Thoughtful Gourmet Blog

choco nut shake at San Francisco restaurant PLS on Post

My highly curated, semi-monthly round-up of new restaurants, eateries and other food and drink hot spots around the Bay Area and wine country.

chef Jordy Navarra of Manila's Toyo Eatery

My highly curated, semi-monthly round-up of new restaurants, eateries and other food and drink hot spots around the Bay Area and wine country.

The classic Seven Layer Dip is topped with sliced olives.

My lightened version of seven layer dip is designed for summer season with fresh corn and tomatoes. It makes summer party prep a breeze.

cookbook cover for Nigellissima with Nigella Lawson

Nigellisima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes is what I have come to expect from Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks: Solid recipes for almost every day cooking.

Field Notes: Restaurant, Hotel and Food News

My highly curated, semi-monthly round-up of new restaurants, eateries and other food and drink hot spots around the Bay Area and wine country.

Kingston Massachusetts restaurant Solstice steak and asparagus dinner served on a wooden board

If you are ever driving from New York to Boston or home from Cape Cod, take exit 10 from Route 3 and find yourself here.

Bouchaine Vineyard's outdoor tasting lounge

In Napa, wineries are experimenting with flavor, crafting small batches of interesting wines, only available to try at the winery.

strawberries are option in my rhubarb recipe with fennel

In this rhubarb recipe with fennel, I lean into rhubarb’s savory side, taming its sourness by adding anise notes from fennel. Strawberries optional.