Thoughtul Gourmet Blog

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 […]

a plante of mussels au poivre and a plate of plankton tagliolini at San Francsico's Ancora restaurant

Come here for a special evening, a date night, a night away from your screens. Spend some time in a pescatarian wonderland.

RH San Francisco inteiror staircase detail and chandelier

What should you eat at RH Palm Court, a restaurant set within a furniture showroom?

looking at lower Manhattan from Exchange Place, Jersey City

How to maximize a week of eating (and culture) in Manhattan (and two working days in Jersey City) with joy, not exhaustion.