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The Spoon Trade–A Great Choice

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Uh oh! Correction, Sorry Friends! The new hours are accurate, but I made an error when creating this post. The Spoon Trade is not yet open for lunch on Thursday. When I spoke with Chef Jacob last Monday at lunch,…

The Rib Line

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A great BBQ spot in SLO County–The Rib Line This rock solid BBQ joint had no problem making it into our top ten list of good value restaurants four years ago. And time after time, we find them so consistently…

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…

Michael Mina’s Stripsteak Waikiki Reigns

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Michael Mina’s Stripsteak Highlighted Our Visit to Honolulu! Dan and I received an excellent offer to visit the Maui Westin in Kaanapali after a five-year absence, and we gladly took them up on the low-priced deal. Since it’s our 25-year…

Welcome Back, to Ember!

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It’s Always Good to Return Home and to Ember! No matter what type of vacation we take, short or long, exotic or our former home in San Francisco, we love getting back to our current home. And what, you may…

Mesa Grill in Las Vegas

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We Love Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Dan and I were married in Las Vegas at the Little White Chapel 25-years ago. That’s one of the reasons we return every couple of years. Ocassionaly, we return because…

Surfside Deli Update!

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News about the Avila family’s new Surfside Deli! I told you I couldn’t wait to return to Surfside Deli to try Chef Michael Avila’s pork belly sandwich. After one day dark (only on Monday and major holidays), we returned today…

Surf on in to Surfside Deli!

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Surfside Deli Opens in Arroyo Grande to a Happy Crowd! If you shared our fondness for Stacked, the little deli on South Oak Park Blvd. just a half a block from West Grand Ave., you hated seeing it close down.…

The Consistency of Flavor Factory

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Consistent Quality at the Flavor Factory–No Wonder We Love it! If there’s one thing you want from your favorite restaurants, it’s consistency. And I know from my own preferences, that if I’m going back for my favorites, be it a…