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Freebie Alert: Who wants a $25 restaurant gift card? Travel bargains and more this winter and spring 

 Yes, there are some things in this world that are free with no strings attached. We get all kinds of offers in our offices, but here's one we will pass on to two lucky winners.  If you send your favorite travel memory to, we will send you a $25 gift voucher to The Pub BBQ, a newly renovated restaurant at San Francisco's Ghiradelli Square.  


Chock full of cool BBQ-meets-California grub on the menu, families can enjoy a casual setting with dishes including burgers, brisket, smoked pork, and more.  Hint: Order the espresso burger, dubbed as one of Zagat's Top Ten Must-Try Coffee Dishes! 

However, if you find you are putting on the pounds after the holidays and cannot shave them off, read our story called Eight Diet Traps, and you can learn how to watch out for these deceptive foods. 

Getting ready for your next trip? Consider the family friendly cities of Austin and San Antonio. Contributor Barbara Barton Sloane gives us the latest scoop in A Texas State of Mind. 

Meanwhile, we're got a great parent getaway for you. Recently, my husband and I boarded the Reno Fun Train, where we heard high school tunes from the '70s making the entire train rock to the heavens.  See my story, Having a Blast on the Reno Fun Train. 

HomeFeb15-1.jpgCloser to home, we recently took the kids to the Children's Discovery Museum. I had not been there in ages, and my niece and nephews were very enamoured with making these corn husk dolls by hand. It was a revelation when I told them that in the pioneer days kids made their own toys and then played with them.  Imagine my pride when I saw them tenaciously sit at the table for at least half an hour, wrapping the husks and snipping the fabric scraps to create their costumes on their very own playthings.   

In the meantime, check out our calendar  to see the various events occurring around the bay.  If you are out and about, and happen to be alone, we have put out a safety story, "Simple Self Defense Skills,"  so you can make wiser choices during your travels this season. 

Over in our New Products  section, we review a new beverage for kids, a diet book. We give you a sneak peek with a review on the 2015 Toyota Prius Hybrid

Other features include:

CoastFeb15-5.jpg*States: Las Vegas Celebrates Chinese New Year at the Bellagio
*Car Review: Toyota Avalon 2014Toyota Highlander 2014, 
*Hotel Review: Hofsas House Hotel Great for Families in Carmel 
*North Bay: The Yard-A New Shipping Container Mall 

Got a place you would love to write about? Let us know. Contact me at  I would love to hear where you've been and where you're going!

Kathy Chin Leong

Executive Editor

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