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Sep 1, 2011 11:54 AM

Please check my list for upcoming visit

Hi a DC hound coming to town in a week. Please review my list and make recs. We will have car and can go anywhere from Healdsburg to Big Sur and to the East Bay. We are adventurous and open to all but the most expensive price points. We really like Mexican since it’s not easy to find here. This is our 7th trip in 5 years; but this trip we have 2 in our group that haven’t been before so we have some tried and true places, and some traps. I will cross post with SF board.


Thursday to Sunday: Santa Cruz area:
Dinners: Cellar Door @ Boony Doon (not sure), Passion Fish, Taqueria la Cabana, La Posta
Lunch: A burrito joint in an old gas station in Half Moon or Pescadero (can’t remember name), Sierra Mar (Post Ranch Inn), need one for Capitola, and a couple for Santa Cruz
Breakfasts: Linda’s Seabreeze Cafe, and need a suggestion as we hit the road north to…

Sunday to Wednesday: Santa Rosa and Healdsburg areas:
Dinners: Barndiva, Rosso Pizzeria, Zin
Lunch: girl and the fig, Divaola Pizzeria, other suggestions?
Breakfasts: Bovolo
Wineries: Have that covered 

Wednesday to Saturday: Mill Valley area
Dinners: Nopalito, Foreign Cinema, Pizzeria Picco, need one more
Lunch: suggestions please, and one for the Warf.
Breakfasts: Free at hotel

Will be hitting Saturday market at Ferry Building!!

Sunday fly home

106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

La Posta
538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Sierra Mar Restaurant
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

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  1. Good to see you've cross-posted on the SF board. You seem to have many CA Chow-miles under your belts!

    Here's a few picks from my Santa Cruz-Monterey list:

    Ristorante Avanti on Mission (Highway 1) north of downtown. Great local restaurant, solid wine list, wonderful food. Good place for a relaxing dinner.

    Sushi on the Run in Aptos on Soquel Ave between Aptos Village and Soquel. Across the road from Safeway shopping center. Great to-go sushi for picnics or snacks. Made to order by traditional sushi chef. Good locally roasted coffee shops nearby.

    A friend rec's Cafe Sparrow in Rio Del Mar (the beach at Aptos). Also gets mentions here. Res. a must.

    Saturday morning Farmer's Market at Cabrillo College on Soquel Drive. Artisan and Organic products from the sea, farms and pastures. Enjoy a Kraut Juice Shooter! Live accustic music.

    Corralitos Meat Mkt-- just south of Aptos against the hills (take Freedom Blvd from Highway 1 so of Aptos) follow signs to Corralitos. House smoked meats and imported Croatian foods.

    In Monterey Bay area:

    Sweet Elena's Bakery Seaside--Euro style pastries using local fruits and cheeses, great coffee. Rustic out-of-the-way place. Locals hangout.

    Sweet Elena's Bakery & Cafe
    465 Olympia Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

    Ristorante Avanti
    1711 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Cafe Sparrow Restaurant
    8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003

    1. San Francisco/Ferry Building...

      Was there two weeks ago. Fabulous place to "hang out". I would suggest that you come hungry AND, don't choose to eat at just one place. GRAZE....Hubby bought a treat from Acme Bread. We bought small take away treats from Delica -Yummy! and, shared a really delish summer salad from Frog Hollow Farms. Would loved to have had their avocado toast but S.O. doesn't like avocado's. We collected the salad a few few other treats and sat out on the dock in back of the building. Weather was perfect!
      You'll also find other vendors with free tastings and with the free fruit and vege items from the farmers market, you'll have a great time. Also many food trucks.
      If you make your way N towards Leggett (off the 101), this place was featured in the July issue of Sunset Mag:
      The Peg House