HEALDSBURG, Calif.
The story: Sonoma Cider is just a 4-year-old company established to create craft cider in the middle of Sonoma County where wine reigns supreme even though heirloom apples orchards can also be found here. The young cider company opened a taproom last October to showcase its variety of craft cider as well […]

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In the Bay Area, when you’re looking for summer, head east.

That theory played out well when CUESA, the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, hosted its last cocktails event for the year last night with its summer edition, “Party Under the Palms.” For the first time, this popular farmers market cocktail event took […]

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The restaurant business is booming in Oakland, which makes sense given the relatively cheaper rents than San Francisco and how many chefs in the business often can only find affordable living accommodations on this side of the bay.

But much of the activity seems to be concentrated in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, and few going west […]

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Sometimes when it gets so hot in the summer, I dread cooking dinner and the idea of firing up the stove top — worst yet, turn on the oven.

So it’s nice to keep things simple. Better yet, eating something nice and cold. That’s where this Korean cold noodle dish comes in.

I’ve had this dish […]

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We’re pretty lucky in the San Francisco Bay Area to have some cool ice cream options where the purveyors are innovative with unique flavors. So it’s pretty tough to top what’s out there. Still, a corner store in the Mission seems to be doing just that.

Garden Creamery, which started out as a food truck […]

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The San Francisco Bay Area is in the midst of a sushi boom with Japanese restaurants opening up and serving the chef’s choice tasting menu known as omakase.

The latest, highly anticipated opening is the two-week-old Robin, which opened under the hype of offering contemporary, seasonal California-focused omakase in one of those new slick buildings popping up […]

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One of my favorite memories of my trip to Sydney, Australia, three years ago is enjoying a slice of a strawberry-watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry on a sunny day, after days of rain.

I don’t know if it was the breeze on a sunny day or just the fact that I was on vacation, […]

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It actually feels like summer here in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is unusual given we often have to fight the fog for some hot days. But I’m not complaining because I live in Oakland where we get a nice middle-ground of weather — not too hot and not too cold.

When the weather is nice, […]

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Much is happening in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, and these days you have to be bigger and better.

That’s the route Farley’s East is going as it prepares to unveil its new expanded space at its Grand Avenue location, where it took over the space next door and doubled the size of its cafe. I was […]

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SANTA ROSA, Calif.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do all these years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is to experience lavender season in wine country. Today I crossed that off my list when I visited Matanzas Creek Winery in Sonoma County.

Matanzas is known not just for its […]

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