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California

Find the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, ice cream, and more in California. We also have tags for many of the individual cities in the state, which you can browse here.

15 Destinations to Get Your Wine Fix on the Central Coast of California

It’s been nearly two decades since “Sideways” put the Central Coast wine scene on the map, but like a fine pinot noir, the area has only improved over the years. There are dozens of spots between chic...
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Grocery Outlet - May 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 days ago

What have you found at Grocery Outlet this month? Last week in Cloverdale: Three Twins ice cream - the novelties arrived, single serving cups and sundae cones, also different flavors in pints...

To Go Meals from Michelin Stars

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

In this time of Covid-19 and stay at home orders statewide, restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery services. Many have closed. Others have soldiered on converting their operations to offe...

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Op-Ed: The successful reopening of restaurants might lie in pedestrian-only streets

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 20 days ago

" . . . An innovative alternative is to temporarily close main streets to cars, and repurpose that space. That means instead of narrow sidewalks there will be plenty of room for pedestrian flow. An...

Aubergine To Go | Carmel-by-the-Sea

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 days ago

Aubergine, the Michelin one-star restaurant within L'Auberge Carmel has been closed during the Coronavirus crisis. Then, as noted here, https://www.chowhound.com/post/meals-michelin-stars-1089805?c...

Fresno Tostada Compuesta

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by FAT Traveler 7 years ago

Long ago, Fresno had a Spanish restaurant called "Estradas" and they had, by far, the best salad on a tortilla that they called Tostada Compuesta. Anyway, I've tried a lot of comparable dishes at ...

Update on California Farmers' Markets & Call to Action

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

After Governor Newsom’s order last Wednesday banning gatherings of more than 250 to slow down transmission of novel Coronavirus, a number of farmers markets across the state were ordered by their c...

Holiday Buñuelos @ Valdez Hot Dogs estilo Mexicali | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

On the first sign of chill in October, I stopped by Sr. Valdez's Hot Dogs estilo Mexicali cart (Market Street @ Ivy Street) in Salinas for a champurrado. The milk chocolate-flavored corn drink is m...

Sur La Table prepares for bankruptcy

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 24 days ago

" . . . For companies like Sur La Table that offer classes and other in-store experiences, the nationwide shutdown has been even more pernicious. . ."

Key Lime Pie by The Perfect Crumb Bakery (Monterey & Salinas)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 days ago

Yesterday was opening day for the farmers market at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. I dropped by to pick up some fresh fruits. But also got distracted by The Perfect Crumb Bakery's booth and the ...

Pandemic-EBT for eligible California families

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 15 days ago

"Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EB...

CA Regs for Restaurant Reopening

DiningDiva
by DiningDiva 17 days ago

Here they are, the recently released, State of California/CalOSHA guidelines for restaurants to reopen. I think it will be hard for many to comply. It will change our dining experiences

Carmel Valley Chophouse, Corkscrew, Jerome's, Cachagua General Store & Los Laureles Lodge in Carmel Valley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

Talked to my friend in Carmel Valley about what food purveyors are open in her neck of the woods. She said she feels fortunate to have plenty of choices nearby, such as: Carmel Valley Chophouse ...

Foursight Wines in Anderson Valley: Free shipping & 20% discount

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

My friends at Foursight Wines in Boonville are offering a 20% discount on current releases, plus an option for free shipping on case purchases. Curbside pick-up is available with advance notice. ...

Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery in Pine Grove?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 years ago

Mother Earth News named Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery in Pine Grove (west of Jackson in the Foothills) one of the country's top ice cream makers. How do 'hounds like it? http://www.motherearthnews...

Cheese o'Clock guided virtual tastings with Janet Fletcher & Laura Werlin

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 23 days ago

A four-part series of guided virtual tastings of cheese with selected wines led by Janet Fletcher and Laura Werlin, two of the most knowledgeable cheese educators, to celebrate American Cheese Mont...

Healdsburg's Young & Yonder hand sanitizer (and list of American distilleries fighting Covid-19)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

At the Saturday morning Healdsburg Farmers Market, I picked up a small bottle of hand sanitizer at the booth of Bernier Farms. It's 80% alcohol by volume and listed ingredients are alcohol, hydroge...

Tricycle Pizza- Wood Fired Pizza at Pacific Grove and Salinas Farmers Mkts.

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by villadeste92 7 years ago

Last week browsing through the farmers market held on Mondays in Pacific Grove I came upon Tricycle Pizza. This vendor operates a mobile wood fired pizza oven and offers a variety of pizzas for sal...

May 5 Webinar: Behind the Wines with Elaine Chukan Brown | Ep. 5 – Hardy Wallace, Owner and Winemaker, Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 26 days ago

Catch up with Hardy Wallace, owner and winemaker at Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery and Steve Edmunds, winemaker and owner of Edmunds St. John. Sponsored by the Wine Institute https://discovercali...

May 6 Live Webinar: Masters of Wine facing up to COVID-19

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

FREE live webinar. Registrations are required to secure your place. Four wine-producing Masters of Wine, from four countries, share the challenges they currently face during the pandemic. Fea...