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Latin Food Fest
Discover San Diego County

When this festival first launched in 2013, its inspiration was pretty local: the south-of-the-border Mexican cuisine of Baja California. But the four-day event—the largest...

California: Culinary

California has always been a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary arts—from its extraordinary array of ethnic fare to its cutting-edge, vegetable-...

Temecula Valley Wine Country
Discover the Inland Empire

For many visitors, the Temecula Valley wine country is still a surprise. After all, a lot of people just don’t expect to see gently rolling hills blanketed with rows of...

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8 California Food Trends

Try the regional flavors, surprising ingredients, and classics with a twist that made our list of Golden State culinary trends

California has always been a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary arts—from its extraordinary array of ethnic fare to its...

Sep 1 - Sep 30
September is prime time for toasting California’s world-class wines—all over the state

Whether you’re a serious oenophile or a newbie looking to learn more about different varietals, September’s ...

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Convenient and appealing options for in-town tasting

There’s nothing quite like driving the back roads of California’s wine regions and sampling local wines at the source. But a growing number of wineries and winemakers are opting...

Urban Wineries & Wine Trails
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Upgrade your preflight snack at these airport outposts of local favorites

In an era of cramped flights without meals—when even a free bag of peanuts feels like a luxury—one thing has improved about airline travel: Airport food...

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This four-day event embraces San Francisco’s global status by keeping the flavor super-local

Revel in the flavors of the ultimate foodie city as San Francisco’s premier chefs—many of them movers and shakers in the sustainability movement—strut their stuff at this festival in the ...

Eat Drink SF
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Strike some amazing deals every January when you dine in California

California is the No. 1 destination for food-loving travelers in America, and it's easy to see why. The Cobb salad was invented here. So too was the cheeseburger. The state produces 90...

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This San Diego music festival combines A-list acts with local flavor and upscale beach culture

You don’t need a high tolerance for open fields, concession-stand dining, or possibly mud to enjoy this unique weekend music festival along San Diego County’s coastline. The crowd-...

KAABOO Del Mar
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Aug 12 - Aug 15
This four-day event in San Diego turned a simple taco fest into something delightfully global

When this festival first launched in 2013, its inspiration was pretty local: the south-of-the-border Mexican cuisine of Baja California. But the four-day event—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—...

Latin Food Fest
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Bracero Cocina de Raiz
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Bracero Cocina de Raiz

For an authentic sampling of Cali-Baja cuisine, head to this hotspot in San Diego’s Little Italy

One of the hottest reservations in San Diego is at Bracero Cocina de Raiz, where chef Javier Plascencia’s “Cali-Baja” cooking style has long had...

Inglenook Winery
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Inglenook Winery

One of Napa Valley’s most historic properties, restored to perfection by an Oscar-winning filmmaker

If the Napa Valley were a kingdom (and some oenophiles might argue that it is), this storied property in the town of Rutherford would certainly...

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Think outside the nacho plate on your next visit to a California baseball stadium

At California’s ballparks, the days of limp hot dogs on soggy buns have given way to an era of gourmet grub fit for a foodie—as well as improbable creations that seem to have been conjured by...

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The legendary chef and food pioneer sheds light on her home-state favorites and her mission to change how we eat

Internationally acclaimed chef and cookbook author, successful restaurateur, inspiring teacher, and mentor—Alice Waters has done enough in her lifetime to make anyone pull up a lawn chair and...

California Questionnaire: Alice Waters
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The California Questionnaire: Dario Sattui
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The California Questionnaire: Dario Sattui

The head of V. Sattui Wines and owner of Napa’s Castello di Amorosa can’t get enough of his home state

In the Napa Valley, the name Sattui is recognized as one of the regal monikers of winemaking. So it’s fitting that Dario Hibbard Sattui, great-...

Great L.A. Food Trucks
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Great L.A. Food Trucks

Tacos, grilled cheese, and health food all live in harmony on the streets of Los Angeles

From gourmet chefs experimenting with tacos to funky ice cream sandwiches, you might be surprised what you can find on the streets of L.A. Food...

Atelier Crenn
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Atelier Crenn

Two Michelin stars sparkle at this minimalist gem

For a visual feast that also happens to taste amazing, book a table at Atelier Crenn, where gifted chef Dominique Crenn creates visually stunning...

The 1976 Judgment of Paris
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The 1976 Judgment of Paris

One blind tasting in 1976 changed the world of wine forever

We take it for granted that California produces some of the world’s best wines, with top critics ranking them alongside the finest vintages from...

Henry’s Bullfrog Bees, based in the Central Valley town of Winters, rents beehives to farmers to increase pollination and naturally improve crop yields.
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Sample ultra-fresh, hyper-local, and downright amazing

When you come to California, come hungry. This is a state that seriously knows how to cook. Amazing and innovative chefs sprinkled with Michelin stars work with local farms and artisanal food...

Dining Hot Spots
George's at the Cove
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Celebrate the best in Food, Wine, & Beer

A real-life cornucopia, California is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions—for example, we’re by far the country’s top grower of avocados and strawberries. Unofficially, the...

Top Food, Beer, & Wine Festivals
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Whether it's destiny or fate or whatever, I don't think I could do a French Laundry anywhere else.
Thomas Keller
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Elegant estates, relaxed wineries, urban tasting rooms

Elegant estates at the end of country roads lined with vineyards? Check. Low-key wineries housed in converted barns? Check again. Urban wine trails with hip in-town tasting rooms? Yup,...

Big Sur Dining
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Big Sur Dining

Where to eat, drink, and enjoy the view

To fuel your excursions in and around Big Sur, you’d be wise to begin at least one morning with strong coffee, local eggs, and house-made...

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets...

10 Top Farmers' Markets
Laura Flippen
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Follow celebrated routes to iconic vineyards and tucked-away surprises

With more than 4,000 wineries statewide, California lets you sample award-winning wines almost anywhere you go. These classic and up-and-coming wine roads—some too packed with wineries to tackle...

Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, was the first winery in California.
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From north to south, beer is booming in California

With nearly 500 breweries statewide (and probably more by the time you read this), it’s safe to say that the craft beer movement isn’t just booming in California, it’s BOOMING—capital letters...

The Craft Beer Boom
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Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

Milk cows, wake up to roosters crowing, feast on farm-to-table foods served in the shade of a blooming orchard—California has a bounty of ways to have hands-on fun at a farm or...

Tai Power Seeff
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U-pick Farms

Bountiful harvest, family fun

Apples and berries abound for intrepid travellers willing to pick their own. These farms offer trees and patches for you to...

California's Heartland
Laura Flippen

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California's Heartland

Pick fresh produce, relax in cool gardens, and learn about local farming heritage
Sundial Bridge

This relaxed city has some secret gems that make a pleasing start to your trip. Start at Sundial Bridge, a functional work of art, the remarkable pedestrian bridge, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, spans the tree-lined, trout-filled Sacramento River in Redding’s Turtle...

Bakersfield

This rapidly growing city in the southern Central Valley is full of pleasant surprises. Once known for oil and agriculture, Bakersfield is morphing into a Central Valley hub for arts, culture, and sports, while still offering a glimpse of the region’s past. One fascinating historical site worth...

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Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in elegant tasting rooms for kid-friendly fun zones that...

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I want to make wines that harmonize with food - wines that almost hug your tongue with gentleness.
Robert Mondavi
Dining and Food
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Dining and Food

Karaoke with ice cream or indulge in a Japanese inspired hot dog

When it comes to food, San José goes global. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of ethnic restaurants, including Ethiopian fare at Zeni (try to sit at one of...

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Enjoy fresh, local food brought directly to your table

Restaurants without walls, California's outdoor farm-to-table experiences bring the freshness of fields, orchards, and artisanal foods directly to your table. Chefs harvest bountiful...

Farm-to-Table Dining Experiences
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Where to see buildings and settings fit for a king (or queen)

Think of castles, and you probably imagine a turreted wonder in Europe. But California has its own surprising crop of palaces and estates fit for a monarch, created by people with imaginations as...

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Make your way to theses seven ranches, mills, and storefronts to sample the state’s best olive oils

Spanish missionaries planted California’s first olive trees in the late 18th century, at missions from Sonoma to San Diego. It was no divine intervention; the savvy padres knew that...

Tasting California Olive Oil
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