Wangfujing “Snack” Street, Beijing

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Starfish Anyone?

STARFISH AND SCORPIONS AND SPIDERS, OH MY!

(Beijing, CHINA) I heard that Chinese food in China is very different than Chinese Food in the United States.  On my last day of my visit to Beijing… I learned just how different it is.

One of my favorite parts of any trip is the food.
On a scale of 1 to 10 rating adventurous eaters, I used to think I was about a 7 or 8.   My major aversion is eggs (it’s rooted in a bad experience with a fried egg as a kid).

But on my vacation to Beijing, I learned I’m more of a 5 or 6.

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A Piece Of Naval History Leaves San Francisco Bay

 

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(SAN FRANCISCO)  One of my favorite parts of being a reporter in San Francisco is the opportunity to witness historic moments.

I’m also a bit of a kid when it comes to ships, cars, airplanes, buildings and bridges.  So when I was assigned to covering the departure of the USS Iowa from the Port of Richmond and the San Francisco Bay, I was more than happy.  Actually, I was downright giddy!

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Berkeley’s Cafe Fanny Closes

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(Berkeley)  I’ve become a bit of a foodie over the years.  But I don’t often get to report much on restaurant news.  So it was a blessing and a curse to be assigned this story.  I loved reporting about this cafe, which was co-founded 28 years ago by Bay Area Chef Extraordinaire Alice Waters.  I was sad however to report that this was their last day open.  And I was one of many who never got to sample this corner cafe’s French fare.

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Four Days In Berlin

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The Brandenberg Gate

Berlin is a city that is steeped in history.  Yet it remains a cutting edge capital of politics, arts, and culture. For the casual traveler, it’s a city that is very easy to navigate and is full of plenty of places to see, great food to eat and lots to experience.

On our four day visit, we cover plenty of ground in and around the city. Based on our short stay, we summarize a few easy ways to get from place to place. And, we  share a few of the discoveries we make along the way.

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San Francisco Gold’s Gym Franchises Cut Ties With Corporate

Gold's Gym San Francisco

(San Francisco)  The owners of four Gold’s Gym franchises in the San Francisco Bay Area have announced plans to cut their ties to the chain over political contributions by Robert Rowling, CEO TRT Holdings.

TRT Holdings is a conglomerate that owns Gold’s Gym.  Robert Rowling has been identified as one of the biggest donors to American Crossroads, a conservative political group headed by former Bush Administration operative Karl Rove.

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