Chuck Siegel, owner and chief chocolatier of Charles Chocolates, shows Bay Area Bites readers how to make their own easy and outrageously delicious chocolate truffles. Stephanie Rosenbaum tries out his technique at home.
Maria Finn tries to keep the spirit of her Hawaiian vacation alive by attending a luau at the Fairmont Hotel’s Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.
In the heart of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, nestled between grapevines and the area’s rolling foothills, is the modern yet rustic Medlock Ames Tasting Room and Alexander Valley Bar. The tasting room is the only place in town where you can enjoy all of the lovely wines made by Medlock Ames just up the road at their Bell Mountain ranch. And just as it’s making its last call, the bar next door starts serving up fresh, garden-inspired cocktails using ingredients grown at that very location.
Chef Peter Merriman talks about Hawaii’s culinary scene, doing the right thing, and three local foods you have to try if you’re visiting Hawaii for the first time.
Tucked away along the hillside of Dry Creek Valley, in the sleepy little town of Healdsburg, is a century-old mansion called Madrona Manor. Built in 1881, this nationally-registered Victorian estate was once just a weekend getaway for a very well-to-do banker. Today, it’s an inn with a one star Michelin-rated restaurant. The grounds at Madrona Manor–as one would expect–are immaculate. It is a mansion after all. Tulips, roses, annuals and perennials, leave the eight-acre estate billowing with floral delights. But my favorite part is the property’s organic kitchen garden.
A culinary staple of Sonoma County is Sondra Bernstein’s the girl & the fig, which is why it was my pleasure to spend the day farming, cooking and eating with the self-proclaimed “fig girl” herself. This lovely and fresh Lavender Mojito is just one of the many cocktails we made using biodynamically farmed ingredients from their plot at Imagery Estate Winery, located in Glen Ellen.
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.
Kyoto is known for its refined cuisine. Besides dining out, I want to take a hands-on approach to sampling its delicacies.With the help of Kyoto Free Guides to translate, I take classes in pickle, soba and sweet making and finally a five course cooking class in a home kitchen.
Megan Gordon escapes to Portland for a very quick weekend trip where she discovers Sweet and Salty cookies, strong cocktails, even stronger coffee, and some very spicy chicken wings. This article begins to answer the question, where to eat and drink in Portland right now?
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.
St. Helena’s former Martini House welcomes back its opening Chef de Cuisine in its new incarnation as cozy, upscale gastropub Goose & Gander.
Springtime is a great time to make a day trip north, before the wine-tasting, guidebook-clutching traffic of summer backs up the backroads, and while the meandering, tree-crowned pastures are dotted with fluffy, just-born lambs and calves.
Next time you’re in Seattle, the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods are some of the richest for food, walkability, and charm. Megan Gordon sets out to find the most delicious and inviting spots for morning, noon, and night.
Sarah Henry has the arduous task of reporting from the field following a week’s stay at the much-loved Ranch La Puerta fitness resort and spa, which also features an organic garden and culinary school.