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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years 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...

"Living Soil" documentary

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

As we end Healthy Soils Week 2020 in California, this is a good time to watch "Living Soil", a documentary about the importance of safeguarding soil health. “Educating consumers about the on-fa...

Grocery Outlet - November 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Another month, more deals at Grocery Outlet. Please share your finds! Here's what I spotted at the Salinas GO yesterday: Big selection of cheese, butter and other dairy products, and at that ...

Secret Bakery | Salinas & Greenfield

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

One of this season's farmers market discoveries is Secret Bakery, vending at the Oldtown Salinas market on Saturday morning's or at Flora's Farm in Greenfield on Sundays. The cottage baker works ma...

A Healthy Holiday Webinar 12/6 at 1pm (free)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"Join us for a conversation with Jocelyn Dubin, MS, RD to learn about food nutrition this holiday season and Eating A Rainbow." Register in advance on zoom.

12/11 Hollister's Art of Eating: Pick-Up Dinner Benefit for the Arts

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"The San Benito County Arts Council proudly presents a December Art of Eating: Pick-Up Dinner Benefit for the Arts . This farm to your table event will consist of a family style, pick-up dinner pre...

Passionfish in Pacific Grove: 10% online discount code (expires 12/22/2020)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"Too tired to prepare dinner? Hop on over to our website and order your take out dinner! Use discount code FACEBOOK for 10% off! Discount applies to food only and cannot be combined with other offe...

Where to buy Megachef Oyster Sauce in California?

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by gabehong 5 months ago

Does anyone know of any supermarkets in California (NorCal or SoCal) that supply the elusive MegaChef oyster sauce? I've seen lots of MegaChef products (besides the blue bottle fish sauce) at Sa...

Melaka Kitchen • Southeast Asian Cuisine | Elk Grove

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

In January I detoured to Melaka Kitchen in Elk Grove for a quick lunch. Two months old and in soft opening at that point, the roti menu alone made it worth the drive.

12/3 Cheese Chat with Reggie Jones of Central Coast Creamery (Zoom)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" Join us for a fun and informative discussion with Reggie Jones of Central Coast Creamery. We will discuss their award-winning products, seasonal offerings, and more! Bring any questions you may h...

An Embarrassment of Riches

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by alexrander 2 months ago

Two items struck me: Stock brokers (wealth managers) are inviting clients to learn of the joys of cooking at home, and 2) The governor of California is seen cavorting with other officials including...

Butter

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by mike0989 2 months ago

Looking for a backup butter recommendation. I have been using Straus, but avaiablity has been spotty recently here on the Central Coast. Any favorites that I should consider?

Apple Raspberry Crumb Pie at The Farm in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

Maybe you've noticed the giant sculptures by John Cerney depicting workers in the fields on Hwy 68 driving out of Salinas just before you go over the river? That's The Farm, the grower and farmstan...

Catering by My Mom's Mole, Cuevas Express Foods & Mary's Fruit Tarts | Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

The micro-entrepreneurs who get their start at El Pajaro CDC commercial kitchen incubator are dear to my heart. And my tummy. https://www.chowhound.com/post/micro-entrepreneurs-el-pajaro-cdc-commer...

La Michoacana Plus Paleteria | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Open for four months when I tried it in September, La Michoacana Plus is the latest ice cream parlor and paleteria to open in Salinas. Really colorful interior and good COVID-19 practices with soci...

Swanton strawberries in Davenport [moved from San Francisco board]

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by walker 9 years ago

Last summer I picked (organic, of course) Swanton strawberries in Davenport -- have you been there? What's the best time to go? (Loved it.)

Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

When I read the Californian’s piece a few Thursdays ago about a new Indian place in town, I couldn’t get myself over to Avatar fast enough. The article said that Bhupender Singh was the chef/ow...

Salinas City Barbeque Opens in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 years ago

For the last month, I've been watching progress on Salinas City Barbeque toward opening. The restaurant has taken over the former location of Smalley's RoundUp. I'd noticed the sign painting unde...

Etto Pastificio | Paso Robles

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Just heard from a friend how much he's loving the dried pasta made by Etto Pastificio using American grains manufactured using traditional Italian bronze dies. It also sells fresh pasta, truffles a...

The Tri-Tipery in Ballico?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Recently The Tri-Tipery in Ballico was recommended to me for . . . yes, you guessed it . . . Tri-tip. First, I searched for a website, which clued me in to this being a fast-casual spot that serves...