OSO is O-SO Delicious!

This rustic like tavern on the Sonoma Square is spearheaded by David Bush, formerly of St. Francis Winery. The tapas concept is one of my favorite ways to dine. At OSO, there were so many choices that it was hard to narrow our order down to four small plates. We relied on our server to […]

Original Joe’s in North Beach

Original Joe’s in North Beach is a don’t miss classic dining spot in the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy. I would never miss an opportunity to love the beef raviolis! I only ordered the small side seen in the featured picture because I can never finish a whole serving (hard to believe, given my […]

The Pool and Cabines at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Nestled in the Alexander Valley, just a short jaunt from Healdsburg, is Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery, with a few extra benefits. I’ll start with my favorite benefit:  The pool and the cabines. Every summer, after Wine Club Members have a chance to select pool dates, there is a public process for securing a reservation (warning:  weekends […]

Le Cheval, Walnut Creek

Le Cheval is considered a staple in my favorite local places to dine. Anything that it might lack in decor or ambience is made up for in its flavorful dishes and consistently great service. It will take you longer to find parking in downtown Walnut Creek than it will take for your first dish to […]

AT and T Park

It is simply ridiculous that I have missed adding AT and T park to my Nifty Fifty list! Of course, it is one of the 50 best places to visit in the greater Bay Area. We spend so much time at the ball park that it appears that the Say Hey Girl is taking it […]


Hopscotch is a great upscale diner located at 1915 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland. Many thanks to my friend Nicole for making our reservations for this outing. My first visit did not disappoint. I didn’t understand the concept of Hopscotch until I studied the menu a bit closer. There are hop and scotch pairings, so […]