Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch 738 Main St. St. Helena, CA 94574 Yelp Overlord, Carnivorous Lush, and myself had been to Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch for Weener’s wedding a few years back.  I thought the wedding food was excellent, albeit small portioned.   I was looking forward to coming back one of these days.  St….

Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc 6476 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599 Yelp I have wanted to visit Ad Hoc for a really long time.  I even bought the Ad Hoc At Home cookbook many years ago in hopes of experiencing a little bit of Thomas Keller’s culinary genius in my own kitchen.  Alas, some of the recipes can be a bit…

Coltivare

Coltivare 3320 White Oak Dr. Houston, TX 77077 coltivarehouston.com Yelp I was looking for some good Italian food in Houston, but The Annoyer said it doesn’t really exist.  Coltivare is new on the dining scene so it was new for him too.  Coltivare reminded me of a Portland restaurant.  It’s small.  It had an old,…

The Playground – Sunday Supper

The Playground 220 E 4th St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 playgrounddtsa.com Yelp Jungle Fever has been fighting the good fight against the most unfortunate of things…cancer.  It super sucks of course, but he has been exuding a positive attitude and living life to the fullest these days.  A full life for anyone who is really…

Frances

Frances 3870 17th St San Francisco, CA 94114 frances-sf.com Yelp I was about ready to burst with my last and final meal for my SF summer trip.  Luckily, I pulled through and did not disappoint my fellow dining companions Triple F and Running Man, nor my dedicated readers/followers.  I always take one for the team….

Lazy Bear

Lazy Bear 3416 19th St San Francisco, CA 94110 lazybearsf.com Yelp There are very few times I hand over the reigns to food planning.  Most people are not interested in dedicating the time to figure out what’s good to eat.  Triple F is not that person.  She keeps her ear to the ground.  She subscribes…

Ava Gene

Ava Gene was one of the few restaurants that impressed Perpetually Underwhelmed during her time in Portland.  Obviously, that is saying something given her name.  Zhu Zhu Hamster sang the restaurant’s praises.  It was the first restaurant I wanted to try during my summer visit to my old city.  The weather left much to be…

AOC

Having lived in LA for a number of years has naturally led me to a fair amount of celebrity sitings.  I’ve seen Paris Hilton, Milla Jovovich, Charlize Theron, Matthew Perry and a random smattering of others.  But the coolest celebrity siting was Leonardo DiCaprio here at AOC when it was at it’s old location almost…

Range

I’m really beginning to appreciate the food scene in San Francisco more and more these days.  It’s definitely a much more refined food scene than LA.  The restaurants seem more ingredient driven and  have that “farm-to-table” thing going on.  It’s also a nice change of pace to come to San Francisco and let another foodie…

Fundamental LA

If you know me, you probably know I’m not a huge fan of Dine LA.  First of all, I haven’t had very good experiences.  Second of all, I’d rather spend more money to get what I want than to be restricted to a prix fixe menu for less money.  What can I say?  I’m particular…

Le Pigeon

So Dumpling Man and I have tried almost all the big name fancy restaurants in Portland, but there was just one left, Le Pigeon.  I can’t say I had high expectations because it’s more casual sister restaurant, Little Bird, was just ok and Dumpling Man had already tried Le Pigeon and was not impressed.  However,…

The Publican

So after our disappointing dinner at Blackbird, we tried to scale it down a notch and take on some more casual fare at Publican.  I only just found out now that they are restaurants from the same chef, Paul Kahan.  I was surprised to find this out since the food could not have been more…