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Giuseppe’s Pismo Beach–Welcome Back!

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Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant is back, thank goodness! It was so upsetting for many locals when we learned that Giuseppe’s in Pismo Beach was closed due to a fire. They believed the fire caused by the pizza oven during the weekend.…

Cioppino at Ember for December!

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Here is yet another one of the thousands of reasons we love Ember! Dan and I love Ember in Arroyo Grande so much that we visit at least once and usually more times every single month. And during this year’s…

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…

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…

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,…

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…