My Favorite Eateries of Check, Please! Bay Area’s Past Seasons

 

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.

Season 9

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.

Season 8

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)

Season 7

Park Tavern (San Francisco), Outerlands (SF),  Wexler’s (SF), Big 4 Restaurant (SF), 1300 on Fillmore (SF), Hillstone (SF)

Season 6

DOSA on Fillmore (SF), the girl & the fig (Sonoma), Paxti’s Pizza (SF), Risibisi (Petaluma), The Elite Cafe (SF)

Season 5

Panama Hotel (Marin), La Ciccia (SF), Butterfly (SF), Marnee Thai (SF), Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana (SF), Brown Sugar Kitchen (Oakland), Saha (SF)

Season 4

Mustard’s Grill (Yountville), Acquerello (SF), Poggio (Sausalito), Coco500 (SF)

Season 3

DaFlora (SF), NOPA (SF), Stella Alpina Osteria (Burlingame), The Slanted Door (SF)

Season 2

B44 (SF), La Folie (SF), La Forêt (San Jose), Sociale (SF), Buckeye Roadhouse (Marin)

Season 1

The start of it all! Kokkari Estiatorio (SF), The House (SF), Limon (SF)

 

 

Come See Me at the Boston Wine Expo~

AND THE WINNER IS…

 

NANCY T

 

Congrats!!

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.
Cheers, Leslie

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Boston Wine Expo

February 14, 2015
11:30-12:30pm

Sipping Smarts : Wine Basics

Join Leslie Sbrocco — author, consultant, Emmy-award winning PBS television host and wine expert on the Today Show, for a fast-paced, interactive session that will both educate and entertain. Learn to taste like a pro, pair like a sommelier, and become a savvy shopper with Leslie’s Top Tips and Insider Tricks. The session will kick off with sparkling wine, then move through six world-class whites and reds. Learn these new skills and put them to the test immediately. You will be prepared to shine, the next time you serve wine!

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3:30-4:30pm

Wine Words : Learn the Language of Wine

What does it mean when wine is called full-bodied, vibrant, oaky, or tannic? What elements in wine inspire these words and the other terms commonly used to describe wine? Take a virtual trip around the world of wine with me. From the terminology of basic wine growing and winemaking techniques to an explanation of what the French call terroir (the unique influences of the place of origin on the wine in your glass), I will cover all the important descriptors while you sample wines chosen specifically to help you to put those words to use in describing the wine you are tasting.
Not only will you approach a wine list with more confidence but your ability to convey your taste preferences to sommeliers and wine sellers will result in the selection of a more enjoyable bottle every time!

Boston Wine Expo 2015 #BWE15February 15, 2015

11:30-12:30pm

Sipping Smarts : Wine Basics

Join me for a fast-paced, interactive session that will both educate and entertain. Learn to taste like a pro, pair like a sommelier, and become a savvy shopper with Leslie’s Top Tips and Insider Tricks. The session will kick off with sparkling wine, then move through six world-class whites and reds. Learn these new skills and put them to the test immediately. You will be prepared to shine, the next time you serve wine!

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Featured on the Grape Collective

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!! 

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A Treasure Trove of Wine on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

Treasure Island Leslie Lizzie Bermudez 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.

Treasure Island Sol Rouge BottlesThere are a handful of other urban wineries to visit if you’re in the San Francisco area, but make sure to sample the myriad of vinous treasures on the island.

Treasure Island Wineries:

Winery SF
200 California Ave, Bldg 180 North San Francisco, CA 94130
415-735-8423
www.winery-sf.com

Hours:
Friday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
Private tours available by appointment

Vie Winery
400 California Avenue, Bldg. 448
San Francisco, CA 94130
(415) 756-1791
www.facebook.com/VieWinerySF
www.twitter.com/viewinery

Hours:
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

Sol Rouge Winery
400 California Ave, Bldg. 141
San Francisco, CA 94130
415-756-2254
www.facebook.com/solrougewinery
www.twitter.com/solrouge

Hours:
Saturday and Sunday 12PM-5PM

Sottomarino Winery
400 California Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94130
(415) 967-4200
www.sottomarinowinery.com

Hours:
Saturday and Sunday 12Pm-5PM
Available for Private Events 7 days a week

Fat Grape Winery
1080 Avenue M
San Francisco, CA 94130
(415) 613-8925
www.fatgrapewinery.com

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm