Category: Around the Bay

Lunch in Sonoma at Gloria Ferrer

Wine Country Wine & Food Tours; Mexican Food & Tequila in Napa

Late summer and harvest season have brought me to Sonoma and Napa for numerous excursions. Fall is my favorite season and time of year in Wine Country as vineyard leaves transform from green to blazing reds, yellows and oranges. Here are a few fall ideas – unusual tours and quality Mexican food (plus mezcal and tequila, when you need a… Read more →

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Beef tartare at Enotria

Weekending in Sacramento (What to Eat & Where to Stay)

Sac Town, our California Gold Country capital… known for its politics, surrounded by the boundless produce of inland California which us city dwellers richly benefit from. It’s a town I stop to dine in on the way to or from Tahoe but have only stayed the weekend in a couple times, despite its close proximity to San Francisco. Here’s my… Read more →

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Arun’s crispy trout salad

Farm-Fresh Dining, Mediterranean, Thai & Cold Press Juice

Farm-Fresh Dining FARMSHOP, Larkspur (2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415-755-6700) A modern day farmshop… the beloved LA restaurant, Farmshop, opened in 2010, and then, to be closer to the farmers from which they meticulously source much of their produce in Northern California, they opened a Larkspur location in May 2013. It’s suburban-chic, set in an open air, upscale shopping mall with outdoor… Read more →

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Sampling beers at Steins in Mountain View

3 Reasons to Dine South (Bay, That Is)

As with any part of the Bay Area, the South Bay offers plenty of culinary riches. It may be Silicon Valley, the ‘burbs, numerous towns rather than a metropolitan city, but exploring Indian food from Mountain View to Santa Clara or international hole-in-the-walls in San Mateo can gleefully feel like eating through another country. Here’s three restaurants where food and… Read more →

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Sunset on the Jenner coastline

The Remote Sonoma Coastline

Driving north up Highway 1 along the Sonoma Coast to Jenner feels worlds away from San Francisco or even “typical” Wine Country towns. Though I’ve lived in the Bay Area over 12 years, weekending and day-tripping in remote towns all over, I had not driven this stretch of coast further north from Bodega Bay, well south of Mendocino. As with… Read more →

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Still dreaming of A16 Rockridge's fried pizza with smoked tomato sauce

Get Thee to Oakland for Fried Pizza, Amaro & Wine at A16 Rockridge

There’s only a few places in the country where one can find fried Neapolitan pizza, a twist on Italy’s perfect pies. There’s Forcella and La Montanara in NYC, and now A16 Rockridge. Even in Naples, there are few restaurants making this style of pizza. The owners of A16, included Wine Director/Sommelier Shelley Lindgren, fell in love with fried pizza in… Read more →

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Equator Coffee's first cafe in Mill Valley

MARIN TALES: Coffee, Beer, Italian Feasting

Join me at three Marin stops in coffee, beer and food, including one newcomer as of this week, another that opened in 2010 – now coming into its own, and one classic that remains great for a decade. EQUATOR COFFEE at PROOF LAB SURF SHOP, 244 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, 415-209-3733 Equator has long been a favorite Bay Area coffee, with 18… Read more →

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Elegant roadhouse-style fun at Rocker Oysterfeller's

Roadhouse Perfection at ROCKER OYSTERFELLER’S

A drive along Tomales Bay is everything I want in a day trip… fresh air, vistas, farmland, grazing horses and sheep, bay, ocean, forest, and a car loaded with just the right music. Rocker Oysterfeller’s in the tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Valley Ford with the warm, comfortable spirit of a roadhouse turned foodie, with fresh, farmland ingredients and the best… Read more →

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Brunch dishes are memorable at Santa Rosa's The Spinster Sisters

Around the Bay: WEEKENDING in Healdsburg & Santa Rosa

Dozens of weekends in Sonoma over the years and each is a pleasure, a respite from incessant work, as I breathe in vine-soaked air, taking in new and old restaurants and wineries. Recent weekends in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa have offered many joys. There have been but a few disappointments, like the bland Asian “fusion” of Chinois in Windsor and… Read more →

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Brunch basket of house breads at The Thomas

Around the Bay: A Day in NAPA in Three Meals

With work (happily) permeating every trip and journey, my most restful weekends tend to be close to home. When I’ve been countless times, I needn’t dig and explore, but just relax and breathe in my surroundings. In recent Napa weekends, there are, as ever, fresh discoveries to share with you. Breakfast: The Thomas 813 Main Street at Third, Napa, 707-226-7821… Read more →

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