Lunch in Napa Valley: Bistro Jeanty delivers good French classics

Finding a good place for lunch in Napa Valley, the most well-known wine growing region in the US, isn’t as easy as you think. Most foodies have heard of French Laundry, which has three Michelin stars and is considered to be the best French restaurant in Northern California, but it’s very expensive. Moreover if you […]

Sunny Wi-Fi cafes in San Francisco: Cafe Flore and Dolores Park Cafe

If you are looking for a cafe with a lot of light and a place to sit outdoors — but that also provides Wi-Fi access — there are two wonderful cafes, Cafe Flore in the Castro and Dolores Park Cafe in Dolores Park, you should consider. These two areas are adjacent to one another so […]

Japanese noodles and sushi in downtown SF (Union Square): Dojima-Ann

Finding a good lunch place in downtown San Francisco, specifically the Union Square shopping area, is very difficult. Most places cater to tourists and serve greasy, disgusting, fast food that is barely above McDonalds. So it’s great to find a Japanese noodle and sushi restaurant on O’Farrell and Powell that serves good udon and soba. […]

Fresh Mediterranean cuisine in San Francisco: Olea

One of my favorite new restaurants in San Francisco is Olea, opened barely five months ago by my friends, Gabriel Amaya (see photo above) and Glen Bolosan. It has taken them over a year to find a suitable location (California Street at Larkin) so you can imagine how happy I was to hear that they […]

More SF industrial chic: District wine bar

Since we’re on the subject of restaurants and wine bars in renovated industrial buildings, I forgot to mention one of the recent additions to the SF dining and bar scene: District on Townsend Street, two blocks from the baseball stadium. Vibe: industrial chic, exposed brick walls, funky art work, gigantic lounge spaces, huge bar, great […]

Industrial chic, small plates in San Francisco: South and Wine Bar, Serpentine

There’s always something new in San Francisco’s foodie scene and the most interesting places have been popping up in the south of Market (SOMA) area. Serpentine and South Food and Wine Bar are the latest “small plates” restaurants that I’ve tried and like very much. I prefer dining in this way – not traditional three […]

Recent Barcelona favorites: wine bars, tapas and out of town finds

I attended the Mobile World Congress (formerly 3GSM) last week in Barcelona, and stayed in Vilanova i la Geltru, a beach town 40 km south for lack of hotel rooms in the city. Vilanova is quiet and lovely at this time of the year without the tourists. Seafood restaurant outside Barcelona Vilanova has a lot […]