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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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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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Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show in the San Francisco Bay Area

Sail and Power Boat Show in Northern California

The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show (and Marine Sports Expo)  is held in the city of Richmond in Northern California right on the beautiful waterfront. The show is held April 4-7, 2019 in the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor.

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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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Playing Tourist for the Weekend in San Francisco

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair - photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Have you ever fancied playing tourist for a day or weekend in your city? It’s always a lot of fun. No need to wait for out-of-town guests to enjoy taking in the sights, especially if you live in or near a beautiful city – and San Francisco is no exception.

Clift San Francisco

So we decided to book a room at the Clift, a luxury boutique hotel nestled on Geary Street just steps from bustling Union Square – one of our favorite areas in SF. The hotel is conveniently located within easy walking distance to many wonderful restaurants, shops, bars, art galleries – and the Powell Street cable car line.

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Swiss Wine Country: The Valais region near Lake Geneva

Sion Domaine du Mont d'Or vineyards with steep terraces - Credit: Deborah Grossman

Sion Domaine du Mont d’Or vineyards with steep terraces – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post (the third of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

There’s no denying that Lausanne and the Montreux Riviera of Lake Geneva offer many attractions. But the charming wine country and mountain area of Valais is a short drive or train ride southeast of the lake. The name is derived from the Roman word for valley. The Rhone River begins in the Valais Alps and flows through the plains, meandering south to the celebrated wine region of France.

With a similar terroir to the French Rhone Valley, the Valais is the largest wine-producing region in Switzerland. Though much of Swiss wine is produced by smaller wineries and consumed in-country, some wineries present creative and alluring tasting rooms and a few export to the U.S.

In addition to oenophiles, skiers and hikers will also be at home in this Alpine region. The spas of Leukerbad and other villages are famous for R&R of the water-plunge sort. As for gastronomy, the specialty is raclette, the warmed Alpine cheese served with accoutrements.

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