Shan Dong Restaurant: Amazing Dumplings in Oakland’s Chinatown

When I travel, I love to visit ethnic parts of the towns I am in, such as Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles and Chinatown in Oakland. I am a huge fan of trying new dishes and exploring what the local cuisine has to offer, especially when it is as rewarding as the mind blowing dumplings […]

Shakewell in Oakland: Spanish Tapas Plates & Fried Chicken

In Oakland’s hip Lakeshore area, there is no shortage of great places to eat. I for one have always been partial to those that are trying to do something different though and for that I have become a fan of Shakewell. With a menu that stems primarily from the traditional tapas plates you would see in […]

Drake’s Dealership in Oakland: Pizza & Beer in the Heart of the City

In California there is no shortage of great breweries, but for me, there are a few that stand up above the rest. Breweries like Stone, Russian River, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada and Drakes are the ones you will want to visit again and again. I love the beer at Drakes, but I had only visited […]

Vignette Pizzeria in Sebastopol: Fantastic Wood Fired Pizza

Located in the outdoor shopping area known as The Barlow in Sebastopol, Vignette Pizzeria is a big foodie standout for me in terms of quality and unique preparation for something as ordinary as pizza. The menu here is created by Chef Mark Hopper, who worked under famed Chef Thomas Keller (French Laundry) and the work […]

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar Restaurant in Santa Rosa has become a local favorite over the years with their unique rotisserie style preparation to their food. Each day there is a different meat slowly roasting on the spit in the middle of the restaurant. This style is not one you often see and because of that, […]

Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Taproom in Santa Rosa

While staying in Santa Rosa, there is no shortage of great places to eat at, but if you are looking for a fun atmosphere with good, upscale pub food then look no further then Belly Left Coast Kitchen.  At only a few blocks from Russian River Brewery, you can come over here for dinner then […]

Bistro 29: French Inspried Food at one of Santa Rosa’s Best Restaurants

As far as fine dining goes in Santa Rosa, it is hard to beat the amazing Bistro 29. Located right in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, this upscale French-inspired eatery has a quaint, warm atmosphere and it serves fantastic food ranging from mussels and buckwheat crepes to pork belly and scallops. Be sure to […]

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe In Santa Rosa

If you ask the locals where the best food in Santa Rosa is for brunch, you will no doubt here Dierk’s Parkside Cafe rank among the top. This much-loved diner is hard to beat as it takes the traditional diner options and gives them a much-needed upgrade, duck confit hash anyone? I went on my […]

Garlic City Cafe: Getting Your Garlic Fix in Gilroy

When I was at Garlic World in Gilroy off Highway 101, I asked them where I could go for lunch to get my garlic fix. I was quickly told that the Garlic City Cafe in Gilroy was where it was at. I drove the ten minutes into town and sat down to a meal of what […]

Garlic World: Home of the World’s Longest Garlic Braid in Gilroy

While driving along Highway 101, a few miles south of Gilroy, I came across a huge store called Garlic World and knew that I had to pull over and check it out. I can say that this roadside stop is pretty much everything you could want in Gilroy, with garlic stuff all over, including garlic […]