dining-out

Herbivore, the Earthly Grill, San Francisco

February 28, 2012

Herbivore is one of those restaurants that you’d have figured we would have tried ages ago, as it just screams “weirdcombinations!” This is an unpretentious vegan restaurant on Valencia in the Mission District of San Francisco. Their web site charmingly describes the idea of the establishment as follows: The food is enjoyed by both vegans […]

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Vino Vino, San Jose

February 22, 2012

Vino Vino is an amazing find in San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose. This tiny, unpretentious wine bar should be the model for the locavore wine lover. I’ve lived in the Bay Area coming up on nine years now and I cannot ever recall encountering a wine list that had more labels from […]

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Estadio, Washington, D. C.

January 9, 2012

We had the singular pleasure of dining with fellow food blogger, Devaki, from Weave a Thousand Flavors, and her delightful husband at this remarkable Spanish-inspired place, Estadio, in Washington D. C. over the winter holidays. D had researched it extensively and was completely excited by the chef, the menu and I think the company. After […]

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Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon, San Francisco

November 18, 2011

I went to Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon the other day for Lucy’s baby shower. She used to work at our office here in SF but now works remotely from her new home in South Carolina. The beauty of the Internet! Lucy was here on a business trip and this was the last time she […]

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Spoonbar, Healdsburg

October 27, 2011

Located in the h2hotel, the ultra chic Spoonbar was a must try on our recent Sonoma wine country weekend. The joint was packed every night, but fortunately we were able to make a day-before reservation for four. This place has a really open, warm feel, surrounded by tall picture windows overlooking the street, with lots […]

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Troya, San Francisco

October 11, 2011

Hegui and I have walked by Troya on many an occasion, while shopping for Asian ingredients at Richmond New May Wah on Clement Street in San Francisco. In the mid-afternoon, when we’re most often around, the place is dead: maybe one or two tables full at the most. So we weren’t especially into trying it. […]

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Littorai Wines dinner at the Fifth Floor Restaurant in the Palomar Hotel, San Francisco

September 28, 2011

I’m thrilled to report to you all in blog-landia this super fun dinner, meet-the-winemaker experience that Hegui and I enjoyed last week. Littorai has become famous in California for Burgundian-styled Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Just this month, they were given high praise in Wine Spectator’s annual California pinot noir run-down. And the Fifth Floor Restaurant […]

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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company and Spanish Cuisine, San Francisco

September 12, 2011

My friend, Mate, originally from Uruguay but now currently resident in Huntington Beach in Southern California, came into town to visit with her family. She insisted on a girls night out and wanted to eat tapas. I searched on-line. Turns out, there are quite a few tapas places in San Francisco, but the one that […]

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Oceano at the Peppermill Casino and Resort, Reno, NV

August 26, 2011

Normally, I’m not into casinos—I’m convinced that the house always wins, so what’s the point? But when you’re talking restaurants that’s a whole other story. So I was delighted to find myself in the company of a good friend from school, her wife and two young children last week on my WorldCon adventure to Reno. […]

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picnic at Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Marin County

August 4, 2011

Whenever most people think of dining out, they’re fantasizing about that favorite restaurant or trendy new place that they’ve been dying to try, don’t you think? I know that’s what we usually mean here in the pages of weirdcombos. So today, to get away from that trend and stop being so rigid in our thinking, […]

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