Monthly Archives: May 2015

Kanpai in Shell Beach

Kanpai live shrimp

Kanpai easily maintains its noble stature on the Top Ten List, again and again! I posted a photo on Facebook of the amaebi live where live prawns are harvested and then served with the head deep-fried and the tails raw.…

From the Vine on Los Alamos

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Living the good life in the quaint town of Los Alamos! If you haven’t been to Los Alamos, the sleepy little country town just 15 miles south of Santa Maria, you have been missing out! Let me tell you, this…

It’s National Wine Day!

   Salute my fellow food and wine lovers, it’s National Wine Day and that means you should dig deep into your cellar, your wine closet, or the boxes you keep them in and find something very special to salute Memorial…

Our latest favorite white and red wines

New Favorite Wines We Bought and Loved! When it comes to good wine there are many that are easily found. That said, sometimes you have to dig a bit deeper to find the true gems. That’s why I’m here to help you…

Mistura–Uniquely Satisfying Peruvian Cuisine

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The Peruvian Cuisine at Mistura in Paso Robles is Amazing! I don’t know anything about Peruvian cuisine, I casually admitted to Dan while we were driving up to Paso Robles for an early dinner at Mistura. We had tickets to…

Blind Tasting with the Somms!

Blind Tasting Reveals Honest Results! This week my wine column in the Santa Maria Times, “From the Vine,” focuses on the honesty of blind wine tasting. In other words, tasters are presented a line-up of wines, usually the same vintage…

Horses in Paso Robles Wine Country?

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This is for wine lovers and everyone who grew up wishing for a horse at Christmas! There’s a new wine country adventure taking place in Paso Robles wine country that’s sure to be a draw for those of us who…

The Cioppino Cook-off in Morro Bay

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The 1st Annual West Coast Invitational Cioppino Cook-off at Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay! I must say Dan and I had a great time, especially with the competitors haranguing each other. It made for a lot of laughs while…

Granada Revisited

GPacific red snapper

Dan and I had the opportunity, at last,  to visit Granada Hotel & Bistro for a delightful dinner! I must say, ever since the introduction of Executive Chef Justin Casey at the Granada Hotel & Bistro, I have had several…

The Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates

A new dining destination on the Central Coast, The Restaurant at Niner in Paso Robles! I love the idea of our Central Coast wineries having a top notch restaurant adjacent to the tasting room. My only thought is why did…