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The Crazy Norwegian Fish and Chips

The Crazy Norwegian Fish and Chips

If you ever find yourself heading up up the coast on Hwy 101 toward Portland make absolutely sure to stop for lunch in Port Orford, Oregon at The Crazy Norwegian Fish and Chips restaurant. I stumbled on this completely by chance but WOW I am glad I stopped. I am very very picky about my fish and chips. The batter needs to be perfectly light and crisp, and the chips need to be just the right consistency too. Then there…

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OMG this Ramen Rocks!

OMG this Ramen Rocks!

If you are a ramen aficionado then do not miss this sot. Ramen Gaijin in Sebastopol is the real deal. This spot brings together authentic Japanese ramen recipes and techniques with super fresh local ingredients for a distinctly Sonoma County style Izakaya experience. While the ramen itself is crazy good….you can also make a meal of the various skewers and yakitori. We strongly recommend sitting at the bar if you can. The smells from the kitchen are hypnotizing. http://www.ramengajin.com

Really Good Fish Tacos

Really Good Fish Tacos

Do you love fish tacos? There are lots of good spots to get them around Sonoma County but one of our favorite is at Handline in Sebastopol. Made from locally sourced rockfish and fried in a very light beer batter with all the right accoutrements. What really sets these tacos apart however is the fact that the all important tortillas are made in house from scratch! Go check this spot out….you will taste the difference. There are plenty of other…

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Single Restaurant Decision – will it be Thread or Tree??

Single Restaurant Decision – will it be Thread or Tree??

There are two distinct restaurants in Healdsburg beginning with the word “Single.” They could not be at farther ends of the spectrum in style and in price. Singletree Café is a longtime Healdsburg breakfast and lunch destination. Their scrambles and early bird $2.99 breakfast special are legendary among locals. Food is fresh and borders on gourmet for a diner. Go there anytime and you will see someone you know. It is definitely a locals destination with an endless coffee cup…

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Hana Japanese Restaurant

Hana Japanese Restaurant

I had been hearing about Hana for a long time…. and finally tried it recently. Set in a relatively nondescript shopping center, the decor once inside is welcoming with a large Sake bar area and nicely spaced tables as well as an active sushi bar. There were five of us at dinner and our waitress was warm and knowledgeable suggesting that we go “family style” and try lots of items. While not inexpensive this was definitely the way to go….

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Marigold Indian Bistro

Marigold Indian Bistro

Uddab Timilsina, the best Indian chef in the North Bay, is back, this time in Sebastopol Ca, over at his new restaurant Marigold Indian Bistro. He’s originally from Nepal and has the knowledge and ability to pull together ideas from many of the dozens of culinary traditions of India. This restaurant uses the freshest ingredients and local meat and organic poultry; I recently tried their Kale Bhaji appetizer (organic kale, ginger onions fritters coated in a chickpea batter), Lamb Saagwala…

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine Acknowledges Sonoma County Restaurants

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Acknowledges Sonoma County Restaurants

Congratulations to local favorites Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa and Spoonbar in Healdsburg for their inclusion in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants! The magazine’s editors focused on eateries combining delicious and creative cuisine with  unique and interesting wine programs. http://www.winemag.com/2014-100-Best-Restaurants-in-America/The-Spinster-Sisters http://www.winemag.com/2014-100-Best-Restaurants-in-America/Spoonbar

Zagat: The 7 Best Foodie Trips Around Northern California

Zagat: The 7 Best Foodie Trips Around Northern California

Virginia Miller writes about the 7 best foodie trips around Northern California which includes: Healdsburg, Saratoga, Port Costa, Jenner, Carmel, Nevada City and Napa. Restaurants mentioned include: Torc (Napa), The Willo (Nevada City), L’Auberge Carmel, Alexander’s (Jenner), Bull Valley Roadhouse (Port Costa), Plumed Horse (Saratoga) and Healdsburg SHED. The complete article can be found here –> http://www.zagat.com/b/san-francisco/best-foodie-trips-around-northern-california#1

Yank Sing

Yank Sing

Located in the Rincon Center in San Francisco in the Embarcadero area, this world renowned Dim Sum Restaurant is abuzz with friends, families and conversations while a host of servers approach your table with carts filled with fresh seafood, meats and veggie dumplings along with offerings of fish, duck, crab and veggie side orders. I love the Atmosphere at Yank Sing and the food that once served only to the Imperial Family is out of this world. A Bill Cauthers…

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Water Bar

Water Bar

Water Bar is a seafood-centric restaurant located on the waterfront in San Francisco with a panoramic view of the bay, city skyline and the Bay Bridge. It features a menu of fresh sustainable fish and seafood plus in the evenings the light show on the Bay Bridge is visible. During happy hour lunch from 11:30 -4pm on Thursdays thru Saturday’s they serve fresh DOLLAR OYSTERS. Sit at the bar you will meet people from all over the world.    …

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