Central Coast News

SLO Health & Fitness Acai Competition

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The Central Coast’s Best Acai! Upon learning that I was would be among the judges at the acai bowl competition during the local health convention featuring local acai specialists, many friends said they couldn’t wait to hear who won! Even…

From the Vine Spring 2017 Events

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Spring 2017 Events As you all know, I love to share a link to my column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record (it’s the same column, but it reaches many more readers. This week I’m reminding you…

Talley Vineyards–where quality excels!

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The Talley Family’s historic impact in the Arroyo Grande Valley This week I was pleased to write my From the Vine wine column about a family I have known since I first moved to the Central Coast in early February,…

From the Vine on WOPN 2017

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My column, From the Vine, was published today in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record, featuring the World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) In the January 15, 2017 column I am promoting WOPN as one of the best wine…

Little Misses, More than Expected!

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We love and fully support our local restaurants, as long as they live up to expectations, but there were many misses during our holiday dining experiences! Cindy’s Waterfront in Monterey Too many times, the disappointments exceeded the satisfactory parts. That’s unacceptable.…

Refugio Ranch SLO Tasting Room

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Refugio Ranch Vineyard, based in Santa Ynez Valley, opens a new tasting room in SLO! My latest column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record is about one of our newer wineries and tasting rooms in Santa Barbara…

Big Hits, Little Misses in Reviews

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The Trouble with Yelp…It’s the Reviews! We here at Central Critic have never had much respect for Yelp, not until lately that is. Now don’t take this wrong, we still hate the lame reviews written by people who clearly have…

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…