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Jim’s Journey

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Bay Club Executive Chef Jim Mercer

While walking about the streets of San Francisco last month I discovered that the Winter Fancy Foods Show was going on at the Moscone Center.  I had not been to the show in years so I decided to purchase a ticket and spend the afternoon exploring the endless offerings of national and international, new and established, prized gourmet foods. I now know far more than anyone needs to know about burger condiments, tea, chocolate, cheese, Kobe beef and the like.  What piqued my interest was the olive oil from NapaValley.  I particularly liked Grove 45 from St. Helena.

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On my way up to Wine Country after my visit to San Francisco I accidently discovered two awesome little towns; Port Costa and Crockett.  The only thing you can see from the highway as you approach Crockett is the giant C and H Sugar sign. As I entered it felt like a secret village just getting ready for a hipster revival.  There is a great deli and a couple of very cool galleries in this one neighborhood town at the end of a road to nowhere.  At the end of that road is a great find called the Bull Valley Roadhouse.  A super hip restaurant serving old school cocktails and fine food from the team of The Slanted Door.  I heard Conde Nast has even got hip to the place.  Be sure to check it out if you are in the area.

Happy Travels,
Jim

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Date: Tuesday, 4. February 2014 14:32
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