Mendocino County and its artsy namesake town are home to some long-standing food stars: Cafe Beaujolais (and its indie Brickery bakery) and the MacCallum House, to name a couple. This famed part of Northern California coast woven between wine country, redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean is a fog-laden destination with a slowed pace and cuisine focused on local, mindful sourcing and worldly inspiration. That means boundless organic vegetables, line-caught fish and winery darlings like Navarro and Roederer Estate paired with hearty meats and sauces.
Oysters are an acquired taste, but once you acquire it, the benefits are endless. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, they are a natural protein. They also contain selenium, which combats premature aging, heart disease and arthritis. And that rumor that they’re an aphrodisiac…well we're not sure about that one, but we do know that they're always a perfect starter to any date. Here are eight very different oyster spots for LA sea foodies. Over ice, on the half, grilled, Rockefeller, shuck-your-own - the world is your oyster.
The Westside boasts a smattering of different wine bars, both neighborhood spots and swanky scenes. If learning about the wine you’re drinking appeals to you, then choose-your-own wine adventure among these wine purveyors that all deliver different experiences. Check out our slideshow of Westside wine bars below. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
Chefs dream all winter about spring produce: crisp fava beans, giant artichokes, stacks of asparagus, versatile squash blossoms and precious heirloom tomatoes. When LA's countless farmer's markets are supplying the best of California, the results are some of the most creative and delicious plates you'll see all year. Here are some of the freshest dishes from 10 LA hot spots' new spring menus. Did we miss your favorite new spring dish? Let us know in the comments.
San Francisco has it all: beauty, culture, history and that famous California weather. Oh, yeah - and a killer food scene. Check out our list of SF foodie destinations for any budget, perfect for your next visit.
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Go Big: Cruise along the waterfront and drop by Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building to feast on delicious offerings like beignets, seasonal vegetables and a crab omelet. Open for breakfast, lunch and brunch, they offer a private space with a customized menu for an intimate evening affair.