goin’ back to cali

I’m heading back to California tomorrow, specifically Sonoma and San Francisco. Thankfully this time, it’s longer than a day trip.

I’m attending a conference for work that just happens to be in Sonoma. Ok, so the location is ideal but I’m actually a total geek in that I’m really excited to attend this conference. I love my job and the industry I work in; there are a lot of really well-respected and super smart people attending and I’m excited to hear what they have to say and hopefully learn a thing or to.

And since it just happens to be in a part of the country that we’ve been eager to visit for some time, Jamie is coming with and we’re making a vacation out of it. We’ll spend five days exploring wine country then head to San Francisco for the weekend. We have both been to San Fran before, but this will be our first trip out there together.

We have picked out most of the wineries and restaurants we plan to visit. Here are the ones I’m most excited about: For Sonoma, The General’s Daughter and Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. In San Fran, Incanto (chef Chris Cosentino from Next Iron Chef), Slanted Door and Boulevard.

More to come.


  1. TraciJ
    Posted April 20, 2008 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t think about winery recommendations when I emailed you earlier, but my favorites are Silver Oak and Sattui. Also a friend of mine runs this website, which is really cool (all about wine) http://www.vinesugar.com. He is a definitely a “wine snob” – HA! The weather has been great lately, you’ll have great weather in Sonoma, but bring a jacket for SF (always cold). Have fun!

  2. Life in Recipes
    Posted April 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be heading that way next week. We’ll get to A-16 ‘s newest effort, SPQR, Pizzeria Delfina, Cafe at Chez Panisse (a tried and true-blue favorite), and in Napa, I’m fired up to eat at Ubuntu http://www.ubuntunapa.com/index_flash.html

    Have a great conference!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Would highly recommend Zazu (http://www.zazurestaurant.com/) if you’re anywhere near Santa Rosa. We ate there a couple years back and loved everything about it.

  4. maybelles mom
    Posted April 23, 2008 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I was just there about a month ago. I have a few suggestions as well–Ame at the St. Regis was transformative; Samovar (near SFMOMA) was good; and in the same neighborhood, and you like Indian, Chaat Cafe on Third was enjoyable. BTW, Slanted Door was excellent when we were there.

  5. Simone
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I too will be going to San Francisco in a month or so and can’t wait to dive into the fabulous restaurants and cafes in the city. I actually just returned from the Livermore area and had wonderful wine and food adventures. I have been doing extensive research on the options, but any other suggestions would be great. Thanks.