The combined artistry of nine generations of Czech winemakers built Herzog Wine Cellars. The Herzog family's rich wine-making history dates back to late 19th-century Czechoslovakia, when Philip Herzog plied his craft for the Austro-Hungarian court. Legend has it that Emperor Franz-Josef loved Philip's wines so much, he made him a baron?a title commemorated in the winery's current Baron Herzog label.
Inside a modern facility nestled within the strawberry fields and farms of Oxnard, California, head winemaker Joe Hurliman crafts shimmering whites and dusky reds in the California tradition. Hurliman only uses grapes sourced from California vineyards, blending different varieties to conjure new tastes and aromas. This mixing and fermenting transforms bushels into the cellar's two lines of wine, which include special reserve and late-harvest bottles. Outside this laboratory, cathedral-like ceilings hang over a granite tasting bar where, during tastings, staff teach visitors how to identify delicate flavors and ensure no one replaced the real wine with boring grape juice. The grounds also feature private tasting rooms, a boutique, and an outdoor terrace.
Inside the restaurant with the highest Zagat food rating in Ventura County, Tierra Sur, executive chef Gabriel Garcia crafts New American cuisine. Using seasonal and locally sourced produce from area farms, he mingles American flavors into artfully presented entrees and small plates. An outdoor wood-fired grill sears aged rib-eye steaks, simmers cuts of wild salmon, and puts old snowmen out to pasture.
In 1967, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue began as a small drive-thru diner in Honolulu. Over the next several decades, the eatery expanded to more than 175 franchise locations across its home state and the continental United States. Though they have maintained their original base of operations and continue to draw on its local inspirations, L&L's owners take pride in introducing new communities to their take on traditional island comfort fare. Dishes such as fried chicken katsu, shredded kalua pork, and blends of mixed Hawaiian-style barbecue draw from Asian and American culinary influences, and ice-cold drinks pay homage to the frozen strait that first brought explores from Hawaii to the mainland.
Growing up in the Depression era often meant becoming an entrepreneur and doing whatever you could to make money. That was the case for Truett Cathy, who began selling soft drinks and magazines as a child growing up during the late '20s and early '30s. After a stint with the U.S. Army, he used all of his money to open a restaurant, the Dwarf Grill (later named the Dwarf House), in the south Atlanta suburb of Hapeville in 1946.
It was here that he began experimenting with chicken sandwiches, and in the '60s, he developed his original chicken sandwich recipe and opened the first Chick-fil-A. Today, the eatery has more than 1,700 locations in 38 states and D.C.
In addition to satisfying hunger with the original chicken sandwich created all those years ago, Chick-fil-A now fills bellies with spicy chicken sandwiches, crispy chicken nuggets, and waffle fries that are as golden as the voice of a plucky redheaded orphan. The meals pair with traditional southern drinks of refreshing lemonade and sweetened iced tea, as well as creamy milkshakes.
Angelo Lopez’s family has run successful eateries across the American southwest ever since his grandparents opened the original Nopalito Cafe in 1954. Lopez has reopened his grandparents' eatery to honor his family's traditions, serving up classic Mexican eats such as enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. Breakfasts such as chilaquiles and chorizo con huevo are served all day to satiate those who've set their watches 12 hours fast, and chicken mole and pepper steak are prepared to suit spicier palates.
Scenes of learning and enjoyment spark infectious enthusiasm among Channel Islands Kayak Center's guides, who thrive on bringing adventurers up close to the wildlife of Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor. The team furnishes independent explorers with kayak rentals, which include safety briefings so kayakers can tell the difference between a sea lion and an actual lion.
Situated on the shores of Hollywood Beach, the sandwich artists at Deli on the Rocks pair tri-tip subs and meatball sandwiches with palm-tree-lined views of the Pacific. Aside from stacking gourmet sandwiches and greeting newly evolved sea creatures to dry land, they grill elk burgers, fry fish 'n' chips, and wrap breakfast burritos.