Author Archives: Alana

5 Fun Things To Do in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Eating in Chinatown, San Francisco photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com
Chinatown, San Francisco – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Even as locals, we love playing tourist in San Francisco – it’s such a FUN city to explore, walk, eat, shop… and people-watch! Chinatown is one of our favorite places to hang out. Located just a short walk from downtown Union Square (look for the green pagoda at the entrance to Grant Ave), the area is jam-packed with little restaurants, dim sum parlors, Chinese markets, bakeries, antique stores and more shops than you can count.

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Top 10 Holiday Stress-Reducing Secrets

The Holiday Season is one of the happiest times of the year but for many of us it can also be one of the most stressful. Take a moment before all the chaos begins to check out our Top 10 Holiday Stress-Reducing Tips.

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Eating my way through London

Welcome to London – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Whenever I travel across the pond to my home away from home, I can’t wait to eat all of my favorite foods again. And this latest trip was no exception… I literally ate my way through London! By the end of my visit, I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t fit into my seat on the flight back to San Francisco.

Should your travels take you to England one day, here are a few of my favorite restaurants, pubs and foods that I wanted to share with you. Bon Appetit!

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Academy Awards – Ideas for an Oscar Party Invitation

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Get in the mood for the Oscars – Sunday, February 24, 2019. If you’re planning on having an Oscar Party, have fun and be creative with your invitations. Use nominated Movies or Actors in your text. For the last few years, we’ve been having fun creating Oscar Party Invitation ideas that we share with our friends and business clients.

See below for a Sample Oscar Invitation (and video) based on this year’s nominations – feel free to take these ideas for your own Oscar Party 🙂

 

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Our First San Francisco Marijuana Tour (After Legalization)

San Francisco Marijuana Tours

San Francisco Marijuana Tours – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Medical and Recreational Marijuana

Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996 – it was the first state to legalize medical marijuana. More than 20 years later, in November 2017, Californian’s voted to legalize “recreational” marijuana. And on January 5, 2018 it became legal in the state of California. As a result of the legalization of marijuana in key U.S. states, fun new pot tours have sprung up around the country. It’s reminiscent of how the wine and microbrewery industries and specialty tours first got started.

Our 1st Pot Tour Experience
– Classic Cannabis Tour by Green Guide Tours in San Francisco

We recently had our first pot tour experience. We took a “Classic Cannabis Tour” – it’s the first sightseeing historical cannabis bus tour in America.

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5 Fun Things To Do At Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands Singapore - 5 Star Luxury Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Singapore – 5 Star Luxury Hotel

Singapore has been put on the map over the course of the last decade. Long known as a center for international business, it’s climbed the ranks fairly rapidly as a tourist destination. And now having featured prominently in the smash summer film hit Crazy Rich Asians it’s likely to get even more popular.

There’s plenty to do all around Singapore, from enjoying pretty beaches to sampling the street food (which incidentally had its own scene in Crazy Rich Asians, in which a main character says it’s the only place in the world where street food earns Michelin stars). However, the main attraction – at least from an international travel perspective – is undoubtedly the Marina Bay Sands resort. Towering and state of the art in every fashion, it’s one of the world’s most intriguing resorts, and the surrounding area essentially constitutes an entertainment and accommodation complex that can occupy you for an entire vacation.

These are five of the best things to do there.

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Find a LimeBike and Go Biking By San Francisco Bay

“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
– Albert Einstein

Alana out for a morning bike ride along San Francisco Bay - photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Alana out for a morning bike ride along San Francisco Bay – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

If you’re like us and don’t own a bike but enjoy cycling every now and again, LimeBikes are a great alternative to buying and storing a bike. Ditto for scooters! All you need is a smartphone to download the LimeBike app and the map shows you where bikes and scooters are available to be picked up. Once you’ve located your bike, it can be unlocked by scanning the QR code on the back of the bike, just under the seat. LimeBikes are located in many major U.S. cities and several European cities.

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Napa Valley is Open for Fine Food and Drink

The Restaurant at CIA Copia - hanger steak close up - Credit: Deborah Grossman

The Restaurant at CIA Copia – hanger steak close up – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In October 2017, the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma touched nearly everyone either personally or through friends and family. As part of the recovery, Napa Valley denizens are ready and eager to welcome visitors with open arms and delicious food and drink. Weeks after the fires, my friend and I ventured to St. Helena and Napa to support the area and enjoy some good food and wine.

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