Wine & Dine

Napa Valley Cycling

Last week I caught up with my friend Judy, from My Crazy Adventures, and her husband Keith to cycle through the quaint Northern California town of Yountville. If you’re a foodie, you may be familiar with Yountville, home to the French Laundry and a handful of other Michelin-starred restaurants.  Although time constraints kept us from enjoying a leisurely dinner at one …

Bounty Hunter

Barbecue goes upscale at Walnut Creek’s Bounty Hunter. Perfect for a date night or celebration with dad or your recent grad, wood and brick provide a sophisticated look for the new eatery that took over the Tommy Bahama spot. My date and I couldn’t pass up the Pimento Cheese Dip served with a platter of chips. This isn’t your grandma’s …

Livermore Valley Wine Country

From Mendocino to the Temecula Valley, California’s wine industry continues to expand. According to the Wine Institute by 2017, the state had registered 127 American Viticultural Area’s, or regions recognized for growing grapes. Travel anywhere within the U.S. and you will find California wines on the menu. Living in the Bay Area, we’re lucky enough to be a day trip …

Market Tavern

Don’t get confused if you set your GPS to Dublin’s Market Tavern and think you walked into a wine country eatery. The new restaurant that took over the former Mimi’s Cafe location in the Hacienda Shopping Center is reminiscent of a Napa restaurant. It includes a small grocery where you can buy a bottle of wine, gourmet cheese, snacks as well as …

Lily’s Spirited Dining

The second of three eateries planned for the Pleasanton Hotel, Lily’s Spirited Dining, pays homage to the town’s fascination with the paranormal.  Patrons will be thrilled that the old, musty smells that haunted the building for decades are gone. The dining room, which is to the left when you enter the hotel, now possesses an elegant ambiance that lends itself well for …

Albatross

Aiming to give the oft-maligned Albatross a fresh chapter in its lonely tale, Danville’s new restaurant with the same name celebrates the journey that the bird capable of circumnavigating the globe in 46 days takes with an eclectic menu that will both surprise and delight.  Many items on Albatross’ menu are meant to be enjoyed as tapas, and if you’ve …

Hideout Kitchen

From hotcakes and omelets at breakfast to pasta puttanesca and blackened salmon at dinner, Lafayette’s Hideout Kitchen dishes up superb offerings that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. An order of mussels and clams is a perfect start to a cool evening. Word of warning, you’re going to need extra bread to soak up the garlic, onion, white …

Hops and Sessions

It appears that self-serve tap rooms are the new rage. If you haven’t tried one yet, check out Livermore’s Hops and Sessions where you can see a game from every seat in the house while spending time perfecting your pouring skills.  Check in at the front counter for your wristband, which is needed for both beer and food purchases. All …

Range Life

All you have to do is walk through the doors of Livermore’s Range Life to know that Bill and Sarah Niles are no strangers to the restaurant business. Before joining forces with Brooklyn mixologist Waine Longwell, Bill was the co-chef at Tartine and Sarah the sommelier at Outerlands. Together the friends have transformed the former Charlotte’s Web location into the …