Pretending to be a Local in Berkeley

After attending the BlogHer14 conference we snuck an extra day of California in and visited a dear friend.

Let’s just say, our friend spoiled us.  Our morning started with my favorite – an Americano (freshly made!) and a peaceful morning on the deck! I may never be able to start my day the same again.

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Going Local in San Jose!


This year’s BlogHer conference was held in San Jose, CA, and we had a great time exploring this wonderful city. We sought out the local places that make this hi-tech area feel warm and welcoming, and here are some of the highlights we found:

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Gluten Free San Jose

I was lucky enough to attend a conference in San Jose this past week. I attended the Blogher 14 conference. Nearly 3000 participants descended upon the town. In between meetings – I was able to stroll around town and see some of the sights.


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Loving the local life in San Francisco!

Alicia and I are attending the BlogHer 2014 conference in San Jose, CA. We decided to travel a day early so we could spend some time exploring San Francisco. We had a great time touring around, keeping our focus on local living in the city, and we found some great local spots. Here are some of out top picks:


At the Upper Haight Farmers Market, the produce was spectacular! I’m so jealous of the fact that strawberries grow all summer in California. Our strawberry season is much shorter in North Carolina. Since we couldn’t store or travel with the beautiful fruits and vegetables we saw, we chose some items from Inzana Ranch: dried fruit, walnuts and almonds. Delicious!

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Gluten Free in San Francisco

On the way to BlogHer14, my friend and I spent a glorious day in San Francisco. I knew that there was a pretty good chance of finding gluten free goodies while we were in town.  I had no idea just what a treat we were in for when we visited Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen and Mariposa Bakery.

San Francisco musts for gluten free visitors and regulars:

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Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen – This 100% Gluten Free Restaurant is located at 401 Valencia Street. It is a quaint Venezuelan style restaurant that has a constant flow of locals and visitors alike. Continue reading