."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4152122
-119.69176340000001
Lunch
Boathouse Santa Barbara
"They fresh squeeze all of their juices and you're just watching the sunset right on the sand. You can't beat that."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4032138
-119.74383390000003
Drinks
Sequoia National Park & King's Canyon
"The land of giants."
Santa Barbara, California
36.8878548
-118.55514770000002
Outdoor Adventure
Alabama Hills
"A rock formation on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas."
Santa Barbara, California
36.61
-118.10000000000002
Outdoor Adventure
Death Valley National Park
"A ghost town full of colorful rocks."
Santa Barbara, California
36.53226490000001
-116.93254079999997
Outdoor Adventure
Native Poppy
"Beautiful flowers inside a coffee shop."
San Diego, California
32.7481967
-117.13921629999999
Shopping
Bonnie Lu's
"They've got the best pancakes."
Ojai, California
34.448027
-119.24400700000001
Breakfast
Ojai Cafe Emporium
"A bakery in the front and a restaurant in the back."
Ojai, California
34.44729619999999
-119.24324519999999
Breakfast
Loquita
"It's upscale, good food in a good environment."
Santa Barbara, California
34.41420370000001
-119.69164469999998
Dinner
Super Cocina
"It's not a tourist places, so you're not going to be dazzled by the scenery. You'll just get honest to god, amazing food."
San Diego, California
32.7496009
-117.11483989999999
Lunch
Las Cuatro Milpas
"The best Mexican food in San Diego."
San Diego, California
32.7019043
-117.14513369999997
Lunch
Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar
"It's a drinker's bar."
San Diego, California
32.7549362
-117.14029670000002
Dinner
Double Mountain
"A Hood River go to brewery."
Hood River, Oregon
45.71001380000001
-121.5146411
Drinks
Analemma Winery
"Unique, small batch wines in a beautiful setting."
Hood River, Oregon
45.682534
-121.371914
Drinks
Cantina Mayahuel
"A cool bar that no one in San Diego wants tourists to know about!"
San Diego, California
32.7630696
-117.13059780000003
Drinks
Izakaya Masa
"A ramen spot in Mission Hills that's just really good and authentic."
San Diego, California
32.7510685
-117.17193329999998
Dinner
Punjabi Tandoor
"They always say Punjabi people are like the warriors of India."
San Diego, California
32.8964978
-117.12824280000001
Lunch
El Salvadoreño
"A really good El Salvadorian, pupusa spot in Barrio."
San Diego, California
32.70623800000001
-117.132946
Lunch
Awash Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
"A really small spot with a lot of unique, very handsy dishes"
San Diego, California
32.75553180000001
-117.13183859999998
Dinner
Pizzeria Luigi
"My dad used to be a chef and moved here straight from Brooklyn. I brought him there and he loves it, and he's a pizza connoisseur."
San Diego, California
32.71764479999999
-117.14005220000001
Lunch
Pho King
"There's one waitress, I call her 'Toothless' because she has no teeth, and now she just got teeth, so I feel like it really takes away from the charm."
San Diego, California
32.7559483
-117.09398570000002
Dinner
Beerfish
"It's as delicious as it sounds."
San Diego, California
32.76271969999999
-117.13062030000003
Drinks
Bali Hai Restaurant
"It's the real deal."
San Diego, California
32.7194332
-117.220418
Drinks
James Coffee
"I'd drink coffee at James Coffee."
San Diego, California
32.729197
-117.1703119
Coffee
Thorn Brewing
"Thorn's just next door, and it's really great."
San Diego, California
32.702145
-117.14776
Drinks
Liberty Public Market
"The city's first food hall."
San Diego, California
32.7400605
-117.21101980000003
Lunch
Nico's Mexican
"Don't miss their Chicken Tacos."
San Diego, California
32.7685926
-117.19944069999997
Lunch
Lucha Libre
"One of my favorite Mexican food spots in San Diego."
San Diego, California
32.7486959
-117.1297798
Lunch
Fish the San Diego Pier
"Fish while looking out towards downtown."
San Diego, California
32.71156300000001
-117.22814979999998
Outdoor Adventure
Wow Wow Waffle
"A little patio spot hidden behind a laundromat."
San Diego, California
32.7426288
-117.12988150000001
Dessert
Modern Times Beer
"We probably don't need the press."
San Diego, California
32.7542037
-117.20629689999998
Drinks
Dark Horse Coffee
"We use a lot of their coffee in our beers at North Park Beer Co."
San Diego, California
32.763486
-117.12338699999998
Coffee
Communal Coffee
"One of the most beautiful and more Instagrammed places in San Diego."
San Diego, California
32.74830839999999
-117.13917730000003
Coffee
The Taco Stand
"It's worth highlighting."
San Diego, California
32.7052518
-117.13885199999999
Lunch
Live Wire
"It's this great, shit hole rock and roll dive bar."
San Diego, California
32.75505450000001
-117.14240269999999
Drinks
Point Loma Seafoods
"Killer seafood, all caught locally by real fisherman for a good price."
San Diego, California
32.72325000000001
-117.22784300000001
Lunch
JV's Mexican
"Get the Philly Cheesesteak Burrito."
San Diego, California
32.768622
-117.20033490000003
Lunch
Little Lion Cafe
"It's the kind of place that when you walk in it just makes you want to smile."
San Diego, California
32.73679260000001
-117.25471090000002
Breakfast
Majestic Oaks
"It's real low key, and not too douchey."
Ojai, California
34.447725
-119.24407400000001
Drinks
Osteria Montegrapa
"You can get great, affordable Italian at Osteria Montegrapa."
Ojai, California
34.44810870000001
-119.24492190000001
Lunch
Food Harmonics
"If my boss is in town, we'll head to Food Harmonics for lunch."
Ojai, California
34.448052
-119.244666
Lunch
Deer Lodge
"It's got a lot of time under its belt."
Ojai, California
34.4541844
-119.27747019999998
Drinks
MadeWest Brewing Company
"I don't even like beer, and they're on point."
Ventura, California
34.2560077
-119.23779719999999
Drinks
Visit Ventura Beach
"If you're lucky, you might see some dolphins."
Ventura, California
34.2625031
-119.27205549999996
Outdoor Adventure
Red Pepper Restaurant
"It's a total hole in the wall, below an apartment complex."
Santa Barbara, California
34.434135
-119.82863199999997
Dinner
Cam Huong Cafe
"I loved getting the Curry Chicken Bánh Mì. That was like my favorite thing to do."
Oakland, California
37.8002261
-122.27048809999997
Lunch
Chez Panisse
"The restaurant that started the whole slow food, organic, locally sourced movement."
Oakland, California
37.879594
-122.268935
Local Must
Tiburon
"A great dive bar."
Santa Barbara, California
34.4405827
-119.73175400000002
Drinks
Potek Winery
"A winery surrounded by oak barrels."
Santa Barbara, California
34.421119
-119.690654
Drinks
Homestead
"The Chez Panisse of Oakland."
Oakland, California
37.82603769999999
-122.25322410000001
Dinner
Leaning Tower
"Isaac's the quintessential hardworking independent business owner."
Oakland, California
37.80462180000001
-122.24954279999997
Dinner
Jazz Night at The Marsh
"Jazz nights where locals can just jump in."
Oakland, California
37.8692067
-122.266996
Museums & Culture
Ippuku
"Forget what you think about raw chicken...Ippuku will make you crave it."
Oakland, California
37.87029100000001
-122.267111
Dinner
Phnom Penh House Restaurant
"It's Cambodian and their grilled beef skewers with their chili basil fried rice is phenomenal."
Oakland, California
37.7738388
-122.27654990000002
Dinner
Pizzaiolo
"Their spicy cheese croissants really are so good."
Oakland, California
37.8365939
-122.2621517
Breakfast
The Muir Woods
"You're kind of an asshole if you come to Oakland and don't visit the Ewok Village."
Oakland, California
37.8970199
-122.5811177
Outdoor Adventure
George Kaye's
"A dive bar where the regulars are the elderly."
Oakland, California
37.82827
-122.25599870000002
Local Must
Cholita Linda
"Delicious Peruvian."
Oakland, California
37.8361592
-122.26275650000002
Coffee
Highwire Coffee Roasters
"A cool coffee cart in the nursery on Solano."
Oakland, California
37.868413
-122.29172699999998
Coffee
Fremont Theater
"If you've got energy after dinner, catch a show at the Fremont Theater."
San Luis Obispo, California
35.281867
-120.66053199999999
Museums & Culture
Cafe Nouveau
"It's old school Ventura."
Ventura, California
34.2762851
-119.27880010000001
Breakfast