Urban Wineries? Yes, Just the Grapes Aren’t Urban

When you think of Wine Country, the rolling hills of Sonoma County, the chateaus of the Loire Valley countryside, and the (congested) floor of the Napa Valley come to mind where happy grapes grow for happy wine drinkers. There, visitors sample the eventual product of those aged and stomped grapes in the adjacent tasting rooms.Continue reading “Urban Wineries? Yes, Just the Grapes Aren’t Urban”

Tuesday’s Project: Pumpkin Caramel Whoopie Pies

On this Halloween Eve, the nation’s A.P.O. (Autumnal Pumpkin Obsession) reaches a fever pitch level. Pumpkin lattes with pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bagels covered with pumpkin cream cheese for lunch. Pumpkin bread with pumpkin sage soup then for lunch with a pumpkin smoothie from Jamba Juice. Then for dinner, perhaps a pork tenderloin with pumpkinContinue reading “Tuesday’s Project: Pumpkin Caramel Whoopie Pies”

Monday’s Neighborhood: Dogpatch, San Francisco

Last week we covered the ballpark district around San Francisco’s AT&T Park, where the baseball crowds, diners enjoying some of the city’s premier restaurants, start-up venture workers who occupy slivers of renovated warehouses with no heat, and computer programmers who fill airy loft office spaces mingle together for one of the country’s most dynamic neighborhoodsContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: Dogpatch, San Francisco”

Plat du Jour October 29: Your 2012 World Champions

Matt Cain might not have thrown another perfect game in last night’s Game 4 of the World Series, but after ten innings, his San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series for the second time in three seasons. How should we celebrate? Last week the bartenders at Hiro Sone’s outstanding AmeContinue reading “Plat du Jour October 29: Your 2012 World Champions”

The World Series: San Francisco vs Detroit, Dungeness Crab vs Coney Island Hot Dogs

The 2012 World Series is under way (1-0 Giants on a Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval home run!) in San Francisco between the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants. As mayors of the cities participating in such important postseason series usually do, the mayors of San Francisco and Detroit have a friendly wager forContinue reading “The World Series: San Francisco vs Detroit, Dungeness Crab vs Coney Island Hot Dogs”

Plat du Jour October 24, 2012: California’s Prop 37 and How to be a Portland Celebrity Chef

On this late October Wednesday, a week from Halloween and opening night of the World Series, appropriately for the World Series starting in San Francisco the Michelin Guide announced its 2013 stars for San Francisco and the Bay Area. The city still does not have any restaurants with three stars, though the Napa Valley’s gastronomicContinue reading “Plat du Jour October 24, 2012: California’s Prop 37 and How to be a Portland Celebrity Chef”

Monday’s Neighborhood: At&T Park, San Francisco

Halloween is still over a week away, but you can certainly tell with today’s articles that orange and black is certainly on the mind of Trev’s Bistro. Tonight is of course Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants at At&T Park in San Francisco.Continue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: At&T Park, San Francisco”

Plat du Jour: October 22, 2012: What The St. Louis Mayor Really Should Bet

Last week I mentioned the mayoral wager between San Francisco’s Ed Lee and St. Louis’ Francis Slay over whose team will win the National League Championship Series. If the Giants win, then St. Louis must send toasted ravioli, local barbeque, and “The King of Beers,” also known as Budweiser. If the Cardinals win, San FranciscoContinue reading “Plat du Jour: October 22, 2012: What The St. Louis Mayor Really Should Bet”

Wine of the Week: 2009 Evening Land Vineyards Auxey Duresses Chardonnay, Burgundy

If the name “Evening Land” sounds a bit strange for a Burgundy label, it’s because indeed Evening Land is a very unique winemaking project. Based in Oregon, Evening Land spans the west coast and tiny villages of France with vineyards strategically based in Burgundy, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Sonoma Coast, and Santa Barbara County’s SantaContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2009 Evening Land Vineyards Auxey Duresses Chardonnay, Burgundy”