Barndiva Returns to Its Roots in Healdsburg
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by Heather Irwin
4h ago
When a Michelin-starred chef makes you a hamburger, it’s reasonable to expect the best hamburger of your life (or at least a top five). At Studio Barndiva in Healdsburg, celebrated chef Erik Anderson delivers with The Gallery Burger, a Gruyere-stuffed patty (also known as a Juicy Lucy in the Midwest), pillow-soft sesame bun, pickles and caramelized onions atop a pool of Bordelaise sauce, made with red wine and lots of butter. It’s simple, it’s complex, it’s goofy, it’s fancy. I loved everything about it. But a question that nagged me at the newly opened Studio Barndiva: Why is a chef awash w ..read more
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10 Sonoma County Spots for Seeing Mustard in Bloom
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by Sonoma Magazine Staff
4h ago
Following winter rains, mustard flowers turn Sonoma County vineyards and valleys a vibrant yellow, adding a pop of color to the local landscape and to Instagram feeds. If you’d like to take in the scenery or capture it with your camera or smartphone, we’ve listed some of our favorite public places for mustard flower appreciation in the gallery above. To make sure you are satisfied in true Sonoma style, we’ve also included nearby places for a bite and a glass of wine. Please be mindful of plants and wildlife and respectful of private property — no trespassing, of course. The post 10 Sonoma Co ..read more
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12 Hidden Gems to Seek Out in Santa Rosa
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by Sonoma Magazine Staff
4h ago
Click through the above gallery to explore some of our favorite hidden gems in Santa Rosa.  Sonoma County boasts an abundance of acclaimed destinations that draw visitors from around the world. From bucolic vineyards to breathtaking coastal landscapes, from Michelin starred restaurants to five-star luxury resorts, the county and its many attractions are clearly on the tourist map. But there is still so much more to discover in this region. Santa Rosa is a city replete with many of those charming local gems that are almost hiding in plain sight, from Mexican pastry shops to vintage cloth ..read more
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Discover Santa Rosa’s Peaceful Waterway On These Winter Walks
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by Nate Seltenrich
4h ago
Click through the above gallery to explore the Laguna de Santa Rosa. When rain falls anywhere in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Cotati, or Sebastopol, the water will make its way to the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Sitting at the bottom of the greater Santa Rosa plain, the Laguna is the largest freshwater wetlands complex on the northern California coast. In 2011, it was designated a Wetland of International Importance. Yet how many locals could find it on a map? To be fair, parts of the Laguna have been altered and obscured by decades of development. Sebastopol dumped its sewage there until 19 ..read more
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College Sweethearts Surrounded by Love at Sunny Wedding in Sonoma
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by Abigail Peterson
4h ago
In matching navy tuxes, Chris Sarli and Aramis Alvarez stood in front of family and friends on a sunny May day to share their love. It was the first time a few of their family members had met, but the mood was joyful and relaxed. “I thought I was going to be anxious,” remembers Chris. “But it was pretty easy for us; I was invested in the moment.” His husband Aramis agrees. “And then the ceremony came, and that’s when your heart beats the fastest. That’s when a lot of the tears were flowing.” At Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma. (Debbie Labrot, Lily Rose Photography)Flowe arrangement at Jac ..read more
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Local Dining Destination Named Among Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants in the US
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by Sonoma Magazine Staff
1d ago
Francis Ford Coppola is widely hailed as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. So it may come as no surprise that Rustic, the restaurant at the famous Geyserville winery that bears his name, has been ranked among the best celebrity-owned and celebrity-invested dining locales in the United States. Rustic came in at No. 9 in the rankings, according to a recent study by Q.R. Code Generator based on data compiled from Google Reviews. Located on the Francis Ford Coppola Winery grounds, Rustic offers diners sweeping views of the Alexander Valley from the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, or cozy ind ..read more
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The Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Sonoma County
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by Heather Irwin
1d ago
Does your mind go instantly blank when tasked with finding a restaurant to celebrate a birthday, engagement, anniversary or promotion? It’s normal! The gut-wrenching pressure of pleasing others with “just the right spot” can be exhausting. This list of special occasion restaurants in Sonoma County takes some of the heat off, serving up time-tested picks that always hit the mark. Click through the above gallery for a peek at the venues and some of our favorite dishes at each restaurant.  Engagement Party Stark’s Steak and Seafood: The clubby private dining room is an intimate space where ..read more
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From the Archives: How Bodega Head Almost Ended Up with a Nuclear Power Plant
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by James Daly
1d ago
This article was originally published in Sonoma Magazine in 2015. Like so many birthplaces, Bodega Head was the scene of enormous excitement and hope. It also saw jangled nerves, uncertainty and some very sharp pain. Ultimately, the place was a source of great joy and a deep optimism. Bodega Head was not the delivery room for a squalling infant, but a bare coastal ridge typically inhabited by more shorebirds than people. Fifty years ago, this granite rise on the outskirts of the small fishing village of Bodega Bay gave birth to an environmental movement that eventually protected the rugged b ..read more
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‘Velvet Bandit,’ Young Women Artists Rock New Show in Santa Rosa’s Art District
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by John Beck
2d ago
No matter how social you are as an artist, the act of painting (or sculpting or drawing) is usually a solitary pursuit. “If you’re an artist really trying to make it happen, you spend a lot of time alone,” says painter and teacher Mary Vaughan. “And that’s really hard when you’re young.” Like an open mic for singer-songwriters or a pop-up dinner for nomadic chefs, up-and-coming artists often need a gallery show to break out of the studio and build confidence, finally bringing the work into the light for everyone to see. “That’s why we created the Newcomers Art Project,” says Nick Mancillas ..read more
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A Sweet Farm Wedding in Sonoma Features Lots of Flowers and a Celebrity Sheep
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by John Beck
2d ago
“Wally is always trying to steal my thunder,” says Madeline Johnson. She’s talking about her wedding day, so you’d think maybe Wally is her husband. But no, Wally the Wooly Weeder is the celebrity sheep who greets guests at Glen Ellen’s Beltane Ranch, where Madeline Johnson and Matt Secrest tied the knot this past June. “It was an explosion of flowers, of color, and there were chickens running around, and that’s all I ever wanted,” says Madeline. Madeline and Wally the Wooly Weeder. (Paul Gargagliano, Hazel Photo)Madeline and Matt at Beltane Ranch. (Paul Gargagliano, Hazel Photo) Living in B ..read more
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