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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...

Sambo's - Life in America

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 day ago

A shy 'hound forwarded this video by Recollection Road taking a look back at the pancake restaurant chain, Sambo's, named after its founders, Sam Battistone Sr. and Newell "Bo" Bohnett. Five years ...


Tell me why...

by LynnBernhardt 1 day ago

Does a woman dining alone often get the worst table in the house. I made a same day reservation for a seafood place in Pacific Grove. I dressed nicely, not jeans or sneakers, and I still got seate...

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2021/22 Live Local Dungeness Crab Price Watch

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months 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...

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

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by Melanie Wong 2 months 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...

Breakfast @ Sambo's | Santa Barbara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

A year ago my brother and I enjoyed a Monday morning breakfast at Sambo's before heading out of town.

Rise + Roam Bakery and Pizzeria | Carmel

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 day ago

On October 27, I joined a colleague at Rise + Roam for a lunch meeting. This turned out to be four days before founding chef, Todd Fisher, worked his last day as part of the Folktale Group. A new c...

Banh Cuon Tay Ho | San Jose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 days ago

Two months ago I had a chance to try Banh Cuon Tay Ho's San Jose branch on Senter Road. The long time standard for judging banh cuon, the Vietnamese steamed rice crepe rolls, this was my first time...


Taco Bell: Taco Lover's Pass

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by Melanie Wong 7 days ago

Purchase $10 Taco Lover's Pass. Get one taco a day for 30 days. Via mobile app only at participating locations.

Local Legend India Joze is closing January 8th

by anaxgorous 1 month ago

After 50 years, genius chef Jozseph Schultz is closing the doors to India Joze in Santa Cruz. Probably best known for his potato hash and his way with calamari, I can vouch for any dish on the menu...

The Patch: SF Bay Area Crab Feed Guide 2022: In-Person & Drive-Thrus

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by Melanie Wong 14 days ago

The listings extend beyond the Bay Area as far north as Fort Bragg, south to Salinas and east to Davis. "SF Bay Area Crab Feed Guide 2022: In-Person & Drive-Thrus Dust off your crab crackers!...

Tico's Tacos (Salinas)

by Melanie Wong 17 years ago

Last weekend my brother needed a quick snack and pulled into Tico's Tacos on South Main St. Unbeknownst to me, he's been eating here since he was in high school. I'd never been in, assuming it wa...

La Estrella Liquors & Deli | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

I've been enjoying the homestyle, Zacatecas-style cooking at La Estrella in Salinas for more than ten years. But I've said little about it besides this older post, http://www.chowhound.com/post/me...

CAFPC: 2020 California Food Policy Report

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by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

"...California is uniquely positioned to address the linked conditions of racial, food, and climate injustices, and their intergenerational impacts. As a global leader in food production, Californi...

Emma's Bakery & Cafe | Salinas

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by Melanie Wong 18 days ago

In October I had a chance to pick up a couple things at Emma's Bakery & Cafe, located next to Starbucks on the southside. Opened a month earlier after more than a year of delays, it took over the v...

Secret Bakery | Salinas & Greenfield

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

One of this season's farmers market discoveries is Secret Bakery, vending at the Oldtown Salinas market on Saturday morning's or at Flora's Farm in Greenfield on Sundays. The cottage baker works ma...

CBS: California Grocers, Restaurateurs Seek Delay of New Bacon Law

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by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . While groups are working to delay the measure, the state has eased the transition to the new system. It has allowed pork processed under the old rules and held in cold storage to be sold in...

To Go Meals from Michelin Stars

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by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

In this time of Covid-19 and stay at home orders statewide, restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery services. Many have closed. Others have soldiered on converting their operations to offe...

Chicken Wing prices rising: another pandemic shortage?

by gutreactions 9 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...