Cinco de Mayo May 5

How to Drink Mezcal With Respect

When we think of Mexican alcohol tequila comes to mind, but mezcal is celebrated as one of the most sacred Mexican spirits as it’s been produced for over 500 years. To celebrate Cinco De Mayo “Califor...

  • foodie Apr 8

    ‘Top Chef' Challenge Winner Announced

    In this segment of the California Live Cook-off Challenge “Top Chefs” Nelson German and Tu David Phu spotlight their culinary masterpieces inspired by childhood memories at the family dinner table. It’s not an easy choice, but Ross and Malou pick a winner.

  • foodie Apr 8

    ‘California Live' Hosts ‘Top Chef' Challenge

    Introducing the California Live Cook-off Challenge. We invite two “Top Chefs,” Nelson German (season 18) and Tu David Phu (season 15), for a real live contest in Oakland’s Overland Station. The chefs are challenged to make their favorite childhood dishes so we can get a taste of their culture and traditions. Lucky for our judges, Ross and Malou, th...
  • foodie Apr 7

    Harvest Salad Recipe for Spring

    Springtime is the perfect time for serving up a fresh harvest salad for dinner with friends and family. Ross goes to visit the Jack O’Neill Restaurant inside the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz to glean tips from the chef on how to shop the farmer’s market for the best quality ingredients. Watch and get their harvest salad recipe with tips...

  • foodie Apr 2

    Finally, SF's Best Prime Rib Is Open

    Oh how we missed you, House of Prime Rib. Malou revisits one of her favorite San Francisco restaurants (now open with COVID safety protocols) only to be reminded of the juiciest prime rib in the city. From the “English Cut” to the “King Henry VIII Cut,” there is a slice of flavor for everyone—that pairs perfectly with a martini.

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea Mar 22

    Escape to the Charming European L'Auberge Carmel

    Now is not the best time to travel to Europe but luckily, in charming Carmel, is the European-inspired L’Auberge. This once artist colony turned fine dining restaurant is the only Michelin starred restaurant on the central coast. Get inspired to have a fancy night out while watching Ross Thomas learn to cook a signature dish from the chef.
  • family activities Mar 19

    Golden Gate Park's Observation Wheel Will Take You Away From It All

    Now open in San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park is the 150-ft tall SkyStar Wheel. The observation wheel is bringing joy to the local community by offering a real escape and spectacular views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge, and more. Watch California Live’s Malou in her happy place as she takes a ride to the sky.

  • Monterey Bay Mar 10

    Monterey Bay's Hidden Wonderland for Wildlife

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy nature’s finest as our go-to adventurer Ross takes us on a boat tour of a hidden wonderland for wildlife in Monterey Bay. Elkhorn Slough is a biologically diverse estuary that’s home to many marine mammals, hundreds of species of birds, and the rare California red-legged frog. Climb aboard with Elkhorn Slough Safari to di...
  • Endangered Species Mar 5

    Soaring with the Mighty California Condor

    Did you know that the California condor is the largest flying bird in North America? Its wingspan can stretch out to nearly 10 feet—that’s no joke! Ross’ heart is still racing after his up-close encounter with one of the dominant California condors at Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary. Watch as he learns all about this critically endanger...
  • animal sanctuary Mar 3

    Rescued Farm Animals Find Loving Home at Rancho Compasión

    Welcome to Rancho Compasión Sanctuary, a.k.a. heaven on Earth for rescued farm animals. Here you’ll find all kinds of rescues—who come from situations like neglect, abuse, abandonment, and exploitation—living together in harmony under the loving care of mother-and-daughter duo Miyoko and Camellia Schinner. Watch as Malou gets a tour of their beaut...
  • activities during COVID Mar 1

    Malou Solves Clues to Uncover a Mystery Picnic

    Every now and then, we all need a little mystery in our lives to spice things up. Our Malou is always up for an adventure, so we put her on a fun scavenger hunt for a mystery picnic curated by AmazingCo Experiences. To enjoy a delicious picnic, she’ll need to solve a series of digital clues and riddles that will...

  • Bay Area Legend Feb 24

    How Legendary Pitcher Vida Blue Struck Out Racism in the MLB

    Play ball! Ross reunites with long-time family friend and former legendary MLB pitcher Vida Blue to discuss his legacy on and off the field. In the 70’s he was known for being the hardest-throwing lefty and first African-American pitcher to start an All-Star game, but what’s even more inspiring than his career is his generosity and desire to give.....
  • Wine Feb 15

    Longevity Wines Paves the Way for Black Winemakers

    Did you know that less than 1% of wine makers are Black? Phil Long had no idea he would be in the minority when he started Longevity Wines with his wife Debra after relocating to Northern California. Though Debra passed away in 2019 from pancreatic cancer, she’s still very much a part of his wine journey as he continues to...

  • artists Feb 3

    Artist Honors Frontline Workers with Custom Portraits

    Santa Rosa artist John Deckert has been braving the front lines to capture the subjects for his portraits. Throughout history, portraits have typically been reserved for people of power or the wealthy. But for John, it’s everyday workers who keep their community going—like firefighters, doctors, nurses, and mailmen—that inspire his artwork. The bes...
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