Author: Susie Wyshak

Laiko’s Instagram Food Adventures

Laiko’s Instagram Food Adventures

It’s a tasty job but someone’s gotta do it. In the line of work as a culinary communications consultant, good things are bound to happen…  

Susie’s Favorite Bay Area Internet Cafes & Coffee Roasters

Susie’s Favorite Bay Area Internet Cafes & Coffee Roasters

I still have not quite hit upon a job that would entail going to a new cafe every day but Epicuring is a pretty good excuse. If you live to enjoy good coffee and get a buzz from working at a cafe, or meeting people […]

Best Things To Do On a First Bay Area Visit For Parents With Teens

Best Things To Do On a First Bay Area Visit For Parents With Teens

Wherever you go in the Bay Area you will have ample opportunity to hike, soak in some culture, beautiful scenery, eat well and find something for everyone’s interests. Here are just a few picks for families with  teens. Let me know if I’ve missed something important! -Susie

Berkeley & Oakland

American Flag at Sunset Over San Francisco and the Bay Bridge
View from the ferry!

  1. Walk from my Airbnb to the UC Berkeley campus, down College Ave. and walk through campus. Lots of food along the way!
  2. Oakland Museum has really fun California history exhibits. There is a small, very authentic Chinatown nearby.
  3. Pizza at Zachary’s near Rockridge BART
  4. Rosie the River Museum featuring the country’s oldest ranger, a 94 year old woman!
  5. Ferry to San Francisco from Jack London Square, then BART back to Rockridge. OR ferry to Sausalito for the day, from the San Francisco Ferry Building to where you can take BART. Lovely way to see the bay!

East of Oakland, en route to Wine Country

  1. Jelly Belly factory tour in Fairfield.
  2. Cut up to Napa and tour wine country. (Ideas of things to do with teens)
  3. If you’ve got lots of time, you’re on your way to Sacramento and Lake Tahoe…keep going?

3 Days in and near San Francisco

You could pack a few of these together and even in 1 exhausting day. Here are suggested days that will be pretty full:

  1. Exploratorium / tour Alcatraz (need to get tix in advance) – BART to Embarcadero or drive there. You can walk along the waterfront from BART to get to the Exploratorium then to the Alcatraz point of embarcation. It is near Fisherman’s Wharf, which is really just touristy. After, you can
    walk and eat through Chinatown.
  2. A few moms recommend…
    1. Ride a cable car from Powell St. to Fisherman’s Wharf.
    2. Baseball game at AT&T park…be sure to get a seat from which you can see the Jumbotron and the water.
    3. Rickshaw bike ride to Musee de Mechanic.
  3. Disney Family Museum (if you are fans) near the Marina / waterfront in San Francisco’s Presidio. On a Sunday you can lunch with food trucks at Off the Grid. Then walk across the Golden Gate Bridge!
  4. Golden Gate Park – with the Academy of Sciences aquarium and more. Roller skating lessons on Sundays.
    Walk down Haight St. (if you would find that interesting)You can also go to Ocean Beach and swim, although it may be a little chilly.

    Nearby, visit the Sutro Baths which used to be an ocean water spa in the 1920s. You can hike a bit and get a bite to eat.

  5. Drive to Muir Woods, and walk through the smell the ancient redwoods. Continue to Point Reyes or Stinson Beach for some nature. The Marin Headlands near the Golden Gate Bridge are a historic barracks that have some fun climbing. Mount Tamalpais makes for great hiking.

Silicon Valley

  1. Lunch at Palo Alto’s Town & Country mall, to have wealth rub off on you (maybe). It’s across the street from Stanford which is nice to walk around and has some good museums.
  2. Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose
  3. continue on to Santa Cruz over Hwy 17 if you have time…

Santa Cruz Area

  1. Walk on West Cliff Drive along the Pacific Ocean
  2. Go to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for old fashioned boardwalk fun. (Lots of cool skate shops and surf shops for clothing in Santa Cruz! Pacific Ave is fun to walk down and for lunch.)
  3. The Mystery Spot

If you had an early start, drive up Hwy 1 by the ocean where you will pass a sea lion preserve and lots of farms.

For a cheap stay, the youth hostel at Pescadero lighthouse has an incredible hot tub overlooking the ocean. You can walk into town for the famous artichoke soup at Duarte’s and to visit Harley Farm, a goat cheese farm.

You can walk through the tiny town of Half Moon Bay and cut over Hwy 92 which becomes the San Mateo bridge and lands you just south of Oakland.

Monterey Peninsula Area

  1. A friend with 4 kids suggests kayaking among sea otters at Elkhorn Slough
  2. Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best in the world
  3. Hearst Castle is not that much farther.


And there is SO much more! Order the free Visit California guide book.



We’ve Gone Epicuring

We’ve Gone Epicuring

Yes it’s been forever since we’ve posted here on We’ve been busy doing what we preach! Susie Wyshak is busy helping Good Food businesses rock. Follow Epicuring on Facebook and Susie on FoodStarter (Check out her new book Good Food, Great Business). Bay Area […]

Kids Cooking Class – Cookie Making With Archimedean Principles

Kids Cooking Class – Cookie Making With Archimedean Principles

The ultimate Epicuring experience – applying principles from Greek mathematician Archimedes to an experience to which Epicurus (of “epicurean” fame) would flock. On June 7, 2014 it’s for parents and kids, with very few tickets left. Such a cool idea, you can hear about here. […]

Sweet & Spicy Bay Area Food Event Picks for February 2014

Sweet & Spicy Bay Area Food Event Picks for February 2014

With a bounty of citrus and the allure of Valentine’s Day, 2014 brings a bevy of creative food events to singles and those already in the throes of romantic rapture. Check these out:

Barrel-Aged Sriracha Workshop with Oaktown Spice in Oakland

February 11, 2014
Smell and taste the nuances of the flavors between a 1 month aged and 3 month aged sriracha at Oakland adorable spice shop by the lake. And come away from the event learning about how aging and fermentation impacts the flavors of the sauce.

Candied Citrus and Cocktails Workshop with CUESA at the Ferry Building

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Candy citrus, then create delicious elixirs that play on the sweet, tart, bitter, and sour flavors of citrus and the roasted depth of mezcal.

Local Perfumers Salon with Tigerlily Perfumery in San Francisco

February 22, 2014
Tigerlily is proud to present a salon dedicated to four of San Francisco’s rising stars! The olfactory artists behind Bruno Fazzolari, Cognoscenti, L’Aromatica and Mikmoi will present their award winning fragrances alongside perfume-inspired cocktails. Come mingle and meet these wonderful local perfumers! Shoppers will enjoy a 10% discount on all perfume purchases.

delice de la valle cheeseWinter Artisan Cheese Fair at Ramekins in Sonoma

February 22, 2014Taste a dizzying array of cheeses and bites at Sonoma’s long-time annual cheese celebration. You’ll taste cheese made locally and across the country along with beers, sake and wines. Basically a little afternoon in heaven.

Valentine’s Day Appetizer Party at the San Francisco Cooking School

February 14, 2014

Get on the wait list for this fun cooking party where you can come solo or with a friend to make food then eat it! Love.

Other Valentine-y Food Haps of Note

Socola Chocolatier + Barista opens at 525 Folsom on February 11 – amazing local chocolate in time for V Day!

A nice foodie Valentine gift is the March 8 CAAM Fest’s evening of film, food and drinks with the Socola team and martin Yan. The event supports the Center for Asian American Media.


Planning a Food Centric Trip to Morocco

Planning a Food Centric Trip to Morocco

The excitement our first trip to Morocco is building. As we research and get recommendations, I’ll update this post with cooking school and dining finds we’ll be checking out. Oh so many cooking schools in Marrakesh! In addition to the official schools it seems many […]

A $25 Leisurely Afternoon in Oakland

A $25 Leisurely Afternoon in Oakland

Somehow the holidays passed by with no R&R in sight. So I decided to indulge with an afternoon off near Lake Merritt on a Friday afternoon. The streets bustled, I guess with likeminded folks enjoying this mid-week New Years. Here’s how I spent a 6-hour […]

Fun Bay Area Food Holiday Fetes in December 2013

Fun Bay Area Food Holiday Fetes in December 2013

Here are a few pics for some ultra-holiday season events for people who live to experience and love good food. What other holiday fetes belong on the list?

1: Blue Chair Fruit holiday party in Oakland on December 15

I was at the Temescal Farmers Market in Oakland when who but Blue Chair Fruit’s very own Rachel handed me an invitation to her sure-to-be-jamming holiday party.

blue chair fruit 2013 holiday party in Oakland


2: Gingerbread House Decorating at 18 Reasons in San Francisco on December 17

Fear not if you don’t have the kids as an excuse to be around gingerbread house decorating. 18 Reasons gets that this seasonal activity is much better suited to adults who want to play with gumdrops than kids who aren’t quite sure what  sugarplum is. Do sign up for the adults December 17 gingerbread decorating class. (Your kids can show you the ropes after they learn in the December 8 kids class.)

3: How to Make Ricotta, Fromage Blanc, & Leaf-Wrapped Cheeses at The Cheese School of San Francisco  on December 19

Whether for your own party, your personal gorging, or gifts, in this class, on December 19 at the Cheese School of San Francisco, cheesemaker Sacha Laurin will teach you how to make a creamy ricotta log then wrap it in banana leaves with a raffia bow, fromage blanc which you will swaddle in marinated vine leaves and fresh herbes de provence, and chevrewhich you will decorate. Yum.

4: Farmstead Cookie Making for Kids at Hidden Villa in Los Altos on December 7

How cool is that — collect the eggs, make the butter, and pick the wheat for cookies in this holiday cookie making class. It’s made for ages 6-9 but Hidden Villa is always a great place to hang out while your kids get back to the earth.

5: La Cocina Food Gift Fair in San Francisco on December 13

Shop once, delight many at this reliably fun and rewarding gift fair with San Francisco food artisans.

6: Create Your Own Christmas Story — Chinese Food and Movies at Longboard Vineyards on December 25

Worried about the Bumpeses’ dogs getting your turkey? Or maybe you’re just over the traditional Christmas. Or perhaps life is too short to miss this winery’s surf movie and Chinese food Christmas extravaganza. While sadly I will miss this, I may really try to arrange next year’s Christmas around this awesomely Californian event the afternoon of December 25 in Healdsburg.

Fall 2013 – California Food Event Picks for Curious Epicurists

Fall 2013 – California Food Event Picks for Curious Epicurists

FALL 2013 FOOD EVENT PICKS Check back here for updates & Facebook last minute picks Every Saturday: CUESA Kitchen Demos feature local chefs and authors sharing tips and recipes. Looking for stuff coming up sooner? See our early Fall finds. Oct. 21, SF, Sugar Skull […]