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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...

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Poor Red's | El Dorado

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Liquid lunch! In May, I swung by Poor Red's at the end of my visit to Placerville before leaving the area. This saloon invented the Gold Cadillac cocktail and 3% of the WORLD’s supply of Galliano f...

Rancho de Chimayo | Chimayó, New Mexico

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Enjoying the wine experience at Gruet's tasting room so much, https://www.chowhound.com/post/gruet-winery-tasting-room-hotel-st-francis-santa-fe-1086207 I was a little late to meet my friend at her...

Meet the Author of Cafe French: A Flaneur's Guide to the Language, Lore and Food of the Paris Café | SF, Oct 24

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm L. John Harris channels the historic flâneur with his witty café French "lessons" and whimsical illustrations taken from his Paris café journals. Mechanics...

Best places to eat in KC?

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by oklatoma 1 year ago

Hi! I’m new to the area and I’m looking for some of your favorite places to eat in Kansas City and the dish that you loved the most!! Thanks!!

Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe | Coloma

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

In May I visited Coloma intending to see Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. But then the deluge started. Instead I ducked into Argonaut Cafe to warm up and enjoy the park's greenery from...

Dog House Drive-In | Albuquerque

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

My original target for my first bite in New Mexico of my May visit was Dog House Drive-In. However, when my travel day got off track, i switched to Duran's for table service and more comfort for a ...

Hangman's Tree Ice Cream Saloon | Placerville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Honoring the original Hangtown spirit of Placerville, Hangman's Tree houses an ice cream saloon and a loving restoration of the historic building. After a day of wine judging, the inside of my m...

Shoestring Famous Chili Dogs | Placerville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

A sign for Chili Dogs pulls me in like a moth to the flame. On a gray and drizzly afternoon in May, I ducked into Shoestring in Placerville.

Name of Bar?

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by cgarner 1 year ago

Please tell me if I am mis-remembering! There is a bar at 831 Christian St. on the Italian Market. You had to go downstairs and it was a dive. it's NOW called 12 steps. Did that used to be the...

Hoshigaki by Otow Orchard in Granite Bay

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year 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 4 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 1 year 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 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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...

Pozo Saloon | Pozo - Santa Margarita - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years 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 4 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 2 years 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...