Tag: Sonoma

Seaside Metal Oyster Bar's sea urchin toast

Weekending on the Russian River in Guerneville

A weekend in Guerneville always feels like a real “escape”, under towering redwoods, along the Russian River with the Pacific Ocean just over the mountain crest (more on past visits here). A leisurely stroll — or hardcore hike — through the stunning Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve while in the area is a must. Driving the rough, single lane road… Read more →

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Weekending in Sebastopol

Sebastopol is a laid-back town famed for Gravenstein apples and wineries. Over the years, many of the apple orchards have been replanted with vineyards, but there are a few left, with a growing number of artisanal hard cider producers preserving and showcasing the area’s apple wealth (see our recent feature on Devoto Cider), with an annual Apple Blossom Festival in… Read more →

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Essential Sonoma, Coziest Bay Area Restaurants, Japanese Authenticity in SF, East Bay Brunch

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook. New SF Openings First Look: ALEMBIC’s new kitchen opens – what to eat on the new menu 7 things to order… Read more →

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Top New October Openings & Standbys; The Latest in Wine Country

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook. New Bay Area Openings BURMESE fare & BRITTANY-style CREPES arrive at Upper Haight’s SECOND ACT MARKETPLACE First Look at HUXLEY in… Read more →

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New cocktails at La Urbana (see "Imbiber")

Whiskyfest 2014, 4 Cocktail Menus, Cocktails from Oakland to Healdsburg – and at the New 49ers Stadium

From my numerous articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some of this coverage here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook. Whisk(e)y Seminars not to miss and legendary whisk(e)y figures at this year’s WHISKYFEST on October 3 Cocktails 2 new OAKLAND… Read more →

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Urchin Bistrot's mussels served escargot-style

7 NorCal Road Trips; 4 New SF Restaurants; Underrated Italian, Chinese & Peruvian Spots

From my 15 articles/posts a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to just some coverage highlights here – you can sign up for Zagat’s weekly newsletter for highlights here and follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily. As I have been for over a decade, I’m on the ground daily looking for early standouts at each… Read more →

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From Oakland to Napa, 6 New SF Spots, 9 Underrated & Cheap Eats Destinations

From my 15 articles/posts a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to just some coverage highlights here – you can sign up for Zagat’s weekly newsletter for highlights here and follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily. As I have been for over a decade, I’m on the ground daily looking for early standouts at each… Read more →

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Erik Adkins cocktails at South at SFJAZZ - the new Mexican restaurant from Charles Phan

Tales of the Cocktail Wins 2014, Wine Bars in Napa & Oakland, Cocktails at SF, Oakland & Sonoma Restaurants

From my 15 articles/posts a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to just some of this coverage here – you can sign up for Zagat’s weekly newsletter for the Bay Area here and follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily. Cocktails San Francisco wins at TALES OF THE COCKTAIL ERIK ADKINS’ cocktails at CHARLES PHAN new… Read more →

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Bouillabaisse fish and shellfish of the day: bluenose seabass, mussels, calamari, shrimp, fingerling potatoes, fennel fronds with grilled crostini in piquillo pepper, garlic, olive oil, potato rouille paired with 2010 Cabernet Franc ($45) - vanilla, berry, oak

Around the Bay: Sonoma’s Unsung Tasting Menu “Steal”

ST. FRANCIS WINERY & VINEYARDS, 100 N. Pythian Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Consider it the unsung “steal” of a tasting menu on the idyllic grounds of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Santa Rosa. For a mere $50 including wine pairings, Executive Chef David Bush (previously of The Girl & the Fig) creates an imaginative menu roughly every six… Read more →

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Goose & Gander's Pisco Sour Brava with Encanto Pisco

Around the Bay: WINE COUNTRY Bitters Shop & 3 Cocktails Destinations

It gets easier and easier to find an elevated cocktail in Wine Country, besides the superb cocktails at Healdsburg’s Spoonbar and Campo Fina or gratifying refreshers at The Thomas (Fagiani’s) in downtown Napa. Here are a few recent cocktail highlights and one top-notch bitters shop: Bitters Heaven NAPA VALLEY DISTILLERY’s Bitters Shop, Napa Tiny Napa Valley Distillery (the first licensed… Read more →

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