California's Bay Area is deservedly the heart of American cuisine. It is surrounded by fertile lands with amazingly fresh produce, the finest wines, and a burgeoning artisan farming/dairy industry. Bay Area Foodies are among the most passionate in the world.
The Bay Area is much more than the city of San Francisco. Look for Napa Valley's Wine, artichokes from Castroville, fresh peas from Halfmoon Bay, Gilroy garlic, chocolate in Berkeley, and Pan-Asian food of Milpitas. This is an area of high-tech foodies that splurge on the best ingredients and love to share their experiences.