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From the Vine on Food & Wine Pairing

Tercero 2017

From the Vine, my wine column in the Santa Maria Times & Lompoc Record was published today, November 19, 2017 I love the fall and winter holiday season for the opportunities to write some food and wine pairing columns. While…

Thomas Hill Organics (THO) New Menu

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Revisiting THO SLO on its First Anniversary!  Hard to believe, isn’t it, that the SLO version of Thomas Hill Organics (THO, which was originally founded in Paso Robles) has already celebrated its first anniversary! So upon receiving an invitation to…

Vegetable Butcher–Freaking Amazing!

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It’s rare when a chef can impress us over and over again. And yet that’s exactly what the Vegetable Butcher Did! We have never been fond of tomato soup, but one taste of Chef Becky Windels version and we are…

The Qupe-Verdad Tasting Room is Open!

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It’s time, once again, for my From the Vine Column about the opening of the new Qupe-Verdad tasting room in the Santa Maria Times  Of course, all of my regular followers already know my bi-weekly From the Vine column also…

Kathy’s Choice Workman Ayer Wine Co.

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Kathy’s Choice- Workman Ayer in Santa Barbara County November 2, 2017 An interesting new brand came to us recently from winemaker Michel Ayer which is made in Buellton, Workman Ayer. Not only did we find both wines impressive, we found…

2017 Harvest Report Looks Good!

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Harvest 2017 in From the Vine  My bi-weekly wine column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record was published today, October 8, 2017. It’s about the 2017 Harvest Report and wine festival. Each year I report on what…

Exciting Opening–Blue Moon Over Avila!

Call us impetuous but we can’t help but share news of an exciting new Avila Beach restaurant opening next week–Blue Moon Over Avila! If you loved Chef Jose Dahan as much as we have over nearly two decades (and we…

Time for From the Vine

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From the Vine, my bi-weekly column in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, is all about Los Olivos, Ballard, and Solvang today. Here’s the free link to read my latest column in the Santa Maria Time and the Lompoc…

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…