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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.

The Ultimate Guide to Eating (and Drinking) at Coachella 2019

Southern California’s oh-so-anticipated rite of spring is nearly upon us. Scenesters, influencers, Kardashians, and even a few music fans are mere days away from making the annual migration to Indio...
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Why your Huy Fong Sriracha doesn't taste the same

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . For nearly 30 years, the company behind Sriracha, Huy Fong Foods, used peppers supplied by Underwood Ranches. Now, the two companies are in the midst of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, accor...

Grocery Outlet - July 2019 [Split from June 2019 Grocery Outlet post]]

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by JadeM 9 days ago

SF Mission GO: Horizon Organic Unsalted Butter (labeled 3.99, rang up 2.99) Pt Reyes Blue 4.99 Leonidas Belgian chocolate bars (30% milk with salted caramel or hazelnuts) 2.99 Wellshire Uncur...

Villa Azteca | Oldtown Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 26 days ago

Recently William and I enlisted a friend to join us to check out the new spot, Villa Azteca, in Oldtown. We had noticed its opening day on Steinbeck’s birthday in February. Happy to say that Salina...

Golden Tee @ Monterey Airport (MRY)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 years ago

For those of you looking for a “something for everyone” old school kitchen type of place for visiting kin during the holidays, I thought I’d post about the Golden Tee restaurant, an old-timer compl...

Grocery Outlet - June 2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 28 days ago

Marina GO (Monterey Peninsula): Finlandia cheddar cheese dip, 99¢ Daphne's Creamery 82% butterfat butter, $2.49 Siggi's Triple Cream strained yogurt, $2.49 Maple Hill drinkable yogurt, $1.49 ...

Heatwave cooks mussels in their shells on California shore

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

" . . . A record-breaking June heatwave apparently caused the largest die-off of mussels in at least 15 years at Bodega Head, a small headland on the northern California bay. And Sones received rep...

Road Trip! Where to eat?? Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, & San Francisco

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by tupeloshoney 12 months ago

We are doing a cross country road trip from Alabama and I would like your "DO NOT MISS THIS" food suggestions for ALB, LAS, LAX and SFO. We are also going to the grand canyon, but I think we are v...

Chicken Pie Shop - Fresno

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by foodchick45 12 years ago

After living here practically my whole life, I finally made it to the Chicken Pie Shop down in the Tower district. I originally wanted the fried chicken giblets on the menu, but the waitress said ...

California Free Fishing Days: July 6 & August 31, 2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 19 days ago

“. . . 'Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for seasoned anglers to introduce friends and neighbors to their love of the sport,' said California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director ...

Lunch at Abalonetti (Monterey)

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by curiousgeo 20 days ago

Based on a post by Melanie quite some time ago, my wife and I found ourselves near the tourist wharf around lunchtime. I remembered what she said about the locals menu there so we decided to give ...

Bob's Well Bread Bakery at the Ballard Store coming soon!

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 22 days ago

Construction is underway for Bob's Well Bread of Los Alamos to expand to the long vacant site of the former Ballard Store in Santa Ynez Valley. Completion is estimated in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Fresno Tostada Compuesta

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by FAT Traveler 6 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 ...

Menudo Mornings in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Recently I've returned to the weekend ritual of menudo as the morning meal for its restorative powers and leisure time celebration in soup form. I'm starting this thread to collect recommendations ...

Princess Seafood Market & Deli - Fort Bragg (Mendocino County)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

In the course of reading everything I could find on social media for updates on last week's storms and disastrous flooding on California's North Coast, I came across the FB page for the F/V Princes...

Texas style brisket @ Central Coast Meat Market | Pismo Beach - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 26 days ago

Open now for a year and a half, Central Coast Meat Market was founded by a local who spent six years in Texas. Beef is king here, barbecued Central Texas style over oak, though other meats are also...

Guide to Mendocino?

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by SpikeZelenka 25 days ago

I'm a freelancer heading to the Mendocino area for a work / 10 year anniversary. I would love recommendations on what to do / where to eat while visiting.

Dec 1 & 2, 15th Annual Native American Christmas Market, Spreckels

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

15th Annual Native American Christmas Market Dec 1 & 2 Food booth offering Indian tacos, fry bread & rez dogs. Spreckels Memorial Building 5th & Llano Spreckels, CA (Between Monterey & Salina...

Plates Com Tam | Seaside - Monterey Peninsula

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

Opened a year ago by the owners of the established Chopstix restaurant, Plates Com Tom offers a more authentic look at Vietnamese homestyle cooking. When I first saw the menu, I was dubious that th...

Solvang

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by glbtrtr 2 months ago

Did an overnight to SOLVANG which surprised us with a very nice culinary triangle on Highway 246 from Buellton on Highway 101 - well worth the drive for those of us living in Santa Barbara who want...