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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!…

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…

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…

Let’s Meet for Lunch at The Grill!

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Have you discovered The Grill in Cayucos? If you were to call me right now and ask, “Do you want to go to lunch?” I’d say yeah! Let’s meet tomorrow at the Cass House and dine at The Grill! You…

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.…

Flour House Impresses!

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Flour House is an Excellent New Addition to SLO ! I first visited the excellent new Flour House on Higuera Street in SLO the first week they opened. Okay, admittedly, I felt guilty about going there so soon but I…

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…

Gitane in The City

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What a great experience to discover a longtime friend at Gitane! If you’re looking for an outstanding European, specifically Spanish/French dining spot in San Francisco, this fine restaurant is well worth discovering. We found it in a nearly hidden alley…

Mersea’s Earn’s a Complaint

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This new seafood house, Mersea’s in Avila Beach Earns Mixed Reviews I just heard from one of my readers tonight, Richard, that his first visit with his wife at Mersea’s on the Harford Pier in Avila Beach disappointed them. That…