Category Archives: Food / Restaurants

Eating my way through London

Welcome to London – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Whenever I travel across the pond to my home away from home, I can’t wait to eat all of my favorite foods again. And this latest trip was no exception… I literally ate my way through London! By the end of my visit, I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t fit into my seat on the flight back to San Francisco.

Should your travels take you to England one day, here are a few of my favorite restaurants, pubs and foods that I wanted to share with you. Bon Appetit!

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Napa Valley is Open for Fine Food and Drink

The Restaurant at CIA Copia - hanger steak close up - Credit: Deborah Grossman

The Restaurant at CIA Copia – hanger steak close up – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In October 2017, the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma touched nearly everyone either personally or through friends and family. As part of the recovery, Napa Valley denizens are ready and eager to welcome visitors with open arms and delicious food and drink. Weeks after the fires, my friend and I ventured to St. Helena and Napa to support the area and enjoy some good food and wine.

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Playing Tourist for the Weekend in San Francisco

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair - photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Have you ever fancied playing tourist for a day or weekend in your city? It’s always a lot of fun. No need to wait for out-of-town guests to enjoy taking in the sights, especially if you live in or near a beautiful city – and San Francisco is no exception.

Clift San Francisco

So we decided to book a room at the Clift, a luxury boutique hotel nestled on Geary Street just steps from bustling Union Square – one of our favorite areas in SF. The hotel is conveniently located within easy walking distance to many wonderful restaurants, shops, bars, art galleries – and the Powell Street cable car line.

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Lausanne: A star in the Swiss universe

Lausanne old harbor with classic hotels - Credit: Deborah Grossman

Lausanne old harbor with classic hotels – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post (the second of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In South West Switzerland, Geneva may get the fame. But Lausanne has won my heart. Some cities are the perfect size, and Lausanne fits the bill. As the fourth-largest city in the country and home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne has grand hotels, a bustling tourist life, and an excellent metro system. Yet the many quiet neighborhoods, the mix of historic and trendy venues, plus many local festivals and traditions give the destination a small-town ambiance.

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The Montreux Riviera: Swiss Gems along Lake Geneva

Lavaux tending the vineyards with Lake Geneva and the Alps in the background - Credit: Deborah Grossman

Lavaux tending the vineyards with Lake Geneva and the Alps in the background- Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post (the first of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Switzerland has a mighty mix of attractions considering it’s ten times smaller than California. Though Zurich and Lucerne receive more tourist attention, the towns along the Montreux Riviera hugging Lake Geneva in South West Switzerland are hidden treasures. From Montreux, the famous jazz-obsessed town, to Charlie Chaplain’s town of Vevey with an easy segue to Rougemont in the Alps, you may fall in love with a destination surrounded by natural beauty.

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Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

Napa Valley vineyard, Napa Valley Wine Country, CA – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Napa Valley vineyard, Napa Valley Wine Country, CA – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Thinking of visiting Napa and Sonoma Wine Country this year and want to avoid peak season crowds? Consider a visit during the Spring or early Summer. Although both areas are popular year-round tourist destinations, wine country tends to be especially busy from late summer to mid-October during harvest “crush” season.

Take a fun Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco and enjoy a leisurely day of wine-tasting in California’s historic wine country. No need to worry about drinking and driving. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach across the Golden Gate Bridge to scenic Napa and Sonoma Valley. And yes… there’s free Wi-Fi onboard, as well as an expert friendly narrated tour guide to answer any questions and keep you entertained as you wind your way through picturesque wine country. Continue reading

Burgundy Dining Stars in Beaune

Le Carmin sweetbreads entree - Photo Credit: Deborah Grossman

Le Carmin sweetbreads entree – Photo Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Passionate vintners craft world-class wine from the historic hillside vineyards of Burgundy. While winemakers tend the grapes, chefs in Beaune, the wine capital of the region, prepare outstanding cuisine to pair with their neighbor’s gems.

From luxurious fine dining to welcoming bistros, the small town of Beaune boasts over 100 restaurants, including four with Michelin-stars. During a recent visit to tour wineries and attend the 156th Hospices de Beaune wine charity auction in the city, we savored creative meals at these six top restaurants. Continue reading

Burgundy Dining Stars in the Côte d’Or

EdEm chocolate dessert - Photo Credit: Francoise Brooks

EdEm chocolate dessert – Photo Credit: Francoise Brooks

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the villages of Burgundy dining is as much an art form as winemaking. From the Grand Cru vineyards of Nuit-St-Georges in the north of the Côte d’Or to Chassagne-Montrachet, Levernois, and the small hamlet of Santenay in the south, dining opportunities abound.

Expect these restaurants to serve exceptional local wines. The name Côte d’Or harkens to the area’s “slopes of gold” as the Burgundian vines turn color after harvest. The A6 road from Paris to Lyon passes through Burgundy. Known as Autoroute du Soleil or Motorway of the Sun, the A6 is the main route to the south of France. Whether you target Burgundy for your stay or stop along the way, these four restaurants offer memorable cuisine.

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