Oakland's Yahshimabet Selassie, 12, was the first runner-up in the Food Network's Kids Baking Championship this spring, wowing celebrity chef judges Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman in the eighth and final round of the baking bonanza with her two-tier mocha chocolate/chai spice concoction.
Yearning for an otherworldly escape? Head for Pinnacles National Park where trails, vistas and strange spires abound. It's the perfect setting for those 'Jurassic Park' velociraptors -- and home to condors.
As a theater critic, I prefer musicals with a character-driven story arc. But 'Mamma Mia' is my mom's favorite, and over the years of going with her and feeling her unfettered joy, the cheesy musical has grown on this former hater.