Stephen Bassman

@StephenBassman

Frommer's California guidebook editor / recent NYC transplant / traveler / eater / blogger / Gemini

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At Quan Hy in Orange County's Little Saigon. Felt like a Vietnamese food virgin. Bánh bèo for the very first time.

My view while jogging Huntington Beach today. #orangecounty #california #christmas

Having an unapologetically touristy day in LA! We're on Red Line bus. Then "Iris" matinee.

Good morning, , Santa Barbara! #goleta #luxury #travel #fretterobes

It's Christmas at The . Just a little bit. #sanluisobispo

Here it is: The rocky caveman shower stall in the 's Highway Room! Me shower. Shower good.

Last night I stayed in The Highway Room at ! Features pics of road construction work & a rocky cave shower!

Cafe Roma, San Luis Obispo: Had to try Brown Butter & Sage gelato. It works! A side of ricotta ravioli gelato, please?

Wine & bacalao-stuffed piquillo peppers at Meze wine bar, San Luis Obispo's Railroad District. Cute pre-dinner spot.

Here's my view from the "Navajo" room at Wild Coyote Winery B&B yesterday. A taste of Santa Fe in Paso Robles.

Cloak & Dagger wine! Visit their site & email them. Then the game begins. cloakanddaggerwines.com

Lunch at , Paso Robles. This town likes fun t-shirts. My server's shirt says "Zin Bitch."

A view with a side of lunch at Nepenthe, Big Sur. Tourist stop but completely charming, for burgers, cheese, drinks.

Big Sur: isn't the only one on the edge of glory right now. I'm driving south on Route 1.

Gorgeous day in Carmel today. Sunshine & Christmas tunes at The Barnyard shopping center next to Carmel Mission Inn.

Cocoa Vino has fortified wine & chocolate: told me this is "the biggest new wine trend in N. America."

200+ Monterey wines avail ! Was told cooler climate = fruit forward wine. Bought Muira & Ventana.

Frommer's CA authors agree Monterey's Fish. Wharf is touristy but good noshing. I'm at for clam chowder.

Damn good rum bar in SF: . I asked for a drink for a Manhattan lover. Bartender served the Chadburn.