Monthly Archives: November 2014

Foremost Wine Co. for exceptional dining

Foremost Wine Co.& Chef Julie Simon leapt onto the Top Ten List! Chef Julie Simon is simply amazing! This talented, young chef at the new Foremost Wine Co. in San Luis Obispo is truly a wunderkind when it comes to…

Central Coast Critic’s Top 10 List Revised

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The Top Ten List of Fine Restaurants and Good-Value Restaurants By Kathy Marcks Hardesty This is now the fourth update to the Top Ten Restaurant Lists, one for upscale and one for value priced restaurants, since it was first created…

Need Thanksgiving Wine?

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A perfect food wine Last night, while making a hearty clam chowder for dinner I thought I would try this Pinot Blanc I recently purchased in Santa Maria Valley. I was thinking about Chardonnay with my creamy clam and potato…

Figueroa Mountain Brew–delicious!

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Fig Mtn. Brew–there’s something excellent to please everyone’s taste here! I recently had my first drinking and dining experience at Figueroa Mountain’s new brewpub in Santa Maria and I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed myself. In all honesty,…

The incredible chef Budi Kazali

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The Ballard Inn Restaurant–Santa Barbara County’s hidden gem! When it comes to special meals, Chef Budi Kazali remains quite high on Dan and Kathy Marcks Hardesty’s list of great restaurants for a celebration! But last Saturday night, the celebration was…

Sides Hardware & Shoes–Like nothing you’d expect!

I love Sides Hardware and Shoes in Los Olivos, one of the awesome Brothers’ Restaurants. Time and time again, I am always impressed with the quality and outstanding traditional dishes at Sides. It’s truly one of the best good value…

Laetitia’s delicious sparkling wines

Laetitia Dave and Eric Hickey

I just received a press release from Parker Sanpei Lifestyle Public Relations in San Luis Obispo (www.parkersanpei.com) about Laetitia’s sparkling wines for the holiday season. I didn’t write this press release but thought it was some great information to pass…

Rediscovering Merlot!

I loved this excellent Merlot with a New York steak Although you haven’t seen many Merlot recommendations in Kathy’s Choice, it’s not from an aversion to this variety. I just haven’t had many Merlots that swept me off my feet.…

A very impressive Zinfandel

I just tried this outstanding Napa Valley 2011 Zinfandel, and highly recommend it. I loved its juicy, bright flavors of red and black berries that meld so nicely with spice and white pepper notes. If you’re like me, you’ll want…

Laetitia and Thomas Hill Organics!

The Wines

Last weekend I attended an absolutely fantastic special event dinner at Laetitia where their guests (most of them wine club members) were privy to dining at the estate house high atop the winery’s hillside vineyards. I was so glad that…