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 Walk from my Airbnb to the […]

Celebrating Sonoma’s Wine & Cheese Connector – Sheana Davis

You roll into Sonoma, bumping into the square to which most roads lead. You park just off the square and note the wooden cow with the hollow face, ready to poke your head in as a souvenir. This playful touch welcomes you to The Epicurean Connection, the perfect point of embarkation for a Sonoma tour. […]

Best Food Shops in the Bay

Every year, (for 16 years if you can believe it!), I’ve visited all the best new food shops in the Bay and penned the “Bites by the Bay” column including my favorite picks for “Specialty Food” magazine.  Locals know (as do the Fancy Food Show visitors), that we have a vibrant and influential culinary retail […]

Temescal Food Tour in Oakland With Edible Excursions – A Photo Memoire

by Susie Wyshak Edible Excursions, a Bay Area food tour company  has led many a foodie through the Ferry Building, the Mission District, and Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Starting in March, 2013, they’ll add Oakland’s new food goldmine — the Temescal district — to their gustatory adventures. On a sneak peak tour, we embarked on nothing […]

Behind the Wine, Within the Whiskey

I learned a lot about libations last weekend while visiting not one but two Elysian Fields of alcohol within a short stroll of each other on the scenic Alameda waterfront. First was the Rock Wall Wine Company, whose Open House on Saturday afternoon featured food booths, wine tasting and tours of the vast facility, which […]

Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto Food History: A Video Tour

Berkeley, California is known as the birthplace of “California cuisine,” at least the kind using farm-direct, simple ingredients. Our friend Frieda DeLackner grew up in this luscious area and captured some of Berkeley’s unique food heritage on a fun short video, taking you on a tour through Chez Panisse to the Cheese Board Collective, famous […]

Wild Food Walks with ForageSF

by Celeste Noche, Epicuring In a region as metropolitan as the Bay Area, it’s easy to think that our only resources for produce are markets, farms, and gardens. ForageSF has set out to correct this misconception by leading educational Wild Food Walks and working to “rediscover a forgotten food source.” While foraging is only legal […]

10 Liquor Factoids Absorbed at St. George Spirits

Post-Libation Thoughts from Susie: How often can cocktail conversation trivia actually revolve around cocktails? Not very. During our Epicuring Spooky Spirits event at St. George Spirits at Hangar 1 in Alameda, we not only enjoyed several creative libations such as The Root of All Evil – a root beer / absinthe concoction – we laughed […]

Crush: See You in Wine Country this October!

By Emily Shartin, Epicuring It may have been delayed a couple weeks this year, but this year’s grape harvest (“crush” as it’s known locally) is now in full swing. Having just moved to Napa from the east coast, I’m enjoying my first up-close-and-personal look at this bustling season — the beautiful rows of leafy green […]

Great Foodie Father’s Day Ideas

Father’s Day is on Sunday and we’ve got lots of last minute ideas and gifts for your pops. Why not take him Epicuring? Hit the U-Pick Farms in Brentwood –take a picnic, and spend a leisurely morning picking and eating cherries.What’s your favorite–bing or rainer? Take a Drive on the Marin Cheese Trail. Bring some […]