Monthly Archives: October 2014

C Nagy Wines will open soon in Old Orcutt

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I’ve recently provided links about C Nagy Wines new tasting room in Old Orcutt in the Santa Maria Times on Sunday, October 19th, and on my webpage. Today I added my very first column about the talented Clarissa Guffey Nagy,…

Chop Street impresses fitness gurus!

Chop Street in Pismo Beach is like fast good but prepared  with much better ingredients! I had a wonderful lunch experience with some of my best friends at Kennedy Center Fitness today! We met at 1 p.m. after our morning…

Bob’s Well Bread rises above the rest!

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Got bread? If you want the freshest, most interesting and delicious breads and bread-based pastries I’ve found anywhere in my region recently, you’ll have to visit Los Alamos in northern Santa Barbara County. This tiny country town is turning into…

My thanks to those of you who follow Central Coast Critic

  I love the fact I had a huge jump in visitors to my new webpage, this thank you comes from my heart. My top ten lists of fine dining and good value restaurants was the main factor. And please…

The best wines from early 2014

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Wine writer Norm Roby was the first wine teacher I ever had, which happened in 1986. His wonderful insights in wine appreciation have never been forgotten. He was the wine instructor and student counselor at the California Culinary Academy (CCA)…

Maegen Loring’s easy dessert recipe

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Here’s an excellent recipe from the popular Park Restaurant in San Luis Obispo which was owned and managed by chef Maegen and Jeff Loring in 2008. Although the Lorings had to close “The Park,” she’s still very active in the food and…

Chef Evan’s celery root puree recipe

Chef Evan in Ranch House Restaurant

When Chef Evan Treadwell first moved to the Arroyo Grande, I was so happy. He had some fabulous credentials and he was one of the most dedicated and passionate chef’s I’ve ever known. He left a few years ago to…

An ode to Champagne

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BubblyFest by the Sea in Pismo Beach is almost here, yet tickets to most of its events are sold out. This is your last opportunity to get tickets to the Grand Tasting on Saturday at the Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel. The…

Kathy’s easy, one pan paella recipe

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While I was once a professional chef and a California Culinary Academy alumnus, I no longer cook like a professional. I’ll admit it. I’m lazy. When I see a recipe that interests me, I read it to see it takes…

Ember excels!

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Ember Revisited–it never fails to impress A recent visit to Ember provided further proof that it is the most exceptional restaurant in Arroyo Grande, or any of the small towns in what is considered the Five Cities area of San…