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Oliveto's Oceanic Dinner, June 23-26 2015 [Oakland]

The problem is that Oliveto is almost twice the price of other Oakland restaurants. But it's not twice as good. And they are far from being the only restaurant who subscribe to sustainability.

Berkeley to Petaluma via Richmond/SR bridge thence 101 north...midday Saturday 6/27/15, economy to midrange, easy on/off, character(s), Farmer's Markets, etc?

My bad, how could I forget John and Francesca! Delightful people and those grilled sausages are fabulous. Not much room inside though as it's very very tiny. But I believe you can eat in the pub next door if you buy some brews? Anyone know if that's still true?

Yanni's
10007 Main St., Penngrove, CA - 5 min. off Hwy 101 at Penngrove exit. Look for the pub, you'll miss Yanni's otherwise!

Oliveto's Oceanic Dinner, June 23-26 2015 [Oakland]

Thanks for the report! That is interesting about service, I agree we've always seen good service from the restaurant side (never been to the cafe). Also agree their pastas almost always excellent.

Wish more restaurants would include sound reduction in their budgets. Love Gaspar/SF but the moment I saw that ceiling, I thought, "Uh-oh." Noise when full was thunderous even though it's a small space. Glad to hear Oliveto's new system works well.

Linguica

My DH is Portuguese/Chinese. We like Silva's but it has changed a lot since we first started buying it. The best was Amaral but they were bought by a Boston-based company so can no longer be purchased here. I knew the family; there was some tension between the family generations so I think they just decided to take the money and go their separate ways. One of those "I love you, respect you, but just can't work with you!" situations we can all identify with.

Silva's is very, very lean now with less salt, compared to how it was in the 1970's/'80's. It did affect the flavor. Some spice compounds develop better in fat than they do in water.

Oliveto's Oceanic Dinner, June 23-26 2015 [Oakland]

I honestly hope you have a great experience. We went to three of Oliveto's special dinners in 2013. The first one, Whole Hog, was phenomenal. Not enough superlatives to do it justice; flawless from beginning to ending cappuccino.

But with the Hen and Oceanic dinners, Oliveto totally bombed on us. The Hen had two dishes so oversalted we returned one (and should have returned the other). We discussed this oversalting with both waiter and mgr. It did absolutely no good. The Oceanic 2014 dinner was even worse. We returned three plates to the kitchen due to oversalting.

A shame, because we do think the chef is very good; he proved that with the perfect Whole Hog menu. But someone was working the line who was getting away with ruining his dishes. After three experiences in a row - we came back for a regular dinner three months later and the same issue arose AGAIN, we gave up and have never gone back.

With the many new restaurants that have opened, we spent 2014 cycling between Trabocco, Desco, and Lungomare, when we wanted Italian LOL. We enjoyed Centouno as well but it has closed.

Please do report back. The menu for Oceanic looks wonderful!

Jenner/Bodega Bay-Healdsburg Area restaurants

We've eaten quite a bit in Healdsburg. I prefer River's End/Jenner over all of them. But haven't been to Terrapin, which is on our (ever-growing) list to try!

It has to be a nice day without fog, though. When it's clear River's End has a lovely view. Reserve in advance thru OT and you've a better chance of getting those prized windowside tables.

Berkeley to Petaluma via Richmond/SR bridge thence 101 north...midday Saturday 6/27/15, economy to midrange, easy on/off, character(s), Farmer's Markets, etc?

Yes, we got caught in last year's event traffic (Sonoma Raceway). Hideous is the only word to describe it! So do make a note of Melanie's warning.

Don't know how far up 101 you're going, but on our last trip (end of May) we hit BurtoNZ Bakery (9076 Brooks Road South, Windsor, CA). Did not try the SW Vegetable, cannot recommend the Egg & Bacon (bland and boring; I bought this the day before I brought my DH), but we tried every meat pie they had. Good short-crust pastry dough.

All are very good save for the Sausage Roll. Not that the latter was bad but it's just a skinny sausage with air around it as the dough puffs up when it bakes. We took it home, stuck a couple of long slices of cheese inside, and microwaved it was fine. But by itself as it stands, dull. Desserts are Twinkie-sweet and the croissants/fruit danishes are just okay.

Note they are VERY popular with locals and the line on weekends is said to be daunting.

Best were these two:
Chicken Pie - think pot pie without any veggies and just a skim of gravy. These are all hand pies, designed to be eaten without dripping all over your front. There is enough gravy to moisten but not enough to make a mess. The tasty pastry will leave crumbs, though!

Mince and Cheese pie: Very tasty and just enough salt to balance the pastry dough. We both liked this a lot.

Second place:
All the beef pies. Tender cubes of beefy goodness. There's beef & mushroom, beef & cheese, beef with a single crust topped with piped mashed potatoes. Spouse was in carnivore heaven.

Third place:
Mushroom and Goat Cheese pie: When we reheated this you could smell the goat cheese, but in taste it was very mild. It is finely chopped mushrooms, and a whole lot of them because mushrooms shrink like crazy when cooked, yet the filling is a solid 1" high.

Six pies, one roll pastry, $41.95

Advice re Napa area 2 day itinerary (2 dinners, 2 lunches)

Considering the weather, I'd eat dinner on the terrace at Auberge. Great view, great food, hard to beat.

Make sure Ken Franks is on site for the night you're at La Toque. Everything falls apart when he isn't there. Superb when he is in.

First Oakland Wine Festival coming to Mills College

I believe the Mills event is featuring wineries from all over Northern CA, including Opus One. Isn't the Urban Wine X only EBay wineries? Just asking to be curious, as I don't drink (at least, not much any longer, LOL).

The only reason I even noticed it is because when Mills has a really big event, people start parking all the up by our house!

First Oakland Wine Festival coming to Mills College

Per Berkeleyside Nosh: Oakland is getting its first ever wine festival. Next month, food and wine writer Melody Fuller, in conjunction with several high-profile California wineries and East Bay chefs, will host a day-long event of classes, panels and tastings July 18 at Mills College in East Oakland.

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2015/06/2...

Introduced some friends to La Folie last weekend [San Francisco]

We have been going to La Folie periodically for years. One of our friends is getting a new job so we treated them to La Folie for dinner. We have been gradually introducing them to French food and got them addicted, LOL.

Our last dinner here had slipped a little. Very minor items, but noticed. An excess of garlic(!) on the sauce underpinning the lovely goat cheese tartin; an overabundance of accompaniments on the beef, including a disgusting swirl of bright green pureed tarragon. I love tarragon, but I defy anyone to eat what tastes like grassy strong licorice soup, which added nothing to anything else on the plate. Fortunately it wasn't super runny so I managed to avoid it; everything else was fine on the plate.

But this meal went back to the excellent level we always expect here. One person had the tasting menu, the rest of us chose from the regular menu. We really love how everybody can pick whatever they want, in any combination they want.

Happy to report the goat cheese tartin and beef dishes were back to superb again. The foie gras with peaches was almost as good as before; the peaches were a little too ripe this time (the dish is better when they are slightly underripe and have more acidity). Weakest was the lobster risotto, which was not creamy in texture like before but instead, mixed with creme fraiche which was not mentioned on the menu.

Our friends flipped over the Edam cheese souffle with fromage blanc gelato. Really amazing, beautifully balanced flavors.

With four glasses of wine and a couple of cappuccinos, we got out for $200/pp. We felt it was a bargain. I'm always amazed Passot is still at it (admittedly the chef de cuisine Jeremy Wayne does the day-to-day cooking). But I believe M. Passot is well past Medicare age now, and it's wonderful that La Folie has been holding up the standard for great French food since 1988. So many others have closed down, but Folie is as reliable as ever.

Wed night specials at Spoonbar/Healdsburg

7x7 just posted that Spoonbar has a Wed night prix fixe 3-course dinner for $29. Also, they are waiving corkage fees that night only. Website says it starts now and runs through end of August 2015.

http://spoonbar.com/events/?event=win...

Trip Report to Zuzu in Napa, Meadowood in St. Helena, and Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford

Wow, I'm so glad someone else loved Etoile as much as we did! We were blown away by Perry Hoffman's amazing cooking. Very sad that he's taken a job as exec chef at one of the Napa catering companies rather than another restaurant. We wish him good luck, though, and hopefully one of these days he'll get back into the restaurant end again.

Yes, I think Auberge is one of the very very few places I can think of where the view and the food are equally good. Great service and free valet parking, hard to beat.

Firebrand Brick Oven Bakery [Oakland]

There is a nice selection of Firebrand breads available from Good Eggs delivery service, one of the few that serves Oakland. Sample page below - note that the selection varies depending on how far in advance your delivery date is. For best results I usually order at least 4-5 days in advance:
https://www.goodeggs.com/sfbay/bakery...

Ethan Fletcher profiled Firebrand & their move in Inside Scoop a couple of days ago: http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Casa Cubana replaces Vo's in Oakland

If it does offer Cuban, will be interesting to compare it to Cana Cuban in the Lakeshore. We went and the food was overall extremely good. Noisy, though, and you need to be careful not to get it mixed up with the Cana Cafe they run next door. The main restaurant only does dinner and weekend brunch, the latter of which apparently turns into quite an outdoor party!

Anyone seen any ground Goat meat or a Goat burger in Eastbay?

No goat, but Spice Monkey in downtown Oakland makes a nicely gamy lamb burger!

Spice Monkey
1628 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612 @17th St.

Trip Report to Zuzu in Napa, Meadowood in St. Helena, and Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford

So happy to hear that you had a wonderful brunch at Auberge. With the demise of Etoile, Auberge has moved up to be our fav Napa restaurant. That patio view is simply killer, isn't it? I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with my duck hash, but the pork dishes have always been stunningly good.

We love foie gras but have not tried it at Auberge. Will definitely put it on the list next time we go!

Thanks for the comprehensive reviews; I know all of us appreciate it very much. So often we discuss restaurants and offer recommendations, but don't always see feedback.

Pican in Oakland: Review

Quick followup:

We ate dinner at Pican in both early April and mid-May; so uncertain whether Silverman was still there or Fressinier had taken over (the IScoop article just vaguely says "a couple of months ago" for the chef changeover). Anyhoo:

Dishes were definitely different, but still titled the same. Small changes in accompaniments were easy to overlook, but dish prep was different. Still good compared to former chef Sophina Uong, but different flavors and style.

We did like the mac'n'cheese better under Fressinier/Silverman. Uong likes the thin creamy style, little browning on top. The new ramekin has the thicker Bechamel style I prefer, but even better is the heavily broiled, wonderfully caramelized crust on top! We fought over who got the last bite, LOL.

Very much liked the new fried chicken. Tasty, juicy, and a light but crisp crust. We dislike the currently popular double-crusted thick batters.

BIG fail was dessert. Under Mitchell Blanco what sounded ordinary was unexpectedly sophisticated, only lightly sweetened, and stunning. This time it was like bad Midwestern dessert: super sweet icky frosting on a Pillsbury-type chocolate cake, made even sweeter by an orange heavy syrup on the plate.

Other than dessert, we liked what we had and will be returning. Our usual meal here is brunch, so it will be interesting to see what changes Fressinier makes.

Basque Boulangerie Cafe w/open branch in Danville

Diablo Dish reports that "Danville will be the second location of this business that began 20 years ago and is now a much-loved bakery café on the plaza in Sonoma. San Ramon resident and owner Harleen Bajwa is thrilled to open a location closer to home."

The cafe will be one of three food/brew vendors in the historic Danville Hotel project, opening in early 2015:
http://www.diablomag.com/D-blog/Diabl...

2 weeks SF Bay Area to LA and back: 28 meals worth! (Pt 2/2)

It was our first time in SB and so we didn't know "the ins and outs". Understand that we don't go for certain cuisines/types of restaurants when we travel, because we live in an area with ready access to what we think IS better food than SB. Mexican is not our favorite cuisine at any time, unfortunately - despite the fact my mother took cooking lessons from Diana Kennedy as well as Cecilia Chiang before she started her own store/school.

We also don't tend to eat Japanese food when we're traveling. We're both Asian, so we eat Asian food all the time both at home and in Northern CA. If you read my LA entry, you might get a more complete picture of what we enjoyed overall.

Our preference is French, which is why we enjoy the Monterey/Carmel area so much. Sonoma Cty ranks second, SF third, and Napa a distant fourth. We travel regularly to all of them, being retired.

Jun 17, 2015
tre2012 in California

Dinner in Monterey/Carmel Recommendations

Bouchee is lovely; it's our favorite restaurant of all. But if you have time for only one meal - Passionfish in Pacific Grove. Ted Walters is a genius, and we don't say that lightly. The only other chef we've encountered whose cooking grew equally sophisticated/complex over the years, is Mourad Lahlou of Aziza/Mourad in SF.

Other excellent restaurants (besides Bouchee):
Montrio in Monterey: Chef Tony Baker has classical training and applies it beautifully to CA-Mediterranean dishes.
Aubergine at L'Aubere Carmel - one of the best and cheapest high-end tasting menus you'll find in Northern CA.
Jeninni Wine Bar + Kitchen in Pacific Grove: outstanding Spanish tapas and charcuterie

I have high hopes for the new chef at 1833 in Monterey because he comes from Canlis/Seattle, but he's still settling in and we couldn't fit it into our schedule on our last visit down.

Jun 17, 2015
tre2012 in California

Dinner in Yountville/St. Helena area

I'd agree on Farmstead. We were not impressed with service, reception, or food. The one exception was the "ham sandwiches" which were actually biscuit sliders with a generous amount of San Daniele Americano prosciutto. They were outstanding, but that was it.

barndiva or the healdsburg shed?

Barndiva, especially if you can snag the patio. More expensive than the Shed, but a lot nicer with better food. The Shed is not really a restaurant, more a casual cafe. Overpriced kitchen stuff like a mini-Sur La Table and small section of deli/takeout stuff for picnics.

2 weeks SF Bay Area to LA and back: 28 meals worth! (Pt 2/2)

We went for lunch at Lucia. Loved the decor, reminded us of La Toque/Napa. Had a seat by the fireplace (it was foggy and windy that day), nice cozy comfortable decor. Service was good.

THe roasted beet salad was fine. Mushroom bisque was terrible: oversalted, too much wine. Spouse sent it back twice but finally gave up. The much-vaunted salmon wrapped in pancetta, Stamenov's signature dish, was overcooked even though I specifically told the waiter I wanted it medium rare. Conversely, the Brussels sprouts which accompanied the salmon were virtually raw although well coated with EVOO and supposedly 'grilled'.

Overall, sloppy but that flatbread pizza was flawless. Exceptional quality flour; beautiful golden brown crust, no burnt spots.

Jun 09, 2015
tre2012 in California

SJMercuryNews:'Sunset Magazine to move to Oakland's Jack London Square'

Yes, that's Cornerstone.

Any spottings of blenheim apricots in East Bay or San Francisco yet?

Very likely was EutS - they are advertising blenheims via Good Eggs food delivery service right now for $3.49/lb. HTH!

A 2-week driving trip SF to Burbank: 28 meals!

We spent 2 weeks driving trip SF to Burbank, eating our way down and back up again. Retirement is wonderful and our waistlines prove it [smile].
(note: Monterey, Cambria, Santa Barbara, and Paso Robles are posted in the California forum)

Glendale/Burbank
We picked two restaurants; my brother and his wife picked three. Ours were so-so, their picks were winners. Next time we'll let them pick everything [smile].

Bashan: Fusion, with the flaws that usually entails. There's talent here and excellent knifework - so good, in fact, it made me scrutinize the knifework at every restaurant we went to afterwards. But there is also a little too much "let's toss in the kitchen sink", with too many flavors on a plate. Still, that pork belly with fresh pineapple/sugar snap pea salsa, spiced up with fresh jalapeno, drew raves from all four of us. Our pick; we judged this place as okay.

Canele: This bistro really impressed us back in 2009; we went twice in three days. But either inspiration has flagged or attention to detail is waning. The food was reasonably tasty but sloppily prepared - surprising what a difference that makes. The chef-owner was cooking in the open kitchen, so no excuses are allowed. Our second pick; we wouldn't return again.

Omar's Halal (Uygur): The next three restaurants were from my brother's/SIL's suggestions. I let Spouse choose the cuisines. We loved our experience here. It's very similar to Hamro Aangan/Albany (NorCA), Spouse's beloved "fried goat" Nepalese restaurant where we live. The Spicy Fried Lamb here was killer. The housemade noodles - made fresh only when someone orders them - were chewy and delicious in their curry gravy. Lamb, curry spicing, and chiles: that totally works for us.

Mo-med: Updated Armenian. Great contemporary space, reminds us of how Mourad Lahlou/Aziza in SF fuses Moroccan cooking with California cuisine and ingredients. But Mo-med is aimed at locals, with a relaxed casual air that welcomes everyone. The pide, flatbreads, were amazing. Skip dessert and finish with the "Turkish cappuccino" - lovely end to a great brunch.

Yong Su San (San Gabriel): Wow! A Korean kaiseki dinner. Properly made food served banquet style, in courses. Private rooms, so make a reservation. Pure, clear flavors where the skill of the cook overcomes the more limited ingredient/spice set than what the Chinese have. A stunning experience, there's nothing like it anywhere else that we know of, on the West Coast. If nothing else, come taste what Korean food is like without so darn much sugar. It surprised even us, and we've been eating Korean food for over four decades.

~ Part 1 posted separately in California forum: Monterey #1, Cambria
~ Part 2 posted separately in California forum: Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey #2

2 weeks SF Bay Area to LA and back: 28 meals worth! (Pt 2/2)

Continuing our 2 week driving trip down to SoCA and back again. 28 meals, plus our fav Monterey bakery where we order ahead and then bring it all home:

~ Part 1 posted separately in this forum: Monterey #1, Cambria ~
~ Glendale/Burbank restaurants posted to LA forum ~
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Santa Barbara:
SB was a huge disappointment. Lovely area, but we just didn't pick the right places. Almost all the restaurants are downtown, but there's no parking. Map out your hotel carefully and walking distances to everything; next time we'll know better.

Trattoria Uliveto, Orcutt - We stopped here on the way down to Santa Barbara to meet up with a friend. It's a pleasant Italian place. We should have followed her lead on the Sole Piccata, her entrée was far superior to what we ordered.

Finch & Fork - Food fads galore abound here. Rest assured if something has been written up as a hot trend, F&F has it on the menu, or some variant of it. The chef has talent, but he also has a bad case of "kitchen sink-itis" - everything he makes needs 14 ingredients or more on a plate. Some people just don't know when to leave well enough alone.

Renaud's Patisserie - At first we thought we'd found a place as good or better than Monterey's Parker-Lusseau, our long-time fav. But outside of the croissants, Renaud's was erratic and/or more style than substance. The first day the individual quiche Lorraine was to die for. The second day, it dropped half a level. The service ranges from glum to grim, and you don't always receive what you ordered. The lines are unreal and inefficient. For croissants (not the fruit tarts, which are God-awful) and coffee, they're great. But nothing else (we didn't try the macarons, not being big fans of them. Renaud's is famed for theirs).

Gelson's Supermarket - A small upscale specialty chain, they carry some of Renaud's pastries in a corner of their store. For simple take-out you can walk 50' and buy the macarons and croissants at Gelson's, instead of fighting your way into the postage-stamp-sized patisserie shop. Their take-out sections looked yummy and the produce looked good, so keep them in mind for a picnic.

Stella Mares - This French restaurant colored our entire view of Santa Barbara. Spouse called it "the worst French food he's ever eaten, anywhere." I'd call it the second worst, but I'm sure Stella Mares is trying hard to be worse. This place embodies everything that ever went wrong with French food and gave the entire cuisine a bad reputation. Ugh!

Paso Robles
Artisan: Much is made of Artisan*. We can understand why, the chef is talented. But he's young, and there is very little discipline or elegance in his cooking. Il Cortile was more our style and frankly, Artisan needs to learn that less is sometimes much, much more.
* no relation to Artisan Bistro in Lafayette, Contra Costa Cty

Il Cortile: If there was one restaurant we could pack up and take home to Northern CA, this would be the one. We loved the relaxed simplicity that celebrated great quality and outstanding execution. Nothing extraneous, no silly little piles of unknown ingredients plopped down like spastic blobs of paint on an overpriced canvas. Spinach gnocchi. A perfect veal chop. Espresso strong enough to wake the dead. Absolute perfection.

Panolivo: Spouse liked this little neighborhood hangout more than I did, but it's definitely worth stopping in. Lunch and breakfast are just enough above average to keep you coming back, and a surprisingly large menu - B/L/D are all available, all day long - means no matter what you feel like eating, you can find something here. Invaluable for a group, and the service was stellar.

Monterey/Carmel #2
Bouchee: Ever reliable and remains our fav French restaurant. Their variant of Filet Rossini is a winner. Even a simple green salad is a work of art, with wine-poached pears and a flawless vinaigrette.

Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar: A stunner, and another new restaurant we must add to our list of "must do's" when down here. Chef Jeffrey Weiss studied charcuterie in Spain and is a terrific cook. Who would have thought there was such a difference in octopus varieties? But there is, and we learned it here. And the eggplant fries made us both swoon.

Lucia @Bernardus Lodge: Replacing the upscale Marinus restaurant, Lucia is more casual but still upscale. Nicely remodeled décor, we weren't impressed with the food until we tasted the pizza. It was an amazing pizza, with the perfect crust made from great quality flour that is so unmistakable. We agreed we would come here again just for that pizza...okay, and to hang out by that cozy fireplace.

Fifi's: We made our fourth and final visit here for lunch. Just as good a meal, and really impressive for such a simple, casual bistro. The cooking has definitely jumped that critical half-level upwards at lunch, and now matches dinner. Spouse has finally become a fan of trout, having tasted this great little freshwater fish cooked properly.

Parker Lusseau Patisserie: Always our final stop, as we picked up quiches, croissants, and caneles to bring home. Yum!

Jun 07, 2015
tre2012 in California

2 weeks SF Bay Area to LA and back: 28 meals worth! (Pt 1/2)

We finished our two week driving trip down to Southern CA, where we wound our way down in (relatively) leisurely manner to visit family. This allowed us to take 2-3 days for each stop. Six hotels and we only lost two small items, which is an indicator of success, LOL.

Our first stop was in Monterey, on to Cambria/Hearst's Castle, then Santa Barbara, arriving after a week in Burbank/Glendale where my brother lives. One long weekend and some great eating later, we began the drive home. We stopped in Paso Robles for the first time. A 2nd visit to Monterey/Carmel was our last stop before coming home.

14 days = 28 total lunches and dinners. I chose to summarize them in separate postings. The Glendale/Burbank restaurants are posted to the LA forum.
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Monterey #1:
Passionfish - Great food from a talented, creative chef. Every year Ted Walters gets better and better. Complex flavors in perfect balance - if you only have time for one dinner in this area, make it here. This chef is brilliant, and keeps getting better every time we come, a rarity.

Bouchee - We always love Bouchee. Chef Zagouri is improving; less sauce on the plate with the same deft touch for seasoning. Great service, lovely dining room. Similar to La Folie in style but more casual.

Grasings - Former chef at 231 Ellsworth/SMateo prefers to live down here and who can blame him? A large casual, American-style menu, but well-executed. Not great, but very good. We'd pick this for lunch over Forge, La Balena, St. Tropez or Le Bicyclette. A good lunch in Carmel-by-the-Sea is harder to find than you might think.

Fifi's - A new dinner cook seems to have also rejuvenated the lunch cook. Lunch was so good, we canceled our reservation that evening at a different restaurant to come back here for dinner. And THAT was so good, we canceled our last lunch elsewhere and came back for the third time in two days, to make this our final lunch before driving south. We've enjoyed Fifi's before, but these meals were a whole level higher. Spouse was in heaven!

Cambria:
Black Cat Bistro - The pick of what we tried in Cambria. That's not saying much. This is not a foodie town by any stretch of the imagination. But in a direct comparison with Madeline's Bistro & Wine Shop, with two almost identical dishes, Black Cat won handily.

Main St. Grill - Cafeteria style, despite the name. It's a sports bar, and you bus your own tables. But they had beef ribs, and Spouse adores beef ribs which are almost impossible to find in the Bay Area. They weren't half bad, either, and even the baked beans were better than most. Quick and cheap; this is 'paper napkins from a dispenser' territory all the way.

Madeline's Restaurant and Wine Shop - As mentioned above, a disappointment. Their ambitions exceed their grasp, although maybe we ordered the wrong dishes. But we liked Black Cat a whole lot more - more charming, more relaxed, tastier food.

~ Part 2 posted separately in this forum: Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey #2 ~
~ Glendale/Burbank restaurants posted to LA forum ~

Jun 07, 2015
tre2012 in California

Any spottings of blenheim apricots in East Bay or San Francisco yet?

Update as I just got an email from the WeLoveJam folks: no more free shipping, but it's only $18 for a dozen 9-oz jars vs $11 for six 9-oz jars to my zipcode (calculator on their website. Lots of other unusual jams as well. Spouse loved the raspberry/passionfruit/mango although I found it stiffer in consistency and a little too much raspberry for me.