I was delighted to have a roadmap for a $20 day in Napa - three meals, wine and a nature walk. I read the article twice to verify the calculations! The second best part of the story is that these carefully selected destinations capture the rich variety of the Valley beyond the well-worn pricey path.
Hog Island has always delivered some of the most delicious West Coast oysters but with climate change's colossal effect on Pacific Ocean seafood its farmed oyster beds not far from San Francisco are ever-more vital.
Channeling MFK Fisher, the remarkable sage of food writing and gastronomic pleasure, I took off for Glen Ellen in Sonoma County about 40 north of San Francisco, California, knowing the limitations of my adventure even before I started. First of all, Fisher died in 1992, and second of all, her cottage retreat, “Last House,” is now part of the Audubon Canyon Ranch’s 535-acre Bouverie Preserve and is not open to the public - yet.
My Womantraveler pal and I have a routine before and after the San Francisco Ballet matinees on Saturday - food, like dance, is at the center. For brunch we arrive by 12 noon (no later than 12:30 pm) at Monsieur Benjamin (451 Gough Street, 415.403.2233), a bustling French bistro in Hayes Valley, a few blocks from the War Memorial where the ballet begins promptly at 2 pm. It's really smart to book a reservation at this neighborhood spot, although if you're lucky you can squeeze in at the counter. The scene is entertaining like any other French bistro - and...
San Francisco's Nico restaurant in Presidio Heights is a kitchen performance designed to create a work of art in every plate served, yet produced with a modest spirit encourages appreciation of sincere creativity and invention, wherever it appears - and thus its first Michelin Star for 2016.
The perfect 36 hours in LA begins and ends with two fantastic restaurant dinners that bracket a day of shopping. But where to start with so many possibilities? Here's one itinerary for the Womantraveler.
West Marin, California, about 25 north of San Francisco, is home to ranches, oceanside villages and artisan cheese. A drive through the region presents wild Pacific Beaches, funky villages and a culinary sampler of Northern California.
San Francisco’s Pier 39, the Fisherman’s Wharf tourist playground packed with lovers of fast food and plastic souvenirs, took a leap forward with the opening of Fog Harbor Fish House, the Wharf’s first Seafood Watch Alliance partner restaurant.
Keeping up with the abundance of San Francisco restaurants, from tried-and-true to start-ups, is a fulltime job, but every few months I'm motivated to share a list of finds for visitors and locals alike. This latest round of suggestions was inspired by the "fooding" trip of my brother/chef Steve Johnson of Rendezvous Central Square in Cambridge, who is a true "food creative" and Bay Area food fan.
Sunday May 15 is the last day for the stunning Picasso exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts(VFMA) in Richmond, before it closes and re-opens in the de Young Museum in San Francisco on June 11. The VFMA will be open until midnight Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14.