A popular topic at Bay Area Bites, East Oakland’s Lao cuisine has been featured in previous coverage. This roundup focuses on other fine Lao restaurants located throughout Oakland, San Pablo, El Sobrante and Albany.
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.
New Orleans is one of my favorite eating towns. Granted, San Francisco is where my heart is, but New Orleans speaks to me. New Orleanians seem to just eat life up with gusto. And I love that they have managed to preserve a culinary history and food culture that is so distinctly their own. I jump at every chance I get to visit NOLA, and with Mardi Gras festivities in full swing, this is a prime time to be in town.
Time for a last summer fling. Head north to find the doughnut shop of your dreams, a small-town farmers’ market with grilled cheese and barbecued oysters, and the best bench-and-pizza combo by the Bay.