Library at Chalkboard | Healdsburg
May02

Library at Chalkboard | Healdsburg

Can a perfectly seared day boat scallop capped with gently melting Iberico lardo make you weep? Would a gently poached 63-degree quail egg make you swoon with that closed-eye, relaxed shoulder, slack-jawed, flushed cheek feeling that’s, well, usually done behind closed doors? We’re a strange breed, we gastronomes, seeking out that one perfect meal, that one perfect ingredient that alights every sense simultaneously. Ephemerally....

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Banshee Wines opens in Hburg
Sep20

Banshee Wines opens in Hburg

Banshee Wines, specializing in Sonoma Coast pinots (but hey, they’ve also got a tasty chardonnay) has opened its first tasting room in Healdsburg. What’s especially interesting is that they’ll be offering up a tasting menu with bites from Shed’s new head chef, Jenna Sprafkin.  The decor is nouveau Healdsburg, with plenty of reclaimed wood, vintage communal table, a record player in an old milk crate and a host...

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Farmhouse Inn named one of the Best Hotels in the world
Jul29

Farmhouse Inn named one of the Best Hotels in the world

  Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn has been ranked one of the top 50 hotels in the world (and #3 in the United States) by the readers of Travel + Leisure. Among the distinctions: Giving visitors an “insider” experience of Sonoma’s Wine Country with six concierges, a top-ranked restaurant, an in-house sommelier and spa. BiteClub heartily...

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Chalkboard Bistro Healdsburg
May17

Chalkboard Bistro Healdsburg

Over the next few months, the inevitable comparisons between Cyrus and the space’s new iteration, Chalkboard, will appear in endless food blogs, Yelp reviews, and “critical reviews” of the new Les Mars/Bill Foley restaurant. As devotees of the much-lamented Michelin-starred restaurant, we can’t help ourselves. Ignore the blather and simply head north. Change is good, and here it’s also visually and...

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Shrubs at Shed Modern Grange in Healdsburg
May06

Shrubs at Shed Modern Grange in Healdsburg

Belly up to Shed Modern Grange’s Fermentation Bar in Healdsburg I declare the official drink of summer 2013 to be the shrub, an old-is-new thirst-quencher with the most unlikely of ingredients: Vinegar. Far better tasting than it sounds, this Colonial-era cocktail combines fresh fruit puree (think rhubarb, strawberries or raspberries) with sugar and a light vinegar for a tart-but-sweet refresher that’s kickier than...

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Cafe Lucia Healdsburg
Dec13

Cafe Lucia Healdsburg

  A new restaurant in Healdsburg that doesn’t have a wood-fired oven? Yes, it’s true. Channeling Mediterranean flavors of another sort, Cafe Lucia, has opened in the former Affronti location on Healdsburg Avenue. Tucked well back from the street, brother and sister team Manuel and Lucia Azevedo have brought the “Nova Cozinha Portuguesa” or new Portuguese cuisine of Manuel’s highly acclaimed La...

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