The Norcal Nomad

Traveling in Northern California

San Francisco: Traveling 2nd Street from Montgomery Station

Downtown San Francisco is the heart of California; at least it sometimes seems to be. The traffic beats like the heart of any big city and people swiftly cover ground going to and from work, exercise and play. They eat out and they bring food in. There are taxis with motors and taxis with pedals […]

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Discovering Nepenthe at Last

Dust off your sunglasses and drop that convertible top! It’s time to take the first road trip of spring. Highway 1 beckons natives and tourists alike on warm days. Its twists and turns winding through mountains and hinting at secluded sunbathing spots at the water’s edge. On this road it truly isn’t just the destination; […]

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Lazy Dog Comes to Concord

Last year El Torito vanished from the Willows Shopping Center in Concord. As the demolition dirt settled and the local goats made quick work of the vegetation by the creek nearby, Lazy Dog restaurant raised its roof and piqued our curiosity. After all, what would a restaurant named “Lazy Dog” serve? Hot dogs, perhaps? That […]

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