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From Alice Waters’ Berkeley food revolution in the 1970s to Jessica Largey (of Los Gatos), James Beard’s Rising Star Chef of 2015, the Bay Area has long been a frontrunner all things epicurean. It’s also a haven for all…

california restaurant month

It’s January, a time for new beginnings, setting goals, renewing discipline and… eating a lot. Yes, we too heard that proverbial New Year’s resolution record screech. But hey, while this month is about working off all the turkey and…

california secrets

They are purveyors of place, touting their own hometowns to tourists, meeting planners, and writers. By trade, they are experts on and champions of the iconic places, under-the-radar gems, and newfangled darlings in their areas. But where do the tourism board professionals go when…

Wine & Roses Hotel

When one says (or searches for) “California Wine Country,” the first place that comes up is Napa Valley, followed closely by Sonoma, and then maybe Santa Barbara, Temecula… What does not generally surface? A wine getaway to Lodi. But…

Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Summer, we’ve loved you, but we’re happy to have September’s clear skies and (ahem) “balmy” afternoons. And while giving up your carefree spirit is a bit of a drag, there’s a small sigh of relief in returning restless youngin’s…

sacramento

Sacramento. It’s our state capital, the birthplace (or nearly) of the Gold Rush, a field trip mecca, and that’s about it, right? Wrong. Yes, Sacramento is all of those things, but it’s also a happening metropolis with a great arts…

fishing

Most visitors to California set their sights on the Bay Area, Napa’s wine country or the sandy beaches of the south. And while Manteca, in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, may not be the first thing that comes to…

Coldani Family

Although Lodi, California doesn’t have a reputation as a “destination” the town is quickly becoming known for its flux of produce, wine, and olive oil farms, like the family-run Coldani Olive Ranch, which is turning out award-winning California extra…