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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 »

Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel, West Hollywood, CA

Nicole at Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel

You can’t always eat in a restaurant named after or owned by a celebrity chef and expect to have that celebrity chef in the kitchen cooking. Of course that would be nice, but once you reach a certain point it is understandable that you can only be in so many places at once. What you should expect to find is a restaurant that really upholds ... Read More »

One Day Foodie Tour of Montreal

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Montreal is a fun city for a weekend getaway, packing in plenty of beautiful and historic sites, as well as lots of good food. You could easily spend a week in the city, enjoying the slightly slower pace of life and the many festivals that they host throughout the year, but it isn’t always easy to take a long vacation and there are times when ... Read More »

Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ, Chicago, Illinois

Dragon Ranch, Nicole and Chef Red Hauge

When I travel, I’m always on the lookout for exciting new places to eat and Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit because there is lots of very good food there. On my last trip to the Windy City, I noticed that a new restaurant had opened up right next door to Rick Bayless’s Frontera and XOCO, two of my go-to restaurants (where ... Read More »

Magnolia Bakery, Los Angeles

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery is one of the best known cupcake bakeries anywhere, thanks in part to a few mentions on the popular TV show Sex and the City a few years back. The real reason that Magnolia is so successful is not simply because they were mentioned on TV. The real reason is that their cupcakes. They keep things simple with cupcakes that aren’t too fancy, ... Read More »

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