San Francisco's Japantown -- known as Nihonmachi to its residents -- is the oldest of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. From its roots as a refuge for victims of the 1906 Great Quake and Fire, to its post-World War II community revitalization, San Francisco's Japantown has seen many major economic and cultural shifts that have made it the rich community it is today.
Though there is great merit in "greening" your lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, there's still nothing quite like playing in the dirt to get back in touch with the Earth.
MP3 players are taking on a new and increasingly popular role as private tour guides to some of the world's most sought-after destinations.
With melted butter... with lemon... with Old Bay spices... with cocktail sauce... with garlic... with nothing at all. There are almost as many ways to eat a crab as there are places to get it in San Francisco.
Sometimes the old ways are still the best ways. Even with hybrid cars growing in popularity among drivers, there's still no real alternative to the power of your own two feet, to get you where you're going without leaving a significant ecological footprint. Besides, hiking and biking are both healthy and fun, and ensure you get a chance to "stop and smell the roses" along the way.