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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…

Cass House Cayucos Redux!

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The Cass House Cayucos Redux is Awesome! I’ve been so eager to write about my more than pleasant surprise upon my return to Cass House Cayucos. Dan and I happily found it remains a destination restaurant for it’s soulful cuisine…

SLO Brew Bigger & Better Than Ever!

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SLO Brew is Hot! I’m sure you already read my CCC column here on SLO Brew, but here’s the story I wrote for my From the Vine column published today in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record newspapers.…

SLO Brew’s New Digs on Higuera Street

SLO Brew Opens at Last!  The new SLO Brew opened Thursday, June 30th, to the public and I can tell you from my excellent experience there that the new venue is outstanding! Already one of our most popular brewpubs and…

Welcome Back Bon Temps!

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Bon Temps is Back! I don’t know when, exactly, Bon Temps closed on Olive Street (near Hwy. 101) but it has finally re-opened on Osos Street with plenty of parking. I was happy to re-discover this , while visiting with…

I Left my Heart in San Francisco

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San Francisco–The Hardesty Home Away from Home San Francisco had a major impact on my career choices, and on my life over the ten years I lived and worked in the City. And it was the place where I found…