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Hydration to Go

In the beginning, athletes used water bottles. Clunky and cumbersome, there was just no good way to carry them.
May 1, 2013

Finding the One

Paul Magreta and Cinzia Cipi wound up in El Cerrito after an Italian romance. The couple met three years ago in Italy while Magreta was based at the London office of the international pharmaceutical company Novartis and visiting a manufacturing plant in Siena.
May 1, 2013

Flowers are Forever

Among the California poppies waving their lovely heads in Mountain View Cemetery this spring, lie the remains of Sara Plummer Lemmon, the adventurous Oakland woman who raised their humble stature to state flower.
May 1, 2013

FM Gallery's

Anyone who says the crowds at Art Murmur aren’t there for the art hasn’t been to FM Gallery, founded by Ofra Fisher, Peter St. Lawrence, Michael Steffen, and Joe Kowalczyk.
May 1, 2013

Taste of Tehran

French pastry launched Attar’s life in food in her native Iran, as the owner of one of the first French pastry shops in Tehran in the late 1970s.
May 1, 2013

Saffron and Soul

It’s not nice to assume that you will hate a restaurant you haven’t yet visited, especially if it’s beautiful and friendly and you are soon to learn firsthand that it serves the best freaking meatballs you have ever eaten in your life—and you have eaten many, many meatballs.
May 1, 2013

Word on the Street

With Target opening a store in October at the Alameda Landing Shopping Center, how do you feel about this chain retailer coming to town?
May 1, 2013

Half Moon Bay Escape

For the weekend traveler, Half Moon Bay gives the impression that every moment here has been scripted for Pacific Ocean encounters of every kind.
May 1, 2013

Take 5: Catching Up With a Busy M.D.

Dr. Lloyd Takao has been a pediatrician for more than 30 years, practicing at Primary Pediatric Medical Group in Alameda for three years.
May 1, 2013

The Flaky-Crusted Upside of Colonialism

Some dishes practically eat themselves. They’re so self-contained, so tidy, so cute in their “Hi, take me with you!” obligingness.
May 1, 2013