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Sep 12, 2011 08:47 PM

From SFO to Rancho Murieta to Santa Rosa back to SFO this weekend

I lived in Santa Rosa from 2000 to 2002. I'm now in Fort Worth, TX. A dear friend of mine in Santa Rosa is battling cancer and a bunch of us "horse people" are doing a benefit auction 916/11 in Rancho Murieta for him and two others..

I'm using the excuse of "Helping" with the auction to fly back to CA but in reality it is to see my friend. He's going through chemo and sleeps a lot. I don't want to impose on his family, and it will be emotionally tough on me, but I need to be strong and want this trip to be really positive for him.

I don't want to waste a minute of my visit to CA, and so being the "foodie" I am, I'm planning my time in CA from the very moment I get my bags and car at SFO (my plane lands at 5:20PM Thursday) until I board my return flight at 5:20PM on Monday.

Thursday leaving SFO and heading to Rancho Murieta at approximately 6PM will be horrible, so I'd love some suggestions for food heading that way. I'll be in Rancho Murieta until Saturday morning but then I'm open for any and all suggestions for anything until I head back to SFO on Monday afternoon.

I'd be more interested in "grazing'" than major meals. Grab some fresh seafood and some sourdough (too bad dungeness crab season isn't until November), nigiri sushi, dim sum, etc., Italian anything, I'm open for tasting menus at wineries. Also any festivals going on this weekend.

My main focus is to visit my friend, and just spend as much time as possible with him, but I don't think he will be up to much visiting and I don't want to be a burden on his family.

Cafe Citti in Kenwood was always a favorite of mine, Traverso's in Santa Rosa, a place in Ronhert Park had decent sushi, I just would like some foodie suggestions since it seems the entire time I lived in Santa Rosa I never could afford to enjoy the area.

Cafe Citti
9047 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452

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  1. I didn't know where Ranch Murieta was and looked it up. For the benefit of others, it's in the Sacramento area. You would be wise to have your dinner not far from SFO to wait out traffic on thursday. Which route are you planning to drive?

    There are indeed a number of festivals next weekend. You can check the Food Festivals thread.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks, Melanie! By the time I get my luggage and rental car I'm still going to face major traffic so I'd love to have a dinner of some sort in the city before I head across the Bay Bridge and then take I80 to 50 into Rancho Cordova where I will be staying Thursday and Friday night.

      You may think I'm crazy, but I've already found the Trader Joe's in Rancho Cordova and I'll be eating stuff from there while at the horse show! There is nothing like TJ's here in TX.

      You don't know how fortunate you are until you leave a place like Northern California that has all the freshest and most wonderful foods and wines. I plan on
      enjoying some amazing cheese, veggies, and of course, WINE!!

    2. You'll be passing right by Corti Bros, just a few blocks off the freeway:

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks, I will have to stop there on the way to the show.

      2. I'm finally back home and it was totally different than what I expected. I guess I'm a pathetic Chowhound but the auction overwhelmed everything else.

        Traffic was bad as I headed north on 101 from SFO but I found a TJ's and bought a few bottles of wine, a salad, hummus, salsa, pita & chips. Also got a few bars of the dark chocolate & almond pound plus bars. I got to my hotel in Rancho Cordova around 9PM so the salad & some wine were dinner.

        Friday was a crazy day and I felt like I was on a scavenger hunt. I was at the horse show most of the day but had to find a bunch of things in Rancho Cordova so I grabbed a couple tacos (1 shrimp, 1 blackened ono) at Rubio's. You may laugh, but I wish we had Rubio's in TX.

        It seems like the whole weekend was just grabbing food wherever/whenever, but I guess you could say I was pretty selective. For my drive from Rancho Murieta to Santa Rosa I ate a basket of strawberries from a farmstand. On my flight back I had some sourdough and sonoma cheeses. Sunday I got take out from Cafe Citti for my friends in Santa Rosa and it was very good.

        Cafe Citti
        9047 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452

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        1. re: Barbara76137

          Sounds like you had plenty to attend to. Sometimes a chain fish taco and a basket of strawberries is all you can manage. Thanks for reporting back.

          1. re: Windy

            Last night I forgot to mention that I had a surprisingly good salad at the horse show on Saturday and then dinner at the Rancho Murieta Country Club Saturday night. It was a sort of "surf and turf" of prime rib and salmon with baby potatoes & asparagus.

            I know it is touristy, but I had a cup of clam chowder and a shrimp/crab louie salad at Cioppino's at Fisherman's Wharf on Monday afternoon. It was closest to my parking space and I just wanted to sit outside on the sidewalk and enjoy the sun! I make a mean cioppino and didn't want something that big or expensive before heading back to Ft. Worth so I opted for chowder & salad.

            I guess I forgot to mention we raised over $79K on Friday in the live & silent auction that will be equally divided between three people!!!!!! Not bad for less than a week of planning!

              1. re: Windy

                Windy, to say it was "not bad at all" is an understatement. I just can't explain how much better really fresh food tastes. As for the reason I went back to CA, that is priceless.

                1. re: Barbara76137

                  Barbara, I was commenting on the success of your amazing silent auction--and yes, it was a huge understatement. Glad the food was good too.

                  1. re: Windy

                    Windy, we took six items and used them in the live auction. We doubled one item and the live auction raised $46K. The rest of the $79K was silent auction about $2K was straight donations.

                    You can have fabulous food and mediocre associates and I swear the food will only taste mediocre.

                    On the other hand, when you are among wonderful people, even a particularly special one who is getting chemo and slammed with a very rare form of lymphoma and he devours a quarter chicken, garlic mashed potatoes and three different salads, that dinner is one of my alltime best meals.