Posts filed under: California

San Francisco

It’s all about the bread: Tartine Manufactory. A well known bakery in SFO with several locations, we visited the original in the Mission District which also has an associated restaurant...

San Francisco

Unique experience: Sheba Piano Lounge. Think Ethiopian, lounge, piano and jazz and you should have a clear picture of this place. No you say. Read on. Visiting the city for...

San Francisco

A favorite spot: Tartine Bakery. Gotta look for this place….between the Mission District and The Castro. It’s a small place so be prepared to wait…to order and find a seat…but...

Fort Bragg CA

Went to see the glass beach: North Coast Brewing Co. The beer is great and the food…..bar food….with huge portions. No way to eat the whole jumbo shrimp platter. All the...

Ukiah CA

Nice spot for breakfast and some Joe: Back Oak Coffee Roasters. They roast their own beans onsite and have a nice choice of breakfast items including bagels and burritos. Extensive...

Hopland CA

Interesting place: The Golden Pig. Just south of Ukiah and yes, the name is correctly spelled and…..yes, the town’s claim to fame was hops. But, no longer…production was halted in...

Santa Rosa CA

Passing through: Bird and The Bottle We were on the way to a wedding and needed something before our road trip north. Nice space with a deck overlooking a busy...

Novato CA

Last updated on November 10th, 2018 at 11:48 amUnique venue: Hilltop 1892. I was drawn to the space….a hilltop home built in 1892 but one that has been a restaurant...

San Rafael CA

Last updated on November 10th, 2018 at 11:50 amCarbo load: La Toscana. Getting ready for a bike ride and pasta is always a good pre ride choice.  The restaurant is quite “local”…..Google...

Novato CA

Last updated on November 10th, 2018 at 11:52 amNeeded breakfast: Toast. Getting ready for a long bike ride so looking for calories and protein before the ride. Nice space located...

San Diego

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:40 pmBreakfast in the Gaslamp Quarter: Cafe 222. It’s been a few years since my last visit to this small, unique place near...

San Diego

Last updated on November 10th, 2018 at 12:29 pmTocos: Lola 55. Looking for a new place and this fit the bill…..open for about a month. The space is on the...

San Diego

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:43 pmNew American Fusion: Kettner Exchange. It’s a bit hard to find…in a nondescript building on a corner, it’s easy to miss. Walk down the...

San Diego

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:44 pmItalian with a twist: Herb & Wood. Located in the Little Italy area of San Diego, don’t be fooled by the Uber...

San Diego

Last updated on November 10th, 2018 at 03:08 pmFrench in SoCal: Parc Bistro. In the Banker’s Hill area of the city….basically just east of the airport. Thought we should go...

San Diego

Last updated on November 10th, 2018 at 03:11 pmDinner for 20: Top of the Market. Back in SD for a meeting and this was the choice for the group. I...

San Diego

Last updated on November 10th, 2018 at 03:13 pmAnimals anyone: The Lion’s Share. One of those places that would be off most people’s radar unless you are a local. I’ve...

San Francisco

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 09:26 pmA bit of the Basque region of Spain: Piperade. Intimate dining near the Exploratorium on Battery Street. It came highly recommended and...

San Francisco

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 09:28 pmCoffee fix: Blue Bottle Coffee. One of several locations in the Bay Area this one is in the Ferry Building. They have espresso down...

San Francisco

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 09:30 pmFrenetic Mexican: La Taqueria. You need to visit this place just to watch what goes on at lunch or dinner. The line...

San Francisco

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 09:32 pmIn the Ferry Building: Fog Hollow Farm. Need a quick fix…..pastry, soup, sandwich, coffee or farm to table fruits?…..then this is a...

San Francisco

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 09:34 pmAt Hotel Griffon: Perry’s. One of 2 locations in the city, this one fronts the Embarcadero. The alfresco area on a nice...

San Francisco

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 09:36 pmVietnamese in the Ferry Terminal: The Slanted Door. I tried this place a few years ago and don’t remember coming away impressed...

San Francisco

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 09:37 pmDrinks anyone? Wayfare Tavern. Stopped by for a drink and some light appetizers before dinner. This is a very popular spot for…….you...

San Diego

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 10:20 pmCaptive audience: Urban Crave. Located at the Alaska gates in terminal 1 of the San Diego airport this is an option…especially if...

San Diego

Last updated on November 17th, 2018 at 10:22 pmA pleasant surprise: Puesto. One of several locations of this small chain; this location was across the street from the Grand Hyatt...

San Diego

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 03:52 pmDinner for 30: Salvatore’s. Always hard to evaluate a restaurant when it is a large party experience with a limited, a fixed...

San Diego

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 03:54 pmEclectic: Juniper & Ivy. The space is very modern and the crowd is on the younger side. It’s high ceiling and a...

Paso Robles CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 03:58 pmCoffee anyone? Kreuzberg Coffee Company. Nice small shop….you guessed it….on 13th Street. Space is rustic but comfortable. Give the Mexican Mocha a...

Paso Robles CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 03:59 pmNorthern Italian: Buona Tavola. A choice not in the13th Street restaurant core but worth worth a few blocks walk. The space is...

Paso Robles CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:00 pmLunch option not on 13th Street: Niner Wine Estates. Decided to take a day off from riding and noticed this place as...

Paso Robles CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:03 pmBreakfast to start a new day: Cowgirl Cafe. One of many dining options in the downtown area near 13th Street. Specializes in...

Paso Robles CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:04 pmLooking for a place to eat: Thomas Hill Organics. We thought we had our dining experience all picked out…..but it wasn’t quite...

Paso Robles CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:05 pmAnother breakfast: Vic’s Cafe. It has been around since 1942 and we needed fueling for our ride so this seemed like a...

Paso Robles CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:06 pmWines on tap: The Hatch. Located in the downtown 13th Street area of the city which has multiple options to choose from,...

Santa Barbara CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:08 pmHyatt Centric: Marbella. Quick bite before we were off to our next bike ride up the coast. The space is nice and...

Santa Barbara CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:09 pmFinally found one open: Los Agaves. One of 3 locations in the area…..and the first one we tried was closed for renovations. But...

Santa Barbara CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:11 pmSince 1958: Farmer Boy. Diner like space with a breakfast made to be had before a long bike ride. They serve large...

Santa Barbara CA

Last updated on November 22nd, 2018 at 04:12 pmCarbo loading, again: Via Maestra 42. Located nearby the hotel and known for regional Italian fare so off we went. It’s located...

Yountville CA

Last updated on September 20th, 2019 at 06:28 pmGotta try: Bouchon Bakery. There isn’t anything in the bakery that isn’t excellent as evidenced by the line that forms daily, and all...

Yountville CA

Last updated on January 27th, 2018 at 09:18 pmAnother excellent option: Redd Wood Had the white anchovy pizza with an affogato to finish...

San Francisco CA

Last updated on October 11th, 2019 at 09:58 pmNice lunch on our way to wine country: Outerlands. Visiting friends who live in the area. You have to have local knowledge...

Yountville CA

Last updated on September 20th, 2019 at 06:28 pmSimply put….incredible: Bouchon. Visit website...

Sebastopol CA

Last updated on January 27th, 2018 at 09:24 pmExcellent French bistro in the heart of Sebastopol: K&L Bistro Started with baby greens with balsamic vinaigrette followed by Moules Marinières with...

Napa Valley CA

Last updated on January 27th, 2018 at 09:25 pmA Napa classic: Auberge du Soleil This is another one of those places that needs to be on your bucket list. The...

Napa CA

Last updated on October 12th, 2019 at 09:18 pmNice spot for a quick bite: Hog Island Oyster Co. This is an outpost of the original in San Francisco and is...

Yountville CA

Last updated on January 27th, 2018 at 09:27 pmGreat French bistro in a town with great restaurants: Bistro Jeanty Typical French style green salad and French Onion soup followed by...

Santa Rosa CA

Last updated on January 27th, 2018 at 09:28 pmA bit of Vietnam in the heart of Santa Rosa: Kettles Noodle bowl with a glass of Miraval Rosé. Not your typical...

San Francisco

Last updated on October 11th, 2019 at 09:50 pmHighly recommend by Suzan….who would live in SFO given the opportunity: Perbacco. Started with a crudo of halibut followed by lamb pappardelle...

St Helena CA

Last updated on January 27th, 2018 at 09:29 pmGreat place for Bruschetta in St. Helena: Clif Family Winery Yes it’s true….brought to you by the same people as Clif Bars....