Jackie Burrell, East Bay Times

Jackie Burrell

East Bay Times

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jackie:

Top 10 places to see cherry blossoms around the world

Tripadvisor recently released a list of the top destinations for cherry blossom season — and the list has a few surprises. → Read More

Wish You Were Here: Readers’ adventures in Portugal

A couple from Menlo Park and Palo Alto are sharing tales from their recent visit to Lisbon. → Read More

Perfect Picnic Spots: The summit of Mount Diablo

With endless spectacular views, a historic beacon and miles of hiking trails, Mount Diablo offers plenty for outdoors enthusiasts to do. Head for the museum at the summit, take in those views, then grab a picnic bench. → Read More

Bay Area’s best picnic spots: Dutch Windmill, Golden Gate Park

What originated as a practical solution — pumping irrigation water for a park — is now one of the most beautiful sights in Golden Gate Park. → Read More

The nation’s best zoo rankings are topped by a California treasure

From San Diego to New York, here are the best zoos. → Read More

Tripadvisor’s Travelers Choice: Top 10 cultural and food destinations for 2023

This year's travel awards include not only the ever-popular "most popular" category, but destination rankings aimed at culture lovers and foodies. And yes, San Francisco gets a nod. → Read More

TripAdvisor’s top trending destinations for 2023 include several close to home

The annual Travelers Choice Best of the Best awards include some vacation destinations you have never considered — and a few familiar ones close to home. → Read More

3 new — or just opened — Lake Tahoe hotels on the horizon

From new lakeside villas to a Waldorf Astoria, here’s what’s new at Tahoe. → Read More

Wish You Were Here: Spanish landmarks, Portuguese adventures and Barbary pirates

Campbell residents Brent and Paulette Wilkinson’s recent trip to Portugal and Spain included famous plazas, a 15th-century fortress and pirate lore. → Read More

‘Ohana Grill Cookbook’ lets you taste the tropics no matter where you are

Fifty Hawaiian-inspired recipes, including this one for grilled chicken and pineapple, bring island flavors home. → Read More

America’s Test Kitchen’s Roasted Artichokes with Lemon and Basil

These easy roasted artichokes are wonderful in pasta, atop pizza or on their own. → Read More

Wish You Were Here: A free neighborhood tour in Paris, eclairs and all

A Novato reader shares tales from her recent trip to France, along with a tip for how to score a free walking tour with a local. → Read More

7 fantastic Bay Area things to do over New Year’s weekend, Dec. 30-Jan. 2

Let's celebrate this rollicking New Year's weekend with some great music, heart-stopping documentaries, Uptown funk and razzle dazzle comedy shows. Here are seven suggestions for how to play. → Read More

Travel + Leisure’s top destinations for ‘big city thrills’ in 2023

T+L's 2023 list of 50 great destinations runs the gamut from beachy spots to big city thrills. Here are the seven cities -- including one California entry -- that made the latter list. → Read More

Holiday Cookies: Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Bourbon Balls recipe

Baking guru Rose Levy Beranbaum’s newest cookbook, “The Cookie Bible” (Harvest, $35), includes 150 recipes that range from simple drop cookies to showstoppers — and these no… → Read More

Holiday Cookies: King Arthur Baking School’s Brown Sugar Snaps recipe

These easy holiday cut-out cookies can be adorned with sparkling sugar, sprinkles, nuts or whatever embellishments you prefer. → Read More

Holiday Cookies: Christina Tosi’s Jelly Donut Sammies recipe

The Milk Bar creator is offering up a clever twist on the sandwich cookie theme — inspired by doughnuts. → Read More

Livermore’s Holidays in the Vineyards brings the holly and the jolly to wineries

Wineries across the Livermore Valley are amping up the holiday spirit at this annual holiday event, which includes live music, tasty bites and more. → Read More

12 fab Bay Area food festivals — from artichokes to apples — for 2023

From Half Moon Bay’s pumpkin-centric festival each fall to Sebastopol’s salute to the Gravenstein, here are a dozen festivals to put on your calendar for 2023. → Read More

Ski season 2022-23: 4 new restaurants at Mammoth and Tahoe

There are plenty of spots to grab a bite at California ski resorts, from Northstar's Rubicon to Mammoth's Distant Brewing. Plus a trendy new brunch spot in South Lake Tahoe and a soon-to-open modern Italian restaurant from the Voltaggio brothers. → Read More