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Madrona Manor’s Organic Kitchen Garden

Madrona Manor’s Organic Kitchen Garden

| June 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

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.

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The girl & the fig’s Lavender Mojito

The girl & the fig’s Lavender Mojito

| June 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

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.

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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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Hands-On Food Adventures in Kyoto

Hands-On Food Adventures in Kyoto

| May 21, 2012 | 4 Comments

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.

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Eating in Portland: A Weekend Away

Eating in Portland: A Weekend Away

| May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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?

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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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Petaluma Day Trip: Lambs, LUMA, Lagunitas, & More

Petaluma Day Trip: Lambs, LUMA, Lagunitas, & More

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.

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Well Fed: Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Neighborhood, Seattle

Well Fed: Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Neighborhood, Seattle

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Rancho La Puerta:  Culinary Vacation at Iconic Spa in Baja

Rancho La Puerta: Culinary Vacation at Iconic Spa in Baja

| February 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

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.

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Fried Seafood in New Orleans + Mardi Gras Slideshow

Fried Seafood in New Orleans + Mardi Gras Slideshow

| February 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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We’ll Always Have (Tea Time in) Paris

We’ll Always Have (Tea Time in) Paris

| January 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

When in Paris, indulge in afternoon tea. The writer and her daughter discover funky, vintage, classic and elegant tea salons: La Fourmi Ailée, MILK, Musee Jacquemart-André and the king of them all, Thé Mariage Frères.

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Sweet Treats in Food-Obsessed Singapore

Sweet Treats in Food-Obsessed Singapore

| November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Sweet treats in food-obsessed Singapore come hot and cold, taking fantastic forms: from warm chunks of yam and chewy jellies swimming in coconut milk to mountains of ice, drizzled in neon syrup, topped with red beans, corn and peanuts.

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Marin Day Trip: Larkspur, Point Reyes Station, Sausalito

Marin Day Trip: Larkspur, Point Reyes Station, Sausalito

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.

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