A Few Thoughts About Food

The Java Juice Civilized teas The Java Juice, Civilized Teas, and Nibbles Bar

When we started cooking breakfasts at Seven Quails , little did we realize that we were creating our signature style and  menu presentation. We love serving balanced courses of good carbohydrates, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and organic eggs. We covet hormone and preservative free  meats.  French press coffee and a generous choice of herbal, caffeinated and decaffeinated teas with home-baked nibbles greet early risers.


Three-course breakfasts are rolled out, with a European-style table setting and the last course is a small sweet to bring closure to the service. We take great pleasure when our guests linger while exchanging plans for their day’s activities.


So how did this food business begin anyway? Karina holds certificates in culinary instruction from Hong Kong and San Francisco. She opened a cooking school in Pittsburg, PA before travelling west. In San Francisco Karina was food editor for the San Francisco Independent newspaper and taught cooking professionally for Judith Ets-Hokin Culinary School. She also wrote restaurant reviews for publications as City Sports magazine and The Bay Guardian.

Preparing to cook Preparing to Cook - And Our Kids Say We Aren't Hip

Dave is the quintessential egg man, pouring over breakfast recipes, always ready to try something new. He and Karina have intense discussions in the kitchen about how the quiche should be pointing when served to guests. No detail is overlooked (and Dave usually gets his way).


Menu planning is a must and all requests are taken with great respect be you a vegan, a vegetarian or pork, lactose, gluten, or sugar free.


Our Seven Quails wines are solely from our estate grapes and besides being the egg-meister, menu planner, and food shopper, Dave is the Seven Quails vineyard manager for our international award winning wines.

Don't feel like dining out, drinking, and then driving back to Seven Quails one evening?  Then consider our Stay at Home Dinners.  Let us do all the work for you. 


This is a good place for a diet. This is a bad place for a diet.

What Our Guests Say About Our Food

As the saying goes:"One picture is worth a thousand words." So in the interest of brevity we are posting a few photos of some of our breakfast offerings as provided by our guests or the local photo talent as well as comments by guests as written in their Trip Advisor reviews.

stir fried classic french omelete Stir-Fried Snaps, Classic French Omelette, Smoked Salmon with Dill – Yum!



"The breakfasts are 5-star, 3-course affairs that will not leave you hungry."


Pete M., Markham, Canada - Trip Advisor, May 2013

sauteed carrots homeade corned beef hash Sautéed Carrots, Homemade Corned Beef Hash, Poached Egg, a Great Beginning


"Breakfast was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. My favorite was chicken sausage with onions and dried cherries, an accompaniment to the potato and leek fritatta. My mouth is watering all over again just thinking about it!"


Torrance , California  Trip Advisor Review of February, 2013



poached pear Karina's Poached Pear - To Die For

"Ah yes the breakfast –Wow!!! This isn’t your normal bagels, buns and butter B&B breakfast. Oh no, this is a full blown gourmet feast for the eyes stomach and soul. It is custom designed for you based on your likes, dislikes allergies etc. that you give them before you arrive. Weather permitting; it’s served on their patio overlooking the Santa Lucia Mountain range. On a clear day Dave said you can see 60 miles–and I believe him. It is a spectacular way to begin your day. I guarantee this meal will get you through a round of golf, winery tours, a Hearst Castle visit or shopping."


George D., Baltimore, Maryland - Trip Advisor Review of August 3, 2012

ginger brandy cups with santa maria strawberries Ginger Brandy Cups with Santa Maria Strawberries

"Their cooking is fantastic: 4-course breakfasts (unheard of at other B&Bs we've stayed in). Absolutely top- notch food and accommodating (any food-related issues are addressed and catered to in a generous and thoughtful way). Karina's baking is fabulous, not to mention some gooey chocolately treats that were to die for. Last day's fourth course was a tower of fruit, in a home-baked ginger snap bowl, drizzled with chocolate and decorated with a chocolate decorative topper - all homemade, and more a piece of art than food! Yummy."


Sarah G., Toronto, Canada - Trip Advisor Review of February 13, 2013


NOTE:  In the interest of clarity, we ascribe the reference in the quotation above of a fourth course to the "Morning Coffee Bar Pre-breakfast Nibbles."

traffice light veggies Traffic Light Veggies, Dave's Scramble, and Sweet Italian Sausage – Someone Couldn’t Wait Before Picture Taking


"Breakfast was a highlight for us. We have stayed in lots of B&Bs before both in the UK and US and the quality of the food served far surpassed anything we had experienced previously."


Jennie E., Cambridge, England - Trip Advisor Review of July 15, 2012

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