On the eve of America’s bicentennial, an English wine merchant in Paris had been quite impressed with the quality of California wines that he’d come across. Thinking it could be worthwhile to shine a light on the New World, Steven Spurrier and his business partner, Patricia Gallagher, decided to organize a competition.
Foodie Finds at National Parks Story by Anne Quinn Corr It’s easy to enjoy the great outdoors at any of our country’s 419 national park sites. While only 62 destinations may include the words “National Park” in their names, a multitude of lakeshores, seashores, battlefields, monuments, trails, and rivers are
Palm Springs: Date Capital USA Story by Renee Sklarew America’s date capital can’t even claim the fruit as native. Palm Springs, California is home to a sunny oasis known as the Coachella Valley. Here, 80-foot tall palm trees cover more than 6,500 acres and yield a prized fruit that earns the
Raise a Glass to Women at Chao Krung LA’s oldest Thai restaurant has California’s first all-female wine list. Story by Fiona Chandra As Los Angeles, California’s longest-running Thai restaurant, Chao Krung isn’t resting on its laurels. It’s kicking glass ceilings. When Chao Krung first opened its doors more than 50
San Francisco Ferry Building A Foodie Haven Story by Lauren David San Francisco, California is a world-renowned culinary destination. One of the challenges when visiting this city is figuring out just how many meals you can fit in before your visit is over. The San Francisco Ferry Building can help.
Sip California’s Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Tasting in Silicon Valley’s Backyard Story and photos by Kai Oliver-Kurtin For many, a winetasting trip to Northern California means joining the crowded tasting rooms throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma. This leaves other savvy oenophiles to freely enjoy Silicon Valley’s best kept secret: wineries
Fairytales are responsible for the word “pumpkin,” which first appeared in print in the 17th century. Pumpkins served as a magical coach in nursery rhyme long before becoming a symbol for the month of October. Today, foodies enjoy pumpkins’ ability to grow in the garden, add delicious flavor to a wide range of foods, plus stand as seasonal décor from Halloween through Thanksgiving.
Today's independent bookstore owners will tell you it's not enough just to sell books. They have to plan events, serve lunch, and offset the bottom line with booze. That's just the nature of the business, but who doesn't like to curl up with a good book and sip from a glass of wine while nibbling on a pastry or panini?
If you know only one thing about the food that comes out of Berkeley, California, just across the bay from San Francisco, you probably know about Chez Panisse. There, Alice Waters opened her iconic restaurant in 1971 and, effectively, introduced farm-to-table dining to middle-class America. Thousands upon thousands of diners still make a pilgrimage to Chez Panisse every year to dine at the altar of the slow food movement.
When farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the U.S. stock large quantities of watermelon, is there a juicier sign it’s summer? With increasing regularity and creativity, watermelon dishes are popping up on drink and food menus at restaurants nationwide. The top four watermelon-growing states are Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Other states grow watermelons, too, so you might find a local supplier wherever you live. Only when the fruit vegetable isn’t in season is it imported from other countries to ensure that watermelon remains available year-round.