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Best Places In The Bay Area To See The World

September 15, 2011 2:19 PM

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Leave your passport at home.  You can go around the world without ever leaving the Bay Area.

Tal-y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe

6439 California Street (cross-street 27th Avenue)
San Francisco
(415) 751-9275
http://www.talytara.com/

A spot of tea before polo? Tal-Y-Tara means ‘with the kings,’ and a royal experience awaits at this quaint storefront in San Francisco where you will find quality equestrian attire and one of most charming English tea houses under the same roof. Try on a pair of riding boots and a wool hunt coat… they look great with or without a horse. Then relax by the fireplace in the 18th century English parlor or on the garden patio out back. There are over 85 teas to choose from – from the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Anne, and Prince of Wales varieties… to Nilgiri and Golden Needle. Try the scones, English trifle, and sherry-soaked cake, or check out the Motorloaf made from a secret century-old recipe.

J-Pop Comes to San Francisco: New People

1746 Post Street
San Francisco
(415) 525-8630
http://www.newpeopleworld.com

New People isn’t a shopping mall – this place is shopping concept – a gateway to Japanese Pop Culture – or J-Pop for short. You’ll find VizCinema, a state-of-the art theater showing the newest Japanese films and anime. Get goth’ or Lolita-sweet upstairs at Black Peace Now and Baby The Stars Shine Bright. These clothes are straight off the streets of Tokyo. The Super Frog Art Gallery got its name from a book about a gigantic frog that saves Tokyo from an earthquake. If it all sounds different, it is. That’s what J-Pop is all about.

La France Bourgogne: Domaine Carneros

1240 Duhig Road
Napa
(707) 257-0101
http://www.domainecarneros.com

Experience the Burgundy region of France in Napa at Domaine Carneros. This classic, 18th-century château was architecturally inspired by the historic Taittinger-owned Château de la Marquetterie in France (see photo inset). Sip sparkling wine in the salon or enjoy a caviar and cheese plate on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.

A Moroccan Souk: Sahara Import

2110 Ashby Avenue at Shattuck
Berkeley
510-295-4527
http://www.saharaimport.com

Visit a Moroccan souk in Berkeley at Sahara Import. Inside this small boutique you'll find wall-to-wall, hand picked artifacts that reflect the rich heritage of Moroccan culture. Most pieces are from Boutique Majid in Tangiers. If you have a hankering for something you left behind in Marakesh, let Majid Rais-El-Fenni know and he will do his best to find it for you. For 35 years, he has been traveling, searching and collecting antiques, furniture, Berber jewelry, carpets and rugs, art, pottery, lamps and accessories from the heart of the Sahara desert.

13th Century Italia: Castello di Amoroso

4045 N. St. Helena Highway
Calistoga
(707) 967-6272
http://www.castellodiamorosa.com

It took 14 years to create Castello di Amarosso, a medieval, 13th century castle near Calistoga. It is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui. Take a walking tour of his 107-room architectural masterpiece, which boasts a moat, a drawbridge, even a torture chamber. Afterwards, enjoy a private tasting of Castello di Amarosso’s handcrafted Italian-style wines.

Jan Mabry, Red Carpet Bay Area

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