Monthly Archives: July 2014

1st Place Judges’ Choice

The 2012 Paso Robles Winemakers Cook-Off winner was Still Waters Vineyards Pulled Pork Sandwiches 5 – 7 pound pork, butt or shoulder Rub pork with garlic, dry mustard, salt and brown sugar. Place in crock pot with 2 cups Still…

Chef Brian Collins of ember – Recipe

This recipe is an original from Chef Brian Collins, owner and partner with his wife Harmony of Ember restaurant in Arroyo Grande. This delightful dish was featured on Collin’s June menu. The chef explained: “I love the recipe because it…

In celebration of CentralCoastCritic.com

Let’s go out and celebrate, my new webpage is awesome and online at last! When I said that to Dan Saturday afternoon we agreed there was just one special place in the ‘hood to go to– Ember! No doubt about…

Napa Valley Cabernets

Friday afternoon, July 11, 2014 Yet another outstanding presentation, but this time the focus was strictly on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, and what a tasting experience it was! Candidly, we locals are going to feel the loss next year when…

Longoria 2011 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard

Winemaker Rick Longoria’s flagship wine, so elegant and beautifully balanced considering the vintage. In the hands of a great winemaker come wines such as this! Legend. It was perfect with rack of lamb and short ribs over pappardelle pasta with…

Chef Jensen’s chicken and mushrooms

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This was one of the best recipes I ever received from a local chef, and just wish I could find the copy exactly as it came from chef Jensen Lorenzen at Cass House in Cayucos. I will tell you this…

Apple Farm Pastry Chef Willette “Willie” Vey

Although I don’t have a photo for this recipe, I love the fact that it’s easily made. I have asked Chef Willie to send more of her special recipes. Of course, for those who don’t have time to bake, you…

Perrin 2011 Cotes-Du-Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel

 Dan and I loved this intensely hued, deep purple Rhone red for its rich and beautifully balanced aromas and flavors. Very fruit forward with ripe notes of blackberries, plums, earth, spice, some bright notes of raspberries, and hints of smoky…

Kanpai, it’s still the one that makes me smile

What better way to end an afternoon of barrel tasting than to stop by Kanpai for exceedingly fresh sashimi and more! When it comes to good sashimi and Japanese food, there’s just one place that brings me in again and…