Fav coffee: Flying Goat, all locations. This place gets crowded, so brace yourself.
Fav tea: Acre Coffee (love their chai). My friend loves their turmeric with some other thing tea. It's gnarly looking...bright yellow, but turmeric is the new mega-healthy ingredient. Rumor has it that Acre is opening a new Santa Rosa and Petaluma location to help with crowd control.
Fav Italian food: Catelli's, Trattoria Cattaneo, my friend, Simona, adores Riviera Ristorante in Santa Rosa...very authentic.
Fav burger: Five Guys vs In & Out...the classic battle for supremacy. You be the judge and get back to me on that one.
Fav pizza slice: Mombo's, Extreme Pizza, although NYPie in SR is supposed to be really, really good. Sorry, I just haven't stopped in yet. It's on the list of to-do's. I know, life is hard sometimes :)
Fav Mexican food: La Rosa (definitely more Mexican American than traditional Mex, but the margaritas are fantastic and they have super attentive, swift service), Taqueria Santa Rosa at Montecito Center (great for take-out), El Farolito HBG (more on-point from an authenticity standpoint and one of the few cheap restaurant eats in HBG).
Fav falafel: Yes, I do have a fav falafel place and you should, too. Head to Sebastopol for King falafel's very fresh, flavorful and flakey falafel. Order it spicy if you're really brave. They will pack up a dozen to go so that you can enjoy at home for dinner. Delish.
Fav florist: Wow, this is a tie. I love ordering delivery from Stems in Santa Rosa. They are reliable and seem to have creative, fresh designs. If you're looking for a more "country" experience, though, head to Dragonfly Floral for a class, a little walk-about or grab some flowers for your table. They have a lovely delivery service, as well. This is more of a destination.
Fav nachos: Sweet T's in Santa Rosa (really, they're fantastic). Also, any dessert on the Sweet T's menu. They're all out-of-this world.
Fav 'grown up' dinner spot: Chalkboard, Farmhouse Inn Restaurant, Barndiva, any of the Stark restaurants, although Willi's is still my all-time fav.
Fav 'with the fam' dinner spot: Rosso's, Mary's Pizza Shack, Healdsburg Bar & Grill, Campo Fina, La Rosa, Zazu Kitchen but only in the summer and with a quick stop afterwards at Sub Zero Sebastopol for ice cream (original cream with chai flavoring and no add'l toppings for me, please...yum!)
Fav wineries: Any and all. They each have their own personality and I would choose according to my mood and/or the guest list. Email me for assistance with choosing the right experience for you.
Fav cheap fun: Wednesday Night Downtown Market in Santa Rosa, walk along the bluffs in Sea Ranch,