Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Northern California: August

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Northern California: August

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SAN FRANCISCO

Visit the bears

Take a walk on the wild side at the San Francisco Zoo's newest attraction, Hearst Grizzly Gulch, a spectacular 1-acre habitat designed for two grizzly-bear sisters who were orphaned as cubs in Montana. The Gulch's rugged landscape--with a meadow, fish pond, waterfall, redwood trees, and den--mimics the duo's native wilderness. From two different vantage points, watch the bears frolicking, feeding, and resting; there's even an underwater window where you might get a close-up of one of the toothy sisters. $11; free first Wed of every month; 1 Zoo Rd.; www.sfzoo.org or 415/753-7080.--ANNIE TUCKER

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DALY CITY

SHOP FOR A PARTY Nothing tops off the summer season like a party. Pull together your get-together in no time at Daiso Japan, where you can pick up trays, rice bowls, and teacups perfect for entertaining. The Japanese chain--packed with ever-changing odds and ends, from gardening supplies to stacks of origami paper--makes its way to the Bay Area in its first California location. Snap up paper lanterns, stationery and stickers, decorated muffin cups, and rolls of wrapping paper. Best of all, most items are $1.50, keeping you from breaking the bank. 146 Serramonte Center; 650/992-7462.--MICHELLE LAU

SACRAMENTO

SHARE A CUP WITH AN OLD SOUL The new coffeehouse in a Midtown alley, Old Soul Co., has an honor code: Everything--standard cuppa joe, cappuccino, fresh-baked and buttery croissant, seasonal-fruit scone, even a crispy-chewy baguette--costs $2. Poke the tariff into ajar and make your own change. The limited retail operation complements a wholesale coffee-roasting and bakery business. (Pick up a pound of beans, and your $2 drink is free.) Plus the low price includes urban atmosphere, comfy chairs, and a view of the bakery and roasting operations. …

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