Started in 2005 as a fresh fish market with a dash of restaurant added, Local Ocean Seafood has now expanded the restaurant to a second floor. Reservations are highly recommended since those without them can easily wait an hour or more. Regardless, it’s worth the wait! They buy their seafood daily right from the local fishing boats that dock across the street.
We were treated to the ultimate dining experience by our dear friends Kent and DJ Nielsen, both chefs whose cooking school I attended in 1999-2001. This was their 22nd anniversary and their wedding reception was in the courtyard of The French Laundry! Our lunch ran nearly 5 1/2 hours and included a tour of the newly renovated $10M kitchen, wine cellar, private dining room, and a chance to meet Chef Keller. (Warning: This is a long post!)
Three years in the making, this 30,000 sqft ode to Chinese food opened its doors in March, 2017. The complex is on Broadway between Stockton and Columbus in San Francisco.
It all begins with a ticket, an “é” ticket if you will. I was fortunate to book a seat at é to coincide with my trip to Las Vegas for a photo workshop. A week before my reservation, a gold ticket arrives in the mail admitting you to an evening of culinary delights. From there, the anticipation builds! (Warning, this post is long…)
Since 2015 this family owned bakery in Dublin, CA has been serving up fresh baked artisanal breads, sweet treats, sandwiches, salads, and Peet’s coffee drinks. Premium Montana wheat berries are stone ground into whole wheat flour daily to ensure freshness, flavor, and maximum nutrition. No preservatives, additives, or dough conditioners are used and breads are pulled hot from the oven between 9:30 am and 11:00 am daily.
Chefs Lon Symesma and Ryan Gorby serve up contemporary interpreations of the street food of Vietnamese and Singaporean hawker fairs. Both trace their culinary history to the venerable Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Since 1996, Parker-Lusseau has been serving up extraordinary pastries, desserts, and wedding cakes in Monterey. Chefs Anne Parker Johnson and Yann Lusseau met in Belgium and were married in 1991. Everything is baked fresh daily at the main Munras location and sold there as two additional locations.
Our Airbnb host recommended this pastry shop when we arrived in Barcelona. Located just a few blocks from our apartment, it offered a gorgeous array of taste treats!
When more than a few friends say this place has the best hot chocolate they’ve ever had, it becomes a “must do”! How can a simple hot chocolate be so stellar that it warrants rave reviews?
This spectacular public market (formally known as Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria) has been operating here since the 17th century. Then, as now, it showcases the freshest products from local farmers, butchers, and fisherman. Take a seat at one of the many bars and restaurants in the market to sample some of the best of Barcelona!