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December 8, 2002

I just added three San Francisco neighborhoods to — Civic Center, JapanTown and Pacific Heights. Lots of pictures, panoramas and history on these three unique areas of The City.
Wineries along the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley are the subject of Peter's latest article, Silverado Trail Marathon. Sixteen wineries were visited and many wines tasted to bring you this special report.
Louis Madison's latest restaurant review — L'Osteria Del Forno — is for an Italian restaurant located in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Highly recommended.

November 15, 2002

I was pleasantly surprised with Louis Madison's restaurant review for mid November, the Schnitzelhause is quite unique for a San Francisco German restaurant. Check out Lou's review and my pictures.

October 31, 2002

New Wine Country panoramas — Merryvale Winery in St. Helena has two very unusual dining areas. Check out my pictures and panorama. A pumpkin patch panorama and picture of California's record large pumpkin can be seen on the Wine Country entry page.
Louis Madison says that A la Turca is worth a visit, especially for the Black Sea pies, the lamb & gyro slices, and desserts. And for the low prices.

October 15, 2002

The Metro Café on Divisidaro in San Francisco is recommended by Louis Madison for a great French meal at an affordable price.

September 30, 2002

The reconstruction of Union Square in San Francisco was completed this July. View before and after 360° panoramas as well as a number of new photos.
Louis Madison gives his highest recommendation to The Rendezvous Café in his latest Affordable Dining in San Francisco restaurant review. NOTE: This restaurant has since closed.

September 25, 2002

There have been a number of photographs added to recently including a picture of the Dutch Windmill and The Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park, and historic buildings in the Wine Country including The Chiles house, built in 1856 and on my St. Helena page—The Bale Grist Mill and The Hudson House which was built in 1852.

September 15, 2002

Where can you get a three-course top French meal in San Francisco for $12.50? Find out from Louis Madison in his newest San Francisco restaurant review.
I've added panoramas of both the north and south ends of the Sonoma Valley to the site.

September 1, 2002

Louis Madison reviews another San Francisco restaurant. This time it's Galette—a French restaurant in Pacific Heights serving crepes Britanny style. Lou has a growing list of affordable San Francisco restaurant recommendations.

August 26, 2002

My new article on Wine Caves was added today with fourteen panoramas, ten shot inside wine caves and wine cellars, a number of pictures, wine cave construction and wine cave history in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

August 15, 2002

Louis Madison reviews Shangri-la, "The best vegetarian restaurant deal in town." and Peter tells the story of how he followed a Master Chef around the Wine Country collecting a dozen recipes for your enjoyment.

August 7, 2002

Three new panoramas have been added to — one from either side of The View Lounge at the San Francisco Marriott in the SOMA Neighborhood, and the third of Russian Hill (near the bottom of the page) shot from the roof of the San Francisco Academy of Art building. Very beautiful images from high up.

August 1, 2002

The latest Sonoma County, Food and Wine Pairing Party report from Peter Crossman is Red Wine and Blues.
Louis Madison has been providing recommendations for Affordable Dining in San Francisco to for some time. Over 50 reviews, from hamburgers to steak, American Eateries to Vietnamese Restaurants. Lou's latest review is of the Pluto's restaurant chain.

July 23, 2002

Today I added the Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens to the Golden Gate Park section of The Strybing Arboretum addition includes 8 new panoramas, and lots of individual pictures of flowers, trees and flowering shrubs as well as information about the various gardens in this 55 acre world famous area of Golden Gate Park. Be sure to follow the links to all five pages.

July 15, 2002

San Francisco French restaurant Baker Street Bistro is Louis Madison's latest Affordable Dining in San Francisco entry.

July 10, 2002

The story of a successful re-direction of a restaurant on Market Street called Home is the subject of Louis Madison's latest review

June 14, 2002

Japanese Restaurants are the subject of Louis Madison's latest restaurant reviews.
Peter tells the story of a Mardi Gras style fund raising party at an Alexander Valley Winery and Natalie MacLean has contributed another article — this one was nominated for the 2002 James Beard Foundation journalism award for wine writing in a newspaper and covers an annual San Francisco Zinfandel wine tasting event.

June 4, 2002

Three new restaurants have been added to the Chinese-American Restaurants review begun by Louis Madison last month, bringing the total to six.
Peter reports on another food and wine event, this one at the Valley of the Moon Winery. An added bonus is the inclusion of recipes for three of the dishes that were being served.
I've also added a recent photo of The Golden Gate Bridge, and a new 360° panorama I shot on Baker Beach can be found on the Scenic San Francisco page.
In addition I've posted a map of San Francisco to the site. You can access it from the San Francisco page.

May 1, 2002

Louis Madison gives us Part 1 of Chinese-American Eateries — Chinese restaurants that serve continental food, some exclusively, some together with a Chinese-food menu — and includes three full reviews.
Kath and Peter report on their visit to a monthly Sonoma County food and wine pairing event at Kenwood Vineyards.

April 1, 2002

Major changes and additions to are being launched today!
In addition to Louis Madison's reviews of Indian Buffet restaurants, we are adding two new major sections to
The long promised Wine Tours is on-line with about 40 panoramas shot in Napa Valley and Sonoma county. Wine Tours will continue to grow, just like Tour San Francisco has, with Food and Wine paring articles and more panoramas.
You may also notice that the complete site has been redesigned. Your feedback is always welcome.

March 15, 2002

Part two of Louis Madison's reviews of Seafood Restaurants with three restaurants reviewed — with pictures — and more Ethnic restaurants with many seafood dishes recommended. See all the restaurant reviews at Affordable Dining in San Francisco.

March 1, 2002

Seafood Restaurant reviews are the subject of this month's Affordable Dining in San Francisco additions. Part 1 was posted today. Look for part 2 on March 15.

February 26, 2002

Chinese New Year Parade and celebration picture page added.

February 15, 2002

Louis Madison reviews his favorite Sushi restaurants.
With the Chinese New Year celebration just begining, we have added pictures to the Chinatown Neighborhood page.
Right next door, in North Beach, you can find the world famous City Lights bookstore founded by San Francisco's official Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. We've added a photo.

February 1, 2002

Steakhouses and steak restaurants are the subject of five new restaurant reviews by Louis Madison added today. These reviews have been added to our growing list of Affordable Dining Reviews.
There are new sunset photographs of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco taken from Yerba Buena and Treasure Island for you to enjoy.

January 15, 2002

Louis Madison reviews the only Afghan Restaurant in town. And it's Great!

January 1, 2002

Six new Affordable Dining Reviews. Louis Madison reviews 6 better quality — compared to fast food — but still very affordable hamburger restaurants in San Francisco.

December 21, 2001

I've just added a page with historical information about, and almost thirty pictures of, The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

December 15, 2001

Newest Affordable Dining Review: Todays addition is a real culinary treat— a 3-course French meal at Chapeau! for $19. Enjoy! And have a safe and happy holiday.

December 1, 2001

Newest Affordable Dining Reviews: Louis Madison brings us three of his favorite Chinese restaurants – for lunch and dinner.
New photos have been added to three neighborhood pages: Alcatraz Island,Coit Tower and Fisherman’s Wharf.
There are lots of opportunities to do your holiday shopping on with some great San Francisco Merchants. Union Square and Pier 39 are good places to start. Shopping on-line is easy and safe. Once you try it you will do more and more of your purchases on the web.

November 15, 2001

Newest Affordable Dining Reviews: Three American Restaurants for our times. There are some good old-timers that have been serving American home-style food—the kind your mother made— for a long time, at low prices.
I've recently updated several San Francisco neighborhood pages with additional links to historical and other interesting information. Check out Coit Tower, Financial District and Scenic San Francisco.

November 9, 2001

We have added search capability to! You can try this new feature for yourself in the upper left hand corner of each page.

November 5, 2001

New Golden Gate Park Map on the Golden Gate Park Neighborhood page. View the map in your browser, or if you prefer or would like to be able to print it, choose the PDF version (requires Adobe Acrobat).

November 1, 2001

Newest Affordable Dining Reviews: French haute cuisine 3-course dinner at Clementine for $19.99 with photos and recipe of the day.

October 15, 2001

Affordable Dining Reviews: Italian restaurants—Chow and Pasta Pomodoro.

October 1, 2001

Affordable Dining Reviews: >Five Happiness, Chinese Restaurant and Café Riggio, Italian Restaurant. Includes pictures and special recipe.
Nob Hill, the Cable Car Museum and Lombard, the Crookedest Street neighborhood added with lots of information, photographs and six panoramas.

September 15, 2001

Affordable Dining Reviews: La Bergerie, French Restaurant and Chung King, Chinese Restaurant.

September 9, 2001

Today I added a photo of the free Maritime Museum and a °360 panorama of the Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround to the Aquatic Park neighborhood page.

September 2, 2001

Affordable Dining in San Francisco — a new feature at!
Louis Madison begins a bi-monthly column with a primer and 10 mini restaurant reviews today. Lou has been reviewing San Francisco restaurants for many years; in his books, in newspaper columns and on the radio. Be sure to check out his biography.

August 5, 2001

More Dining Reviews have been added.
Two new panoramas have been added to the Scenic San Francisco Page, Lincoln Park and The Palace of The Legion of Honor.
I've added links to an Eadweard Muybridge panorama of San Francisco, shot in 1878, and another shot by an unknown photographer in 1905 to the San Francisco City Page.
Links have been added to historic postcard sets on the Fisherman’s Wharf page and on the Treasure Island page.

July 23, 2001

A new panorama from the roof of Fort Point, under the Golden Gate Bridge.
More links to information about San Francisco on several pages including the Scenic San Francisco, Alcatraz and Links pages.

July 4, 2001

I've added a new San Francisco neighborhood; Golden Gate Park with several pictures and three panoramas.
Scenic panorama of China and Baker Beaches (Scroll down. Its the last panorama).
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