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Dougherty Hills Dog Park: Enjoy Some Art While Your Pup Makes Friends

May 4, 2016 4:02 pm

Function and culture collide at Dougherty Hills Dog Park. The park boasts a collection of art installations perfect for pet owners, given that they're called the Animal Series. Local artist Johanna Pothig created the works, which are mostly artsy interpretations of dogs and cats, as well as some of their favorite things (think fire hydrants and bones). She used a mix of steel and other metal found objects to craft the sculptures, which vary in size but all delight dog owners.

Take a look around before you settle in at the dog park. There are separate turf-covered enclosures for both large and small pups, so you don't have to worry about your small dog getting trampled by the bigger canines. Each space has dog-sized drinking fountains to keep your furry friends hydrated, and plenty of benches where owners can sit and watch while their pets make new friends.

Dougherty Hills Dog Park
Stagecoach Road and Amador Valley Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568

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How to Add Pizzazz and Personality to Your Rental

April 27, 2016 4:02 pm

You don't have to splurge (or violate your lease) in order to put your own mark on your apartment. Here are four ways you can give it some personality without leaving any holes behind.

  1. Use temporary wallpaper. In lieu of repainting a wall or using permanent wallpaper, try a temporary adhesive wallpaper instead. It'll peel right off when you move out, and you can lean into whatever trend you're loving right now without fear of doing permanent damage to your living space.
  2. Make over a space with mirrors. If you want to create even more room in your apartment, hang a statement mirror or create a gallery wall of smaller mirrors. Either way, you'll create the illusion of extra square feet with the piece(s). Scour local thrift stores for mirrors that suit your tastes, or look online for the perfect accent.
  3. Hang fresh curtains. Hanging curtains is an easy way to revamp a room with very little effort. If you're at all handy with a sewing machine, you can easily make your own set of curtains using your favorite fabric from the craft store. If you're not much of a crafter, buy a fresh set to spruce up your living room or bedroom.
  4. Create a focal point with a print. If you really want to make a statement, find a big print or a piece of colorful vintage art that you love, as well a a frame that suits it, and hang it on the living room wall. With just a small hook or two, you'll create an entirely new vibe in your home.

10 Ways to Customize a Rental [Apartment Therapy]
11 Decor Ideas That Will Change Your Rental Apartment (Without Risking Your Security Deposit) [HuffPost Home]
30 Ways To Upgrade Your Rental Apartment [StyleCaster]

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Red Tractor Cafe: Don’t Miss the Garlic Mashed Potatoes

April 20, 2016 4:02 pm

Mashed potatoes swirled with fresh garlic and smothered with creamy gravy. This isn't a side served exclusively at Thanksgiving tables, thanks to Red Tractor Cafe. You can sink your spoon into a fluffy mound of mashed potatoes any day of the year at this Dublin eatery, and many customers do. They rave about the garlic mashed potatoes, citing them as a shining example of the classic American comfort food on the menu at Red Tractor.

Order your mashed potatoes on the side of Southern fried chicken, fresh meat loaf, or "Mom's" pot roast. You can also add warm Granny Smith applesauce, mac and cheese, or roasted carrots to the main entree. Order one of the third-pound sirloin burgers or an all-beef hot dog, and you can add one of the other potato-centric sides. Garlic fries, sweet potato fries, chili cheese fries, and classic farmhouse fries are among your options. Regardless of the food you order, you should wash it down with Red Tractor's signature orangeade, according to regular customers.

Red Tractor Cafe
4920 Dublin Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 828-8300

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