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Curtis Stone, Hiking with Kids, SoCal Taco Tour

Discover the hidden gems of Sonoma and Mendocino wine country with a celebrated chef—plus family hikes and tasty tacos

Chef Curtis Stone believes that cuisine is the true soul of a place. And as the affable Australian discovered on a recent trip to Sonoma and Mendocino counties, this part of California has a lot of soul. Stone, who rose to fame through TV appearances on shows like Today and Top Chef Masters, joins host Soterios Johnson on the latest episode of the California Now Podcast to dish on his recent journey to the region while filming Field Trip with Curtis Stone.

After that, author and tour guide Wendy Gorton shares insights on some of her favorite family-friendly hiking trails in the Golden State. Whether you’re tromping through the desert, traversing the Central Valley, or wandering through a redwood grove, Gorton finds ways to keep young ones engaged and entertained while exploring nature.

And finally, SweetC's Designs blogger Courtney O'Dell recently embarked on a taco tour of Southern California, driving from Los Angeles to San Diego to find the best bites. She tells Johnson about a few of her most memorable meals, including a marathon taco session at an upscale spot in Costa Mesa.


Curtis Stone, host of Field Trip with Curtis Stone and owner of Maude in Beverly Hills

Wendy Gorton, author of 50 Hikes with Kids California

Courtney O'Dell, lifestyle blogger, Sweet C’s Designs


From a unique fishing trip to tasting wine at a biodynamic vineyard, acclaimed chef Curtis Stone took a deep dive into the wine country destinations of Sonoma and Mendocino to find inspiration for his next menu at Maude.


Princess Seafood

Single Thread

Littorai Wines

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Author and hiking guide Wendy Gorton can suggest dozens of kid-friendly hikes in California—and each one has something different and exciting to offer families.

Pacific Crest Trail

Kelso Dunes

Mojave National Preserve

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Creekside Carryout

Fern Canyon

Gold Bluffs Beach Campgrounds

The taco is a staple of Mexican-American cuisine, but according to Sweet C’s Designs blogger Courtney O'Dell, SoCal takes the taco to a whole new level.

Olvera Street

Cielito Lindo

Mariscos Jalisco

Tito’s Tacos

Taco María

Playa Mesa

Local Tap House & Kitchen


About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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