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Coffee Napa Valley

The Cup & Star Irish-ish Coffee (Drink of the Week)

Ritual Coffee Roasters founder Eileen Rinaldi, a Bay Area coffee leader, built upon the success of her bustling Oxbow Public Market stall by opening The Cup & Star last summer, featuring a beautiful hardwood...
Crab San Francisco

Top 12 San Francisco Bay Area Dishes of 2014

The San Francisco Bay Area continues to house one of the world’s best collections of restaurants. The region is particularly strong on raw ingredients and culinary talent. I was lucky enough to make four...
Dessert Napa Valley

Torc Milk Chocolate Caramel Bar (Food of the Week)

The City of Napa, which doubles as the county seat, often gets second billing to Yountville, a smaller city that’s ground zero for The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, along with talented chefs like Richard...
Bartender New York City

Interview: Cocktail Guy Naren Young (AvroKo Hospitality Group)

Naren Young started young, studying cocktails in his teens and later writing about his Sydney bar experiences for a local publication called Large. He now lives in New York City, where he complements journalism...

Ritual Coffee Roasters (Oxbow Public Market): Providing New Caffeinated Context in Napa Valley

So often, a company’s initial surroundings help frame perception. For instance, Ritual Coffee Roasters initially got branded as a hipster hangout because the company debuted in San Francisco’s Mission District. However, when owner Eileen...
Wine California

Interview: winemaker Peter Hoffmann (Aum Cellars)

Grower and wine maker Peter Hoffmann grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, in a historic wine producing area where the once thriving vines were ravaged by Pierces Disease. To realize his dream of owning a...