Bali by bicycle

Banners at family temple in Ayunan, Bali

On my recent trip to Asia, my family chose Bali as one of our side trips for several of reasons — its distinctive culture, the beautiful scenery, and accessibility from Singapore among them.  Beaches were not one of the reasons, so we gravitated towards the inland town of Ubud, one of the cultural centers of […]

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The great California sardine boom and bust

While doing some research for my next “Eating by the Numbers” piece for Edible San Francisco (subscribe on-line today!), I ran into some fascinating documents about the now-gone California sardine industry. Today’s tourist destination of Cannery Row occupies land and buildings that were once a huge industry, employing thousands and providing a significant fraction of […]

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