Jackie Burrell, San Jose Mercury News

Jackie Burrell

San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • East Bay Times
Past:
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Pasadena Star News
  • O.C. Register
  • The Press-Enterprise
  • Pioneer Press
  • Oakland Tribune

Recent articles by Jackie:

9 Bay Area military museums, submarines and Liberty ships to explore

From the USS Pampanito to an aircraft museum, here are nine intriguing places to explore the nation’s wartime history. → Read More

Top 10 roller coasters in the U.S. offer death-defying thrills

From crazy fast giga coasters to classic wooden coasters, these 10 theme park rides offer plenty of adrenaline thrills. → Read More

Where to see Santa Cruz’s 19 ‘Sea Walls’ murals

Last fall, sea life murals began unfolding on the walls of the seaside city of Santa Cruz. Muralists from the Bay Area, as well as Oregon, Hawaii, North Carolina and even Austria converged for &#82… → Read More

Taco Night: How to make homemade agua fresca

Forget the margarita. A new cookbook, “Aguas Frescas and Paletas,” reveals all the secrets behind these colorful, fruity, zero-proof drinks. → Read More

Top 7 foodie destinations around the world

Eater.com recently unveiled its top foodie destinations around the world — and the list is very different from Tripadvisor’s. No Rome. No Paris. No London. Lots of surprises. → Read More

3 fun new or renovated Central Oregon hotel options

A major renovation and two new (or newish!) lodging options up the ante for visitors to Bend, Redmond and Sunriver. → Read More

3 fun new or renovated Central Oregon hotel options

A major renovation and two new (or newish!) lodging options up the ante for visitors to Bend, Redmond and Sunriver. → Read More

Top 8 best beach towns on the West Coast

Sandy toes, sun-kissed waves and great spots to eat -are what make a beach town great. And these towns — including six in California — are tops. → Read More

5 common egg cooking mistakes you may be making

Wispy poached eggs? Broken yolks? Curdled batter? Here are five key things you may be doing wrong with your eggs — and they’re all easy to fix. → Read More

5 common egg cooking mistakes you may be making

Wispy poached eggs? Broken yolks? Curdled batter? Here are five key things you may be doing wrong with your eggs — and they’re all easy to fix. → Read More

Brunch recipe: Baked Eggs in Butternut Squash Rings

Nestled into roasted squash rings, these sunny baked eggs make a great addition to any brunch feast. → Read More

Brunch recipe: A Broccoli Cheddar Tart from Lisa Steele’s ‘Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook’

Filled with cheese, eggs, cream, broccoli and sausage, this tasty tart is the star of any brunch spread. → Read More

Brunch recipe: Lisa Steele’s Toasty Baked Egg Cups from ‘The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook’

This easy eggy breakfast is baked in a muffin tin. Feel free to improvise, swapping in cheddar for the Gouda or adding crumbled bacon or sausage. → Read More

7 Gilded Age mansions worthy of an Astor — or Bertha Russell

If you've been bingeing HBO's "The Gilded Age," you've seen those opulent mansions and luxurious settings. Here's where the Russells' ballroom was filmed -- and half a dozen more to marvel at. → Read More

7 Gilded Age mansions worthy of an Astor — or Bertha Russell

If you’ve been bingeing HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” you’ve seen those opulent mansions and luxurious settings. Here’s where the Russells’ ballroom was filmed &… → Read More

7 wildly creative mini golf courses in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and more

Care to putt putt? These mini golf courses boast crazy creative holes — Chinatown dragon, anyone? — and some even serve cocktails. → Read More

9 fantastic Bay Area day trips you can do on half a tank of gas or less

Gas prices may be soaring but you can still vacation for a song. These awesome day trips — think Sausalito, Aptos, Alameda and more — are just 10 to 90 minutes drive. → Read More

A summer cookbook, picnic recipes and fantastic focaccia sandwiches

Heading out on a picnic? Jen Stevenson and Marnie Hamel, authors of “Summer: A Cookbook,” offer up eight spectacular sandwich filling ideas to go with their homemade focaccia → Read More

Picnic Recipe: Summer Cherry Gazpacho

This refreshing chilled soup uses fresh cherries — California’s cherry season starts in mid-April, guys — tomatoes, cucumber and jalapeños for zippiness. → Read More

Picnic Recipe: Jammy Eggs with Old Bay-Oli

When Marnie Hamel and Jen Stevenson’s “Summer: A Cookbook” (Artisan Books) came out last year, it inspired fantasies of seaside cottages, lakeside cabins and idyllic beachy picnic… → Read More