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‘Lette Macarons, Beverly Hills

'Lette Macarons Packaging

‘Lette Macarons is a macaron boutique based in Los Angeles. It was started by Paulette Koumetz – who the shop is named after – and chef Christophe Michala, and the intention was to bring quality French macarons to Los Angeles. The first shop and bakery opened in 2007 in Beverly Hills and that store is still there, selling macarons by the dozen to fans everyday. ... Read More »

The Helms Bakery Truck, Culver City, CA

Nicholas at the Helms Bakery Truck

The Helms Bakery was a southern California fixture for decades, from 1931 to 1969. Their slogan was “Daily at Your Door” and their products were delivered throughout southern California by delivery wagons packed with fresh loaves of bread, donuts, cookies and cake. Their main facility was in Culver City, Los Angeles and is still a landmark for the area, now hosting a number of restaurants ... Read More »

Wine at Starbucks: A Starbucks Evenings visit

Mac n' Cheese from Starbucks

Starbucks is a coffee shop, so it was a surprise to me to learn that some of their locations are now serving wine in a program called Starbucks Evenings. As part of the program, these stores serve a variety of wines and small plates dishes after 4pm. The idea is that many customers already come to Starbucks to relax and unwind with coffee, but that ... Read More »

The Fremont Diner, Sonoma, California

Fremont Diner Breakfast

The Fremont Diner looks like a greasy spoon type diner that you might drive by on your way from Napa to Sonoma, or vice versa, without giving it too much thought. If you don’t pull in for a bite to eat, however, you are missing out on one diner meal that you won’t forget. The Fremont Diner is absolutely charming, and while it does look ... Read More »

Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, California

Bistro Jeanty

Bistro Jeanty is a French bistro, located on the main street in Yountville, that captures a little piece of the French countryside. The restaurant opened in 1998, after chef Phillipe Jeanty – who had spent several years working in fine dining in the Napa valley – decided he wanted a restaurant that would serve some of the same dishes that he enjoyed growing up in ... Read More »

Addendum, Yountville, California

Addendum Benches

Addendum is an annex to the restaurant Ad Hoc in Yountville, California. Ad Hoc is the most casual of Thomas Keller’s restaurants, serving one set 3-course menu every night. All of the food is served to each table family-style, and you don’t know what is going to be on the menu until that day. The food is always good and it’s a very fun concept. ... Read More »

Oxbow Public Market, Napa, CA

Fatted Calf

Food-lovers who have been to San Francisco always stop by the Ferry Building, a marketplace that showcases some of the Bay Area’s most well-loved artisan food producers and home to one of the city’s most famous farmers markets. The Oxbow Public Market in Downtown Napa has the same kind of feeling as the Ferry Building, but on a smaller and even more accessible scale. The ... Read More »

English Muffins at Model Bakery, Napa, CA

Model Bakery English Muffins

The Model Bakery has been a fixture in the Napa Valley for more than 80 years, supplying fans with freshly baked bread, pastries and other goodies. Their main location is in the town of St Helena, but the bakery recently opened up another location in downtown Napa at Oxbow Market, which makes their artisan breads even more available. When you walk into the bakery, you ... Read More »

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