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  Sexy outdoor cafes in Southern California, ultra-fresh ingredients in Northern California, just-caught seafood along the coast—virtually every corner of the state has extraordinary restaurants, bistros, and cafes. You can sample California’s incredible variety of dining experiences year-round, but in January, there is even more reason to try them out. Welcome to California Restaurant Month, a month-long statewide celebration of special offerings and events. Treat yourself to that urban hotspot you’ve always wanted to try, or plan a quick getaway (and a great meal) in gorgeous wine country, along the dramatic coast, or at a cozy mountain retreat. Look for…
In an effort to foster community pride, celebrate regional farming, and to create further demand for the region as a culinary tourism destination, the Sacramento Region is laying claim to being "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital" and made the announcement at a press conference on October 31, 2012. Sacramento is positioned to claim this identity because no major city in America is more centrally located amid such a diverse range of high-quality farms, ranches and vineyards.Mayor Kevin Johnson and Sacramento area chefs announce Farm-to-Fork program. "This recognition as America's Farm-to-Fork Capital isn't something that this region needs to grow into because we've…
What in the world do you want to eat tonight? At Lake Tahoe South Shore try Thai, Italian, Pan-Asian, Japanese, Mexican, Swiss or California cuisine. The international culinary smorgasbord includes four-star restaurants, European-inspired bistros, one-of-a-kind fresh delis with organic nibbles and pizzerias. Ranked the No. 1 Travel Destination in the U.S. in TripAdvisor 2008, South Lake Tahoe adds multiple dining options to its reputation as the epicenter for 24-hour nightlife, world-class gaming, and exceptional headliner entertainment. Fine Dining, Tahoe Style…Cafe Fiore is known for a great wine list. Gi Fu Loh is where east meets west and guests can select…
This summer, Melting Pot Food Tours celebrates its fourth year as the original food tours provider for Los Angeles. The company has pioneered walking-tasting culinary tours of the city's best restaurants in the most historic neighborhoods. Their three tours--The Original Farmers Market and 3rd Street, Old Pasadena, and East LA Latin Flavors—are chock full of stories of local color, introductions to merchants, and exotic tastings of world cuisine. Enjoying a taste of signature Chinese Chicken Salad from Jones on Third. Melting Pot Food Tours was founded by native Angeleno sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia, who share a passionate desire to…
A popular sidewalk cafe. There's never been a better time to eat well in Los Angeles. LA faces the Pacific Rim and straddles the gateway to Latin America; and it has long been a destination due to its weather, topography and opportunity. Those diverse groups from distant lands have all helped to weave a collective culinary fabric that makes LA one of the most exciting places to dine on Earth. Northern California had the Gold Rush in the mid 1800s. Now the rush is on to be a part of LA's culinary scene, with chefs, artisans, brewers, coffee roasters and…
The popularity of California wine, fresh produce and regional cuisine continues to expand worldwide. For travelers to the state, one of the best ways to discover what's new in fresh seasonal cooking and dining is to visit California's wine country. Local restaurants focus on pairing regional wines with natural, farm-grown ingredients, often sourced from community farmers' markets. These markets reflect the abundance of produce available in the state, as California is America's top agricultural state, producing 400 plant and animal commodities. There are more than 400 certified farmers' markets throughout California, many of them in the state's wine regions. A…
  Whether grown from the fertile earth or harvested fresh from the sea, Sonoma County's eateries embrace an eat-fresh philosophy that offers visitors a true taste of wine country. Dining has close connection with the land. Venture out beyond your resort's borders to discover a food lover's paradise: 500-plus restaurants ranging from Michelin- and Zagat-rated to casual wine country cuisine use freshly harvested, locally-grown produce. Pay attention as you explore the lush countryside; the bounty you see today may be on your plate tonight. An abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs blanket the countryside. Cattle, sheep, and pigs graze the…
Thomas Keller of Yountville's French Laundry received the S.Pellegrino Lifetime Achievement Award on AprilThos Keller of French Laundry. 30th at London's Guildhall. The award is conferred by the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Academy which includes 27 Chairs from around the world and an 837-strong voting panel. In receiving this accolade, he joins the S.Pellegrino Lifetime Achievement hall of fame alongside Juan Mari Arzak, Eckart Witzigmann and Joël Robuchon. Keller's iconic restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville, California, effectively revolutionized American cooking, combining classical French techniques with distinctive, locally sourced quality ingredients years before such an approach became de rigueur. For…
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