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Historic Sites

Who Really Invented Sloppy Joes?

Some foods are saddled with unfortunate names. Other foods, though they may be delicious, have the bad luck to look pretty terrible. And then there are those humble underdogs that combine the two misfortunes...
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Hoshigaki by Otow Orchard in Granite Bay

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 hour ago

In January, I stayed an extra night after my meetings in Sacramento to have the chance to visit Otow Orchard. Driving east into a fierce rainstorm was not the smartest decision, yet I was still thr...

Windmill Market's Date Shake | Desert Hot Springs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

After years of reading "glbtrtr" recommend the date shakes at Windmill Market in Desert Hot Springs, last week it was finally my turn to try one on the way back from Joshua Tree. https://www.chowh...

"World Famous Jerky" by Greenspot Market | Mentone - San Bernardino County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 22 hours ago

Each of the three times I've visited my friends at Fat Angel Farm, https://www.chowhound.com/post/fat-angel-farm-mentone-san-bernardino-county-1057767 I've been curious about the market on the m...

The Saratoga | Tenderloin - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Restaurant or bar? That seems to be the question posed about this newish eatery and popular watering hole from the Bacchus Management Group. I'd have to say that The Saratoga fills each slot capabl...

Eat • Root • Love, San Francisco, April 13

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

April 13, 6:30pm to 9:00pm Eat • Root • Love with Friends of Roots Chinese Historical Society 965 Clay St San Francisco, CA

Lucca Ravioli in SF's Mission to close

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

A few months ago when the sale of the parking lot was announced, I was very relieved that the store insisted it would stay open. Guess that's changed, and San Francisco will be the worse for it. ...

Travels with The Green Book

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . As times changed, so did 'The Green Book.' For sale by subscription and at Esso gas stations, in its heyday it sold two million copies a year. But in the 1948 edition, Victor Green wrote: '...

The 1881 Restaurant Now Open in San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Announced via press release today: "San Francisco, CA/December 2018 – The 1881 at the Mansion on Sutter is open. The restaurant showcases seasonal contemporary California-French cuisine compleme...

What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention

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by USMS 9 months ago

What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention returns for a 13th year in Somerville! This zany and fun-filled festival honors the invention of Marshmallow Fluff by Archibald Query in Somervil...

Pozo Saloon | Pozo - Santa Margarita - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

On my June road trip, I detoured off 101 to Pozo Saloon for an early Friday dinner stop. Mine was the only non-truck vehicle in the parking lot.

Big Sur & Central Coast Hwy 1 Closures [and Updates]

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Due to the damage to Pfeiffer Bridge and landslides in recent storms, Highway 1 is expected to remain closed at Big Sur and further south for at least six months (and likely longer). This artic...

Crystal Cove Shake Shack | Newport Coast

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

When I was in Southern California earlier this month, I learned for the first time that date shakes were available at the Crystal Cove Shake Shack. Date shakes had become a must on my visits to Pal...

1880 Union Saloon | Los Alamos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

The Saloon in the 1880 Union Hotel was recommended to me for a drink and some bar snacks but I couldn't squeeze it into my brief time in town. Worthwhile? 1880 Union Saloon 362 Bell Street Los...

Can anyone remember the name of this long closed Oakland classic family style restaurant

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by fogcitynative 1 year ago

Anyone remember the name of the Old Oakland Family Style Restaurant in the triangular lot where Telegraph meets Shattuck? (see map) Cabbage Soup for the table, Salad Bowl for the table, a bit of...

Julia Child's Copper Pots Come Home

drrayeye
by drrayeye 2 years ago

This is an article with pictures that revisits the Julia Child home kitchen used for her shows: "Bring out the brass band: Julia Child's copper pots are home. Just before Child turned 90 and ...

Nathan "Nearest" Green, Jack Daniel Master Distiller

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"Fawn Weaver was on vacation in Singapore last summer when she first read about Nearest Green, the Tennessee slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. Green’s existence had long been an ...

Tadich Grill or ... after Hamilton matinee

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by Cheesy Oysters 2 years ago

I haven't gone to Tadich Grill before so I thought it might be fun to go after we see Hamilton next Wednesday for the matinee. I think that would put us at Tadich right around 5:30. Will there be ...

Gunn House Hotel | Sonora - Gold Country

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

My home base for my May visit to Sonora was the historic Gunn House Hotel. A bit quirky and decorated with vintage furniture, and also feeling like it might be haunted, this spot is not for everyon...

Legends Books, Antiques & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain | Sonora

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

As the afternoon heated up, I ducked into Legends Books, Antiques & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain in Sonora's historic downtown to cool off.

Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma's Wineries

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

"Workers literally dug the caves by hand," says Tom Blackwood, general manager of Buena Vista Winery. "They still have the original markings. Those were the same skills they were using through the ...