On our road trip from San Diego to San Francisco we stopped in Arcadia to see a relative. We planned to have dumplings at Din Tai Fung but the 2 hour wait wasn’t on our bucket list that day. Instead we drove down the street and made a stop at the Dumpling House which was a…

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Fremont Diner is now closed, and replaced by Lou’s Luncheonette. Napa and Sonoma are synonymous with great wine and spirits but the dining scene is a star player inmy book. Below are a few new standouts from my recent visit, each on a slightly different spectrum.On the casual side is the Fremont Diner [now Lou’s Luncheonette]…

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An update from May 2021: this restaurant, like many in the past few years, has closed. And although I didn’t visit Hakkasan often (and clearly enough) I remember it as a gorgeous sanctuary amid the buzz of SF’s center. Today I can close my eyes and reimagine the calm of the quiet setting amidst the…

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Originally published in 2016 Hilmar is my kind of town: located in the heart of foodland and boasting a sign that reads “Did you bring your cheese?” as you enter. A town after my own heart! On a short visit to pick up some milk to make–what else–cheese, my pass-through allowed for two stops, lunch at Lola’s…

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Right now I’m sitting in one of the most beautiful places overlooking a sunset while dressed in jeans and t-shirt. Did I mention it’s February and I’m in Sonoma CA? Ok, so I am one lucky person. And if you think I’m partaking in “humble bragging” (it’s actually a term!) the sentiment is humbly sincere with no bragging…

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That Time

Editor’s note: Thai Time closed in 2017 and In true fashion, Tom held a party for the regulars. We all dropped in to pay homage to the friends we’d made over the years and say farewell a true neighborhood gem. Thai Time is now a gluten-free bakery, Zest. There’s a restaurant in my neighborhood, Thai…

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Cotogna's ravioli

This was my second time dining at Cotogna in San Francisco and made me wonder why I’d waited so long to return.  One reason:  reservations are tough to secure!  Still, the resulting meal was well worth the effort to snag a table in this establishment.  One dish I had vowed to order again upon return…

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Welcome to my kitchen chronicles! I’m into week 6 of a kitchen remodel and the end is barely in sight.  A few speed bumps have slowed progress along the way; electrical which had to be replaced, a cabinet with a crack (discovered once it was installed), and the list goes on! I’m learning a kitchen remodel is…

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Come check out the new developments for the second day of the Kitchen Chronicles, the posts documenting our ambitious kitchen renovations.

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