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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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Update on California Farmers' Markets & Call to Action

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 18 days 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...

See's Candies suspending production

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

For only the second time in history, See's Candies has suspended production and shipping temporarily. The other stoppage was for World War II. https://www.sees.com/

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if you can feed yourself, you can free yourself

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 hours ago

While some of y'all have been obsessing about the hoarding of TP, https://www.chowhound.com/post/panic-buying-begun-area-grocery-stores-area-crazy-empty-1089590, others have been buying out seeds ...

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Grocery Outlet - April 2020

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by sweethooch 13 hours ago

Time for a new Grocey Outlet thread! What interesting things have you seen? Sunnyvale April 3: Toilet paper! Jubilee brand 12 double rolls 2-ply $4.99 Bleach Tomato plants 4" pots San Marza...

Grocery Outlet - March 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

What have you discovered at Grocery Outlet this month? For me, I'm appreciating not only the new finds, but realizing that the bargain basement prices at GO have allowed me to build up a pretty ...

Sunnyvalley hickory smoked pork jowl bacon

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 days ago

Last month I noticed Sunnyvalley's smoked pork jowl bacon at the Raley's supermarket in Windsor. Had a chance to try it tonight for a batch of pasta carbonara. Non-smoked, cured pork jowl (guancial...

To Go Meals from Michelin Stars

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 14 days 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...

Mentone in Aptos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 days ago

The latest eatery from Chef David Kinch of Manresa is Mentone in Aptos. Opening today, Wednesday, March 25, it will debut with take out from a limited menu of wood-fired pizzas, salads, cocktails, ...

Thank You, Mayor Breed!

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 19 days ago

Today's orders for shelter in place to slow coronavirus infections specifically exempts FARMERS MARKETS, allowing them to remain open as essential public services. Thank you, Mayor Breed, for recog...

Where to buy inexpensive whole vanilla beans?

Pamela
by Pamela 12 years ago

Whole vanilla beans are awfully expensive. Trader Joe's didn't have any when I looked today, and the regular grocery stores (Ralphs) sells a single vanilla bean for anywhere between $8.99 to $12.9...

Pi Day: Strawberry Pie @ Elli's in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

We commemorated Pie Day (3.14) with an individual strawberry pie, $4.25, house-baked at Elli's Great American. While I was somewhat leery of the gigantic berries, assuming they were cultivated mor...

Urgent Need for Volunteers at Food Banks

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 22 days ago

On Monday the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank sent out an urgent call for volunteers: "Volunteer in the Warehouse Urgent Need More than a third of our March volunteers have cancelled — that is 1,5...

I-5 between Sacramento and LA

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by acecil 1 month ago

Any recommendations for food along this drive? The last conversation I could find here was 7 years old! I’m not looking for fancy, just good and fresh for a lunch break on this awful drive. Maybe a...

Franklin's Teleme Cheese is in trouble

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

" . . . Peluso’s troubles began when his creamery landlord experienced a series of financial blows in quick succession—'a perfect storm,' says Peluso. The landlord stopped repairing the creamery eq...

Peninsula Pastries | Palm Springs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Back in Palm Springs in November, I stopped by Peninsula Pastries to try the kouign amann. The crisp and flaky spiral of buttery laminate with a glorious caramelized bottom hewed closer to croissan...

Gelato Granucci | Palm Springs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Best thing I put in my mouth in my Fall 2019 visit to Palm Springs was Gelato Granucci's Lemon meringue cookie + Pistachio gelato single, $5.25. Intensely fruity/floral lemon woven with biscuity fl...

Grocery Outlet - February 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

What have you discovered at Grocery Outlet this month? Salinas GO: Fentiman's root beer, $2.99/4-pack Blue Bottle "Bold" cold brew, $1.49/8 oz Anchor New Zealand organic 6-month cheddar, $3...

100% Grass-fed Butter?

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by beverlybetterbutter 1 month ago

Living abroad in Ireland has completely spoiled me on butter, and ever since returning to the states I've been searching for butter that is 100% grass-fed (Kerrygold is not 100%/has GMO feed, and i...

Dinner in Palm Springs & Environs

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by masha 1 month ago

We will be in Palm Desert all of next week. I've searched the board and there is not much recent intelligence on restaurants for the Palm Springs area. We like all sorts of food; setting can be a...

Customers spreading germs in restaurants

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by Gromek 1 month ago

At the place where I work there are many international guests and due to the awareness placed on sanitation and spreading of germs I have a question. Can I as a server tell my manager id prefer no...