Destination Guides

A day in Rome: Three must-try bites (and a few things to do in between)

Last week I had a very short time in Rome during which I shamelessly abused the phrase “when in Rome…” When in Rome eat six meals a day. When in…

Sabor del Barrio: Tacos and Beyond

I’m doing a new bilingual series for Vision Hispana exploring Latin American food in the East Bay, click on the links below for my reviews and interviews with chefs. La…

Where to Eat in Palm Springs

This is a post about eating in Palm Springs, with a sprinkling of advice on eating in cities that are not food destinations. I did my research. The highest recommended…

Beyond the Mason Jars: Good Food in Portland

Portland, as all of us Carrie Brownstein fans know, is an easy target. The Portland restaurant scene falls victim to parody just as easily as the rest of the place.…

Five Eating Destinations Along the California Central Coast

1. Romo’s Market (728 Guadalupe St) Couples express their love and appreciation for each other in many ways. For us, “baby, I think you just introduced me to one of…

Drinking in Istanbul

How to tell that the political landscape of a Middle Eastern country has changed? Just look at your tab. I’m giving you a well-scouted list of bars in Istanbul, but…

Eating In Istanbul Part 1 (For the Meat Lovers)

Headed to Istanbul? This is the first in a something-part series (three? four? depends how many baklava stops I include) of places to eat, drink and explore in Istanbul, where…

11 Things to Eat & Drink In NYC

Before putting this list down on paper I thought that it might end up reading something more like, “Twelve mostly pork things to eat in New York City from the…

B-Dama: Order Right and Drink Well

Note: B-Dama is now inside Swan’s Marketplace in Old Oakland. The first time I came here was a Thursday evening around 8 pm. There was a group of four waiting…

Comal: Agave Lovers Come Hither

At 5:28 as I was waiting in line for Comal to open, a Cal student amused by the long line outside of the restaurant asked the woman behind me what…