Strip mall Fried Chicken in Los Angeles.
[recipe] Vegetable-packed minestrone, a Big Sur icon, and a mistake I won't make twice.
Angelo's Burger joint in Encinitas, CA.
The best dumplings I've ever had outside of Taiwan from Din Tai Fung in Arcadia, California
Not your Grandma's Fruitcake. This recipe has some serious fruit & nuts and will put an end to all the ol' Fruitcake jokes.
[recipe] Eggs Baked in Cream from Camino Restaurant in Oakland, using VERY expensive eggs
Yellow oyster mushrooms from the Ferry Building Farmer's Market in San Francisco
The Artisanal Sausage Platter (& great beer) at the most beloved Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA
Olio Nuovo - this intensely fragrant olive oil is available only once a year. Tastes phenomenal with ACME sourdough bread!
A curiously odd fruit - the pineapple guava. Tastes like guava, sort of, but with a sweet, almost creamy center.
Squared cauliflower!! . Cauliflower fritters and au gratin: two ways to eat it
My perfect lunch at Chez Panisse started with this elegant arugula salad.
Santa Maria-Style Tri-Tip BBQ
California Rolls at home - A Pictorial
Chocolate Bomb. A dark chocolate mousse on a crispy hazelnut bottom.
A purely Californian breakfast. Radiantly red figs roasted with stinky cheese from Cowgirl Creamery.
The makings of a California pizza with fresh red, orange and green tomatoes.
how a restaurant can render one speechless: Mori Sushi in West LA (pictured: mackerel sushi)
A colorful assortment of edible flowers, herbs, and creamy mustards over which a green garden soup is poured. Manresa, Los Gatos, California.
Baked, not fried, donuts from the new Beach City Baked Donuts in Redondo Beach, California
Yet another blip on the frozen yogurt frontier, Swirls Frozen Yogurt (and how to test a relationship)
If you like asparagus, you will LOVE this amazing salad
An edible flower pot filled with lavender custard and bee pollen crumble (think graham cracker crust). ubuntu, Napa, California.
the one thing for which a girl will be absolutely shameless: WINE. [click through to favorite the video and get us up to Sonoma!]
A delish chocolate shortbread sandwich cookie from the Bouchon Bakery in Yountville, CA. A truly delicious vacation!!
cucumber & seaweed salad - delicious and refreshing!
pinkberry founder's house in malibu looks like...? you guessed it. a yogurt shop?
Got Sushi? I've been fearful of trying sushi for years, but now that I have, what was I thinking? Sushi is AMAZING!
Vegan Chocolate and Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Abalone BLTA with pancetta & fried green tomatoes + how to wine and dine your way through california's central coast
Artisan Restaurant had me wondering if the food alone (without the wine) might be enough to make a trip to Paso Robles. then again, still have to have something to drink with a killer Reuben
Cass House's Jensen Lorenzen lets beer inspire his menu for a pairing: Penn Cove Black Mussels and Frites with Bratwurst and Belgian Ale [on their own blog!]
lavender in front of hotel cheval, the only place you should stay when you do a Central Coast Wine Weekend
view of stephan vineyards from inside l'aventure winery, "haute couture viticulture." we fell in love with stephan and his Estate Cuvee, so brought one home (along with an Optimus)