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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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Local Legend India Joze is closing January 8th

by anaxgorous 2 months 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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 26 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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 28 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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 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

Melanie Wong
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

Melanie Wong
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...

LouLou's Griddle in the Middle Cafe | Wharf #2 - Monterey

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

Long time since anyone has talked about LouLou's Griddle in the Middle, the small diner on Monterey's commercial wharf. http://www.chowhound.com/post/monterey-carmel-great-food-364989?commentId=22...

Become a Garden Hero

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months 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...

Corundas Michoacanas and Pambazos | El Encanto Restaurant in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months 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...

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.

Dungeness Crab Season Could Be Delayed Again This Year

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months 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 2 months 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...

BBQ in or near Paso Robles?

by DavidT 2 months 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 2 months 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...