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A Sonoma County Wine Pro Picks Her 10 Favorite Bottles, Including a $15 Red You'll Sip All Fall

As president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, Karissa Kruse drinks a lot of wine. And while this may seem like a dream job, the task of picking her favorites can be quite daunting. “On most days and occasions...
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To Go Meals from Michelin Stars

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

In this time of Covid-19 and stay at home orders statewide, restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery services. Many have closed. Others have soldiered on converting their operations to offe...

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...

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Cafe Citti (Kenwood) - Review

Eat_Nopal
by Eat_Nopal 13 years ago

Not a lot posted about this little gem... I learned about it from a neighbor... its an unassuming Brooklyn style Italian Deli (as far as I understand... the Italian Deli concept was really born h...

City Garden Doughnuts & Coffee | Santa Rosa - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Early in the year, I took note of the new black and white signage for City Garden as construction was in progress. It finally opened on June 2, National Donut Day.

Artisan cheese collections selected by Straus Home Ranch

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 18 days ago

While many places are opening up again, those planning to stay at home a bit longer might want to check out the California farmstead cheese collections curated by the Straus family. Shipping is inc...

Santa Rosa: Changes for Willie Bird Restaurant

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by tre2012 14 days ago

Joe Castro, who bought the iconic Willie Bird Turkey in 2020 when owner Willie Benedetti died, is moving the restaurant – not the retail store – to a new location. The restaurant-bar will shift to ...

Catching up with Chef Rick Vargas at Sebastopol’s La Bodega in the Sonoma Wine Shop

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 years ago

News that Chef Vargas was cooking at La Bodega in the Sonoma Wine Shop, as reported here was cause enough for celebration, Sonoma: La Bodega Cheese and Pasta in the Sonoma Wine Shop? http://chowh...

Pascaline Patisserie & Cafe | Sebastopol - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

When I first learned of Pascaline's opening last year, I figured I'd try it some day. Then I heard that it makes kouign amann and checking it out became a higher priority. However, I would soon lea...

Essential Chocolate Bunny by Volo Chocolate

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 18 days ago

Well, i've already consumed my Easter bunny. Bean-to-bar producer, Volo Chocolate unveiled the Essential Chocolate Bunny complete with masks and injection site bandaid for the COVID-19 Easter s...

Pearl | Petaluma

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Pearl, features flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. I had a chance to try it in August 2018 when it was four months old and was super impressed not only by the cooking but the list of libations a...

BurtoNZ Bakery in Windsor | Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 years ago

Since February 6 is Waitangi Day in New Zealand, let me talk up the new Kiwi bakery, BurtonNZ Bakery in the Town of Windsor. Finally something new and different! It opened in December and I had a c...

Freebies at Bianchini's in Santa Rosa for the Vaccinated

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 26 days ago

"Have you been Covid-19 vaccinated?? If so, come to Bianchini's Sandwich and Salad Market in Santa Rosa, show us your card and enjoy a FREE half sandwich or a 4 Topping Salad on us!!! 3573 In...

Krispy Kreme free doughnuts to the vaccinated

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . The chain says it will offer a free original glazed doughnut to anyone who shows their vaccination card for the rest of 2021, starting today. And the offer is not a one-time deal. Custom...

Sonoma Swamp Blues farm closing sale, 12/24-?, Sebastopol (Sonoma County)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Organic mature blueberry plants and farm equipment for sale starting December 24, 10am to 3pm, on days when it is not raining. 7000 Occidental Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone 707.293.4802

Ayawaska (Peruvian, Petaluma)

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by Malcolm Ruthven 6 months ago

Someone from Peru recommended Ayawaska to me as being quite good. So today I drove to Petaluma and got Lomo Saltado Clasico (take-out) from Ayawaska. I had half of the order for dinner (the pic is ...

Happy π day 2021!

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

How are you marking 3.14, Pi Day? Here's the Meyer lemon meringue tart ($8 slice) from Marla Bakery in Windsor. Buttery crust of pâte brisée tastes slightly nutty and feels just a bit sandy perh...

Scherrer Winery: 40% discount + free shipping

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

One of my favorite winemakers, Fred Scherrer, is discounting selected bottles by 40% off regular price with free ground shipping on 12 or more bottles. These are wines that were held back for resta...

Sonoma Eats

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by Malcolm Ruthven 6 months ago

I was driving through Sonoma yesterday, headed north on Hwy 12, and saw the "Sonoma Eats" sign, "Latin Fusion" and "Oaxacan Cuisine", which intrigued me enough to stop, especially because I saw th...

Sonoma County Restaurant Week, Feb 19-28, 2021

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Sonoma County Restaurant Week kicks off today, February 19 and continues for ten days. This year is a bit different in that participating restaurants were not required to offer discounts, given the...

2/5, Noon, Interested in becoming a Master Food Preserver?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

"2021 MFP Volunteer Training - Information Meeting February 5, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Contact: ucmfp@ucanr.edu Sponsor: University of California Master Food Preserver Program Details: The fol...