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A tour of the Bouchon Bakery, Yountville, CA

Baking bread for TFL

The Napa Valley is a hot spot for foodies due to the high concentration of top notch restaurants ad wineries in the area. But in with all the big names are lots of smaller places that are easily worth a stop. I have to include the Bouchon Bakery in this list because, although the bakery is one of Thomas Keller’s eateries, it is often overlooked ... Read More »

The French Laundry, Yountville, California

TFL 9

The French Laundry is one of the most iconic restaurants in the Napa Valley and one of the best restaurants in the world, with three Michelin stars to prove it. The restaurant belongs to Chef Thomas Keller, who has been serving a beautiful nine course tasting menu there since 1994, when he bought the building (formerly an actual French Lanudry, but operated previously as a ... Read More »

Morimoto, Napa, CA

Morimoto Fish

Masaharu Morimoto is the highly skilled Japanese chef who has been featured on Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. He is highly skilled, but you might not know that he has several restaurants where you can actually taste some of the food that he has prepared in culinary battles on the show (as well as lots of other tasty dishes). The newest of his restaurants ... Read More »

Yodels at Sweetie Pies Bakery, Napa, California

Sweetie Pies' Yodel

Sweetie Pies is an adorable bakery on the Napa riverfront that specializes in American classics, like cheesecakes, cupcakes and cream-filled whoopie pies. The place is busy and if you sit inside for more than a few minutes, you’ll see quite a few people come through the doors and leave with goodies. One of their signature items is the Yodel. A Yodel is a cream-filled chocolate ... Read More »

Butter Cream Bakery, Napa, CA

Butter Cream Bakery Chicken Pot Pie

I can’t resist a classic diner and I knew after one glance at the pink and white striped building of the Butter Cream Bakery and Diner in Napa that I would have to stop in for breakfast. The bakery opened in 1948 as a donut shop and grew from there. Today, they have a great bakery that does everything from donuts to wedding cakes and ... Read More »

Ad Hoc, Yountville, California

Ad hoc Menu

I’ve heard people refer to Yountville, California as Keller-Ville because renowned Chef Thomas Keller has so many excellent restaurants that dominate the foodie scene in the small Napa Valley town. There are other restaurants there, too, but I know that when I come into town I’m probably heading for The French Laundry, Bouchon or Ad Hoc. Ad Hoc is the most casual of Thomas Keller’s ... Read More »

Macarons at Bottega Louie, Los Angeles, CA

More macarons

French macarons are not as easy to find at bakeries as chewy, coconut macaroons are. While I am a big fan of a good coconut macaroon, I like finding a place that sells great macarons even more because I encounter it so much less frequently. One place in Los Angeles that sells great macarons – and lots of them – is Bottega Louie in downtown ... Read More »

The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento, California

Nicole with Chef Randall and Chef Noah

Chef Randall Selland told me that his restaurant, The Kitchen Restaurant, was based on the idea of eliminating the wait staff during a dining experience. A great front of house can add to a great meal, but a poor one can ruin it no matter how good the food is. So, Chef Randall decided to make the back of the house the front of the ... Read More »

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