Blog: The Place to Dish with Fellow Foodies

Wherever I go, I sample the local cuisine, taste the regional wine and cocktails, and prowl for the best culinary products. Back at home, I experiment with my own food and beverage concoctions. Sometimes I travel with specific ingredients and tools so I can cook special dishes for family and friends. And nothing gets my creative juices flowing like holidays and entertaining. Sound familiar? If so, maybe my favorite discoveries, realizations, and recipes will inspire your own adventures, and you’ll want to share them here.

Barbecued Ribs at Montgomery Inn ~ a Stranded Foodie Favorite


While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, (years ago… and I mean years ago!), my family and I discovered this fantastic little restaurant [Read more…]

Blue Ash Chili ~ A Stranded Foodie Favorite


When visiting Cincinnati, Ohio, I love to pay a visit to Blue Ash Chili. This diner style restaurant is known for their massive-sized double and single-decker sandwiches and some of the best Cincinnati-style [Read more…]

Salt and Pepper Crab at R & G Lounge is a Stranded Foodie Favorite


If you haven’t had salt and pepper crab, it’s a must at R & G Lounge in the Chinatown area of San Francisco. Honestly, it’s the best around. I’ve tried it in many restaurants, but I always come back to R & G for this famous Cantonese dish. They do it right… a light [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Loves Olympic Club “Tower of Dungeness Crab”


Crab feed. Ohh, so splendid and most succulent. With Dungeness crab in season here in the Bay Area, I was lucky enough to attend the yearly crab feed at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. A few years ago was my first time attending this festive eating frenzy. I was elated

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Donato Enoteca Restaurant ~ a Stranded Foodie Favorite


Who doesn’t love a creamy rich plate of pasta. Especially with some finely shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a hint of truffle. With only a few very simple but flavorful ingredients, this dish was made in foodie heaven. And guess what… it was a [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Likes Calistoga Kitchen


While walking around in Calistoga, my appetite was building for a great breakfast place. I always like to ask the locals where they like to eat. And, the Calistoga Kitchen came with great recommendations. Located in the charming downtown area, this house made into a restaurant is a charming small place which offers both indoor and outside seating.
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The Marshall Store & Oyster Bar ~ A Stranded Foodie Favorite


After a trip to the beautiful Tomales Bay, we had a fabulous time with friends where we devoured raw oysters, colorful fish tacos, and meaty Dungeness crab. Doesn’t that sound incredible? This rustic seafood shack called Marshall Store & Oyster Bar, is located an hour north of San Fransico along the [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Recommends Umami Burger in Palo Alto ~ for the Ultimate Burger


Umami Restaurant Group has opened up one of their latest burger places on University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. I’m always in search of a great burger, so a friend joined me so we could give them a try. I typically have a burger about twice a year, so when I do have one, I like my burger adorned with only the [Read more…]

I’m Dreaming About the Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich and Roasted Potatoes ~ from Stranded Foodie


A few years back, I discovered the Roli Roti mobile rotisserie food truck in San Francisco where I indulged on their incredible porchetta sandwich. This sandwich is made from perfectly roasted pork loin that’s been wrapped in pork belly, and stuffed with herbs. The pork is so tender and juicy and the crunchy and salty skin is killer. They add a sweet onion [Read more…]

The Fremont Diner is a Stranded Foodie Favorite ~ A Great Fusion of Sonoma and the South

Located off highway 121 in Sonoma, sits the rustic little Fremont Diner with a rusted old truck parked out front. The food is a great fusion of both Sonoma and the South. They have taken those great comfort foods we love and updated them using fresh local ingredients. I love that!  As they state on their business card, “Farm Direct.”

I discovered this place in 2009 after they opened, when a dear local friend of mine brought me there for lunch. During that visit, we both feasted on their “whole hog” [Read more…]