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Galleries to gelato: Best of Florence - SFGate

Galleries to gelato: Best of Florence - SFGate

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Wine marketers try to get men's attention

Take the Super Bowl ad that ran a couple years back in which men invited to a wine and cheese party sneaked into the kitchen to unpack beer hidden in a fake wheel of cheese. Take Maximus, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot introduced by the Bennett Lane...

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5 free things to do in Berkeley and Oakland

If you have young ones in tow, a stop by the Little Farm is mandatory; take along some celery or lettuce to feed the placid animals. If you do decide to spend a little cash, there are modest fees to enter the Lake Anza swimming beach, ride the vintage carousel...

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Ben & Jerry's flavor gurus' scoop on taste trends

Amid the bustle of a Mission District bakery, the seven people poring over pastries attract a few interested glances as they cut each treat into bite-size pieces and chew thoughtfully. No, these are the "flavor gurus" of Vermont's Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, making a field trip to the streets...

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Napa chefs sow their own meals at former Copia

[...] for a group of chefs who've turned abandoned gardens near downtown Napa into a flourishing source of fresh produce, it's a point of honor. "[...] it actually looks like a garden again," says Ken Frank, one of the chefs growing vegetables at the former Copia center for food, wine...

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These winemakers love grapes, not meat

"Anything that you can pair with meat, if you think about it stylistically, it's easy enough to pair with either vegetables or meat alternatives," says Houseman, a former cook and a vegetarian since high school. None of which stops him from turning out reds - traditionally paired with hearty meats...