Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Culling and stomping grapes may conjure images of the fall harvest but did you know that vintners want fungus-covered fruit or that white wine can be made from red grapes? Lindsey Hoshaw takes a trip to Napa and shares a few little known facts about winemaking including where you can join the crush.
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.
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.
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.
Moving northwards to find the best farmers’ market gifts in the North Bay, at the Sebastopol and Marin Civic Center markets.
The sixth episode of season six features these restaurants: Rhea’s Market and Deli (San Francisco), Sauce (San Francisco) and the girl and the fig (Sonoma).
Forget about the food trucks for a minute; let’s go hang out with some farmers! Check out this list of great farm tours, hands-on events, and more happening at farms, ranches, and orchards around the Bay Area and beyond. But what if you want to stay closer to home, enjoying the flavor of local farms without getting mud on your shoes? Then head over to Potrero Hill’s sweet, sunny Plow.
If you’re purchasing a sparkling wine this holiday season, it’s easy to keep it local. After all, some of the finest American choices are produced in our own backyard. Following is a list of my top-ten local sparkling wine choices. Half of these wineries are set in Carneros, an area that covers parts of both Sonoma and Napa Valley that is perfectly suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape growing (the two varietals most commonly used for sparkling wines). The other half are located in other parts of Napa and the Anderson Valleys.
I should have known that when my ultimate food friend, Melanie, invited me to her house in Cloverdale this weekend that the days would be filled with chowing my way through Sonoma County. When not hanging out at her house chatting by the fire and drinking delicious wine, we were cruising the county having nibbles and bites in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale and the surrounding areas. I reported on Part I of my trip last week, which included Downtown Bakery, Willie Bird Turkeys and Matos Cheese Factory.
I should have known that when my ultimate food friend, Melanie, invited me to her house in Cloverdale this weekend that the days would be filled with chowing my way through Sonoma County. When not hanging out at her house chatting by the fire and drinking delicious wine, we were cruising the county having nibbles and bites in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale and the surrounding areas.