From the monthly archives: December 2013

For my annual year in review, I thought I’d use some of my Instagrams shots that I snapped. And I thought I’d present them focused on the color.

Pantone is the major color company in the world, and every year it decides what will be the color of the year. For 2014, the people behind […]

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HEALDSBURG, Calif.
Getting my Christmas shopping done early, I escaped from the big city’s holiday hustle and bustle and spent a day last weekend exploring the quaint downtown Healdsburg.

It’s been more than a decade since I’ve visited this small town in Sonoma County, and it has definitely blossomed with several new chic boutiques, […]

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I can be pretty “bah humbug” around the holidays, but I can’t escape all the delicious-looking baking that happens around this time. So earlier this week when I needed to make something for our office holiday party, I decided to try a recipe I saved from last year.

This chocolate crinkles recipe is actually pretty […]

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LARKSPUR, Calif.
Exploring the North Bay, one restaurant creating much buzz since opening earlier this year is Farmshop in Larkspur Landing.

It doesn’t hurt that the name already comes with some cache for those familiar with the original Farmshop in Santa Monica by Chef/Owner Jeff Cerciello. Cerciello, who once worked at Bouchon in Napa […]

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They’re the ones who know your favorite bread or give you the best wedge of cheese. They call you by your first name and give a little piece of candy for little Jimmy.

They’re the neighborhood grocer right around the corner.

Sometimes I get a bit nostalgic and I think about a simpler time, and […]

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For the first time that I can remember, the Dungeness crab season in the San Francisco Bay Area started this year without much drama – no delay, no fishing boat strikes, no price disputes. That means plentiful, delicious fresh local crabs leading up to the holidays.

Last Friday night, I got my hands on my […]

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I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not a big fan of Mexican cuisine because all the dishes seem to use the basic ingredients. But I do like a burrito now and then for a solid, no-fuss lunch.

So when people decide to play with the burrito concept, I get excited about some […]

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UPDATE: This restaurant closed in January 2015.

For a restaurant that took months to come together because of delays, you’d think the new Box and Bells would have a clear, focused format.

But from the beginning, I couldn’t figure out what Box and Bells is supposed to be. The restaurant in the former Somerset location […]

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