Acacia House Revived Into High-End Restaurant & Resort in Napa Valley

Las Alcobas, the controversial resort just north of Saint Helena has revived a piece of Napa Valley history by renovating the old Victorian Acacia House into a comfortable, friendly, fine dining restaurant ran by Top Chef Masters winner and The Next Iron Chef competitor Chris Cosentino. I have only lived in Saint Helena for four years, and…

What Wines are Winter Wines? Wine Pairing in a Winter Wonderland

What wines do you think go best on a blustery day or night, rain and snow falling like crazy? I feel like summer disappeared so quickly, I didn’t have time to pull out the jackets and sink into hibernation mode. One thing I do notice is that my palate changes through the seasons like clockwork….

Eiko’s – Great Sushi in the Heart of Downtown Napa

Located steps away from the future Archer Hotel Napa, Eiko’s offers up some great sushi, and generous portions without the high price tag. When people think Napa Valley and sushi, they automatically think Morimoto’s, a high-end sushi restaurant off the waterfront in downtown Napa owned by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. It’s a unique place to dine, but…

Ciccio – Cozy Italian Restaurant in Yountville – Napa Valley

Ciccio is a quaint little Italian place on the north end of Yountville. You won’t find it on Open Table and you can’t call up and make a reservation. Getting a table is half the battle.   Located in the old Italian grocery store built in 1916, Ciccio is an intimate dining experience with high…

Two Birds One Stone – New Restaurant ‘Killing it’ in Napa Valley

Spent a late Friday afternoon at Two Birds/One Stone, the latest hotspot celebrating asian inspired dishes and exclusive wines from local winemakers. I’ve been anticipating my visit to Two Birds/One Stone since it opened a few months ago. Growing up in Hawaii, I came to love asian inspired cuisine and it was exciting to find out we…

Lunch at Bistro Jeanty – French Cuisine in Napa Valley

In the heart of Yountville, lies the quaint french eatery, Bistro Jeanty. Bistro Jeanty is my go-to place in Yountville, California. In a town that Thomas Keller made famous with Bouchon Bakery and The French Laundry, lies a plethora of dining options to choose from. Bistro Jeanty gives you a true french feel, with a large patio…

Carpe Diem – Seize the Ostrich Burger

I recently dined at a restaurant I haven’t been to in quite some time, to revisit my beloved ostrich burger… and I brought along a friend – a 2014 Walt Pinot Noir Sierra Mar. I used to frequent the Carpe Diem Wine Bar all the time. I would eagerly make the 16 mile journey to downtown Napa…

Mikuni – Sushi in the Village at Northstar

I recently stumbled across this fantastic sushi restaurant in the heart of Northstar California. I wasn’t planning on doing an article about the sushi restaurant that we accidentally came across Saturday in the Village at Northstar. After heading to a neighboring restaurant that happened to be closed for an event, we reluctantly walked to Mikuni Japanese Restaurant &…