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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...

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Swanton Strawberries TODAY in Marin & Menlo Park

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

The CZU Lightning Complex Fire reached Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport but miraculously caused no significant damage. Swanton will resume farmers market sales today in Marin and Menlo Park. Please ...

Toro Place Cafe, Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 years ago

Toro Place Cafe, west of the river on the Monterey Hwy, has been dishing up big breakfasts and lunches to cowboys for more than 50 years. Still quite popular, a shady table on the patio today made...

Silver Dollar Saloon & Brick Cafe in Historic Marysville

by glbtrtr 2 months ago

Had a very good tri-tip sandwich at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Marysville, Calif - First Street - dining outdoors in their brick patio. The meat and bun almost made it to the finish line together ...

Wild Caught Seafood in the Desert...

by DavyLeo 2 months ago

Hi... Just trying to find some good sources of wild-caught seafood in the low desert area, Palm Springs, La Quinta, Hot Desert Springs, etc etc etc etc anywhere in the desert area. Good quality. Oy...

Op-Ed: The successful reopening of restaurants might lie in pedestrian-only streets

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . An innovative alternative is to temporarily close main streets to cars, and repurpose that space. That means instead of narrow sidewalks there will be plenty of room for pedestrian flow. An...

The Tri-Tipery in Ballico?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 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...

Empire Grade Purveyors | Bonny Doon - Santa Cruz Mountains

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Reading about an interesting art and food project off Empire Grade in Bonny Doon centered around a wood-burning oven. CSA-type bread subscriptions available as well as special orders and serendipit...

Weekend Tri Tip | Nipomo, Santa Maria, Orcutt

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Sunday morning, April 2, "toodie jane" joined me in Santa Maria to see what might be left of the weekend tri tip barbecue culture here. In 2006, the Santa Barbara County health authorities cracked ...

Silvas Orchards | Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Intrigued by the signs near the road offering peaches, I pulled into Silvas Orchards (2599 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA) . This is actually across the street and a little bit south of Silvas Apple...

Corralitos foodshed

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Do you shop at the Corralitos Farm & Garden market on Sundays from 11 to 2? I just learned about it. Mariquita's flowers are there. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBs-Ac2hgSQt6Ql20O8yWN432seysnGc7nLq...

Grocery Outlet - July 2020

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by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

What are your finds this month at Grocery Outlet? Cloverdale GO: Rosie organic chicken from Petaluma, air-chilled - wings, drumsticks and breasts available Snofrisk with horseradish, $1.99 -...

Live California Spot Prawns | K-Dock, Monterey

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Missed the buying opportunity for this weekend since I just learned about this, but I hope to take advantage of this soon. F/V Ocean Warrior sells live spot prawns direct-to-consumer at the K-Dock,...

The Penny Ice Creamery | Aptos Village

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

The newest outpost of The Penny Ice Creamery opened about two months ago in Aptos Village, next to New Leaf Community Market. The shop has outdoor tables and benches, as well as a large expanse of ...

It’s No Longer Illegal to Serve Foie Gras in California

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

The California ban on foie gras has been overturned on Bastille Day. "Foie gras, the fattened liver of duck or goose, is no longer illegal to serve in California, as long as the product is com...

Fried Artichokes at Pezzini Castroville HWY 1

by Nathan P. 14 years ago

I've always been disappointed in the fried artichokes at the Giant Artichoke in Castroville. Greasy, weak batter and tasting very processed. The idea, however, is brilliant. Driving through fiel...

MARYSVILLE, CA - peach time

by glbtrtr 3 months ago

August is the time to head to Marysville for peaches - best found at the market stand on Oroville Highway at the Ramirez Road junction, a few miles outside of Marysville - heading towards Oroville.

Coalinga, CA - Harris Ranch Inn

by glbtrtr 2 months ago

Harris Ranch Inn, off Highway Five near Coalinga, keeps polishing their product and even with convid complications requiring outdoor dining, they pull off a very good product. Well worth the stop -...

Pickles from The Bear Pit?

by susannicorn 5 years ago

Does ANYONE know where The Bear Pit restaurant in Mission Hills gets their pickles? I would pay good money for a jar of my own.

J & R Meats in Paso Robles and Templeton

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 years ago

Could you tell us more about JR Meats? It pains me when I spot the Paso store when I'm heading south on 101 and don't have time to stop. http://jrmeats.com/ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775...

Wisconsin cheese demand in volatile times

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

This newsletter from the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association has some interesting observations on the shifts in demand at the food service and consumer level and the resulting price volatility. Due...