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Estero Cafe | Valley Ford - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 hours ago

Way back in February, in the before times, I started my day with brunch at Estero Cafe in the hamlet of Valley Ford. My mission was to indulge in the chicken fried steak, prepped in-house using Ste...

Searching for: Ridgeback shrimp/spiny lobster

by turbox3 8 days ago

Has anyone seen these from a CSA or grocer? The season has started for both these products which typically are harvesting Monterey and south. Hoping that a vendor has brought these up to the San Fr...

Potica @ Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop, Corralitos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 days ago

On the hottest Sunday in August, I had an initial visit to Blossom's Farmstore in Corralitos after shopping at the farmers market. Thanks to Carl for the recommendation! https://www.chowhound.com/p...

Cafe Sierra Negra to open in Abiquiú

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

While I was sad to read that Flourchild's Bakery https://www.chowhound.com/post/abiquiu-ghost-ranch-bodes-general-store-flourchilds-bakery-1087428 closed this summer, a victim of the pandemic, the ...

Curbside Dinners and Housemade Gelato at Rancho Cielo | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

This summer I've had the opportunity to pick up curbside dinner and housemade gelato a couple times from the Drummond Culinary Academy at Rancho Cielo in Salinas. The meals are prepared by students...

Marketers say pandemic has raised interest in produce

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 days ago

". . . 'Cost, taste and variety are traditionally the most important reasons people choose a restaurant, followed by convenience,' Li said. 'What's in the No. 1 position now is cleanliness and sani...

The red abalone is dying off

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

“For people who think they don’t like fish…it’s amazing to see their eyes just sparkle when they take a bite and go ‘this is absolutely incredible,’” says Joe Cresalia, a recreational diver who liv...

Petaluma's Liberty Duck direct to consumer

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

When I've indulged in bring-your-own duck to be cooked at a favorite Chinese restaurant https://www.chowhound.com/post/countdown-year-boar-royal-feast-millbrae-1087368 or gone on a Liberty Duck coo...

Stone Fruits 2020 @ Andy's Orchard in Morgan Hill

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Andy's Orchard opened for the season on May 15. Yesterday was my first visit of the year. The entrance has been roped off like the lines for bank tellers with markers each six feet. Inside the door...

Kin Khao Dogpatch Is Open in San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

My friend Pim opened an outpost of her Michelin 1* Kin Khao yesterday in sunny Dogpatch where she has plenty of room for sidewalk tables and outdoor dining. "Kin Khao Dogpatch is now open for ou...

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...

Despite the Pandemic, These Independent Bay Area Food Producers Are Thriving

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Five examples of San Francisco Bay Area independent food purveyors that are thriving during the pandemic: • The flour miller, Capay Mills https://www.instagram.com/capay_mills/ direct-to-consume...

Swanton Strawberries TODAY in Marin & Menlo Park

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

The CZU Lightning Complex Fire reached Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport but miraculously caused no significant damage. Swanton will resume farmers market sales today in Marin and Menlo Park. Please ...

Molcaxitl Kitchen pop-up | Sunset District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Molcaxitl Kitchen continues its farm-fresh preview as it tests from scratch recipes for an October launch. Next pop-up is Aug 25, noon to 9pm. "With fresh produce sourced from local farmers mark...

Silvas Orchards | Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Intrigued by the signs near the road offering peaches, I pulled into Silvas Orchards (2599 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA) . This is actually across the street and a little bit south of Silvas Apple...

Corralitos foodshed

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Do you shop at the Corralitos Farm & Garden market on Sundays from 11 to 2? I just learned about it. Mariquita's flowers are there. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBs-Ac2hgSQt6Ql20O8yWN432seysnGc7nLq...

Live California Spot Prawns | K-Dock, Monterey

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Missed the buying opportunity for this weekend since I just learned about this, but I hope to take advantage of this soon. F/V Ocean Warrior sells live spot prawns direct-to-consumer at the K-Dock,...

Dry Creek Peach, Healdsburg

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 14 years ago

Saturday night my friend Annette capped off her salmon dinner with a blissful bellini sorbetto made with local white peaches. Try as I might, i couldn't get her to divulge the Sebastopol orchard ...

MARYSVILLE, CA - peach time

by glbtrtr 3 months ago

August is the time to head to Marysville for peaches - best found at the market stand on Oroville Highway at the Ramirez Road junction, a few miles outside of Marysville - heading towards Oroville.

J & R Meats in Paso Robles and Templeton

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 years ago

Could you tell us more about JR Meats? It pains me when I spot the Paso store when I'm heading south on 101 and don't have time to stop. http://jrmeats.com/ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775...