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Pico at the Los Alamos General Store

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Pico the Restaurant at the Los Alamos General Store has an Amazing Redux! February 12, 2018 Dan and I recently had an excellent dining experience during the Santa Ynez Restaurant Week at Pico, not long after the restaurant had reopened…

AronHill Vineyards in Paso Robles

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My bi-weekly column, From the Vine, in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, about AronHill Vineyards, was published today, Sunday December 3, 2017 My column featuring AronHill Vineyard is all about one of the few of the many Paso…

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,…

Flagship–Is It?

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Flagship Pismo Beach Surpasses Our Expectations!  Yes, Flagship is kitschy and downright touristy with the paper towel roll and flag atop the metal pole (attached to the table) to get your server’s attention. Yet, mostly, the food was surprisingly tasty!…

The Sensational VirtJuice in AG

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VirtJuice–Where Healthy Foods Delight! Yeah, you already know we like to spend a lot of time at Ember, and Sweet Pea Bakery in Arroyo Grande. But did you know there’s another great business next door that you should want to…

Thai Elephant is Welcome!

Pismo Beach Should Welcome Thai Elephant! My first visit to Thai Elephant was quite good, everything super fresh and clean. They did a great job of remodeling the small restaurant. It was a little slow on the service side, which…

Thai Elephant Opened Today

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I predicted it, Thai Elephant opened today! Last week I heard that the Thai Elephant chefs wanted to open on Friday, August 19th, but probably wouldn’t make their planned timeline. I expected them to open on a Tuesday since their…

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…