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Op-Ed: California Budget Boosts Healthy Food for Kids and Markets for Farmers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 hours ago

" . . . This vision focuses on upgrading food quality and freshness, serving more climate-friendly, plant-based and organic food, supporting local farmers, developing food and garden education prog...

Della Fattoria Cafe | Petaluma - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

When my plans in Petaluma fell through, I headed over to Della Fattoria Cafe for a solo lunch. A few months ago, it expanded meal service into the adjacent event space and re-organized the retail b...

The woman saving Georgia's lost cheeses

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 18 days ago

"... From the Svaneti region deep in the Caucasus Mountains to the Samtskhe-Javakheti region to the south (and beyond), these are some of the more popular artisanal cheeses that are being re-in...

2019/20 California olive oil harvest looking strong compared to dismal 2018/19 crop, says COOC

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 20 days ago

". . . 'We had a short crop in 2018 due to weather problems throughout the state, whereas we're hoping for four million gallons in the 2019 harvest . . . more than double what we had in 2018. . . "

Real Good Fish Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Nearly five years ago, I signed up for Local Catch Monterey Bay, the original name for the community supported fishery now called Real Good Fish. Since that time, it has expanded from the Central C...

Marilyn Miller Certified Farmers Market | Tuesday morning, Redding

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 21 days ago

Such a sweet midweek market . . couldn't leave Redding without shopping at one of the certified farmers markets. They'd been shut down for more than a week during the Carr Fire (August 2018) and e...

El Valle Produce in Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 22 days ago

On a warm day last summer, I dashed into El Valle Produce in search of a cool beverage. I grabbed this watermelon-mint-limeade from the self-serve case which did the trick. The store has an attrac...

Camper Restaurant | Menlo Park

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Very late report on Camper in downtown Menlo Park from a drop-in dinner a year ago. Hearing from local friends that things are pretty much the same, I'm posting to put it on the chow radar and eli...

Mission Hill Creamery | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

Despite having tried and liked Mission Hill's when it opened in 2010 https://www.chowhound.com/post/fabulous-news-ice-cream-groupies-santa-cruz-728967 , some how it took me till Summer 2018 to retu...

Hoshigaki & Fresh Persimmons @ Andy's Orchard | Morgan Hill

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

This season I visited Andy's Orchard farmstand in Morgan Hill more than any previous year. I was there three or four times a month starting with cherry season in early June through persimmons and p...

Taco Temple | Morro Bay - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Taco Temple in Morro Bay has been one of Chowhound's favorite destinations on the Central Coast, judging from the 150+ mentions on this site. It changed hands a couple years ago, and expanded to a ...

Kong's Burger & Cafe | Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 30 days ago

Who remembers the neighborhood convenience store, Kong's Market in Pleasure Point, famous for its egg rolls? I tried them during our stay at a beach house in October 2011. https://www.chowhound.co...

Culinary Adventures in Great Britain

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by kittyfood 6 months ago

My husband and I are considering a trip to Great Britain in 2020. We are looking for suggestions for food or drink-related adventures -- for example, artesanal cheesemakers, bakers, producers of re...

Handline | Fast Fresh Masa & Sustainable Seafood - Sebastopol

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Last week I joined a friend for a preview of Handline in Sebastopol. Featuring California Coastal cuisine, Handline opens its door to the public today. Hours will be 11am to 10pm daily. A long-time...

Tiet Canh Vit at Binh Minh in Downtown San Jose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

About a year ago I received an inquiry asking where to purchase fresh duck blood for holiday cooking. My standard answer has been to refer folks to the two duck farms in Petaluma --- Sonoma County ...

Tiwa Kitchen | Taos, New Mexico

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

One final stop in Taos after checking out of Casa Benavides https://www.chowhound.com/post/casa-benavides-bb-taos-mexico-1087618 , I circled back to Tiwa Kitchen for lunch. I had spotted it on my e...

Negranti Creamery Scoop Shop | Tin City - Paso Robles

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

The temperature finally warmed up on this unusually cool July day ... it’s time for ice cream! We shared a sampler of four flavors, ~$9. From left to right, the sheep’s milk based flavors: blackb...

Ginochio's Kitchen | Bodega Bay - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Last year during Christmas week, I headed to the Sonoma Coast for bivalves. I was also interested in trying the crab sandwich at Gourmet Au Bay. But it was not available and I stepped over to its ...