Thoughtul Gourmet Blog

A bottle of Loco Tequila in front of seasonal ornaments

The West Coast is a hot spot for finding exceptional boozy gifts with sparkle, style and plenty of charm. ‘Tis the season for gift guides and end-of-year lists. I am piling on with my own guide to the best bubbles, cocktails and spirit-forward beverages that can be delivered or hand-carried to someone’s door. I could […]

Holiday Gift Guide includes this basket of Spanish treats from Teleferic Barcelona

Seven highly curated, West Coast-inspired gift ideas that are a little out of the ordinary but just right for the foodist in your life. ‘Tis the season for gift guides and end-of-year lists. I am piling on with my own guide to the best treats and fun eats that can be delivered or hand-carried to […]

Belgian endive salad with coriander-crusted tuna on the table at Credo San Francisco

A lively bistro in San Francisco’s Financial District, Credo is a neighborhood restaurant any neighborhood would be lucky to have.

a bag of Addictive Coffee next to a coffee mug with a lobster on it

Mike Ralls launches Addicitve Coffee Roasters from San Rafael’s Lucas Valley nieghborhood.


A white Armagnac mojito cocktail and fresh white wines just might generate awareness of a sleepy French region better known for aged brandy.

An array of dishes on the lunch menu at Bear,, the restaurant at Napa's Stanly Ranch

Chef Garrison Price’s menu at Bear expresses myriad culinary influences and flavors, designed to suit curious eaters with a global palate.

A jar of La Tourangelle fleur de sel artisan almond butter

What Is It? An artisan culinary oil company, La Tourangelle specializes in artisan oils (grapeseed and sunflower, pistachio and truffle, etc.) and also crafts a line of gourmet pantry items, including nut butters. La Tourangelle, which translates to “the woman from Tours,” uses traditional practices such as hand roasting and filtering oil through cotton instead […]

cover of The Flour Craft Bakery & Cafe cookbook

What I Liked Most Most recipes fit on a single page and have a picture of the finished product. As a gluten-free baker, I had all the ingredients already on-hand for the recipes I chose – nothing too out there. What I Made Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (I left out the raisins and added chocolate […]