Dinner at Aubergine at L’Auberge in Carmel

February 8, 2016
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Monte Verde at Seventh, Carmel-by-the-Sea | 831.624.8578 | website Mr. K and I decided we wanted to try something new during a recent visit to Monterey. I did a little research and Aubergine seemed to be on everyone’s A-list and has won many awards.  The restaurant is located in L’Auberge Carmel, a Relais & Châteaux hotel that was originally […]

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Tasting olive oils and wine at We Olive in Los Gatos

January 27, 2016
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112 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos |408.354.7474 | website Mr. K and I were down in Monterey again last weekend and stopped by this charming new wine bar/olive oil tasting room in Los Gatos on our way back.  They are planning to have a grand opening celebration this weekend, so you should make plans to visit because […]

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Noodles and lunch at Vientian Cafe in Oakland

January 20, 2016
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3801 Allendale Ave. Oakland, CA  94619 | 510.535.2218 | website |menu open daily: 11am – 4 pm; 5 – 9 pm I dragged Mr. K along to a Meetup lunch with the infamous Bay Area Noodle Whores, a group of fanatical and devoted pastitutes who are on a perpetual quest to find the perfect bowl of ramen, pho, soup noodles, laksa, dongchimi […]

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Dinner at the Terrace Room in Oakland

January 11, 2016
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1800 Madison Street Oakland, CA 94612-4630 | 510.903.3771 | website Mr. K and I used to live in the Lake Merritt area and always admired this grand historic building which houses the beautiful Terrace Room restaurant with splendid views of the lake.  It was built in 1927 offering apartment-style hotel living along the shores of Lake Merritt in a Mediterranean Art Deco style that highlights the […]

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Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar in Pacific Grove

December 28, 2015
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542 lighthouse ave, pacific grove ca 93950 | 831.920.2662 | website Last week Mr. K and I went on a weekend trip to Pacific Grove, one of our favorite getaways because it is just a couple of hours drive away, has many excellent restaurants and stunning views in just about any direction you look.  We stayed at a bed and […]

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A feast of oysters at Hog Island in Tomales Bay

December 23, 2015
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Greetings from our rainy corner of the world!  A couple of weeks ago we had a beautiful picnic at the Hog Island oyster farm in the town of Marshall which is up the coast near Tomales Bay.  They charge a $5 per person picnic fee, and getting a table is so competitive that I had to book the table […]

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Chilaquiles to soothe the soul

December 3, 2015
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Calavera Restaurant | 2337 Broadway, Oakland | 510.338.3273 | website Open Sun-Thurs 5:30 to 10 pm | Fri-Sat 5:30 to 11 pm Mr. K and I went to a special brunch served family style last week at Calavera restaurant  in Oakland.  It was organized by the folks at Tasting Table and was described as a recovery brunch to start the weekend, a feast of 5 courses served […]

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