Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard of Dumpling Time. Located in the Design District, it is hard to pass up! Even when the line is out the door, we have a hard time saying no (yes, it’s that tasty). They offer a huge range of items from pan-seared bao, to a king dum soup dumpling that is so big you need a straw! From waygu beef gyoza, to shrimp toast, we promise there’s something for everyone! AND as if they couldn’t get any better, they recently got their liquor license and are finally serving cocktails as well as sake, wine, and beer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meadow Croft was one of the very first tasting rooms we visited when we first moved out to the Bay Area. Located at Cornerstone Sonoma, follow the honeybee symbol to the always charming Meadowcroft Wines. From a quick pop-in for a wine bar tasting to a full experience that includes a stroll through the Pinot Noir vineyards, Meadowcroft offers a number of tastings perfect for any schedule.
Planning a trip to Sonoma? Pangloss Cellars is a MUST. Located on the corner of 1st Street East and East Napa Street in Sonoma town square, it's far more than your average tasting room. From the charming and rustic decor, to the warm and welcoming hospitality, there is so much to love about this setting.
Perched on one of Sonoma's southern most hilltops and covered in vines, Viansa Sonoma is truly a wine country dream. The property is surrounded by panoramic views that will make you feel as if you've been transported to Tuscany.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A few weeks ago, downtown Redwood City welcomed Go Fish Poke Bar. With an original location in San Jose, a second in Palo Alto, Redwood City marks the third for Go Fish.
All ingredients are locally sourced. The menu ranges from signature build-your-own Poke Bowls, to hand rolls and hot special entrees.
Hello Bay Area Friends- Krista here! I have some extremely exciting news. Palo Alto has a new restaurant that I just know you will enjoy. Located at Stanford Shopping Center, Terrain Cafe is a can't miss.
Back in 2008 the first Terrain opened in my hometown of Glen Mills, PA. It has, since then, become one of my favorite places to spend time. While the Glen Mills location is the Mecca with it's greenhouses and retail store to accompany their cozy cafe, this new Palo Alto cafe will do the trick for a romantic date night or a weekend brunch with the girls. Oh but unlike the Glen Mills location- this one serves alcohol!
Terrain is owned by a company called URBN who also owns brands like Free People and Anthropologie. And just like those brands, Terrain Cafe has the same contemporary rustic garden atmosphere.
When it comes to the food, it is a bit on the pricey side but that is nothing new for the Bay Area, especially Palo Alto. Serving both lunch and dinner options, the menu ranges from Charcuterie Boards to Pan Seared Local Rockfish. One adorable quirk is that they serve their bread and butter in a warm flower pot.
Below are some photos from Terrain's Glen Mills location. It is my go to east coast spot for shooting engagement photo sessions.
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!
The Applecross Inn
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.
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.
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.