My Neighborhood: Burgers and Craft Beers in Claremont, CA

Editor’s Note: This article begins a series of hyper-local neighborhood dining guides called “My Neighborhood.” Our goal is to find the spirit of what truly are the dining destinations within the important social fabric of a neighborhood. Each neighborhood’s dining story is unique and engaging. We’re hoping at the same time to uncover some undiscoveredContinue reading “My Neighborhood: Burgers and Craft Beers in Claremont, CA”

Tasting Notes: Drakes Brewing, San Leandro, CA

Despite living in the San Francisco Bay Area nearly all my life, I had never been to the town of San Leandro before this recent craft beer tasting excursion. I had heard of San Leandro. It was always one of the exits along Highway 880 when I would be en route to or from anContinue reading “Tasting Notes: Drakes Brewing, San Leandro, CA”

Monday’s Neighborhood: The Plaza, Healdsburg, CA

At the convergence of four different major wine growing regions, Healdsburg can be considered Wine City USA. And yes, none of those wine regions are known as the Napa Valley. It is at this not-so-quaint feeling quaint town where the Alexander Valley to the north, the Dry Creek Valley to the west, the Russian RiverContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: The Plaza, Healdsburg, CA”

Restaurants: Bottega, Yountville, CA: Where Tuscany and California Collide

What does one’s imagination create when pondering the concept of la dolce vita? Lying on the beach? Dressed to the nines for a night at the opera? Sophia Loren? La dolce vita is all I could think about sipping the Chiarello Family’s exquisite Chiara Bianco Ribolla Gialla, contemplating the revelation that is Bottega’s polenta underContinue reading “Restaurants: Bottega, Yountville, CA: Where Tuscany and California Collide”