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Farmstead Castroville Artichoke

If you want to learn what spring tastes like, head to Farmstead, a restaurant from Long Meadow Ranch Winery in the heart of Napa Valley. That’s where chef Stephen Barber and crew draw from...
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The French Laundry: Napa Valley’s Culinary Crown Jewel

A flag flies in a spacious garden across the street from a building with ivy-lined stone walls on Yountville’s north side. This is The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s legendary restaurant that debuted in 1994...
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Interview: Charbay master distiller Marko Karakasevic

St. Helena rests right in the center of Napa wine country, so it almost seems counterintuitive to start a distillery there, but that’s exactly what Yugoslavia natives Susan and Milorad (Miles) Karakasevic did when...
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Bottega – Yountville, CA

Made it to Bottega in Yountville. Had a wonderful lunch and chatted briefly with Michael Chiarello about his interview, Bottega, and his “Top Chef Masters” experience. Loved the sardine app and the half Cornish...
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Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen: Eclectic Cafe by Railroad Tracks [CLOSED]

Cindy is chef-owner Cindy Pawlcyn, of Mustards Grill fame. The Backstreet is St. Helena’s Railroad Avenue, a quiet one-block lane that runs parallel to – you guessed it – railroad tracks. Railroad imagery is...
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Mustards Grill: A Million Chops and Counting, Plus Vivid Color

Cindy Pawlcyn opened her eclectic American cafe in 1983. In recent years, she’s become one of Napa Valley’s leading restaurateurs, adding Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Go Fish, both just north, in St. Helena. Judging...