Sonoma Series: WALT Wines Tasting Room

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CALLING ALL PINOT NOIR FANS! Located just a few steps off the Sonoma Plaza, WALT Wines is the hidden gem you won't want to miss.  

Our recommendation: Take part in the Root 101 Tasting where you will sip, taste, and compare the flavors of their vast portfolio of Pinots as well as delicious customized small bites. 

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Sonoma Series: Valley of the Moon Winery

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Valley of the Moon Winery (at the Madrone Estate) is one of the oldest operating vineyards in Glen Ellen.  Located just 5 miles above the Sonoma Plaza, Valley of the Moon Winery makes incredible Pinot Blancs, Pinot Noirs and an unoaked Chardonnay that is not to be missed.  Now, with a new chef and one of the best food pairings in the area, it is an ideal spot for wine country newbies and locals alike. 

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Sonoma Series: Hanzell Vineyards

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Spring has officially sprung and there is no better place to celebrate the season than Sonoma. With so much to see and do, we are here to help you plan your wine country visit by sharing some of our favorite go-to spots. 

Hanzell Vineyards is perfectly situated on a hilltop at the toe of the Mayacamas Mountain Range and just 3 miles above the Sonoma Plaza.  With cool breezes from the Petaluma wind gap, grazing sheep, and unique views of the Valley, Hanzell is the spring oasis you won't want to miss.

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Sonoma Series: Viansa Sonoma Outlook Tasting

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Springtime is quickly approaching and there is no better way to start off the season than to plan a trip to wine country!  Located only 35 mins from the Golden Gate Bridge at the southern gateway to Sonoma Valley, Viansa is the ideal first stop.

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Sonoma Series: Cline Family Cellars

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At the end of September we took a weekend Sonoma getaway to celebrate the 2017 Valley of the Moon Harvest Festival. While in town we made it a point to stop into Cline Family Cellars. Boy did we make the right decision! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect way to kick off the fall season. 

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Sonoma Series: Gloria Ferrer


Nestled half a mile back through the stunning vineyards, Carneros' original sparkling wine house, Gloria Ferrer, really shines.  Owned and founded by the Ferrer family back in 1986, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards is the ideal spot for year-round visitors and essential piece of Sonoma history.

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Sonoma Series: The Girl and the Fig

Located in downtown Sonoma,  The Girl and the Fig is a rustic bistro that serves french-inspired fare at a reasonable price.  From the always pleasant staff to the extremely impressive wine selection - there are so many great reasons to make your reservation for The Girl and the Fig. 

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First Look: Bao Down SF - Grand Opening

BAO DOWN is San Francisco's newest restaurant, located in Nob Hill at 648 Bush Street.  Owner and Executive Chef Greg Edwards brings Asian fusion and Island Style Cuisine together, creating dishes that are visually stunning and explode with flavor. What really stands out is how thoughtful Greg is with every ingredient; nothing is simply there as a garnish.  

Over at the bar, the bartenders serve a mean menu of cocktails, all unique and creatively crafted. Bao Down is a high-energy restaurant, rocking with colorful graffiti walls and lively music. They are now open for lunch and dinner!

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Local Eats: Arya Steakhouse Brunch Menu

Husband and wife team Mike and Fera Hashemi have been restauranteurs for over 2 decades and boy does it show! Every single dish is uniquely created to perfection. Arya Steakhouse is located on the corner of Middlefield Road in Downtown Redwood City.

While Arya has been a neighborhood favorite for years, they recently introduced a new brunch menu which is now served every Saturday and Sunday.

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A Trip to Scotland

Since posting a favorite Scottish recipe (Shepherd's Pie) that was inspired by our recent trip to the UK, we wanted to share a bit more about our wonderful holiday in Scotland. You know, in case you are planning a trip there!

We rented a cliffside house called Eagle Rock  in the little town of Applecross. Applecross is a fishing village located in the Scottish Highlands with a population of about 300. In such a remote place we didn't expect to find one of the most delicious restaurants- let alone two.  This place is a food lovers dream! 

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The Applecross Inn is one of the two only restaurants for miles. Michelin rated, this cozy little pub lives up to it's big hype.  

The magic of Scottish fare is their fresh ingredients - so fresh that while we sat outside with our cider  we got to watch the local fisherman bring in the daily catch.  There is seriously nothing better than knowing your lunch just came right out of the water. 

Fresh Applecross Bay Langoustines

Fresh Applecross Bay Langoustines

Seafood Linguini with Crab, Salmon, and Queenies

Seafood Linguini with Crab, Salmon, and Queenies

Curried White Crab and Mango

Curried White Crab and Mango

Sticky Toffee Puddling

Sticky Toffee Puddling

 Our favorite by far was the curried white crab and mango salad - they even served it in a charming little clamshell.  We so badly want to perfect this recipe and have accepted that it will be a serious challenge.

The Applecross Inn also has a retro style food truck out front as an alternative way of dining and for take-out. They offer the Inn's popular Fish and Chips, as well as sweet treats like cakes, cookies, and delicious coffee. They even have a wide selection of unusual, old fashioned ice cream flavors such a rhubarb, gooseberry, and vanilla greengage. We became regulars after a day! 

 

The Walled Garden - Potted Shed Cafe

The second (and only other) restaurant was the Walled Garden - Potted Shed Cafe and Restaurant.  While the Applecross Inn gives that iconic and classic Scottish pub vibe, The Potted Shed Cafe is a rustic style cottage that offers a more enchanting botanical feel. It really is a once in a lifetime experience.

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The Potted Shed Cafe prides itself on its locally sourced food, and boy does it pay off!  My favorite dish by far was the White Wine Mussels. They smelled so good I forgot to take a picture of them to share! Seriously, they were gone in under 2 mins. 

As if this place couldn't get any more charming, the walled garden is actually a garden surrounded by a 14 ft wall where they have almost 3 acres of land open to explore (and did we ever). 

We were lucky enough to visit both restaurants multiple times during our stay (the beauty of only having two options).  Funny enough- we left wishing we had more time to explore their menus. Every time we sat down we made sure to order something different. Honestly, we weren't disappointed once.

While both Applecross restaurants were unique in their menus and styles, they shared one thing in common; both were staffed by some of the kindest folks you will ever meet. Applecross stole our hearts and we can only hope to get back there one day.