Tanned, Rested and Restored: Oakville Grocery Reopens

Oakville Grocery Reopened

Oakville Grocery has had a long sojourn. The old girl had extensive reconstructive surgery, but like an aging silent-film-era starlet (the building was built before Tullulah Bankhead was even born, after all) who spends the off-season in Palm Springs with huge sunglasses on, waiting for her raccoon eyes to heal, she’s making her triumphant return [...]

Something Borrowed: Howard Backen’s French Blue Takes Shape

French Blue

The construction site in St. Helena, which come May 29th will boast Napa’s latest dining destination French Blue, is abuzz (literally) with saws and workmen fitting things, and amid the clatter, Howard Backen is energetic, but perfunctory when explaining where this will hang and that will go with a flutter of his fingers. Make no [...]

Kosher for Passover Liquor To Get You Through

chosenvodka

Because man cannot live on Manischewitz alone, No. 209, which has been making gin on Pier 50 in San Francisco since 1999, released its first vodka this month — just in time for Passover. Because “leavened,” including fermented, grains are forbidden during the eight-day festival, which celebrates the Israelites emancipation from Egypt, spirits that are [...]