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Negranti Creamery Scoop Shop | Tin City - Paso Robles

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months 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 2 months 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 ...

The Love Apple | Taos, New Mexico

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

From lunch at Zuly's Cafe, https://www.chowhound.com/post/zulys-cafe-dixon-nm-1087580 , I pushed on to my overnight in Taos. I recommend highly choosing the low road route when driving north into...

Enchanted Cherry by Santa Fe Cider Works

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Our original plan for the day was to stop at Sazon https://sazonsantafe.com/ for a fancy cocktail post-dinner at Rancho de Chimayo https://www.chowhound.com/post/rancho-de-chimayo-chimayo-mexico-10...

California's Forage Wars

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . Renick and her friends and family routinely defy California laws and natural-resource management regulations they say obstruct their right to maintain these traditional practices. The stake...

Maps of American restaurant quality

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . two readily available measures that correlate strongly with expert assessments: the number of cuisines available in an area (from a list of 30 total cuisines), and the share of non-franchis...

Chicagoans - What local restaurants would you head to first?

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by kayreed 4 months ago

DH and I will be visiting Chicago (staying in downtown) in mid November. We like to find restaurants using the Calvin Trillin method (i.e. asking a local "if you were beamed to Antartica for 6 mont...

Whalebird Kombucha from San Luis Obispo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

At the Thursday night farmers market in downtown San Luis Obispo, I had the chance to sample Whalebird Kombucha, brewed here in town. You can refill a reusable jug or purchase a pint glassful. I...

Mother Restaurant | Downtown Sacramento

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

In February 2015, I attended a reception at Mother Restaurant. It's a casual farm-to-fork spot that happens to not serve meat. Our group had the space to ourselves, and it was fun to be able to int...

MEarth Carmel Valley: U-Pick Community Harvest Market (ongoing through Nov 25th)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

"SHARE IN THE BOUNTY! Join us in the bountiful Organic Gardens for a U-Pick Community Harvest Market on Monday afternoons! Pick your own produce and pick up some delicious recipes to cook up what...

Barceloneta in Santa Cruz opening

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

At long last, the much anticipated Barceloneta is opening on Wednesday, October 16. Barceloneta 1541-B Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 900-5222 Reservations https://resy.com/cities...

A champion of the unplugged, earth-conscious life, Wendell Berry is still ahead of us

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Today, October 12, is National Farmers Day. Unusual for me on a Saturday, I didn't make it to my local farmers market. In truth, I didn't even leave the house. However, the first thing I read this ...

Tacos & Tapas, Fri 10/25, 6-9pm, El Pajaro CDC, Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Tacos & Tapas will celebrate 40 years of El Pajaro CDC helping local entrepreneurs reach their small business dreams. It takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the Kitchen Incubator, 412 East Riverside Drive...

Preview Party Today: The Lede in Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

The new restaurant, The Lede, from Chef Cal Peternell previews today, Sept 1, 2 to 6pm. The Lede 906 Washington St. Oakland, CA https://sf.eater.com/2019/5/31/18638789/the-lede-cal-peterne...

Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe | Coloma

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months 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...

The Farm Table Restaurant | Placerville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

While I did not have a chance to eat at The Farm Table Restaurant, across the street from where I was staying, I studied the posted menu and would certainly try it in the future. Especially after t...

Snow-Line Orchard & Winery | Oak Glen - San Bernardino County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Apple season is back in the mile-high orchards of Oak Glen. I confess to being completely unaware of this growing area until a friend clued me in last year. On November 1 on my way to Palm Springs,...

The red abalone is dying off

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months 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...

Baia Pasta Mostaccioli – Dried Pasta from Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 years ago

The weekend before Christmas was the December New Tastemarket at St. Gregory’s Episcopal on Potrero Hill, basically an updated, hipper version of a church bazaar with home cooks and underground foo...