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River’s End
8.2

River’s End

On our way to Ratna Ling, we stopped for lunch at River’s End in Jenner on the Sonoma Coast.   River’s End has some of the most amazing views of the Russian River flowing into the Pacific Ocean.  It’s worth a stop just for that. Owned by Bert Rangel and..
Ratna Ling

Ratna Ling

I was fortunate to purchase a two-day stay at Ratna Ling, courtesy of the Redwood Coast Medical Services.  Ratna Ling is part of a Tibetan Buddhist Mandala, or family, of eight or more organizations including the Odean Buddhist Temple near Ratna Ling, Dharma College and Ningba College, and Dharma Publishing..
Wood Tavern
8.2

Wood Tavern

My husband and his friend, Vic, are regulars at Wood Tavern as is Buck, our accountant down the street.  You won’t get into this place without their status or a reservation well in advance of your date and time.  Wood Tavern is on a very popular block of College Avenue..
Taco Bell Pacifica

Taco Bell Pacifica

The most beautiful Taco Bell in the world.  That’s Taco Bell Pacifica, reviewed by Yelp.  I didn’t actually eat there, because I already had, but I just had to stop and take a few pictures.   On weekend mornings, the beach is jammed with surfers, and the Taco Bell Pacifica..
Ketch Joanne’s
8

Ketch Joanne’s

Ketch Joanne’s is quite a find, along with the walk that our friend, Brandon, recommended. First, we wove our way back behind the Half Moon Bay Airport to an area where the Mavericks big surf contest is held.  (Google Mavericks Beach for directions.  It’s tricky.)  There’s plenty of parking.  First,..
Go Bistro – SFO
6.2

Go Bistro – SFO

I rarely travel out of San Francisco International Airport terminals other than United’s Terminal 3.  But, a boondoggle to Phoenix put me in the Southwest Airlines terminal.  After a busy morning, we were ready for a bite to eat, and Go Bistro is one of the few food places in..
Bette’s Oceanview Diner
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Bette’s Oceanview Diner

I first heard about Bette’s Oceanview Diner from Check Please Bay Area.  If you haven’t watched this KQED PBS show, you’re missing some great reviews of bay area restaurants.  The show is a half hour, and three guests pick three restaurants, and they each go and check them out.  ..
Chez Panisse
9.5

Chez Panisse

We celebrated our 20th anniversary of living in San Francisco at Chez Panisse last week.   We were looking for a San Francisco restaurant with a view, but once we read Michael Bauer’s review article in the San Francisco Chronicle, giving Chez Panisse a perfect 4 for food, we just had..
Buckeye Roadhouse
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Buckeye Roadhouse

Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Mill Valley is the Buckeye Roadhouse. It normally takes us about 30 minutes to get there from our house on the way to the Sonoma Coast, but last Thursday, when we were working on close to 90 minutes, we decided to ditch..
Koi Palace
7.5

Koi Palace

Our Hawaiian friends were in town this weekend. Russell Siu is the 2010 Hawaiian Chef of the Year, and as he had a stint cooking in San Francisco, he knows his way around this city! Sunday morning, we all packed into Dave’s big Ford Flex and headed south to Daly..