Category: Travel

Dining at Little River Inn, Mendocino CA

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I’m what you might call an itinerant gourmand so it’s probably no surprise that I often plan my trips around restaurants, bars, bakeries, markets, and of course wineries. If I can find all these things – plus natural beauty – in one destination it’s safe to assume that I’ll return again and again. Mendocino is…

Wine Tasting in Jacksonville, Oregon?

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Roadtrips and wine tasting are one of my favorite pairings: you get to put the juice in context by seeing the scenery, sampling the food and talking with its people (including winemakers if you’re lucky). Greg and I were 16 days into a South-to-North-to-South West Coast adventure that included stops in California, Washington and finally…

Stone and Embers Wood-Fired Pizza

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Even if Stone and Embers (Chef Patrick Meany’s Anderson Valley, California eatery) weren’t located along Highway 128 on one of California’s most beautiful drives it would still be a destination restaurant. Establishments like Stone and Embers make me love roadtrips. Roadtrips offer a wide-open possibility of new experiences, as well as the chance to return to…

Brewery Gulch Inn: Mendocino, CA

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I recently found myself driving north on California’s iconic Highway 1, on my way once again, to the Mendocino Coast. This time the Brewery Gulch Inn. I’ve been to the Mendocino Coast enough times to know how beautiful and unpredictable it can be. Days start off crisp and cool even in the summer. By midday…

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

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There’s nothing like a wine tasting tour– get in your car, enjoy the scenery, stop off at a picturesque small (or not so small) tasting room, sample, spit, have a nosh or a nibble, repeat. Well, now there something like it, the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. Same concept with a different execution: lose the…

Atomic Cocktail- Las Vegas

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The Atomic Cocktail “Booom” I say to the bartender. I may have had one too many. That’s my only explanation. You see I’m standing at (well leaning on) the bar of Atomic Liquors, Las Vegas’ oldest cocktail bar. Owned and operated for more than 50 years by husband and wife Joe and Stella Sobchik, the…