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Shadowbrook, Capitola

Shadowbrook, Capitola

Dinner at Shadowbrook, in Capitola, is not an undertaking to be, uh, undertaken lightly. It’s a big deal – expensive, sprawling, and really, really good. It is going to take a long time, involve some fairly complex logistics, and so on, but man, is it worth it. One of the best restaurant experiences in the(…)

Published On: Friday, September 13th, 2013
California Café, Los Gatos

California Café, Los Gatos

A couple of years ago, through some finagling, I got to take a first-class flight on Singapore Airlines from Singapore to San Francisco. This flight, in this service class, on this airline, is the best the airline industry has to offer, bar none. It’s pretty much the standard for luxury air travel. It was, basically,(…)

Published On: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Solaire Restaurant & Bar

Solaire Restaurant & Bar

Not that long ago, what is now the Paradox Hotel, in Santa Cruz, was, to put it sort of gently, a dump called the University Inn and Conference Center. Described as sort of a hotel for college students and guests affiliated with the University of California at Santa Cruz, this place featured a depressing lobby(…)

Published On: Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

The Red Rabbit is a trendy spot in Midtown Sacramento, popular among twenty- and thirty somethings looking for fun and a fancy drink. This place had been recommended by a friend who frequently hits up the Red Rabbit for dinner and happy hour. Not only are there interesting offerings for food and drinks, this restaurant(…)

Published On: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
La Mar Cebicheria Restaurant Review

La Mar Cebicheria Restaurant Review

When San Francisco offers one of its rare clear, sunny, and warm days, you have little choice but to make the most of it. With baseball games and the America’s Cup, summer in San Francisco is in full swing. During a stroll along the Embarcadero, we came across La Mar Cebicheria just down from the(…)

Published On: Monday, August 26th, 2013
Digger

Digger's Diner

Digger’s Diner is a casual restaurant that serves old-fashioned, classic American food, including classic burgers, as well as some dishes that are hard to find today, like patty melts, reubens, and malted shakes. It has won awards for its food over the years, including “Best Burgers” and “Best Hot Dogs,” and scored high for its(…)

Published On: Monday, August 19th, 2013
Lillian

Lillian's Italian Kitchen, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

I spent the first part of my adult life living in South Philadelphia. South Philly is a somewhat rundown part of the city that once was solidly – like, completely – Italian. Some traces of this are still present, such as the Italian market, some bakeries (especially Termini’s, which we’ll get back to in a(…)

Published On: Friday, August 16th, 2013
Red Chili Restaurant - Hayward

Red Chili Restaurant - Hayward

Red Chili is a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Hayward. Though that might suggest a fusion of the two types of food, it was more like a restaurant that served both types of cuisine in separate dishes. It also seemed to focus more heavily on the Thai side rather than the Vietnamese, though it definitely(…)

Published On: Monday, August 12th, 2013
Kabuki Restaurant - Bentos and Sushi

Kabuki Restaurant - Bentos and Sushi

Kabuki is a small and inexpensive Japanese restaurant in Fremont, a real Mom and Pop restaurant, run by a Japanese couple. It’s not glamorous or fancy, but it’s clear that the couple takes pride in what they do – and that is provide a delicious Japanese meal with a great value.   It seems to(…)

Published On: Monday, August 5th, 2013
Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant

Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant

This part is easy. As far as I can tell, Soif is the best restaurant in Santa Cruz. I may be wrong – there may be others I haven’t discovered – but hands down, the food there is head and shoulders above anyone else’s. If you want a great meal, go here. Soif is an(…)

Published On: Friday, August 2nd, 2013