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  • After a long day at work, sometimes you just want a nice, refreshing beer to relax. But when the bartender asks, “Do you prefer a more caramel or citrus bouquet?” you may just give them a blank stare. Don’t let your lack of expertise keep you from kicking with the barkeep like a pro. Even […]

  • You win some, you dim sum. In any case, there are no losers here. From steamed baos and egg tarts to chicken feet and pig blood, it’s well worth the morning wait. Here are three places to bao down in the Tri-Valley.

  • Summer means hot times and chilled brew. If you’re a beer-wise publican—or want to be one—then this prize has your name written all over it: -Tastings at three top stops on the Tri-Valley Beer Trail -Luxury ride from Black Tie Transportation, so you won’t have to drink and drive -An overnight hotel stay to revive […]

  • If you ask the locals when historic Downtown Pleasanton really comes alive they will tell you, “The summer!” When the weather turns warm, things start to heat up on Main Street—especially on the first Wednesdays and Fridays of the summer months. Beginning the first Friday of June, Lions Wayside and Delucchi Parks turn into a […]

  • Take a tasting tour around the world without leaving Dublin. Spice up your next culinary adventure with these local dining options.

  • For Collin Cranor, winemaker at Nottingham Cellars and Vasco Urbano, winemaking has gone from a hobby to an obsession. We caught up with him on the 5th anniversary of his flagship Bordeaux blend, Supremacy. Q: What inspired you to create a high-end Bordeaux blend? CC: In 2007, my dad convinced our winemaker at Satyrs’ Pond […]

  • The Philadelphia-born Francis X. Hogan started working in restaurants when he was 14 and continued to work in them all through college and beyond. “It’s what I know—all I know. I can’t see myself doing anything else,” the well-traveled 34-year-old says. Surely, his biggest challenge is creating small-plate tapas for Pleasanton’s Sabio on Main restaurant, […]

  • How the San Ramon Art & Wind Festival led to a friendship with Weifang, China. Every Memorial Day weekend, the City of San Ramon offers a two-day, family-friendly event that captures the traditions of kite flying, while showcasing local artists, makers and entertainers. While the event engages the local community, the San Ramon Art & […]

  • Years ago, Tri-Valley entrepreneur Dave Duffield was launching a startup. Through all the business stress, the family’s miniature schnauzer, Maddie, provided endless comfort and kept the Duffields laughing. “Maddie was a dear friend to Cheryl and me,” Duffield recalls, “and I promised her that if I ever made any money in my career, we’d give it […]

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