December 21, 2009

Hear Carole's interview on CBS Radio SF

My CBS Radio SF interview with Liz Saint John will air this Sunday morning (December 27) between 6 and 7am on Alice@97.3, Movin’ 99.7, Live 105, and KFRC-AM.  NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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December 18, 2009

Healdsburg: Christopher Creek Winery; things to do

101 North

Christopher Creek Winery  641 Limerick Lane, (707) 431-8243. Tasting daily 11-5.

Located atop a small hill and reached via a promise-filled drive up a narrow vineyard-lined road, this small family-run winery is a little like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Only here it is mostly liquid red gold in the form of delicious wines—especially the Zinfandels and Syrahs. Two picnic tables are provided.

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December 14, 2009

Palo Alto: Pluto's; restaurant review

101 South

Pluto’s  482 University Ave./Cowper, (650) 853-1556.  L-D daily; $. 

Almost everything served here is made fresh in-house.  The procedure is to get a mini-menu and figure out what you want, then move around to the food stations.

salad bar at Pluto's in Palo Alto, California

salad plate at Pluto's in Palo Alto, California

Salads come in big and bigger with your choice of seven toppings and are tossed in a giant bowl right before your eyes.  Many people find that to be enough, but you might consider sharing a salad and also ordering to share a made-to-order sandwich on freshly baked bread or perhaps a few sides—mac & cheese, onion rings, or mashed potatoes with gravy.  A selection of housemade cakes and cookies provide a sweet conclusion.  In cold weather, avoid the wall-side tables by the front door unless you plan to remain bundled up. 

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updated 12-19-14

December 9, 2009

Berkeley: Jupiter; restaurant review

80 North

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave./Center St., downtown, (510) THE-TAPS. L-D daily; $-$$.

Operating within a former livery stable dating from the 1890s, this brewpub features natural brick walls, dramatic bronze-hued pressed-tin paneling, and antique church pews recycled as bar seats. Its design is inspired by Berlin’s oldest bar. The dining area is spread over two stories, and a large, two-level beer garden with heaters and a fire pit is in the back. House brews are available along with tasty pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven and a variety of salads and sandwiches. Live jazz is scheduled some evenings.  Update plus more images.

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December 3, 2009

Mount Shasta City: The Woodsman Hotel & Lodge; hotel review

5 North

The Woodsman Hotel & Lodge  1121 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., (530) 926-3411. 43 rooms. Some fireplaces; some kitchens. Continental breakfast (served across the street at a sister inn).

Guests know they have arrived when they see the roadside chainsaw-carved woodsman, welcoming them to the spacious, woodsy grounds. Situated amid fragrant tall pines and within walking distance of several restaurants, this updated old-time motel features knotty-pine walls but also white down duvets, lovely lace curtains, and theme-appropriate decorations. A few detached cabins are available, and a wide-open, high-ceilinged barn of a communal room provides guests with a gathering space, fireplace, and pool table.

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