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Driving from LA to SF on 101, where to stop?

I usually stop at Neptune's Net on the 101 in Malibu. They have a huge selection of fried seafood... not much of a foodie place, but the atmosphere is fun and the view is great.

Apr 07, 2011
katjo in California

Best Veggie Burger you've had?

I always head to Oinkster when I'm in need of a veggie burger. I'm only partially biased by my love of their belgian fries with Garlic Aioli.

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Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

Feb 02, 2011
katjo in Los Angeles Area

Best Wineries for Picnics in Sonoma/Napa

If you will be visiting on a Wednesday, Paradise Ridge in Santa Rosa does a Picnic at Sunset event. The views are amazing! It's a free event, but the cost of the wine definitely makes up for that. The 2008 Pinot Noir $50 probably one of the worst Pinot's I have had; the Zinfandel at $48 was good, but not that good... more like $20 bottle of wine good.
I can't speak enough for Viansa's patio, amazing views. Decent wine runs about $20 a bottle.

Jul 16, 2010
katjo in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa Valley wine tours?

I did Platypus tour when I first moved to the area a few months ago and would strongly recommend this company. They brought us to 6 small family wineries in Healdsburg. Platypus had their shit together, all of the wineries were expecting us and had an area standing by for our arrival. The tour guide joined us in all the wineries and was a good resource to answer questions.
It is a little bit price but it includes a decent lunch.
Schedule your tour in advance because they fill up a few weeks ahead of time.
We also did another tour that unfortunately I can't remember the name of, but it was completely horrible. He brought us to places with no tasting fees (tasting fees were suppose to be included in the price of the tour), waiting in the van when he dropped us off in the parking lot, and he had no personality it felt like we were being lectured all day about the hx of wine. I had chosen this one because it was cheaper, but at the end of they day we spent more money because this tour didn't include lunch like Platypus does. As soon as I remember the tour company, I'll update this post!!

Jul 16, 2010
katjo in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Country Recommendations

Hello! My husband I recently moved Santa Rosa from Pgh, PA. We have had a great experience here so far and are out drinking wine way too often.
Our favorite place to go to for lunch while wine tasting is Cafe Citti on Highway 12 in Kenwood. I had the lasagna and the hubby had a foccacia sandwich, both were delicious. The lasagna was made with a bechemel and a meat sauce, it was like it eating a scrumptious cloud :) www.cafecitti.com/ Skip the dessert though...
Figone's Olive Oil is just about across the street and deserves a stop. I ended up leaving with not only the membership, but also 2 bottles of oil and a bottle of balsamic vinegar. http://www.figoneoliveoil.com/
ZaZu restaurant has been highly recommended to me, but I haven't had the chance to visit yet. http://www.zazurestaurant.com/
Our favorite wineries are....
J. Rickards http://www.jrwinery.com/
Mazzocco Vineyards www.mazzocco.com/
Tin Barn www.tinbarnvineyards.com
Talisman Wines www.talismanwine.com (the pinot noirs are out of this world
)Viansa Winery & Vineyards www.viansa.com (the wines are decent but we come here for the patio with a view and their woodburning pizza oven
)Most of the wineries I recommended are small family operations. Those are the ones we try to stick to, there really hasn't been a large on that I can recommend.
Good Luck and Happy Anniversary!

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Viansa Winery
25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA

Mazzocco Vineyards
1400 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg, CA

Cafe Citti
9047 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452

Jul 16, 2010
katjo in San Francisco Bay Area

2010 Bay Area mushroom hunting report

Can I ask if you have any recommendations on where to start looking for Morels in the area? I am a new transplant to Sonoma and every one looked at me like I had 3 heads when I started asking around.

Jun 14, 2010
katjo in San Francisco Bay Area

looking for the BEST PIZZA in Santa Rosa

I went to I Love NY PIE on a Wednesday at noon, beyond that I can't comment. I hope it isn't just lunch time, I'll try to scope it out this weekend.

Jun 11, 2010
katjo in San Francisco Bay Area

looking for the BEST PIZZA in Santa Rosa

Since moving to Santa Rosa about a month ago, I have been to I Love NY Pie and Rosso Pizzeria.
I love NY Pie was ok, not bad, but not over the top good either. I would go back just for cheap pizza by the slice.
Rosso Pizzeria was more my kind of pie. My hubby and I went for an early dinner and had the soup of the day (which I can't remember, but I licked the bowl clean!), a white pizza with asparagus (the special of the day) and the beppo. Everything was delicious, my only complaint was I don't think the oven was hot enough yet because the crust was a little spotty, but it was quite an early dinner so I can't blame them. My favorite part of this restaurant although they have a remarkable wine list, if you want to bring your own wine part of the corkage is donated to a local soccer youth group.

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I Love NY Pie
65 Brookwood Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NY Pie
2700 Yulupa Ave Ste 5, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Jun 08, 2010
katjo in San Francisco Bay Area

Mediterranean food

Hello all, I usually try to just read and respond to posts but I have a question for the the Manhattan CH's. My sister and I are planning a cocktail party and are looking for suggestions of where to get a variety of Mediterranean dips and appetizers in bulk. Nothing too elaborate (hummus, olives, feta, etc) just a good quality and hopefully not too pricey. We are from out of town so any help would be greatly appreciated!

May 28, 2010
katjo in Outer Boroughs

Mediterranean food

Hello all, I usually try to just read and respond to posts but I have a question for the the Manhattan CH's. My sister and I are planning a cocktail party and are looking for suggestions of where to get a variety of Mediterranean dips and appetizers in bulk. Nothing too elaborate (hummus, olives, feta, etc) just a good quality and hopefully not too pricey. We are from out of town so any help would be greatly appreciated!

May 27, 2010
katjo in Manhattan

Need a sure thing celebrity spotting restaurant

It isn't a restaurant, but I have seen somebody at Runyon Canyon every time I've been there. It is a nice hike with a great view of the Hollywood sign. Last week I saw BJ Novak from the Office, and Ali Larter. Also spotted Sharon Osbourne at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at the Grove. Good luck!

Jan 06, 2010
katjo in Los Angeles Area

Steeler Bar in Seattle?

My husband and I are moving to Seattle from Pittsburgh and we are looking for a bar to watch the remainder of the season. Any suggestions? It has been rumored that Fado Irish Pub, Floyd's Place, Fremont Dock, and the Sports Edition Lounge have designated as "Official Steeler Bars", but I was wondering if they are any good, and if 1 is recommended more than another. Any help would be appreciated! Sorry Seahawk fans :)

Dec 21, 2008
katjo in Greater Seattle

Ocean City Restaurant Help Family!

It's been about 2 years since I have been here but Captain's Galley http://www.occaptainsgalley2.com/door/ has my favorite crab cake. If gas wasn't $4 a gallon I would do a road trip this summer just to get one

Jul 29, 2008
katjo in Mid-Atlantic

NYC Chowhound looking for Pittsburgh eats near the int'l airport

My favorite restaurant on that side of town is Gab n Eat in Scott Township, its a little hole in the wall dive breakfast place. I have made the drive from Monroeville just to fill my craving for a greasy filling breakfast that actually tastes good (unlike the eat n park and kings around here). At one point in time I think this place was rated best burger in the city. It's a thick griddle burger stuffed in between 2 think slices of Mancini bread. It's awesome I could eat one now! http://pittsburgh.citysearch.com/prof...

Jun 22, 2008
katjo in Pennsylvania

Lidia's in Pittsburgh?

I went to Lidia's for brunch my birthday, and I was impressed. I thought the antipasti table was delicious as well as the pasta trio. It was early and the place was pretty empty but I thought the wait staff was average, not obviously good or bad. I did go for a business dinner and that time I found the food marginally above average. I would go back to try again though....

Jun 22, 2008
katjo in Pennsylvania

Anyone know of a good place to eat in Monroeville?

I have to say this is something I struggle with quite frequently!! Monroeville tends to filled with mostly mediocre chain restaurants. My fav restaurants in the area are... (in no particular order) Mad Mex, Taipei Toyko (eat in only, take out tends to be iffy), La Cucina Dolce, Vincent's Pizza (in plum, also can be hit or miss), D's Hot Dog Shop (decent food, good drink, can be quite pricey though), the rivertowne pourhouse (has even worse food, brewed in house beer are worth it) and then Labriola's is good when you don't feel like driving to Penn Mac. Green Mango will soon being opening a restaurant at penn circle. Unfortunately Monroeville still has some catching up to do, so a drive into the city is usually need.

Jun 16, 2008
katjo in Pennsylvania

Professional Bread-Making Classes in Pittsburgh?

There is a wonderful cooking studio in the southside called Sweetwater. http://www.sweetwatercooking.com/ And they actually have a bread baking class next monday. I took this class last year and it was great.

Jan 06, 2008
katjo in Pennsylvania

This weekend in Pittsburgh

I don't know about watching the game, but I put in my vote for the Sharp Edge. There are 2 locations Crafton is more restauranty, and East Liberty is more of a down and dirty bar, but the food is good and the beer is better! Also being at the Doubletree you should try Bigelow Grille in the lobby, the atmosphere appears a bit formal, but I have had my best meals in Pittsburgh there. The chef is known for taking pittsburgh classics and placing a spin on them. Also a few more fav's; Gypsy Cafe in the southside, D's hot dogs in reagent square, and any of the Big Burrito restaurants.

Sep 09, 2007
katjo in Pennsylvania

sushi in the burgh

I have to say my favorite place is Taipei Tokyo in Monroeville, right by the mall. I haven't had a bad meal there yet.

Apr 24, 2007
katjo in Pennsylvania