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Darms Lane 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Bon Passe Vineyard

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Chiarello Family 2006 Bambino Cabernet Sauvignon

We recently went to Bottega in Napa Valley (Michael Chiarello’s restaurant in Yountville).    The polenta with balsamic-wild game sauce, the rabbit sugo, the gnocchi and the burrata were all...

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Ned Ludd Restaurant in Portland

My friends and I were thrilled to discover Ned Ludd in Portland.  We went there on a chilly, rainy Sunday evening after a day of exploring Portland’s cheese, chocolate and wine shops.  What a delight...

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Askinosie Chocolate

Perhaps the BEST chocolate in the world is being made by Shawn Askinosie in Springfield, Missouri.  Seriously.  It has become my absolute favorite, and I taste a LOT of chocolate.   When starting up...

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No More Plastic Bags at SF Farmers Market

Starting on May 23rd, the SF Ferry Building Farmers Market has banned the use of plastic bags by the vendors at the market.  This is a trend that may be picked up by other farmers markets in the area....

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Reverie-Daydream Boutique

Melissa and Sean McArdle recently opened a new online shop, Reverie-Daydream Boutique .  They feature unique and beautiful artisan products from around the world.  Their goal is to bring to their...

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Roasted Asparagus Frittata with Bacon (optional)

Ingredients14-15 medium stalks asparagus, washed 2 Tablespoons olive oil 3 strips bacon (such as Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon), optional 2 Tablespoons butter 1/4 cup chopped scallions 6 large...

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Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

In making homemade cocktails, I start with great ingredients.  That typically means a trip to my garden or else to the farmers market for seasonal fruits.  In this recipe, I use strawberries but you...

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Fish in Sausalito

My restaurant pick this time is Fish in Sausalito. Fish is located on Harbor Drive and is dedicated to serving sustainable seafood. The chef/owner, Kenny Belov, works with near-by farmers to serve...

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Reconstituting Sundried Tomatoes

My favorite sun-dried tomatoes (hands-down!) come from Everything Under the Sun in Winters, California.  They are intensely-flavored and packed with Vitamin A, minerals and fiber.   I love to have them...

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Fresh Green Garbanzo Beans

Fresh green garbanzo beans were onhand this morning at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market!  I have eaten dried garbanzo beans and even canned ones, but never fresh ones.  The fresh garbanzos...

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Fresh Hazelnuts from Freddy Guys in Oregon

My fresh Oregon hazelnuts just arrived!  Since discovering the fresh hazelnuts that are grown in Oregon, I have really come to appreciate the flavor and versatility of these aromatic nuts.   I like to...

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