Food & Farm
By Melanie Haiken on March 3, 2017
There’s no quicker escape from the tourists, cruise ships, and surfers than Ensenada’s Los Globos market, where the “real” Mexico can be seen, smelled and tasted in jugo, queso, palletas, and tacos de pescados made fresh on the spot.
So dust off your rusty Spanish and dive in; you’ll find a warm welcome and come away with a better sense of your destination than you could get from the most in-depth tour.
By Melanie Haiken on October 30, 2016
I’m very lucky; I don’t have to go far for one of most soul-soothing, health-enhancing, consciousness-raising adventures on this beautiful planet. All I have to do is drive north on 101, turn off on 116 north through Sebastopol, and suddenly I’m passing apple orchards, heirloom plant nurseries, bakeries, even a crazy hippie café with a […]
By Melanie Haiken on September 25, 2015
With the hills green and barns full of calves, lambs and baby goats, early spring is the perfect time to take a tour of Sonoma County’s artisanal cheesemakers.
By Melanie Haiken on July 10, 2014
Ashland may be best known for the annual Shakespeare festival, but this southern Oregon hipster hamlet now boasts farm-to-table fare that rivals that of big sister Portland.
By Melanie Haiken on August 11, 2013
Although folks hailing from Chicago and other parts of the midwest often complain about the traditional meat-and-potatoes diet they grew up with, it seems clear by now that the Chicago of today, almost Parisian in its sophistication, has outgrown those limitations. I noticed the foodie-ism immediately; even chains like Corner Market were touting farm-fresh berries […]
By Melanie Haiken on June 14, 2010
To tell you the truth, I didn’t want to go to Seattle’s Pike Place Market; I pictured a big tourist trap with all the original history drained from it, like Fisherman’s Wharf in my hometown of San Francisco, which I avoid at all costs — unless I’m showing around first-timers or want to catch the […]
By Melanie Haiken on May 3, 2010
At brand new Social Kitchen and Microbrewery, which opened in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco last week, the concept of handcrafted microbrewed beer is getting a dose of “slow food” style refinement. Owner and brewmaster Rich Higgins is chief of the San Francisco Brewing Guild and takes the art of locally made and […]
By Melanie Haiken on April 7, 2010
Sometimes the various worlds that we keep carefully compartmentalized come crashing together. That’s what happened to me when I visited the Hotel California in the tiny Baja town of Todos Santos. (Not the Hotel California the Eagles sang about, or at least not exactly, but I’ll get to that later.) In addition to being a […]
By Melanie Haiken on March 6, 2010
I honor the French Laundry as much as the next farm to table food fanatic. When it opened in 1994, I was travel editor at San Francisco magazine, and practically levitated with excitement when I visited for the first time along with a bunch of other San Francisco staff. But some years ago, when people […]
By Melanie Haiken on November 17, 2009
Harvest time in the Italian countryside functions as a collective fantasy; we all share the same longing for that iconic vine-encrusted, ochre-colored Tuscan barn set amid golden fields. Of course, the one larger image is in fact a collective of smaller, more disparate images: A round-shouldered squash, a bottle of red wine, a round of […]