Happy Wanderer: UC Botanical Garden offers worldly view of plants

CONTRACOSTATIMES.COM: January 16, 2015

As a seasoned traveler, I’ve ended up in some strange foreign lands. Iceland in June, Lapland in January … South Dakota in the dead of winter. But this happened in my own backyard, so to speak.

There I was, standing face to face with a cobra. Alert and extended, it seemed poised to strike.

“It’s a magnificent specimen,” said my guide as he beckoned me closer. “Just look at the hood.” Continue reading

Town Crier: Glenview district now has a taste of Merry Old England

MONTCLARION: Jan 2, 2014

It’s day two of the new year. How are those resolutions going? If one of your vows was to see and be seen, you’re in luck. We’re coming up on the fifth annual Oakland Restaurant Week on Jan. 15-25.

From A Cote to Z Cafe, some 75 eateries have special lunch and/or dinner menus at the prix-fixe of $20, $30 and $40. Here is the website: http://visitoakland.org/restaurant-week. Continue reading