Monthly Archives: December 2016

Chef Brian Collin’s Ember–Number One!

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We Salute SLO’s Number One Chef at Ember! After two plus years of dining at least twice a month at Ember (and it’s often more times), there is no doubt about the passion, creativeness, quality, and fair prices make this…

The Ballard Inn — Still Number One

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Chef Budi Kazali — Still the Best in Santa Barbara County I have some important news about The Ballard Inn & Restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Ballard, halfway between Los Olivos and Solvang. This is your last week to…

From the Vine–Got Bubbly?

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Here at Central Coast Critic, we’re always ready to pop the Bubbly cork! My Santa Maria Times column, “From the Vine” which also appears in the Lompoc Record, was published today. This week From the Vine is all about sparkling…

From the Vine Published Today

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Winemakers’ Great Ideas of Gifts for Wine Lovers in From the Vine! As my regular readers know, today is the day my From the Vine wine column is published in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record. You can read…

THO Opened in SLO

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Thomas Hill Organics (THO) Offers the Freshest Foods from Local Farms! For those of you who are big fans of Thomas Hill Organics, like we are, we’re sure you already know THO is now open. It’s located in the gorgeous…