Ella Lawrence

Ella Lawrence is a freelance writer based out of San Francisco, California. She has written for Sunset magazine, San Francisco magazine, Time Out, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other national and international publications. Ella’s ten-year stint as a champagne-fueled, designer-jeans-wearing waitress in some of the nation’s finest restaurants has given her an expert food and wine background, which she writes about with such gusto that she received an AAN Award in 2006.

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Best first date spots in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties

Best first date spots in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Where’s the best place to take a first date? We round up ten varied, vetted spots to ensure your first dinner a deux is unforgettable.

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Cervecería de MateVeza brings Argentina and caffeinated beer to 18th and Church

Cervecería de MateVeza brings Argentina and caffeinated beer to 18th and Church

| May 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

Local beermaker Jim Woods and his partner Matt Coelho are now serving MateVeza on tap at an Argentine-style beer cafe on the corner of 18th and Church.

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Goose & Gander takes up where Martini House left off, and then some

Goose & Gander takes up where Martini House left off, and then some

| April 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

St. Helena’s former Martini House welcomes back its opening Chef de Cuisine in its new incarnation as cozy, upscale gastropub Goose & Gander.

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Iso Rabins of forageSF plans his next “foodtrepreneur” venture: Forage Kitchen

Iso Rabins of forageSF plans his next “foodtrepreneur” venture: Forage Kitchen

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Iso Rabins of forageSF is the mind behind an underground food market, wild foraging walks and scavenger hunts, plus several series of underground dinners. We dig into what’s next on his plate: a cooperative Forage Kitchen.

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Barinaga Ranch: Cheesemaking tradition from Basque Country to West Marin

Barinaga Ranch: Cheesemaking tradition from Basque Country to West Marin

| March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Raw sheep’s milk cheese made in the traditional Basque style is a rarity in Northern California. We took a tour of Barinaga Ranch to learn about the ancient process directly from the source.

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Talking Story at Ravi Kapur’s Pop-Up, Liholiho Yacht Club

Talking Story at Ravi Kapur’s Pop-Up, Liholiho Yacht Club

| March 1, 2012 | 6 Comments

Chef Ravi Kapur, formerly of Boulevard and Prospect, has set aside his fine dining ways in favor of cooking the soul food he loves for his friends. He tests those waters at a new pop-up restaurant, Liholiho Yacht Club. Bay Area Bites attended the second in the series of four dinners: here’s what we ate.

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It’s all about the milk at Cowgirl Creamery

It’s all about the milk at Cowgirl Creamery

| February 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

Cowgirl Creamery, a forerunner of the artisanal foods movement in the Bay Area, has been producing organic cheese in West Marin for 15 years. Here is a recap of a tasting tour, some history of the creamery and information about many of the Cowgirl cheeses.

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Healdsburg gets a dash of the Mediterranean with Bergamot Alley

Healdsburg gets a dash of the Mediterranean with Bergamot Alley

| February 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

Healdsburg’s newest wine bar, Bergamot Alley, focuses on hard-to-find Mediterranean wines and local, handmade snacks to accompany them.

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The Social Study: The Lower Fillmore Gets A Caffeine Upgrade

The Social Study: The Lower Fillmore Gets A Caffeine Upgrade

| February 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

Part café, part wine bar, The Social Study, is the latest addition to the spate of new venues opening up in the Lower Fillmore neighborhood, and will be sure to delight coffee and jazz lovers across the city.

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