Kettles Vietnamese Restaurant | Santa Rosa
Jul11

Kettles Vietnamese Restaurant | Santa Rosa

The owners of Boathouse sushi have opened Kettles, a Vietnamese restaurant, near Coddingtown Mall. The menu runs several pages, with familiar items like pho, bun (rice noodles) and banh mi (Vietnamese Sandwiches), but it’s worth straying a bit off the beaten path and tucking into some less known items including lime marinated beef carpaccio served in a cocktail glass; a Vietnamese crepe that’s sweet and savory, filled with...

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Forchetta Bastoni: First Look
Nov11

Forchetta Bastoni: First Look

Forchetta/Bastoni is exactly the right kind of restaurant for tough economic times. Housed in the cavernous space that has seen its share of big ego chefs come and go, Jamilah Nixon (formerly of Lucy’s Table) and Steven Peyer (formerly of Peter Lowell’s) have split the space into two halves — a casual, lunchy noodle bar and a rustic Italian trattoria that (at least for now) only opens for dinner.  It’s a smart...

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Sushi Continues at Shimo
Nov07

Sushi Continues at Shimo

Thursday afternoon sushi with Hana Japanese’s Ken Tominaga has been extended through November at Healdsburg’s Shimo Modern Steak. If you missed it in October, head up north from 5-9pm to get your sushi fix. Wallet conscious? Chef/owner Douglas Keane says rolls run around $10, his ramen starts at about $7 and bar snacks are only a couple bucks. Who knew? 241 Healdsburg Avenue  Healdsburg,...

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Banh Mi: Malaysian Mei
May25

Banh Mi: Malaysian Mei

Mei Ibach always seems to have something cooking. From her involvement with last year’s market hit, Hot Cheese (with friend John Ash) to dim-sum and tea pairings, teaching at SRJC or working on new recipes, Ibach is a culinary whirlwind. But her newest project may be the closest to her southeast Asian heritage: Banh Mi sandwiches and Asian sauces and curries. Mei has already set up shop in Windsor at the Sunday farm market where...

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Thai Time | Santa Rosa
May13

Thai Time | Santa Rosa

We are a county in love with Thai food. There now four in the heart of downtown, more than 20 within Santa Rosa city limits, and another 15 or so (by my quick count) in surrounding ‘burbs. That’s a lot of green curry and Pad Thai. Despite the already crowded market, Thai Time in downtown Santa Rosa recently opened its doors to a peanut-sauce craving public. Located in the former Golden Dragon location, the space has been...

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Noodle Bowl | Santa Rosa
Feb03

Noodle Bowl | Santa Rosa

“Asian Sandwich” doesn’t quite do justice to the $3 masterpiece before you. This meaty torpedo, filled with warm slices of barbecued pork, crunchy carrots, pickled daikon, mayonnaise, pate, cilantro and a sneaky slice of jalapeno was made by a true sandwich artist. Nestled into a grilled Costeaux Bakery baguette, you will brave Santa Rosa’s afternoon traffic jams, give up your primo parking spot and maybe even...

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