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Apr.04.2014

California Drought - Tips to Save Water

Some people remember the drought of the 70’s.  Disco was in, everything was polyester, and it was common to take a bucket into the shower with you to capture the cold water for “irrigating” your lawn with.

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Mar.11.2013

How To: Travel The Globe In Portland

Travel broadens the mind. Here's our guide to travelling the world without leaving home.

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Apr.14.2014

April 19 is Record Store Day!

As the age-old turntable becomes a common fixture in today’s hip apartments, rituals around the record player are hallmarking themselves in our daily lives.

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Apr.11.2014

Low-tech Coffee in a High-tech Landscape

With so many elaborate espresso machines on the market, it’s hard to know how much technology is really required to make a decent cup of coffee. However, in these days of slow cooking, perhaps it’s better to unplug from our fancy coffee makers and go for an honest, low-tech, stainless steel stovetop espresso maker.

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Apr.09.2014

Good Clean Fun

Funny how some of our finest ideas hit us in the shower – the proverbial light bulb suddenly pops over our heads in those precious few moments of isolated peace we experience during our busy day.

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Apr.07.2014

Escape from the Mysterious Room: a Real Escape Game

Imagine you awaken, and find yourself locked inside a room. It has a desk, chairs, a carpet — everything seems normal. But on closer inspection you find a series of mysterious codes…

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Mar.31.2014

Devil’s Slide Trail open March 15

Good news for our Peninsula neighbors and everyone in the Bay Area! On March 15, a stretch of highway along the Devil’s Slide Coast—notoriously known for its crashes, mudslides, and spectacular ocean views—is poised to open its gates to the newest coastal trail in the Peninsula county's park system: Devil’s Slide Trail.

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Mar.26.2014

Colorful Accents from Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily, the local Sausalito-based design house known for its gorgeous original textiles and home décor, has some stunning options to turn a tired space into a coastal-chic retreat.

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Mar.19.2014

Sequoia Beauty

These days, it’s increasingly common for us to pay attention to where our food comes from and what we eat; so why not use the same discriminating lens when it comes to products for our skin?

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Mar.17.2014

Bluebelle Concierge: personal assistant, project manager, life organizer, and move-in service

There’s nothing worse than coming home to your apartment after work and facing an endless web of appointments, projects, errands, responsibilities, and commitments that all need to get done.

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Mar.13.2014

Alder & Co.: Let’s play store

Alder & Co. has been a longtime design crush of our Portland neighbors for its meticulously curated assortment of housewares, home accessories, apparel, and even gourmet pet treats.

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Mar.12.2014

Raclette – the Fondue of our Time

During these colder months, why not bring a slice of the Swiss Alps to your apartment by hosting a fun and interactive Raclette dinner party?

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Mar.10.2014

LIFX: The Lightbulb Reinvented

They say lighting can set the mood and, when done properly, great lighting will even cast shadows in all the right places to make anyone look like a supermodel.

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Mar.05.2014

STOP, BREATHE & THINK: Meditation Made Simple

Our neighbors in the Bay Area, Seattle, and Portland tend to have busy lives.

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Mar.05.2014

Mississippi Records

Nothing garnishes a living room better then a smattering of the greatest records of all time littered on the couch and coffee table, while the warm sounds of the needle-hugging groove dance through the speakers.

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Mar.03.2014

Green is the New Black: 4 Ways to Save Energy in Your Apartment

I was super excited that Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck (our nations more formidable whistle pig meteorologist) concurred that we would have six more weeks of winter.

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Feb.28.2014

A Modern Twist on the Tired Pet Bed

True, most pet beds can be a major eyesore—especially when trying to merge said pet bed into your tastefully decorated apartment…

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Feb.27.2014

Choose Your Own Quarterly

What better way to fill your apartment than by welcoming quarterly packages of limited-edition objects handpicked or created by an influential and famous curator of your choice.

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Feb.24.2014

Venokado—wine, décor, and gifts galore!

Don’t blink, or you could miss this incredible wine and gifts boutique as you drive past their West Hollywood location – right near our neighbors at Franklin Plaza and Vantage Apartments in LA!

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Feb.20.2014

In search of the perfect living room furniture piece - the B&B Italia Tufty Time Modular Sofa

For those of us that struggle to find the perfect sofa for our apartment, the folks at B&B Italia have figured it out with their Tufty Time Modular product line.

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Feb.18.2014

A Slumber Party for dogs? It must be A Dog’s Life.

Our dog-loving neighbors on the Peninsula at Parker Palo Alto , Americana, and North Park  properties are lucky to live so close to A Dog’s Life – Northern California’s most awarded doggie daycare facility.

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Feb.14.2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away & the Coolest Outdoor Furniture - Lebello

Yes it is very wet outside at most of our apartments on the West Coast and while summer feels like a very distant memory, we cannot help but get really excited for our fave outdoor furniture.

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Feb.12.2014

Munchery: Dine in on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here once again. Did you procrastinate getting a reservation for two at that cozy restaurant and now it’s too late?

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Feb.10.2014

Gee, Your Aura Smells Terrific!

Fragrance has the power to evoke hidden memories, stoke passions, and resonate with our deepest nature. If seeing is believing, then fragrance is feeling.

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Feb.07.2014

Glassybaby: lighting the way from Seattle to San Francisco

Glassybaby’s exquisite hand-blown glass votives and cups, crafted in a range of 400 rich hues, have been warming the hearts and apartments of our Seattle neighbors since 1998.

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Feb.05.2014

Yerdle: the More You Give, the More you Get

Wishing you had a killer set of headphones? Or maybe a down Patagonia jacket, but you can’t justify it after that recent holiday shopping spree? Yerdle is a marketplace where thousands of amazing items are given and received for free.

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Feb.03.2014

Runyon Canyon

Searching for a good workout in LA with your dog? Stunning vistas overlooking the city? Or, maybe you want to see some sweaty celebrities up close? Then look no further. Runyon Canyon can deliver all of this, and then some.

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Jan.30.2014

Mateo’s Cochinita Pibil Super Bowl Sliders

The “420” Bowl is coming up soon, and if you’re planning to host the obligatory party at your apartment this year, your guests are bound to get the munchies.

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Jan.28.2014

Shadowbrook - It’s All About the Landscaping

Shadowbrook Apartments in Sunnyvale, CA built in 1970 was our very first large development as an organization.

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Jan.27.2014

Redefining Movie Night – Hollywood Premiere Screenings at Home

Luxe alert! This blog is elegantly sumptuous…

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Jan.24.2014

The Portlandia Activity Book – profound enrichment for the Pacific Northwest part of your psyche

We know what you’re thinking – how to while away these long winter days until the new Portlandia season airs on Feb 27?

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Jan.23.2014

Introducing The Tree Free Hammock

Our friends at Marie Fischer Interior Design found the ultimate in comfort and cool - for in your apartment, camping, or outdoors - a tree free hammock by Fatboy (the official product name is Headdemock). They selected it for our upcoming remodel of the pool deck at North Park apartments in Mountain View.

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Jan.22.2014

Rough Linen: Made in Marin

The elemental luxury of pure linen sheets is simple and timeless – an heirloom investment that only improves with age and use.

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Jan.17.2014

Luxury Unleashed - AnnaBee’s Doggie Boutique and Cafe

A tip for our pet loving neighbors in the Peninsula:  the next time you frolic with Fido along the beaches of Pacifica, he’s likely to work up a furocious appetite. Why not treat him to a gourmet meal out at AnnaBee’s Doggie Boutique and Café – the Bay Area’s first cafe for dogs?

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Jan.15.2014

Old Mattress: You’re Not the Only Flame in Town

We spend nearly a third of our lives in bed, so what we choose to sleep on makes all the difference.

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Jan.14.2014

Green Is The New Black…Did You Flush?

Promethean Mary Nitschke, Director of Ancillary Services is passionate about utilities. She recently published a great article in the Journal of Utility Management about saving water and saving money.

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Jan.13.2014

SF Sketchfest celebrates 13th anniversary with mind-boggling comedy lineup

Sitting around your apartment wondering how to mix it up a bit in this new year, then SF Sketchfest’s 13th Annual Festival is just what the doctor ordered.

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Jan.10.2014

Beyond the Fog –  San Francisco truly behind the scenes

Whether you’re new to the Bay Area, or a local, Susan Brown is the key to unlocking true insider access to San Francisco.

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Jan.08.2014

We Salute Powell’s City of Books:  A Six-Word Story Contest (with prizes)

Today, we're saluting Powell's by throwing a six-word story contest -- with prizes of course!

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Jan.06.2014

This Year I Will…

Making new years resolutions that you don’t keep is not terrific.  Having a support system to make it fun and help us achieve those goals is definitely the way to go.

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Dec.26.2013

An Alternative to Expensive Art -  The Cool (and Beautifully Framed) Map

Maps can be beautiful.  Best Made Company in New York proves that out.

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Dec.23.2013

Personal and Pet Safety During the Holidays

Our Top Ten Tips to Keep You and Your Pets Safe!

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Dec.20.2013

Our Favorite Outdoor Furniture - Cool and Functional

The  Nomad collection by Gloster is one of our favorite choices for outdoor furniture.

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Dec.19.2013

Fabulous Chair Alert –  Style and (importantly) Comfort

Our friends at Ligne Roset have come up with a chair that  is cool, colorful (comes in many fun options) and most importantly and never to be overlooked -  incredibly comfortable.

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Dec.16.2013

Dishwasher Dilemma, Microwave Mayhem in your apartment? Introducing the How To/Not To Video Series

Did you know that rice or pasta should not go in the in a disposal? They both expand, clogging the disposal and pipes.

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Dec.14.2013

Ping Pong Table as Art- Who Needs A Couch In Your Apartment Anyway?

The folks at the Standard Hotels are now doing their part to bring ping pong back.

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Nov.29.2013

Black Friday Shopping at Home

Today is the day to get some great deals, but you don't have to leave the comfort of your home to get up to 75% off on some of your favorite luxury goodies.

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Nov.26.2013

Thanksgiving Holiday Décor Inspiration & Beautiful Ways to Display Your Food

When you set the table in your apartment home this Thanksgiving, you can make a big impression with an easy, beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece that fits your décor and your personality.

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Nov.22.2013

The Ultimate Poolside Cabana

Thank you to our friends at Gensler for recommending awesome outdoor daybeds by Kettal for the rooftop pool planned at one of our new developments - Hearth apartments in Santa Clara. Hearth is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Nov.19.2013

Chocolates for Art-loving Foodies

Biting into one of Christopher Elbow’s chocolates is an exquisite pleasure that can only be described as perfection.

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Nov.18.2013

What Can Be Cozier than a Felt Rug?

Peace Industries, based in San Francisco,  has an incredible selection of truly beautiful felt rugs.

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Nov.15.2013

Talk to the Turkey

Are you looking for something fun, delicious and memorable for your Thanksgiving turkey dinner?

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Nov.15.2013

Barkbox, Cool Stuff for Dogs

Life is ruff. We all know how much our furry friends enjoy their goodies. Barkbox.com is a service that delivers a monthly box of treats and toys for your best furry friend right to your front door.

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Nov.06.2013

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Awesomeness

Do you have an awesome, very easy crock pot recipe to share? Send it our way! How easy is this… just toss in some frozen chicken breasts, salsa, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a packet of taco seasoning in your slow cooker and 4 hours later: voila! Serve it with a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt.

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Nov.04.2013

A Watch Factory in Detroit?

Shinola, based in Detroit,  is a shining example that there still is beauty and craftsmanship in American made products. Their iconic watches are gorgeous, and not too hefty of price tag - ranging around $600.  Our favorite is the Runwell with the blue or green face. They also make bikes, also strikingly beautiful. And their branding is pretty darn cool as well.

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Oct.30.2013

Carving up Inspiration for your Pumpkin

Check out these mind-blowing pumpkin carving creations from the master of the gourd, RAY VILLAFANE. The Villafane studio team uses spoons, scalpels and a deep vat of patience to bring out the wrinkles and character of the pumpkin flesh. Wow, creepy and glorious!

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Oct.28.2013

Fashion Forward Ping Pong and Foosball tables

Finally, ultra sleek and modern ping pong tables and foosball tables are available to add fun and design to our lives.

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Oct.24.2013

It’s Gonna be a Galactic Geekfest

Get your droid on. Time to grab your light saber or headband buns and head to the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation for the final stop of the blockbuster cross-country touring exhibit, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. See original costumes, tons of props and a life size model of the Millenium Falcon cockpit.  What, no light saber? Fear not young master.

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Oct.22.2013

Spooky Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

October is a great time to find wonderfully spooky corn mazes and pumpkin patches.  Here are three great options.

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Oct.17.2013

Love With Food Brings Gourmet Treats to your door for $10

We LOVE snack boxes so much, we want to give a few away! Share this post and tell us what your favorite snack is to win a 3 month “Snack Box” subscription. (October-December 2013) 2 winners will be announced on Monday, October 21, 2013.

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Oct.15.2013

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 19-20

The winning Volkswagon-sized pumpkin crushed the Half Moon Bay Heaviest Pumpkin record this year coming in at a whopping 1,985 pounds!

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Oct.01.2013

Treasure Island Flea

Buy your fresh local produce at the Treasure Island Flea Farmers Market. Open 10am-4pm, last weekend of each month. $3 admission, kids under 12 free.

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Sep.30.2013

Prometheans in Motion Places #1 for Top Corporate Fundraising Team

On Saturday, September 28th, Prometheans In Motion had their 3rd annual Diabetes Walk at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  Equipped with 60 team members (12 of those as virtual walkers who contributed greatly to the cause) – they walked 3 miles (that’s over 144 miles together!) to join the movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on millions of individuals and families.  With a goal of $7,000 this year, Prometheans In Motion was able to collectively raise $8,404 – all up to the very last steps of the walk.

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Sep.25.2013

Creepy in an Awesome Way

Mwahh-ha-ha-ha-ha, hello thriller fans. Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to take a turn for the sinister… so we gathered a few ideas to add a touch of spooky.

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Sep.23.2013

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Returns to Palo Alto, Sept. 28 & 29

Head over to the Palo Alto Art Center this weekend to wander through this amazing glowing wonderland of over 8,000 hand-blown, one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins.

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Sep.18.2013

A New Device to Track your Dog’s Activity

Do you ever wonder just how much your dog sleeps while you’re grinding away at work? What about just how active your furry pal is with the dog walker? Whistle is looking to answer these questions by launching a new wearable wireless device to let you monitor your four-legged furry friend’s health and activities.

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Sep.17.2013

Top 50 Neighborhood Food Shops in Portland, Seattle and the Bay Area

This month, Sunset features the best local food shops in the west. We’re excited to check out some of these local rising stars who are serving up delicious, creative fare while pushing culinary boundaries such as San Francisco’s Craftsman and Wolves—a patisserie built inside a former Mission garage.

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Sep.15.2013

Best Made Company - Inspiring People to Get Outside and Use Their Hands

Best Made Company was founded in 2009 producing a single product - a handcrafted Axe.

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Sep.11.2013

Never Lose Your Keys Again with a Tile Tracker

Save your sanity with a miniature Tile tracker device that can attach to anything you lose frequently, such as your wallet, keys, guitars, laptop, bike, or your best furry friend.

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Aug.29.2013

Munchery: Delicious home dinners you can afford, minus the work

Munchery is a meal delivery service serving the San Francisco Bay Area bringing fresh, chef prepared meals right to your door. They use locally sourced ingredients, organic (when possible) fresh fixins, plus they offer vegetarian, low carb and wheat-free meals.

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Aug.27.2013

What to bring to Burning Man

If you're getting ready to head out to the playa get ready to get dirty and be sure to stay hydrated. Here are few essential items to keep you comfy, inspired and awesome.

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Aug.21.2013

Stories From The Bowl: Meet PollyWaddle Doodle

Stories From The Bowl: Meet PollyWaddle Doodle.
Living large in his bowl, PollyWaddleDoodle has been a permanent member of our HOME for 15 years. No pet insurance needed; just flies.

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Aug.15.2013

Stories From The Bowl: Meet Morgan and Marleau @ 3310

Meet Moragn and Marleau - They are brother and sister just like normal brothers and sisters...fight, love each other and fight for Moms attention!

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Aug.14.2013

Sugarboo Designs, handmade crafts out of Georgia

Find your perfect folk-art pillows, art prints, ceramics, metal signs plus a variety of paper products (even engraved love letters).

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Aug.13.2013

Plug in and Power Up at our EV Charging Stations

Hello, Neighbors. If you’re thinking of jumping into the Electric Vehicle world, or if you already own one, you’ll be jazzed to know that we have our EV Charging Stations up and running at many of our communities.

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Aug.07.2013

Stories From The Bowl: Sailor & Olive

Meet Sailor and Olive. "Nothing gets us excited like a nice brisk walk around Miramar to start our day."

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Aug.01.2013

Fresh, awesome organic fruit. Oh my.

From Seattle to Los Angeles, the west coast summer is packed with sunny social butterfly weekends so if you have a pot luck or barbeque coming up, why not mix it up? Try an unexpected pairing: Avocado and Strawberries with Honey Vinaigrette.

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Jul.30.2013

Stories From The Bowl: Meet Boo Boo

Meet Boo Boo, Andrea's BFF.

Andrea: "When I get home, she mews like she is dying of lack of love, then rolls over on her back for precisely one belly scratch.
She will venture outside, but only if I am home and she can see me.
Hunting? –uh, no thank you. Pretending I am and making strange chirping noises – yes!"

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Jul.29.2013

A POrCH Perspective: A Day of Sled Hockey with Our Wounded Warriors

My recent experience volunteering with POrCH to help support the veteran community deepened my passion for the men and women who everyday risk their lives to serve our country.

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Jul.23.2013

Stories From The Bowl

Did you know we speak woof, meow, and tweet? We know you love your pets and starting July 22, 2013 we will begin featuring stories about the pets living in our communities. Would you be interested in seeing your BFF furry friend featured on our blog and social media sites?

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Jul.17.2013

Green is the New Black

Keep it fresh and fab at your local farmers’ market with 6 Steps to Mastering the Farmers’ Market from The Daily Green.  Learn about the ins and outs, and be sure to get there early to grab the best stuff (you’ll be competing with chefs and foodies who make it a habit.)

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Jul.16.2013

Revolutionizing Choice: Jessica Johnson, Prometheus - 2013 VolunteerMatch

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Jul.10.2013

Eat This Now: The Best of LA, SF, Portland and Seattle

Find the best dive bars, fine dining, local burger joints, and most awesome chocolate chip cookies in your city.

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Jul.02.2013

SF Renegade Craft Fair Showcases DIY Indie Handmade Goods

Fans of DIY crafts might want to brace themselves for some awesome finds the weekend of July 27-28.

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Jul.01.2013

550 Moreland Pool Party Makes a Huge Splash for Wounded Warrior Project

This year’s 550 Moreland Annual Pool Party was special because it was dedicated to raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Jun.20.2013

Goin’ Wild for Vertical Gardens

If you’re feeling like taking on a project, you can build your own succulent garden.

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Jun.18.2013

Car Sharing Gets Rolling

It’s no surprise that neighbors in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle are big into car sharing providers like Zipcar and City Car Share.

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Jun.12.2013

Pi Bar SF: Not Just for Math Geeks

Pi Bar is a cool pizza and beer joint on Valencia Street that opens every day at 3:14. Hmmm, we think it’s time for some studying.

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Jun.10.2013

Swingin’ at the Stanford Jazz Festival

Tickets are on sale for the very cool Stanford Jazz Festival which runs June 22- Aug 10 on the beautiful Stanford University campus.

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May.29.2013

Handcrafted, Eco-cozy Pet Beds

Eco-friendly, super cozy dog house for your best furry friend

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May.14.2013

Portland Apothecary: Community Supported Herbalism

Ahh, the amazing power of herbs; some are truly magical and highly effective medicines.

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May.07.2013

Artichoke Bread and a Gaggle of Goats

What could be sweeter than a few dozen baby goats playing king of the mountain?

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May.02.2013

Mountain View’s Fresh Cheese Paradise

Looking for a cool place to wander around and sample some tasty cheese?

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Apr.24.2013

It’s National Volunteer Week! Share Your Volunteer Story And Give Back

What do POrCH, The Voice, and our Prometheus Facebook page have in common?

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Apr.09.2013

We’re 2013 Webby Honorees

The Webbys are pretty much the Oscars/Grammys / Emmys/Tonys/ People’s Choice Awards for websites.

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Mar.22.2013

The Beauty of the Bike

Cyclopedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design is the ultimate interesting and artistic coffee table book.

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Mar.19.2013

Digi-fabulous: 3D Printed Jewelry

3D Printers are the next big thing poised to change manufacturing, medical science, retail and even candy.

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Mar.11.2013

Lonely Road To Doing Good

Trying to do the right thing isn’t always the easy thing, that’s not new.

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Mar.07.2013

Being Neighborly

Nextdoor.com is an SF startup and our kind of people. It’s a social network for neighbors with the straightforward goal of building stronger, safer, better neighborhoods

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Feb.11.2013

Cutting Edge Koozies

Freakers hand knitted beverage jackets come in enough styles to fit any mood.

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