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It’s apple time

The  Gravenstein apples  are dropping off the trees quicker than you can say apple pie. And behind them, there’s a whole slew of heirloom apples ready for slicing, dicing and baking through October. Here’s a recipe from Josh Silvers of Syrah Bistro in Santa Rosa for a yummy apple cake that’s a favorite with my family.  We like to top it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  The recipe is easy nearly foolproof, and lots easier than baking a… Read More »


For years, Santa Rosa has been missing a key ingredient for its sweet success: a really good, high-end ice cream shop. Sebastopol has Screaming Mimi’s. Healdsburg has the Downtown Bakery. Even sleepy little Sonoma has a Ben & Jerry’s. Now, 38 years after it launched its first three flavors from its home base in the Bronx in New York, a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop has opened in the former Bud’s Coffee space in the Santa Rosa Plaza. Not only that,… Read More »