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Paso Robles Wine Tasting

Many very good wineries west of town. Try Denner, Lone Madrone, Grey Wolf and J. Dusi. In downtown are a few small places with excellent wine, although limited releases.
For dinner try Villa Creek, Bistro Laurent, Artisan and Buona Tavola.

Jan 09, 2014
Bruce in SLO in California

Golden Pheasant Polenta

I have bought this polenta in 24oz. bags for years in the San Luis Obispo area. We are now in Fullerton and can't locate it anywhere. Help, Please.

Jul 15, 2013
Bruce in SLO in Los Angeles Area

Please help me choose a great steak dinner

Check out the old reliable Pacific Dining Car.
Great steaks prepared to your order.

Jul 12, 2013
Bruce in SLO in Los Angeles Area

Paso Robles Zinfest 2013? What is changing?

Too many events to rent the Paso Robles Event facility.
Attend and visit the wineries instead.
Or go to Zin Fest at Fort Mason.
Too costly to do both.

Jan 17, 2013
Bruce in SLO in California

Help for Santa Barbara wedding lunch

You might want to check out Stella Mare. They have a private dining room to handle your needs. See their web site.

Jan 15, 2013
Bruce in SLO in California

Stollen on the central coast

House of Bread has it, but call to reserve one or you may find them sold out.

Dec 21, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Cayucos gas station cinnamon rolls: any good news?

Not sure what has happened, but quality is down. Better baked goods are at the Old Cayucos Bakery behind Hoppe's. They do the baking for Hoppe's Restaurant.

Sep 20, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

help in selecting shortlisted Dry Creek Valley wineries

Rafanelli for sure. Call to make appointment.
Ridge has many wines, most of which never reach the wholesale marketplace. Very limited and good library selections.

Bike trip - recommendations

Cycling advice to travelers. Pick up or view on line the Santa Barbara County Bicycle maps.
Most long distance travelers will avoid 154 as it is heavily traveled with poor shoulders in place and steep. Highway 1 through SLO County is better and a good route through SB County.
Visit a bike shop in SLO and get a map or visit the Bicycle Coalition.[

Sep 06, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Places for dinner in San Luis Obispo

For fine, casual dining I recommend Luna Red, located adjacent to the Mission downtown.
A sister- restaurant is Novo, a bit more varied menu. For excellent Italian try Buona Tavola as well as the recommended Cafe Roma.

Aug 27, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

First anniversary dinner in Carmel

I recommend Anton & Michel in Carmel.
Romantic and wonderful food.

Aug 14, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Paso Robles Wine Tasting- Request for recommendations

I'll offer a couple other choices. Windward, a Pinot Noir specialist invery Burgundian style. In addition, Bodegas de Paso downtown. try all their wines.

Aug 13, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Best food on PCH

You call for PCH. Do you mean Hwy. 1 or 101 or would you like recs on both ?

Jul 31, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Central Coast Dinner

Many recommendations on this board, but a real romantic stop would be at Deborah's at Justin Winery. If you are in town, look into Bistro Laurant.

Jul 14, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

LA to SLO for the Weekend

Be aware of major road construction at the Gaviota Rest stop. Check Highway patrol for updates.
I would use 154.

Jul 11, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Best Indian San Francisco

LaHore Karahi has closed and the chef has left the area.

Best Indian San Francisco

We have enjoyed all our visits to Aslam's Rasol on Valencia near 21st in the Mission.
Check out the web site at:
The mixed tandoori seafood is amazing. Good beer on tap and a fine wine list.

Neon Carrot Closes

Local chef Maegen Loring has joined Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa in Shell Beach as its pastry and events chef — a move that will help the resort expand its off-site catering business and give her more time in the kitchen, which she loves. They have closed the Neon Carrot on So. Higuera.

Read more here:

Jun 26, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Special winery in Sonoma for Anniversary celebration

This is a wonderful experience. They really do a nice job of pairing their wines and the chef 's choices. I would reserve soon and if you an avoid a weekend, do so. Contact them ASAP.

San Luis Obispo train station - where to get a quick bite to eat

Within about 100 yards walk are the following:
Cafe Roma, nice Italian but not open for lunch. Lotus Thai is a friendly Thai spot and next door is Elephant Thai. My suggestion is a nice lunch at Sally Loo's. Fresh, local ingredients, Get it to go and dine on the train or at the station

Jun 17, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Hitching Post - Buelton

It is still very good, but terribly crowded on weekends. Make a reservation for sure.

Jun 16, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Avilla Beach, Los Ossos, Morro Bay Recommendations

Tes on McClintock's and Ben Franklins. Not sure about Breakers as I don't know where it was located. lots of good seafood in MB.

Jun 15, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Santa Ynez: Dog-friendly wineries?

Practice varies among wineries due to health Dept. regulations. Few allow pets in SLO County.Check where ever you plan to visit.

Jun 13, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Avilla Beach, Los Ossos, Morro Bay Recommendations

There have been many prior discussions on the best places. Hoppe's in Cayucos remains a favorite, along with the Cass house in Cayucos. The Taco Temple remains a local choose as is
Giovanni's on the Embarcadero for fresh fish. A hidden gem is the French Bakery also on the Embarcadero. Many more selections in Cambria, just do a search.

Jun 12, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Thursday San Luis Obispo Farmers Mkt

Farmer's Market is about the same as it has been for the last 20 years. Lots of local produce vendors, fewer BBQ, but enough. Jocko's is the best place for a great rib eye (spencer) steak.
Plan on arriving early or expect a long wait. Lots of political based booth, etc. Strawberries are everywhere.

Jun 02, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Where should we eat on Valencia near 22nd (the Marsh)? [San Francisco]

Check out Aslam's Rasol on Valencia between 21st & 22nd.
We enjoy the Mixed Tandori Grill and the Seafood Curry.
Good wine and beer selection too. Be adventurous

Cambria Recs

For great seafood, a nice ocean view and a happy crowd, visit the Sea Chest.
See the web site at
No credit cards, be prepared and enjoy the food.

May 26, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Salinas City Barbeque Opens in Salinas

Thanks for the report. We'll stop on our next trip north.

May 12, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Any suggestions for seafood restaurants or just plain good food in Pismo Beach ,Ca?

Another great choice is The Cracked Crab on Price St. in Pismo.

Apr 20, 2012
Bruce in SLO in California

Napa Engagement Proposal - It's Going Down

Plan a special picnic at Ferrari-Carano in their lovely gardens.
We visited and at mid day there were only two other couple anywhere in sight.
Excellent wines as well. Let then know your plans and they might be helpful with privacy.