No cheese week would be complete without a trip to Cowgirl Creamery. Located in a charming old barn in the quaint California coastal town of Pt. Reyes Station, Cowgirl Creamery boasts a collection of my alltime favorite cheeses. Needless to say, Erica and I jumped at the chance to go take a peek (and a taste) behind the scenes. more →
Traveling to Spain has been a dream of mine ever since I can remember. So many opportunities came and went through high school and college to study abroad, but I never went. Now, I'm finally in Spain! My trip started in Barcelona and before I left for my vacation I spent many hours researching the best things to eat in the city. My conclusion? Barcelona has far too many good eats to squeeze into four days. more →
You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream. Whenever we’re in the mood for scoopfuls of creamy, ice cold delights, we head to Oakland’s Fentons Creamery – the oldest continuously operating creamery west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1884 by Elbridge Seth Fenton, it’s the birthplace of flavors like Toasted Almond, Swiss Milk Chocolate and Rocky Road! With Fentons’ 120th anniversary just around the corner, Todd and I took a tour of their in-house production facility, where over 50 flavors are made and mixed by hand. Batch by batch. more →
A few weeks ago, Erica and I went on a short trip to Florence to have some fashion fun with Luisa Via Roma. It was my first time in Italy ever and I just fell more →
As you know, there are about ten million reasons to love Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean. However, reason number one in my book (because I have a book . . . of reasons) is that when I asked her where she wanted to meet-up, her answer was, "How about a distillery!?" Not just any distillery mind you, but St. George Spirits. Before Tracy could reconsider her hasty decision, tickets were booked for a tasting and distillery tour. Buahahaha!! more →
I’ve long been a fan of the Cannelle et Vanille blog by Aran Goyoaga and the intimate Sunday Suppers hosted by Karen Mordechai. What a delight to learn these two are good friends and would be hosting a fun day of food styling and photography at Karen’s studio in Brooklyn! more →
Bar Tartine is about as San Francisco as it gets. The menu is inspired by the local produce and almost everything is made from scratch. Although they change the menu from time to time, co-chefs Cortney and Nick have an uncategorizable approach to the food at Bar Tartine that is best described as globally inspired. The dishes may vary in flavors from Eastern European to Middle Eastern but are executed with Japanese techniques like using a dashi stock. more →
It's time to celebrate . . . British style! As we approach Saturday's ceremony of Trooping the Colour, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday (different from her real birthday) we've got a few special treats for you this week from across the pond. Personally, when I think England I think tea. My wife's family is British, and naturally tea is part of our daily lives. more →
After months of hearing the buzz about Superba Snack Bar, I finally had the opportunity to check it out after they were kind enough to invite me for a tasting and a behind-the-scenes look at this popular eatery. Opened by Paul Hibler and Chef Jason Neroni, Superba Snack Bar fits perfectly into the laid-back beach vibe of Venice's Rose Avenue community in Los Angeles. more →
Eating a plate of 6 oysters at a fancy restaurant is one thing, but eating them in bags of 50 freshly shucked sitting in front of the shimmering bay from which they came, is another.  Hog Island Oyster Co. is one of the many reasons why I love the Bay Area.  Just about an hour and a half drive from San Francisco through windy country hills and you find a gem: picnic tables, barbeques, more oysters than your heart can desire, and a view like no other. more →
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