Savoring the Mission District’s Culinary Delights You’ll find many fine places to eat in San Francisco, but nothing compares to the Mission District. Vanity Fair recently voted the Mission the hippest neighborhood in the country. As for the “delicious” part, you be the judge. Like most places, it depends on where you go. Here’s my review […]
Wine & Dine like a California Foodie: Taste, Tour, Tipple
California has a palate-pleasing plethora of places to feed your senses. From fine dining to farmer's markets, beer bashes to food festivals, ethnic restaurants and quaint cafés, celebrated vineyards and celebrity chefs. Take a seat, take a sip, take a tour, take a cooking class. The options are endless.
If you’re not familiar with Chinatown, you can just wander around and see what you can see. Or scroll down this page for popular spots to visit and tours to take, some with special discount offers. San Francisco’s Chinatown, as a residence, has its own social identity, and SF locals from other neighborhoods head over for dim sum, […]
Even if you’re not usually a “tour” person, taking an organized tour of Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley makes a lot of sense, and can be just plain fun. You can relax and enjoy your favorite libations with friends surrounded by spectacular scenery and not worry about a thing.
Here’s a lofty idea — float across California Wine Country skies in a big balloon for a bird’s eye view of the vineyards, hills and fields. What I like about best about this fun activity in Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley is that you get to float along both high and low over the landscape. A hot air balloon […]
Over coffee in San Francisco, a friend confided that he’d always wanted to give one of these 10k races a try, but wasn’t sure he had what it takes and didn’t want to embarrass himself. He worked out regularly so he was in shape for it, but he worried about bonking. I’m sure he’s not […]
My sister, who live in Napa, takes me on her own Napa Vally bike tours when I go to visit. We bike all over the valley, and it’s one of my favorite local activities. Once we stopped at little spot by the river where the kids played on a rope swing. On an August ride we […]
A great way to keep pennies in your pocket is to pack a picnic lunch and head outdoors in wine country. You don’t need to spend lots of money in fancy restaurants to enjoy great food in a romantic Napa Valley setting. The wineries with picnic spots are my favorite. Napa’s Clos Du Val gets my […]
Healdsburg, in Sonoma Valley, is where three major wine-producing regions come together: Alexander Valley, the Russian River, and Dry Creek. Healdsburg has that small-town feel with a touch of history. If you’re looking for a fun day trip or weekend away from San Francisco, I highly recommend heading out to Healdsburg. My top to do’s: […]
Every year around holiday time, we look forward to — and also dread — all the parties happening around town. Sure, here in California we’re known for going all veggie/yogi/organic on everyone, but when it comes to party foods, anything goes. Sometimes we go to more than one party on the same night, eating our […]