Category: Crave

Crave – food & drink

My friends and I rarely leave the coast. (It’s a graysuit thing.) So, when we do head for the hills, we have to have a really good reason—like fabulous wines. If you want a quick getaway to a wine lover’s paradise, try Murphys in the central Sierra Nevada foothills in Calaveras County, … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Looking for something romantic for Valentine’s Day? Add a hibiscus flower to your Valentine’s champagne or sparkling wine! Simply place the flower inside your champagne flute, fill it with champagne & watch it unfurl among the bubbles. For an extra dash of romance, add some of the hibiscus syrup to get a reddish … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Which wine goes better with turkey—Chardonnay or Pinot Noir? The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association has published a handy “Thanksgiving Wine Pairing” infographic. Check it out to see which traditional Thanksgiving foods pair best with which wines—and then taste for yourself. (For a larger downloadable version of the infographic, … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Once again, I’m in search of the perfect fish taco—this time on the northeastern shore of Kauai. I sampled fish tacos from a health food market in Kapaa, a Mexican restaurant in Hanalei, and a fish market in Kilauea. But, so far, the best one I’ve tried is less than … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Third Street Aleworks in Sonoma County, Calif. gravitates toward Anglo-Celtic style ales and more aggressive West Coast style (yum!) ales. But the Santa Rosa brewery also brews lagers, lager-ale hybrids, and beers that don’t fit into any category. My favorite was the Zero Dark Thirsty Cascadian Dark Ale (6.7% ABV)—the darkest … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

During my Northern California road trip up Highway 101, I decided to trek across the Oregon border and visited the Brookings Harbor location of Wild River Brewing & Pizza Company. The real reason I made the journey was that I was having technical issues with my e-book conversion and needed a … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville, Calif. calls itself “The Brew with a View.” It offers binocular-equipped window tables for gazing over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean. A member of Humboldt Made, Six Rivers Brewery prides itself on utilizing local and organic ingredients whenever possible. My favorite beer was the Paradise Moon … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

It’s no secret that vampires crave tasty red liquids. West Coast style red ales are one of my all-time-favorite beverages. Night dwellers also like all things dark—like dark ales, porters and stouts. So on a recent road trip on Highway 101 from the Monterey Bay to Crescent City and back, I … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Limoncello is crisp, fragrant and the color of sunshine. It’s a great way to get a dash of summer brightness without the UV rays. Serve it after dinner or anytime really. (Or, if you want to make something a bit more wicked, try the Imperial Limoncello.) Recipe – Limoncello 10 … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Looking for a Limoncello with a kick? Try this recipe! It’s more concentrated so it’s not as sweet as regular Limoncello. Recipe – Imperial Limoncello 10 Meyer lemons* 750 ml vodka (preferably 80 proof; e.g. Skyy Vodka) 3/4 cup sugar Wash the lemons with water and a vegetable brush to … Read Entire Post