Revisiting Old Favorites

Grevino in Santa Maria Valley

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From the Vine, my wine column about Gevino! It’s time once again to read my latest column published today in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record (it appears every other Sunday). It’s free to the public, although you…

Love Ribs?

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If you love baby back pork ribs like we do, get yourself to Ribline! Ever since our first taste of the tender-licious, perfectly sweetened sauce on the baby back ribs at Ribline in SLO on Los Osos Valley Road, we’ve…

Big Hits, Little Misses in Reviews

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The Trouble with Yelp…It’s the Reviews! We here at Central Critic have never had much respect for Yelp, not until lately that is. Now don’t take this wrong, we still hate the lame reviews written by people who clearly have…

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…

Central Coast News

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Food & Wine News I Know You Can Use! Here are some of my latest news bites, favorite foods, and wines in a one-minute news show (albeit sans video). I don’t know about you but I’m excited about trying the…

Discover the New Halter Ranch Vineyard

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Make Halter Ranch Vineyard a Destination in Paso Robles! Last week, in late April, I posted a story about my tour of Paso Robles with Laura Jeffry  who owns and operates 101 Wine Tours. Part of our day was spent…

Haven’t been to Ember yet, seriously?

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I Love Dave’s Hometown Radio on 920 AM! When the awesome, local rabble rouser (politically, thank goodness) Dave Congalton calls me to see if I can fill in at the last minute, I’m there if it’s in any way possible.…

Like Brunch?

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We love Sunday Brunch! Over the  two decades we’ve lived here, the Five Cities area has had few places that served a weekend brunch as fine as this restaurant does anywhere (we do love the daily breakfast at the newly…

Byron Vineyards

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Byron Vineyards–A Santa Maria Valley Pioneer Still Reigns In my From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc record, I cover the Central Coast’s fine wineries twice monthly. You can easily read it free by clicking…

TST Brunch Exceeded High Expectations

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Outstanding Start of A Fantastic Brunch at TST on Easter Sunday! TST, The Spoon Trade in Grover Beach, very much surprised me today with the kick-off of their first brunch on Easter Sunday. The food was far better than I…