Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Want to make jam? Fill your freezer with berries? Make peach pie for everyone you know? The fun, cheap way to stock up on local fruit is to pick your own, down the coast and out in the delta.
As a kid, every autumn held a sunny October weekend where my mom would toss my sisters and I into the back of the Volvo and head out to the country to go apple picking. Recreating this experience on the West Coast can take a little doing, but it’s possible.