Seafood

Crabby Christmas 2017

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We’re crabby! We love the late fall and early winter holiday season because it means it’s finally Dungeness crab season again! So when I read that San Francisco was back in its crabby season, and the Dungeness was finally safe…

Mattie’s Pismo Beach Preview

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Mattie’s in Pismo Beach Soft Opening Began Yesterday! Happily, a dear friend of ours in the wine biz sent a text early Friday afternoon telling us that “Mattie’s is open.” No surprise to you, dear readers, we immediately made plans…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…