Hear from travel experts at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show

At the Santa Clara Convention Center

Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show is coming to the Santa Clara Convention Center on February 18 from 10 AM – 5 PM and February 19 from 11 AM – 4 PM. The show focuses on helping travelers plan for their ideal getaway and offers travel resources, hands-on activities, and informational seminars. Read More

An inside look at the plethora of Bay Area breweries at the 'Opening Celebration' of S.F. Beer Week 2012

See host Jace Milstead interview some heavy hitters of S.F. craft beer

2012′s beer week, now underway, will have over 300 events spread around the Bay Area. A monumental growth from four years ago when beer week only had a few dozen events. Since last year, “basically everything has doubled in size,” S.F. Beer Week Communications Director, Brian Stechschulte tells us.

Over 68 Bay Area-based breweries flexed their brewing muscles at the “Opening Celebration” of San Francisco Beer Week last weekend, from old school outfits like Anchor Brewing to newcomer, Almanac Beer Company. The festival, presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild was held at the Concourse Exhibition Center and drew over 2,600 beer lovers to officially welcome ten days of beer celebration. Read More

LYFE Kitchen to start mid-day discounts

LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto, CA is now adding “Social LYFE” to its weekday afternoons. From 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Monday to Friday, all drinks including their cucumber-mint cooler, mango madness smoothie as well as local beers and biodynamic wines are a dollar off and select dishes are cialiscouponcard.com half-off. Chefs Art Smith and Tal Ronnen specialize LYFE Kitchen’s menu in comfort foods that are less than 600 calories per dish, such as barbeque chicken flatbread, lemon aioli dressed grilled artichokes and edamame hummus with flatbread crisps. 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301. 650-325-5933.

Little Griddle: Lost In Sri Racha Burger

On Market St.

Little Griddle, which opened last summer on Market Street in San Francisco might be best known for their glazed donut burger (Lucifer), but let’s not forget the 13 other specialty burgers on the menu like the Lost In Sri Racha Burger, made with Nimon ground beef, griddled jalapenos, pineapples, onions, pepper jack cheese, cilantro, aloha Sriracha sauce, and on the side, butter lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and pickles. For $9.10 it also comes with fries. Read More

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San Francisco Bay and Islands Trek, an inn-to-inn walking vacation

While most vacations involve a train or cab getting you where you need to be, Wine Country Trekking introduces the “San Francisco Bay and Islands Trek“ – an inn-to-inn walking vacation. An experience for travelers who want to explore the history and scenery of the San Francisco bay area on foot, without traffic, taxis, or any other forms of unfamiliar transportation. Read More

Winemaker dinner with AQ Restaurant & Bar and Donkey & Goat Winery

Emphasizing its focus on “fresh local produce and sustainable meats and seafood,” AQ Restaurant and Bar in SoMa San Francisco will host the Donkey & Goat Winemaker Dinner ($80 per person) – a five-course prix fixe meal with wine pairings, on February 21 at 6 PM. Chef Mark Liberman is preparing a winemaker dinner featuring Donkey & Goat Winery – known for wood barrel-aged Rhône varietals and Chardonnay blends, by Berkeley’s own wine producer Jared Brant. Read More

Get your taste buds in shape at Harvest Inn in Napa

'Food and Wine Bootcamp'

A “trust fall” can help you learn to work more efficiently with your teammates, but just in case your insurance doesn’t cover those types of accidents, Harvest Inn, located in Napa Valley, is introducing its Food and Wine Bootcamp. This four-hour event presents a different spin on company meetings by offering an interactive cooking class designed to focus on team-building and creative thinking. Read More

Valentine's Day, Bay area style with Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa

Bodega Bay in the Russian River Valley

If you’re looking to avoid the hustle n’ bustle of the city on Valentine’s Day, Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa is offering a one-night stay in a Country Room ($695) or Deluxe Villa ($750) on February 14 as part of their Valentine’s Day package. Early check-in starts at 1 PM. Couples will receive a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses, chocolates, as well as a 75-minute massage and complimentary parking. If that’s not enough, a private 90-minute horseback ride for two along coast ($250) can be arranged as well.

The package also includes a three-course dinner, served in your private villa or the dining room, and a breakfast for two. Main course choices include grilled filet Mignon with rosemary or fresh Halibut with lemongrass served with portabella mushroom, organic vegetables, and saffron risotto, or organic rack of lamb with mint sauce.

Reservations can be made by calling 877-314-1711 or a visit to scvilla.com. 16702 Coast Highway One, kamagra 100 Bodega, CA 94922.

Prix fixe menu with alligator for Valentine's at Boxing Room, Clift Hotel's Valentine's Day dinner

First of the many Valentine’s day menus to come is from Boxing Room off Grove Street. Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux‘s Southern influenced menu includes Deep-Fried Alligator; New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp; Southern Fried Chicken; Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop; Mushrooms & Dumplin’s and some other new creations for $50 per person. Wine pairings available for an additional $20 as well as beer pairings for $15. Dinner will be served from 5 PM to 11 PM on Valentine’s Day and reservations can be made by calling 415-430-6590 or by visiting Open Table. We’re sure that you could find a date that would appreciate some alligator this “Heart Day.” 399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

If your date is not into vicious reptile meat, this might be for you. On Tuesday, February 14 at the Velvet Room of the Clift Hotel is serving up a five-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person. The main course includes a choice of grilled rib eye or stripe bass, and ending with a Red Velvet cake with strawberries, hazelnut ice cream, and vanilla. Call 415-929-2300 for reservations. 495 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Read More

21st Amendment and Magnolia fight the drizzle, presenting 'Strong Beer Month'

Featuring 12 beers over 8% ABV

February 1 marks the start of the 11th Annual ‘Strong Beer Month’, presented by 21st Amendment Brewery and Magnolia Pub and Brewery. The concept is simple: serve strong beers. A ticket stub to the month long event will list all twelves beers – as you move between the two pubs, your ticket will be marked according to the beers you’ve already had. Each brewery has produced six strong beers with 21st Amendment boasting six beers over 8.5% ABV. A commemorative glass will be given away as a free gift after the completion of all 12 beers (not all at the same time, of course). Read More

Commonwealth Club's INFORUM lets you get inside the mind of select San Franciscan chefs

Plus a dinner at Bar Agricole

San Francisco is home to numerous talented artists and on February 16, Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM, in conjuction with Kitchit, will host a one-hour panel discussion with some of the faces behind the scene at local kitchens. This program will get you up close and personal with local chefs such as Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole, Brett Cooper of Outerlands, Michael Gaines of Central Kitchen, Evan Rich, formerly of Coi, and pastry chef William Werner. The forum will focus on San Francisco’s rich culinary tradition, innovative cooking techniques, and local products. Tickets for the panel are $7 for students and $25 for general admission. 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Read More

Buon Appetito al Ristorante Italiano (that's right, it's Italian)

Original Joe's now open in North Beach

If you enjoy those burgundy-red booths and Italian American comfort food, then listen up. Original Joe’s is now open in the North Beach neighborhood on Union Street. The eatery is operated by the Duggan family whose grandfather, Tony Rodin, debuted the original Original Joe’s in 1937. Showcasing classic Italian/American fare like: Joe’s Burger, Veal Scallopini, the Joe’s Special, Filet of Sole, and Chicken Parmigiana. Libations at Original Joe’s include a cocktail list inspired by an Original Joe’s cocktail menu circa 1950, with offerings such as the Vesper, Manhattan, Aviation, Screwdriver, Grasshopper, and Sazerac. The new Original Joe’s is open Sunday through Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM and Thursday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM. 601 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94133415-775-4877.

Photography provided by Joey DeRuy

Culinary store 'MARCH' into San Francisco

If you’re spicing up the kitchen, pantry or table, MARCH in Pacific Heights has got you covered. The store houses curated and collaborative collections from Ted Muehling, Brickett Davda, Christiane Perrochon, and Jasper Conran, with handcrafted ceramics from Victoria Morris, pots from Brooklyn Copper Cookware, bespoke butcher block tables with Farrow & Ball-painted legs, and table linens from Boxwood Linens.

Options for stocking up your pantry include Olive Oil and Vinegar are produced by Albert Katz of Napa Valley; seasonal jams, nut butters, chutneys, preserves and almond butter from LouLou’s Garden in Escalon, CA; and spices provided by Le Sanctuaire.

Look forward to events in the future as they have plans for dinners, guests, chefs and more. 3075 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94115. 415-931-7433.

Triple Voodoo Brewing to release limited edition beer + S.F. Beer Week schedule

As San Francisco Beer Week draws closer, breweries around the cities are prepping their events. Trip Voodoo Brewing is no exception. This craft brewery will release a new, limited-release Belgian-style Grand Cru at the Opening Celebration. Other events planned include the release of collaboration beers with Lincoln, CA based Knee Deep Brewing and a second collaboration release called the “Kaleidoscope Project” featuring High Water Brewing, Pacific Brew Labs, and Golden Mongoose around town during beer week.

On Saturday, February 11, from 1 PM – 8 PM, Triple Voodoo/Golden Gate Brewery Tours will offer a $29 per person tour including bus transportation, samples of Triple Voodoo beers, live DJ, and souvenirs. The tour includes stops at Double IPA Festival at Bistro Bar, the Anderson Valley Release Night at Pi Bar, Triple Voodoo’s latest releases at Rosamunde Sausage Grill. Call 415-598-8811 for more information. Check out rest of the schedule. Read More

Who's going to be pouring at the San Francisco Beer Week Opening Celebration?

On February 10 from 6 PM - 10 PM

San Francisco Beer Week is less than 14 days away. Today the SFBW organizers released a list of breweries that will be serving up delicious brews during the Opening Celebration held at the Concourse Exhibition Center on February 10 from 6 PM – 10 PM. The count is at 57 breweries (and more is on the way). Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online. Check out the complete list. Read More