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Brien O'Brien

As the Food Editor and Co-Founder of Eating NorCal, Brien O'Brien is one of the most influential foodies in NorCal. After being named the “14th Best Home Cook in America” in 2017 by the FOX television show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay, he moved to the Napa Valley where he spent a year and a half studying food and wine at the Culinary Institute of America. Now, he resides in the Farm to Fork Capital of America - Sacramento.
Eating NorCal

The California Cut: Learn How Tri-Tip Steak is Uniquely Californian

Those of us from Northern California find it weird to think that people outside of California aren’t familiar with Tri-Tip.…

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Eating NorCal

Celebrate National Farmers Week with These 10 Markets in Shasta County

As the 2019 National Farmers Market Week gets off and running, it got me thinking about how few things there…

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Eating NorCal

A Culinary Experience in a Historical Setting at Sacramento’s Hook & Ladder

Photo courtesy of Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. In the heart of Sacramento’s Midtown district lies this unique local eatery…

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Eating NorCal

The 6 Best ‘Hole-In-The-Wall’ Eateries in Sacramento

Photo courtesy of Bacon & Butter Sacramento is quickly becoming a culinary destination, even changing its longtime slogan of “City…

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Eating NorCal

The 8 Best Burgers Joints in Northern California

We've searched far and wide and have chosen our Top 8 Best Burgers spots in NorCal. Here are our results:

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Eating NorCal

Eat a Historic Burger and Fries at Redding’s Damburger

In 1938, 18-year-old Bud Pennington had the idea to sell hamburgers to the thousands of construction workers building Shasta Dam.…

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Bay Area

Enjoy an Exclusive 4-Course Dinner by Chef Brien O’Brien in San Francisco

This elegant four-course dinner "pop-up" will celebrate the mid-way point of the 10th Season of MasterChef on FOX. A menu…

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Eating NorCal

Combining Craft Beer with Delicious Food at Mount Shasta Brewing Co.

The Eating NorCal crew made our much anticipated visit to the Mount Shasta Brewing Co. and it didn’t disappoint! We…

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Eating NorCal

California the First State to Receive Statewide Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide for Californa This week the Michelin Guide did something that it has never done before in the…

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Hikes

An Urban Hike to Explore Sacramento’s Spectacular Murals

Improv Alley in Sacramento’s Midtown District It was a beautiful day in Sacramento so I set out to take an…

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Eating NorCal

Sacramento’s First Michelin Star awarded to The Kitchen

This week Sacramento received it's first Michelin Star and it's a pretty big deal.

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Eating NorCal

Find an Olive Paradise at Northern California’s Olive Pit

For anybody who’s traveled through Northern California along the I-5 corridor has most definitely noticed the signs for the Olive…

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Eating NorCal

Two NorCal Towns Make USA Today’s List of America’s ‘Best Small Town Food Scenes’

Northern California is full of amazing culinary experience. With the obvious world-renown NorCal food cities (Sacramento, San Francisco, Chico) typically…

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Butte

The Chico Episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives is Perfectly NorCal

“I don’t think many people know how great Chico is.” The much anticipated Chico episode of the Food Network’s Diners,…

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Eating NorCal

Pliny the Younger Release Brought $4 Million to Sonoma County

Beer is big business and one Northern California community is reaping the benefits. Russian River Brewing Company released their Economic…

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Butte

Here’s Where Guy Fieri Went in Chico for the Newest Episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Residing in Santa Rosa, Guy Fieri is a Northern California local and has been very active supporting the first responders…

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Eating NorCal

The 88 NorCal Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri

The Bad Boy of Food, Guy Fieri, is a Northern California local. Living in Santa Rosa with his wife and…

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Eating NorCal

Foodie Getting Active – How I Dropped 30 Pounds in 60 Days

By Brien O’Brien Let me start off by noting that I am in no way an expert on weight loss.…

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Eating NorCal

Finding Cupcake Bliss at Sublime Cake Design

We visited Sublime Cake Design in Redding to find out what an award winning cake tasted like. This local bakery…

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Eating NorCal

Yaks on the 5 – Delicious Burgers at a Top 100 Restaurant in America

Eating NorCal visited Dunsmuir’s favorite local eater Yaks on the 5 to find out why they were named a “Top…

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Eating NorCal

Redding’s 2nd In-N-Out Location has Locals going “Animal Style”

Flickr/punctuated The Redding Chamber of Commerce announced the opening of a second In-N-Out location in Redding today, with the rumors…

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Bay Area

Sierra Nevada Makes First-Ever Acquisition: A Gluten-Free Brewery

The Northern California craft beer giant Sierra Nevada has made its first-ever acquisition, stepping its toes into the healthy beer…

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Eating NorCal

Roots Opens Downtown Redding Location with Drive-Thru Juice Bar

Photo via Facebook/Roots Juice Bar Juicer rejoice! A drive-thru juice bar is coming to NorCal! Roots Juice Bar, a business…

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Eating NorCal

Russian River Releases New Batch of its Rare Pliny the Younger – With a Twist

Thousands of people celebrated the 15th annual release of the Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Younger at their Windsor…

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Eating NorCal

Cook Your Own Steak at this Under-the-Radar NorCal Restaurant

What would you do to get a good price on a steak dinner? A steak dinner that comes with a…

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Eating NorCal

Active NorCal Presents – Eating NorCal

By Zach O’Brien, Founder of Active NorCal You’ve probably been noticing a lot of new food articles on the website lately. Well, I’m here…

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Stories

Hunting for the Best Olives in Northern California

Rarely does Northern California come into the conversation of great olive producing regions, but maybe it should!

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