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Food Worth Flying For: The Best Burger in All of Wine Country

November 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

For years and year it was known as Taylor's Refresher, but now it’s called Gott’s Roadside. The name may have changed but the roadside restaurant and its “tray gourmet” has remained the same. Sure Napa Valley is known for its wine, the English muffins over at The Model Bakery, and that perfect pork chop at Mustards Grill; however, to us the burger and fries are the reason we continue to visit year after year.

We realize that there are best of lists from here to eternity when it comes to burgers, but we have to say our pick is the Western Bacon Blue Ring at Gott’s Roadside. The thing is topped with barbeque sauce, an onion ring, local blue cheese, pickles, red onion, and bacon—and all of those ingredients are doing their thing between a toasted egg bun.

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How Napa Valley is Faring Following Yesterday's Earthquake

August 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Robert Mondavi in Napa, which was not damaged

At 3:20am PST on Sunday, a 6.1 earthquake shook the earth 6 miles from Napa, in the heart of California's heavily touristed wine country. Now dubbed the "South Napa Earthquake," the event did cause damage enough to interrupt businesses and tourism, but operations are quickly returning to normal, despite broken wine bottles and power outages.

CNN named a few wineries which felt the shake quite severely: Silver Oak Winery, Etude Wines, and Signorello Estate.

The Downtown Napa tourism board issued an update on the hotels unaffected by the quake:

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: O'Brien Estate in Napa Valley

March 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: O'Brien Estate winery in Napa Valley, California

This week's Travel Cat is from Jaunted reader and Instagrammer @theangryskittle, who captured this idyllic scene.

Of the moment, he notes it was the "last tasting of the day," and apparently he's made a friend with whom to pass a gray day in the winter vineyard.

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Wish You Were Here: Flavor! Napa Valley Festival

November 16, 2012 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (2)


Took this photo from out the window of our rental car, just driving along

Confession: I've never made gnocchi before. This likely doesn't shock you, dear reader, but for those who know I once called Rome home and extensively traveled, ate and drank my way around, it's a little "whoa." Dumping vacuum-packed bags of frozen store-bought gnocchi into a pot of boiling water is typically dinner, or was, as today I made gnocchi from scratch in the kitchen with chefs and co-owners Tyler Rodde & Curtis Di Fede of Downtown Napa restaurant Oenotri.

This is actually something Oenotri offers on the regular, hosting both gnocchi and pasta-making classes every other week for $75 per person. This week it's a little magical, however; November 14-18 is the Flavor! Napa Valley Festival, which bills itself as a "celebration of food, wine and fun." So, while Di Fede is telling a story about how they taught 'Iron Chef' Morimoto to make a proper Neapolitan pizza, Morimoto himself may be walking by outside, heading to personally shave truffles over the entrees at the Napa outpost of his eponymous restaurant empire.

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The Jaunted Guide To A Creative San Francisco Getaway

August 7, 2009 at 3:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

San Francisco is a city of contrasts. It is quintessentially Californian but radiates a European air; it has a touch of laid back bohemianism but is a sophisticated urban hub. Travelers are attracted to the City by the Bay and its surrounding areas for its striking landscape, noted landmarks, and amazing restaurants, but while it would be easy for us to suggest a visit to Lombard Street or the Golden Gate Bridge, doing so would also be utterly predictable. It's impossible to distill Bay Area travel into one post, but we hope this short list will at least jump start your next trip to Northern California.

Our recommendations for a creative visit to San Francisco:

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Father's Day Travel: Last-Minute Mancations

June 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're anything like us, you usually forget Father's Day until the reminder call from Mom on Sunday morning. Since you surely didn't get around to planning that golf trip to St. Andrew's or the Alaska fishing expedition, here are some Father's Day trips you can actually pull off at the last minute.

For the Jazzhead: The JVC Jazz Festival kicks off in New York on Sunday. Please your dad by declaring a newfound appreciation for Herbie Hancock. (He doesn't have to know you're going for Mos Def.)

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Best Local Travel Blogs: San Fran's Weekend Sherpa

July 20, 2007 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (2)

Of course, we think Jaunted is the best travel blog out there. However, there are some great resources out there to help with very specific travel needs. Some sites focus exclusively on one city, making it an online manual to all things ________ (fill in your hometown). We hear from our San Francisco based tipsters that they wouldn't be able to make plans without the life coaching of Weekend Sherpa.

The site tries to offer the convenience of the web with the aesthetics of a handwritten guidebook. Each week, editors focus on a different, timely theme, and structure activity recommendations around it. This week, the guide tells readers, in honor of some bike race in France, where in NoCal they can pedal on two wheels.

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· San Francisco Hotels [HotelChatter]
· San Francisco Travel [Jaunted]

[Photo Credit: Weekend Sherpa]

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Best Summer Wedding Destinations

July 11, 2007 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's wedding season. Although even the heat radiating off asphalt in a parking lot in Phoenix right now can't melt our cold, cold hearts, some people still feel an affinity for the institution of marriage. We feel obliged to humor them. If we're dragged to witness these nuptials, we just hope it gives us a chance to check out a cool new place. Here are a few of the settings where we'd like to see our friends give up their independence.

Nantucket
For one, Nantucket is less likely to be as ungodly hot as, say, a Caribbean wedding in July. Sure, this destination might apply to a niche group -- the madras pants wearing, tennis playing, New England set -- but it's a beautiful island with plenty of web sites and companies targeting the enfianced.

Napa Valley
Everyone knows California is the best place, temperature-wise, to be in July. The inns and spas throughout Napa Valley that cater to wine travelers translate perfectly to wedding settings. Being the savvy businesspeople they are, inn owners have tapped into this market and now offer outdoor ceremony services and wedding-related amenities. Plus, guests can maximize their trip by stopping in for some tastings before and after the big event.

Hawaii
For the tried-and-true tropical destination wedding, Hawaii is best. Couples can choose between The Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Kona. Also, it's not just the boring old girl/boy pairs heading to the far state, because Hawaii is one of the gay friendliest states, socially and legally. Plus, it's kind of unique that wedding photographers in Hawaii double as peeping toms (see above). The whole voyeur thing is really hip right now on HBO.

Related Stories:
· Travel Weddings [Jaunted]
· Hotel Weddings [HotelChatter]

[Photo Credit: Weddings in Hawaii]