Want your 15 second of fame? Now’s the time. I’ll be appearing on The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on February 6. Submit your questions and maybe they’ll pick them to appear on air. Cheers! Leslie
We start shooting the newest season of Check, Please! Bay Area in a few weeks so why not catch up on seasons past? Enjoy a walk down memory lane of great restaurants, a jewelry extravaganza, and my ever-changing hairstyles (some pretty bad hair days in those early seasons…ouch).
The hardest part of my job on the show is that I don’t get to give my opinion even though I visit many of the restaurants before shooting. I clench my teeth sometimes when I think the guests have it all wrong, but there’s nothing I can do!
So for the first time, I’ve highlighted my favorite eateries from each season. (BTW: These are only chosen from the restaurants I’ve personally eaten at.) Let me know your thoughts.
King of Falafel (SF), Hana (Rohnert Park), 20 Spot (SF), Murray Circle (Sausalito), Old Jerusalem (SF), Maykadeh (SF).
*This is my favorite season for the wine tips series. Don’t miss my tango ode to Argentina and a battle of Spanish wines.
Copita (Sausalito), Live Sushi (SF), Bistro Vis à Vis (Greenbrae), Poesia (San Francisco), Willi’s Wine Bar (Santa Rosa), SPQR (San Francisco), Zare at Fly Trap (San Francisco)
Park Tavern (San Francisco), Outerlands (SF), Wexler’s (SF), Big 4 Restaurant (SF), 1300 on Fillmore (SF), Hillstone (SF)
DOSA on Fillmore (SF), the girl & the fig (Sonoma), Paxti’s Pizza (SF), Risibisi (Petaluma), The Elite Cafe (SF)
Panama Hotel (Marin), La Ciccia (SF), Butterfly (SF), Marnee Thai (SF), Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana (SF), Brown Sugar Kitchen (Oakland), Saha (SF)
Mustard’s Grill (Yountville), Acquerello (SF), Poggio (Sausalito), Coco500 (SF)
DaFlora (SF), NOPA (SF), Stella Alpina Osteria (Burlingame), The Slanted Door (SF)
B44 (SF), La Folie (SF), La Forêt (San Jose), Sociale (SF), Buckeye Roadhouse (Marin)
The start of it all! Kokkari Estiatorio (SF), The House (SF), Limon (SF)
This is one of my favorite annual events and this year I’m the keynote speaker. There are so many delicious wines to sample and seminars to take your passion for wine to the next level. Hope to see you there.
If you’re not the gambling type, you can also grab my discount code and get $10 off Saturday, Sunday or Weekend Grand Tasting Tickets! Just click on the image below to get my discount!
Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed and featured on The Grape Collective, a site where you can not only read about wine, but buy it! The writers there strive to bring wine, with all of it’s unique flavor profiles to people who just want to learn and know where to buy good wine. It’s an incredible endeavor and their firm belief is that good wine becomes better the more you know about it.
I couldn’t agree more! Check out my feature here!!
Recently, I had a chance to spend the day with my colleague and friend, Lizzie Bermudez, host of the new show Bay Area Life on ABC in San Francisco. She and I had a raucous, rapid-fire visit to five tasting rooms to sample delicious vino (with a little bocce ball thrown in). We kicked off at The Winery SF sampling with winemaker, Bryan Kane.
200 California Ave, Bldg 180 North San Francisco, CA 94130
Friday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
Private tours available by appointment
Sat-Sun: Noon- 5:00p
Mon-Fri: By appointment only
Bocce Ball Courts
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12PM-5PM
Available for Private Events Mon-Fri
Saturday and Sunday 12PM-5PM
400 California Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94130
Saturday and Sunday 12Pm-5PM
Available for Private Events 7 days a week
Fat Grape Winery
1080 Avenue M
San Francisco, CA 94130
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm