With how many amazing things there are to cover on my blog, Food, Wine, Hotels, Chef Interviews I thought it would be fun to have a Top 10 Obsessions list with what I’m most in love with at any given moment. As with all of my Top 10 lists, there is no rank to the order, they are all ten of my favorite obsessions at the moment.
1. Finn Town
Finn Town is San Francisco’s newest hot spot from celebrity chef Ryan Scott. After visiting within the first week it opened I was blown away. Not only is the setting beyond charming, with nice velvet fabrics softening the dark wood decor, there is also nice pops or red, yellow and red at the bar. On top of a beautiful decor, the food is amazing. We started with the Chopped Salad (quite possibly the best I’ve had in years) which was incredible. Salty, just how I like things, with tons of flavor, an incredible dressing and just fabulous. We were then told by our neighboring table to try the burger and after experiencing it, I see why. It is so good that I immediately added it to my San Francisco Top 10 Burger list. It’s beyond juicy with American cheese and that taste that reminds you of your childhood, yet way better than your Mom’s Cheeseburger. We had various other dishes, all amazing, and concluded the meal with two surprise desserts. A Banana Dessert of amazingness and an assortment of cookies, marshmallow delights… You really can not go wrong here and their wine list is also incredible. Kudos to the General Manager Michael who’s also the Sommelier carrying fabulous gems like Failla and Matthiasson. Read more about Calistoga’s Failla Winery here and Matthiasson Winery here. 221 Market Street, San Francisco.
2. Davis Estates
Davis Estates has been on my radar for a while and after many efforts to get there (with my crazy schedule) I finally got the chance in November. Wow, I really wish I had visited sooner this is beyond gorgeous, with an exquisite knowledgeable team and amazing wines and food. Yes, they have an in house chef so when you visit you’ll experience his well curated food & wine pairing tasting (if you opt for the tasting paired with food which I recommend). Be sure to tour the winery as there is a gorgeous vintage barn, from the original winery that Davis Estates bought the winery from which was used as the inspiration by talented Architect Howard Backen (if the name rings a bell it’s because he also designed Ovid Winery, The Farm at The Carneros Inn, Ram’s Gate Winery) just to name a few of his gorgeous projects. 4060 Silverado Trail Calistoga, CA. 94515
The original barn from the prior winery which is what inspired the design and style of the new Winery Tasting room the Mike and Sandy Davis built designed by Howard Backen.
The gorgeous tasting area with in the Winery. We sat at the fireplace for our tasting which was so cozy and really made the experience quite private and special.
Vineyard Views from the deck of the winery which you can enjoy during your tasting.
The beautiful presentation and delicious food we enjoyed during the Estate Wine & Food Tasting experience.
3. Hotel Healdsburg
As a girl who would spend almost every weekend in Healdsburg exploring it was a dream finally getting to stay at Charlie Palmer’s Hotel Healdsburg. This hotel is situated on the Healdsburg Square (A location you can not beat), with the Dry Creek Kitchen Restaurant in the Hotel and also a fabulous Pool & Spa. Read more about this incredible boutique hotel here. 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
4. Plaj Restaurant
Plaj Restaurant is a Hayes Valley gem I just recently discovered and it’s incredible. It’s owned by a husband and wife Chef Roberth and Andrea Sundell. Not only is the newly reopened space beautiful, it is modern, edgy and fresh and you really feel as if you’re in Scandinavia. As if this isn’t the best part, the food is even more incredible. With extreme detail put into each dish the flavors and incredible as is the gorgeous presentation. If you want to check out their desserts come by post Opera for a drink and delicious dessert at their swanky bar counter. 333 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102
5. Rosewood Sand Hill
Still somewhat of a newbie to California (4.5 years later) Rosewood Sand Hill was a luxury hotel I had heard about but never really experienced. Recently I visited for a staycation and this is quite a luxurious getaway. Between their large property with gorgeous grounds, an outdoor heated pool (even in the winter) and gorgeous rooms plus their Madera Restaurant the Rosewood Sand Hill is a luxury destination I recommend you visit. If you don’t have an occasion for an over night stay go for drinks at their swanky bar or enjoy their Michelin Star Madera Restaurant. Whatever you do at the Rosewood you will feel spoiled, pampered and not want to leave. Trust me. 2825 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Views of the incredible outdoor pool from the Madera Restaurant Bar
The amazing Rose Wood Suite I stayed in during my experience.
6. Three Sticks Adobe Tasting Room
For one of the coolest most unique tasting experiences in down-town Sonoma, check out the Three Sticks Adobe Tasting Room. With killer wines, beautiful decor designed by Ken Falk you will adore this spot. Read more about this incredible downtown Sonoma Tasting room here. 143 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476
The amazing spread of Wine & Cheese I enjoyed during my Food & Wine Tasting experience.
7. Copain Winery
During a recent trip to Healdsburg, see, I told you I go there a lot I finally got the chance to visit Copain Wines (read more about here). I had enjoyed their wines before at various events such as the World of Pinot Noir, but I had never been to this magnificent winery. At the moment, it’s one of my top 3 favorite wineries. I know I’ve been to a lot of wineries, but this has the most picturesque views, incredible wines and just a real authentic experience. Nothing stuffy, pretentious of snobby just thoughtful people sharing amazing wines and gorgeous views. 7800 Eastside Road. Healdsburg, California.
The spectacular tasting paired with a cheese & charcuterie plate and THESE VIEWS. OMG stunning!
San Francisco’s recently opened Mezcalito on Polk Street is incredible. I tried literally everything on their food and cocktail menu and was blown away. A few essentials are the Burger, Lobster Roll and Tacos. As you can tell, you’re in great hands with whatever you have and their scene is always buzzing with great energy combined with fun young guests. 2323 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
The must try burger. A favorite that’s also on my San Francisco Top 10 Burger list here
9. Byron Winery
As you have probably read Santa Barbara’s Wine Country is a region I can not get enough of. For that reason the recent behind the scenes tour I did with Byron Winery’s Winemaker Jonathan Nagy blew me away. Read more about his amazing wines and our tour here. And I hate to share with you that this Winery is not open to the public so you can’t visit, however their wines are widely distributed so I highly recommend you try these.
The beautiful Winery views of the Santa Maria Valley. Stunning!
An extensive assortment of Pinot Noirs made by Byron Winery. Each has a specific flavor profile representative of the vineyards the grapes were sourced from.
10. Newly reopened Central Kitchen
With a fresh reopening adding pasta as well as changing the style of the menu, I’m adoring the NEW Central Kitchen. Be sure to taste the new pasta (which wasn’t formerly on the Central Kitchen menu) when you visit and some of the mains from their cool fire pit. 3000 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110