New eats in town

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Fire it upToques off to the fall crew of the Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary CafĂ©, which re-opened on Wednesday. With their every move on display in the open teaching kitchen and fishbowl bakery, the heat is on these eager chefs-to-be from day one. The debut menu includes a variety of seasonal dishes–from spiced carrot […]

Chinese Chowdown

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Chinese food needs a good agent these days. After years as the reigning exotic starlet of the American palate, she’s really let herself go–appearing regularly in freezer sections and mall fast food courts. She’s licensed her name to abominations like orange chicken (which tastes like neither) and spongey egg rolls and tasteless fried rice studded […]

Shangri-La

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After a rather horrifying incident with yak butter tea a few years ago, I pretty much swore off any further experiences with Tibetan food. Yak can do that to a person. A recent shout-out by a BiteClubber over my noticeable lack of Indian coverage, however, prompted me to take another look at Shangri-La, a Himalayan […]

Ubuntu opens

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Napa’s long-awaited new restaurant and yoga studio, Ubuntu, officially opened last Thursday. Curious crowds packed into the restored 19th century building to get a glimpse, quickly overwhelming the kitchen. In fact, BiteClub couldn’t find a single morsel to be nibble on, leaving the opening party hungry and well-jostled. The menu will lean heavily on the […]

Na Thong

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Located in the hinterlands of south Santa Rosa Avenue, Na Thong is too good a secret not to let BiteClubbers in on. Sandwiched between a coffee/BBQ shop and a tattoo parlor in, er, a rather colorful part of town the month-old restaurant is serving up some solid Laotian and Thai cuisine to those intrepid enough […]

Favorite Summer Eats

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Tomatoes. Fresh peaches. Corn on the cob. Pretty much anything on the grill. What are your favorite summer foods? You know, the stuff you dream about all winter. The stuff you buy in bulk when August hits. From insalata Caprese to peach pie and potato salad, tell BiteClub what you’re jonesin’ for. And, don’t forget […]

Rosso & Bianco

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Leave it to Francis Ford Coppola to set a scene. Fade in on the director posed like a seersucker Santa waiting for Christmas. Three! Two! One! The crowd cheers and with a hearty tug, Coppola reveals the name of his new winery: Rosso & Bianco. On cue, the letters buzz to life in a red, […]

Nibbles

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Taste of Havana? BiteClub was recently tipped off that a Cuban restaurant is in the works in Sebastopol. Details are still sketchy, but word is that the spot will open sometime in October. I’m already getting itchy for a pressed sandwich. Stay tuned. 707’s Randy Lewis returns(ish)It’s an understatement to say that Santa Rosa never […]