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Best Memories & Meals in 2012

It’s kind of hard to wrap my mind that it’s almost the end of 2012. Time and life never takes a break but sometimes serendipitous things happen. (In relatively random order.) First thing in mind would be my graduation gift from the luxe chocolate and pastry brand, La Maison du Chocolat… A large Andalouise cake from La Maison du Chocolat My Andalouise cake from La Maison du Chocolat is something I never anticipated them gifting me and sending well wishes for my graduation from graduate school. This seasonal cake is intensely flavored of lemon pastry cream and chocolate mousse, chocolate..

Seasonal Tasting Menu Dinner at Manresa, Los Gatos, CA for My Dad’s Birthday

Outside of Manresa I have heard about Manresa and its Chef-Proprietor David Kinch for the past several years from the food media and it’s been placed on my list of restaurants I must eat since then. (Within the past 6 months, Manresa was earned a 2* Michelin rating and a spot within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.) With the timing of my then graduation from my Master’s program and my dad’s birthday, it’s just one of those very good reasons not to pass up this opportunity to celebrate and dine at Manresa. (I wrote back on my post this earlier..

Iron Horse Vineyards – Exceptional Cuvées & Wines in a Spectacular Estate

Heading toward Iron Horse Vineyards, interesting flowers, and the rolling green hills Iron Horse is one of the most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries in the United States. For the past few years, I’ve been corresponding to the CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards, Joy Sterling since I’m a fan of her family’s sparkling wines and I thought it would be great (and an honor) to actually meet her in person. I’m used to seeing vast green fields whenever I do visit any winery estate but I didn’t anticipate the drop-dead gorgeous landscape at Iron Horse Vineyards when my..

Iron Horse Vineyards – Exceptional Cuvées & Wines in a Spectacular Estate

Heading toward Iron Horse Vineyards, interesting flowers, and the rolling green hills Iron Horse is one of the most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries in the United States. For the past few years, I’ve been corresponding to the CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards, Joy Sterling since I’m a fan of her family’s sparkling wines and I thought it would be great (and an honor) to actually meet her in person. I’m used to seeing vast green fields whenever I do visit any winery estate but I didn’t anticipate the drop-dead gorgeous landscape at Iron Horse Vineyards when my..

Love Apple Farms, Santa Cruz, CA – Lovely Farm on the Mountains

Love Apple Farms’ sign, the nursery, seen from the farm’s offices, the garden, Love Apple Farms’ Co-owner, Cynthia Sandberg (in blue shirt) and Garden Manager, Sarah When my family and I planned to dine at the 2* Michelin Manresa (my post on that meal soon) earlier this June, I insisted that we must book a tour of the farm that grows the beautiful produce for this restaurant and that is Love Apple Farms, about a 15-20 minute drive from Manresa or about 1 hour and 15-40 minutes from the center of San Francisco. (more…)

Ritual Roasters – Amazing Coffee in San Francisco, CA

Brandon of Ritual Roasters met my family and I when we’re in San Francisco on one bright and early June morning. All in the name of great coffee. I know a number of you might be screaming at your screens, essentially at me, “Why didn’t you visit [insert well known San Francisco coffee cafe and roaster]?” One main reason: We have it in New York City. Three locations. My purpose to visit, dine and/or drink at certain places when I travel is because I can’t find them at home and it has to be good. At the Proxy location Back..

Tour of Raymond Vineyards, Napa Valley, Rutherford, CA

Driving through Napa; at Raymond Vineyards outside When I was in San Francisco earlier this month, my family and I did make a trip up to the Wine Country. First was the olive oil tasting and this stop to Raymond Vineyards was an interesting one, as we met Anna to give us an informative tour. Raymond Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Roy Raymond with his two sons, Roy Jr. and Walter. Today, it’s under the helm of Jean-Charles Boisset, the proprietor of Boisset Family Estates, Director of Winemaking Stephanie Putnam, Assistant Winemaker Kathy George, and Vineyard Manager Eric Pooler..

Fantastic Late Breakfast at Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Exterior of Tartine; Waiting on line inside and fresh pile of Morning buns Tartine Bakery is one of the most well known bakeries in San Francisco. This bakery focuses on using local, organic (if possible) ingredients, and made with love and care for great pastries. The co-owners of Tartine, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson won the James Beard Award back in 2008 for Best National Pastry Chef. They also printed two excellent books (my personal favorite is Tartine Bread). Pastries seen… When I visited this bakery during my visit to San Francisco on a Tuesday morning, the place was bustling..

Tour of Round Pond Olive Oil Mill, Rutherford, CA

Round Pond Winery and Round Pond Olive Oil Mill During my family vacation to San Francisco, we drove to Napa and Sonoma Valley as a day trip. One of our stops was Round Pond Estate, particularly their olive oil mill at the town Rutherford. During that time, it was a dreary, rainy morning on the way up North to Napa Valley. The good news was that it stopped raining by the time we arrived to Round Pond, even though it’s still cloudy. I chose to have an olive estate tour since I never seen olive trees in real life and..