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California

Find the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, ice cream, and more in California. We also have tags for many of the individual cities in the state, which you can browse here.

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...
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Grocery Outlet - October 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 days 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...

Potica @ Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop, Corralitos

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by Melanie Wong 4 days 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...

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To Go Meals from Michelin Stars

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months 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...

Homemade Panchan @ Hong's Market in Marina (Monterey Peninsula)

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by Melanie Wong 5 days ago

The tiny Korean grocery store, Hong's Market, has been around for 40 years. Yet somehow, I'd never stepped inside despite having eaten a few times at the Korean restaurant in the same strip. And ac...

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SANTA BARBARA - Renaud's Patissserie

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by glbtrtr 6 days ago

Renaud's Patisserie - Arlington Plaza - Santa Barbara, CA I tasted Europe today. Not being able to travel abroad brings great sadness missing the unique tastes and flavors of the travel experien...

Just Eat It: Documentary & Panel Discussion, 10/16

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 days ago

"Please join the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Merced for a panel discussion with producer Jen Rustemeyer from the documentary film, 'Just Eat It'. The event will be hel...

Curbside Dinners and Housemade Gelato at Rancho Cielo | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

This summer I've had the opportunity to pick up curbside dinner and housemade gelato a couple times from the Drummond Culinary Academy at Rancho Cielo in Salinas. The meals are prepared by students...

The red abalone is dying off

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

“For people who think they don’t like fish…it’s amazing to see their eyes just sparkle when they take a bite and go ‘this is absolutely incredible,’” says Joe Cresalia, a recreational diver who liv...

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,...

Tacos al Pastor in Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara Area

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by ninkat 2 months ago

I have arrived for a month of R&R and stopped at Los Arroyos in Montecito for my favorite (in memory) tacos. Neither they, nor the accompanying guacamole or salsa were as I remembered. I'm lookin...

BALLARD - Bob's Well Bread - now open Oct 1, 2020

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by glbtrtr 26 days ago

Bob's Well Bred - second store now open in Ballard, CA - 2449 Baseline Road, across the street from the Ballard Inn .Location has outdoor dining until 3 pm - Store open 8-4pm - Thursday-Monday onl...

9/30 Party With The Freys & Ecofarm Celebrate 40 Years Of Certified Organic & Biodynamic™ Wines

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by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

"Place your wine order by 9/22/20 to receive your wines in time for the event! https://www.freywine.com/product/Kwaya-Virtual-Tasting-with-EcoFarm?pageID=A2E077C1-9E75-5D55-26A2-A8C1F42AC309&sortBy...

Anyone remember Porky's Pit in Loomis?

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by Bryan Harrell 16 years ago

As a small kid in the early 60s, I'd sometimes be taken to Porky's Pit, a funky barbecue in Loomis, between Roseville and Auburn. Internet searches have failed to turn up this place, so likely it i...

Learn how to safely can fresh tuna! Thursday, Sept 17, 5:30- 6:30pm (University of Calif Master Food Preserver Program)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

"The Master Food Preserver volunteers are once again offering home food preservation demonstrations...virtually for now! Tuna - Learn how to safely use a pressure canner to safely preserver...

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...

Kashiwase Farm--still around?

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by droolingdoggie 1 month ago

I love organic stone fruits and almonds from Kashiwase Farm. It's always a summer sensation. I just checked their FB page, but found that they haven't updated it since 2017. Does anybody know if th...

Where to buy Megachef Oyster Sauce in California?

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by gabehong 2 months ago

Does anyone know of any supermarkets in California (NorCal or SoCal) that supply the elusive MegaChef oyster sauce? I've seen lots of MegaChef products (besides the blue bottle fish sauce) at Sa...