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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...

2021/22 Live Local Dungeness Crab Price Watch

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 days ago

The Dungeness Crab season kicked off today, December 1, in California for areas north of the Sonoma County line, and also in Oregon and Washington. The fleet began dropping pots two days earlier an...

Become a Garden Hero

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by Melanie Wong 4 days ago

"The University of California Garden Nutrition Extenders (UC GNE) in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are trained volunteers with hands-on skills to conduct garden enhanced nutrition educ...

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Corundas Michoacanas and Pambazos | El Encanto Restaurant in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 days ago

El Encanto Restaurant is the new kid in town that took over long-timer El Oaxaqeño's site. I had a chance to try it for the first time on Día de Muertos when it had been open for a month. Things lo...

Dinner in Palm Springs & Environs

by masha 2 years ago

We will be in Palm Desert all of next week. I've searched the board and there is not much recent intelligence on restaurants for the Palm Springs area. We like all sorts of food; setting can be a...

Lunch between here and Vegas

by Fryboy 8 years ago

Heading to Las Vegas tomorrow (taking the 15) and looking for a place to have lunch on the road. Suggestions.

Fresh Chanterelles wholesale at Far West Fungi (SSF & other venues)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 days ago

One of the rewards for October's atmospheric river deluge is a healthy crop of wild mushrooms. A friend foraged bolete/porcini mushrooms on the Sonoma Coast the size of his head last week. And pric...

Dungeness Crab Season Could Be Delayed Again This Year

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . Whales seem to be hanging around Monterey Bay longer due to warmer ocean temperatures, says Geoff Shester, California campaign director and senior scientist with Monterey-based Oceana Conse...

The Ants & The Grasshopper community discussion, Dec 3 (free)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 15 days ago

"Please join the University of California, Merced for a community discussion regarding the film, 'The Ants & The Grasshopper' on Friday, 12/3 at 3 pm PST. ... The film will be available to watch fo...

Tipping vs Fair Wages

by ricepad 11 months ago

This is not a discussion about how much to tip. You can search for restaurants that pay their waitstaff a fair wage here: https://www.highroadrestaurants.org

BBQ in or near Paso Robles?

by DavidT 18 days ago

Any suggestions for BBQ in or near Paso Robles? Could be "Santa Maria " style or otherwise.

Dark Coffee Scotchmallow | See's Candies Centennial Treats

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 21 days ago

Happy 100th birthday, See's Candies! This is an especially happy occasion coming so soon after many of us feared that it would be a victim of the pandemic. Fortunately, See's adapted and has reo...

Native American Heritage Celebration, Santa Ynez, Nov 20

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 18 days ago

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians invites you to celebrate: "November is Native American Heritage month. This month is a time to celebrate and honor the rich cultural traditions, history...

Monterey County Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov 24 (free)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 22 days ago

Everyone deserves to eat. The no-cost Community Thanksgiving Dinner is available for pick up via drive-through or walk-up at Dennis the Menace parking lot in Monterey on Wednesday, November 24....

Captain + Stoker Coffee | Monterey

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 23 days ago

A month ago, I dropped into Captain + Stoker Coffee Roasters in downtown Monterey for the first time. After running morning errands, this was a pleasant breakfast of a beautifully crafted flat whit...

Origins of Monterey Jack Cheese

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by Melanie Wong 23 days ago

Over the years I've heard many versions of the origin of Monterey Jack Cheese. Here's what UC Davis has published.

Belcampo Meats Close-out Sale

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by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Two weeks ago Belcampo announced that its restaurants, shops and online store would be shutting down. Checking the website today, there's a close-out sale for online merchandise with substantial di...

Chicken Wing prices rising: another pandemic shortage?

by gutreactions 7 months ago

Craving chicken wings? The price of wings is rising fast, according to industry sources. Almost double what they were just a few months ago. Restaurants and markets have had to adjust their menu pr...

“Wild Foods & the Holidays!” - 11/12 webinar (free)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

"Please join the CDFW Recruit, Retain, Reactivate (R3) team and past R3H3 presenters from 2021 for “Wild Foods & the Holidays!” A look at using fish, game and foraged items for holiday meals and mo...

Las 2 Fridas #2 | Westridge - Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

Nestled in between Wendy's and Starbucks in the Westridge shopping center near Walmart, Las 2 Fridas 2 opened 3+ months ago. A second location of the Seaside original, this new juice bar offers Mex...