Historic Sites

Drinking History: George Washington's Whiskey Distillery at Mount Vernon

You won’t catch many modern-day presidents confessing a love for hard liquor. But the Founding Fathers were hardly 12-Steppers, George Washington included. In fact, a few years before the first president...

The Rotunda at Neiman-Marcus Re-opens June 15

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 days ago

The Rotunda, the one piece of the beautiful City of Paris building preserved as a restaurant, will re-open on June 15. The Rotunda Neiman-Marcus, Level Four 150 Stockton Street San Francisco,...

Benkyodo in San Francisco's Japantown [San Francisco]

by Hiko Ikeda 20 years ago

Although it is not a restaurant, "seated" eating--or drinking can be done inside the store, in addition, it is larger than many restaurants in the city. What do you guys think of this historica...

Call to Action from San Francisco's The Wok Shop

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

The venerable Wok Shop in San Francisco Chinatown has been in business for 54 years. It was vandalized this week for the first time. The owner, Tane Chan, has started a GoFundMe not for herself, bu...

Santa Rosa: Changes for Willie Bird Restaurant

by tre2012 2 months ago

Joe Castro, who bought the iconic Willie Bird Turkey in 2020 when owner Willie Benedetti died, is moving the restaurant – not the retail store – to a new location. The restaurant-bar will shift to ...

French monks locked down with 2.8 tonnes of cheese pray for buyers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

While I'm fonder of other cheeses from the Burgundy region, I hope the monks can move their excess inventory of Cîteaux. Here's my photo of the rounds of Cîteaux at the Abbey when I visited in ...

Stanley Tucci 'Searching for Italy' is delicious...

by gutreactions 4 months ago

Watched an episode of actor/culinary enthusiast Stanley Tucci Searching for Italy on CNN and it was mouthwatering all the way thru. His visit to Rome included preparation of 'vera' Carbonara, and A...

Fundraisers for Steinbeck House in Salinas: BBQ 4/10 & Mothers Day Tea 5/8

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

The historic Steinbeck House and its restaurant has been closed during the pandemic. To try to re-open by summer or fall, it will be hosting two fundraisers. Pre-order drive through take out ava...

Bryant Lake Bowl | Minneapolis

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

This drone video to publicize Bryant Lake Bowl during the pandemic has won critical acclaim and gone viral. Checking here, the local 'hounds have recommended the spot for breakfast, birthday partie...

Ferndale Meat Co.'s new landlord is . . . the Mayor of Flavortown

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

The publisher of the _Ferndale Enterprise_ created his own news when he texted Guy Fieri that the historic 1903 building housing Ferndale Meat Company was for sale. Fieri bought it the next day. ...

5000yr Old Brewery Discovered in Eqypt

by kySafran 4 months ago

This is ace. Not known for its beer, being largely Muslim, it seems the pharaohs had different ideas. Mind enhancing substances seem to have a formal position in more societies, and earlier, than I...

12/12 “The Culinary History of Disneyland and Walt Disney” with Marcy Smothers (zoom)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

"While mid-century fare in America may have been humdrum, Walt's world of food was filled with fantasy and color; he was committed to making the dining experience at Disneyland entertaining—just li...

Tommy's Joynt to re-open Oct. 29

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Yes, it's true! Tommy's Joynt is getting ready to re-open. Talked to the manager yesterday and the target opening date is Thursday, Oct. 29. Its boarded up, graffiti'd doors have been one of the sa...

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Madonna Inn - Copper Cafe

by glbtrtr 8 months ago

If you are looking for lunch classics, can't miss stopping at the Madonna Inn south of San Luis Obispo on Highway 101 - and their Copper Cafe. Had a great BLT, stacked high with bacon and a fine ho...

Can Botin survive?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

" . . . The eatery reopened its doors on July 1, is serving a fraction of the guests it used to serve before the coronavirus. González said that they used to serve 600 guests per day -- now it's a ...

San Francisco Chinatown Eats directory

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Chinese restaurants have been hit particularly hard by Coronavirus fall out starting with the early reports of the disease in January and many closing down with March's shelter-in-place orders. Vol...

New Woey Loy Goey in SF Chinatown has re-opened!

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

Oh Woey Loy Goey, you scared me again! Chinese restaurants were hit particularly hard at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and many shutdown even before the shelter-in-place orders. This restau...

The Cherokee Chefs Bringing Back North America’s Lost Cuisine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . Barton wasn’t just learning about a few forgotten ingredients—she was rediscovering an entire food culture. When ancient Greeks and people around the Mediterranean were pressing olives into...

Dozens of Historic Mexican Cookbooks Are Now Available Online

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

A year ago we read about Diana Kennedy's 800-mile journey to deliver her cookbook collection to the University of Texas, San Antonio. https://www.chowhound.com/post/diana-kennedy-goodbye-cookbook...

St. Orres in Gualala re-opens for "come and get it" dinner today

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Saint Orres Inn in Gualala on the Mendocino Coast announced that is re-opening for take out. It's dubbed the meal program "come and get it" dinner. Call to order by phone. http://www.saintorres.co...

See's Candies suspending production

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year 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/