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More news about the Vegetable Butcher!

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The Vegetable Butcher Continues to Impress! We couldn’t wait to get back to SLO for Tamale Tuesday, and we were warmly greeted by “Lola” out front. Not surprising at all, we were very impressed once again. It was a meal…

The Vegetable Butcher–Chef Becky’s Nickname

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The Vegetable Butcher-SLO’s Hottest New Eatery The name alone would make you assume, naturally, that this great new eatery is a vegetarian restaurant but think again! Chef Becky Windels knows that most Americans love meat, so she hired Chef Bernard…

Bubblyfest 2017

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From the Vine Covers Bubblyfest 2017  One of the most popular events on the Central Coast, with good reason, I know very few wine lovers who don’t love Champagne! But at Bubblyfest, you get much, much more! There’s a winemakers’…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Some Recent Favorites for Kathy’s Choice! Whether Dan and I are at home or traveling, we always seek out the best local wines. And when we can’t find anything by the glass or bottle at decent prices, we pick wines…

From the Vine Published Today!

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From the Vine, my bi-weekly column in the Santa Maria Times was published today September marks my fourth year with the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record, where I cover our fine Central Coast wine scene. And in all…

The New Peacock Cellars in AG!

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It’s Sunday and that means my Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record column is out, with the spotlight on Peacock Cellars. It came about thanks to an invitation to join my friend Heidy Jackson Mangiardi and her friends to the…

The New SLO THO–A Foodie Find!

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The New Talent at THO, August 2017 Ever since proprietor Debbie Thomas first opened Thomas Hill Organics (THO) in Paso Robles in 2009, we’ve published many reviews over those years about their creative seasonal cuisine. And indeed, THO, has gone…

Pico at the Los Alamos General Store

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From the Vine in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record was published today, covering Pico at the Los Alamos General Store. What can I say about Los Alamos and it’s tremendous growth as a culinary scene, simply wow! I…

Wines From Outside the Central Coast!

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Fine Wines We Love Outside the Central Coast! As much as we love our outstanding Central Coast fine wines, we aren’t limited to the neighborhood, not by a long shot. And neither should you limit yourself to the ‘hood, not…

From the Vine Uncovers Free Concerts

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My From the Vine Column–Free Concerts at Local Wineries! It’s not all that often that you get to see free live concerts at wineries on the Central Coast, nor anywhere else for that matter. But this year there have been…