What’s Happening This Week: July 6, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

Preview the expanded Huntington Chinese Garden 

When it’s done this fall, the garden will have grown from 3.5 to a stunning 12 acres. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new, from the Stargazing Tower to a world of elaborate miniature landscapes.

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Beach eats to go

Miss your favorite oceanside food trucks? Now you can get famous beach eats delivered. What’ll it be: Lobster rolls? BBQ? Surfer tacos? Sign up now and see what days your trucks are (virtually) rolling.

“Visit” the library to refuel your Kindle online 

Someday you’ll be able to stagger home with a stack of books from the LA Public Library again. Until then, there’s Overdrive, a wizard at downloading books to your Kindle. Just click the title you want, and presto.

How to make better cocktails at home

There’s a reason pro cocktails taste so much better than yours: Bartenders actually know what they’re doing. That doesn’t mean you can’t up your mixology game. Read and learn, um … grasshopper.

The San Francisco Bay Area

Taking takeout outside

An empanada in Stern Grove? A classic Italian sando in McLaren Park? Paella at Strawberry Creek Park? It’s the summer of social distancing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat and hang in style. Here are some great, under-appreciated outdoor spaces in San Francisco and the East Bay, plus where to grab great eats nearby.

Positive dining adaptations

Negronis on the go, pantry items at restaurants, reheat-able comfort food to-go: There are some silver linings to pandemic dining. Here are several innovations fueled by the shutdown that we hope will stick around even after the return to “normal.”

High octane S.F.

We all know what occupies the number one spot (Steve McQueen’s Bullitt, obvs). But there are several other awesome movie car chases set in scenic and hilly San Francisco, perhaps the best city in the world for such action sequences. Here are five other movies that can’t equal Bullitt—but are still pretty cool.

Enjoying Tahoe 6 feet apart

It’s great in the winter, but Tahoe is just as fun (and so much warmer) in the summer. If you’re looking to escape up to the mountains, here are 25 fun and socially distanced things to do in the Bay Area’s favorite Sierra playground, including kayaking, fly fishing, climbing, and more.

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