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15 Destinations to Get Your Wine Fix on the Central Coast of California

It’s been nearly two decades since “Sideways” put the Central Coast wine scene on the map, but like a fine pinot noir, the area has only improved over the years. There are dozens of spots between chic...

An Embarrassment of Riches

by alexrander 6 days ago

Two items struck me: Stock brokers (wealth managers) are inviting clients to learn of the joys of cooking at home, and 2) The governor of California is seen cavorting with other officials including...



by mike0989 2 days ago

Looking for a backup butter recommendation. I have been using Straus, but avaiablity has been spotty recently here on the Central Coast. Any favorites that I should consider?

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Apple Raspberry Crumb Pie at The Farm in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

Maybe you've noticed the giant sculptures by John Cerney depicting workers in the fields on Hwy 68 driving out of Salinas just before you go over the river? That's The Farm, the grower and farmstan...

Catering by My Mom's Mole, Cuevas Express Foods & Mary's Fruit Tarts | Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 days ago

The micro-entrepreneurs who get their start at El Pajaro CDC commercial kitchen incubator are dear to my heart. And my tummy. https://www.chowhound.com/post/micro-entrepreneurs-el-pajaro-cdc-commer...

La Michoacana Plus Paleteria | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 days ago

Open for four months when I tried it in September, La Michoacana Plus is the latest ice cream parlor and paleteria to open in Salinas. Really colorful interior and good COVID-19 practices with soci...

Swanton strawberries in Davenport [moved from San Francisco board]

by walker 9 years ago

Last summer I picked (organic, of course) Swanton strawberries in Davenport -- have you been there? What's the best time to go? (Loved it.)


Grocery Outlet - November 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 days ago

Another month, more deals at Grocery Outlet. Please share your finds! Here's what I spotted at the Salinas GO yesterday: Big selection of cheese, butter and other dairy products, and at that ...

Dungeness Crab season opening delayed till December 1, 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 20 days ago

"The commercial Dungeness crab season in the central management area, which was scheduled to open Sunday, Nov. 15, will be delayed due to the presence of whales within fishing grounds and the poten...

Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 years ago

When I read the Californian’s piece a few Thursdays ago about a new Indian place in town, I couldn’t get myself over to Avatar fast enough. The article said that Bhupender Singh was the chef/ow...

Salinas City Barbeque Opens in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 years ago

For the last month, I've been watching progress on Salinas City Barbeque toward opening. The restaurant has taken over the former location of Smalley's RoundUp. I'd noticed the sign painting unde...

Etto Pastificio | Paso Robles

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 days ago

Just heard from a friend how much he's loving the dried pasta made by Etto Pastificio using American grains manufactured using traditional Italian bronze dies. It also sells fresh pasta, truffles a...

The Tri-Tipery in Ballico?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Recently The Tri-Tipery in Ballico was recommended to me for . . . yes, you guessed it . . . Tri-tip. First, I searched for a website, which clued me in to this being a fast-casual spot that serves...

Carnitas / Tacos / Pizza Hwy 140 Merced

by Agrippa 18 days ago

If you find yourself trekking to Yosemite through Merced on Hwy 140 I recommend a few places along the way. Carnitas Barajas Hwy 140 Planada They have excellent carnitas and chicharron, but I ...

Santa Barbara: The Cheese Shop

by glbtrtr 19 days ago

C'est Cheese is gone, but in its place is now in the same location in Santa Barbara is The Cheese Shop. 837 Santa Barbara St, around the corner from the Santa Barbara Presidio, just down from West...

Grocery Outlet - October 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

What are your finds this month at Grocery Outlet? Marina GO (Monterey Peninsula): Ben & Jerry's cold brew caramel latte ice cream, $1.99 - Finally, something worthwhile in the ice cream case at...

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Madonna Inn - Copper Cafe

by glbtrtr 21 days ago

If you are looking for lunch classics, can't miss stopping at the Madonna Inn south of San Luis Obispo on Highway 101 - and their Copper Cafe. Had a great BLT, stacked high with bacon and a fine ho...

I heard Santa Barbara has the best SEA URCHIN (UNI) - true?

by waterisgood 11 years ago

Is that true? Even better than Japan? Uni sushi is my favorite sushi. I'm in LA, so if Santa Barbara has amazing uni, then I would love to explore. Thanks in advance!

Ad Astra Bread Company | Other Brother Beer Co - Seaside

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

So I've just learned that Ron Mendoza has been giving away his test batches of bread this week of the soon to open Ad Astra Bread Company located inside Other Brother Beer Company brewery. However,...

Enzo’s Table

by Taralli 1 month ago

Friend asking me about the quality of Enzo’s flavored olive oils, as well as balsamic vinegars before ordering. Said I’d query CH. Opinions much appreciated.

Potica @ Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop, Corralitos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

On the hottest Sunday in August, I had an initial visit to Blossom's Farmstore in Corralitos after shopping at the farmers market. Thanks to Carl for the recommendation! https://www.chowhound.com/p...