Month: December 2013

Pear pastries, apricot + ginger dip, cookbooks + family.

Christmas morning goes pretty much the same every year in the Kingston-Williams household. Wake up, make coffee, grill some ham and cheese croissants, mix up apricot jam, desiccated coconut, 1/2 sour cream 1/2 low fat yoghurt, and chopped crystallised ginger to taste, chop all sorts […]

An American-Italian-Australian Christmas Eve.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house – people were lying spreadeagled on the floor or curled up in foetal position in the corner from eating too much dessert. We made a raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, a custard fruit tart with chocolate […]

Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, feeding squirrels + sad teddy bears.

Berkeley is known as the home of ‘California Cuisine’, largely due to the pioneering of the Slow Food Movement in the USA by Alice Waters, who has run Chez Panisse in downtown’s ‘Gourmet Ghetto’ since 1971. Read about and watch my experience at Chez Panisse […]

Of chowder in sourdough bowls, cable cars + culinary bookstores.

San Francisco is full of culinary (and other) delights. From Boudin Bakery, the purported home of the famous San Francisco sourdough, to the gourmet markets held at the Ferry Building every day, there is enough to fill a foodie’s lifetime and more. What to wear […]

A relic from home in downtown San Francisco.

Serendipitous moment in San Francisco. I was taking a photograph of the Ferry Building with the huge San Francisco sign, when all of a sudden through my viewfinder I see a tram glide into shot that looked like a Melbourne tram. I looked up and […]

California cuisine + lunch at one of the world’s top restaurants.

Alice Waters has been called the mother of American food. Her restaurant, Chez Panisse, open in Berkeley since 1971, has been said to have pioneered Californian cuisine. As a supporter of organics for the past forty years, she has had a great influence on the […]

Lemon-gingerbread pancakes and letters to home.

One of Berkeley’s most popular brunch spots has a wait for a table on a Monday morning. La Note had couples, mums, groups, singles and uni students spilling out the door and lining up on the sidewalk. I set up in a window seat and […]

Of house-smoked pastrami and toasted celery seed vodka.

The pastrami. Reading review after review, I was continually confronted with raving fans of Saul’s house-smoked, spice rubbed pastrami. So off we set on a 30 minute stroll into Berkeley’s ‘Gourmet Ghetto‘, an area of Northern Berkeley in which the ‘pursuit of quality is absolutely […]

Of pies, chocolate and heirloom seed banks.

Of pies, chocolate and heirloom seed banks.

Petaluma is one of those towns that not many people would think of as a tourist destination. But on the road back to San Francisco it was a great overnight foodie stop at the end of the Sonoma Cheese Trail. We were a little sick […]

Sonoma County Cheese Trail.

Known as ‘the heart of artisan cheese-making country’, it’s been called the Normandy of Northern California. Artisan cheesemaking is experiencing a resurgence, and the Marin and Sonoma counties are home to the largest concentration of artisan cheesemakers in California. 22,000 acres of land are dedicated […]

A tiny gourmet town on the California seashore.

Point Reyes Seashore is well-known in California and worldwide for its Lighthouse, perched atop a cliff on one of the prettiest seashores in the world. We stayed out in an adventure hostel near the ocean last night, in the middle of the national park and […]

Where the forest meets the sea.

Driving the California Route 1, we head from Mendocino down to Point Reyes to start the Sonoma Marin County Cheese Trail. We started the day driving through the Navarro Forest. I love Redwoods. In Rotorua, New Zealand, we walked through a Californian Redwood plantation and […]


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