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El Molcajete in Cloverdale, Sonoma County

I've had several places tell me they had to abandon the stoneware due to orders from the health department.

about 7 hours ago
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Bantam in Santa Cruz

Aug 13, 2014
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Eating out in Healdsburg

I'd like to give Cafe Lucia, mentioned by Moto on another thread a bump up. We had a great meal there last visit and as mentioned a nice selection of Portuguese wines. About a block south of the park, kind of hidden down a corridor, nice patio as well.

If you're into more casual and Mexican, Casa del Mole y Rufina's Kitchen is a must, the posole was outstanding.

Aug 11, 2014
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Central Coast Updaets

Yep, RIP unfortunately I fear.

Aug 05, 2014
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The Best Pancakes and Waffles in the Monterey Area

OMC was my other go to place, esp. if I had to be in DT Monterey also had a great breakfast at WW, however haven't been back to either one in several years.

Maybe a local or more frequent visitor will chime in, I'd like an update also.

Cheers,

Dave

Aug 03, 2014
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The Best Pancakes and Waffles in the Monterey Area

Might give Toastie's in PG a try, across from Passionfish and the Post Office on Lighthouse.

Aug 03, 2014
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Good takeout food in Paso Robles or Templeton?

Touch of Mexico has great pupusas (and other things) right in downtown Templeton. You could have the curtido and salsa packed separately.

Touch of Mexico
105 S. Main @ 1st St.

Pier 46 Seafood Market makes some nice sands & burritos
1131 Rossi Rd.

Jul 28, 2014
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Sorry, another I-5 and Hwy 99 question!

Just so you're aware, the Karl's special is enough for two, unless you are really hungry. It does reheat nicely though. Have a great trip and be sure and report back.

Jul 28, 2014
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Sorry, another I-5 and Hwy 99 question!

Four miles north of Kingsburg is Selma, home of the original Sal's Mexican Food. They are best known for their Fancy Burrito, and my favorite, the Karl's Special Burrito, made from the meat of their excellent slow braised ribs. Just a few short blocks off the 2nd Ave exit on 99.

Jul 27, 2014
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White Pinot Noir

Highly recommend a visit to the Carlton Wine Makers Studio if you happen to be in the area.

Jul 21, 2014
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Wine country central location

Hey Melanie, would you happen to know how the Bottle Barn on Industrial Dr. is for selection and prices for Sonoma County wines?

Jul 18, 2014
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Would love some help on really beautiful settings and budget finds in Vancouver and Victoria? Breakfast, lunch, drinks and apps? Someplace with a special setting we won't see in Los Angeles? (Even if we have to put up with good, not great food?)

Unfortunately, the you tube video "is not available in your country" down here in the lower 48. Who did we piss off NOW? ; >P

Jul 12, 2014
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Reverse osmosis, Ionized or... tap water ?

Actually, the state of the art disinfectant for (surface) water is ozonation. It requires about 18 min. of contact time with the water and produces no byproducts (as does chlorine) with the plant matter, etc. The small residual amounts are returned to the atmosphere as O2.

It's amazing all the trouble we have to go through to deal with such a hazardous chemical as dihydrogen monoxide.

Jul 11, 2014
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Reverse osmosis, Ionized or... tap water ?

Not to mention that cities are required to distribute an annual report that cites EVERY contaminant tested for, the MCL for each, and the number of times that amount was exceeded and by how much.

Out city tests for over 176 possible contaminants from our groundwater source wells, and less than that from our surface water sources.

Commercial bottled water that is produced in CA has virtually NO restrictions on it if it does NOT leave the state. They're (Pepsi, Coke, Nestle) not worried about contamination since they get it from the city in which they are bottling their soda products. They may filter it to remove the chlorine before bottling but you can do the same at home with a Brita or other counter top unit, or simply fill a pitcher, clean gallon container, etc and let it sit on the counter or in the fridge overnight.

As mentioned earlier, there is a need for bottled water in homes/businesses that have very old plumbing.

Jul 11, 2014
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Pardon my confusion, but why shuck them first? We just put them on the grill with the flat part up, when the heat is the right temp they open up. Using a mitt on one hand to lift them off dump the liquor into a saucepan of melted butter that you have on the grill or side burner, pull the flat part of the shell off, discard and use a knife to cut the muscle so the oyster slides into the garlic butter,

Set the "bowls" of mussel shells aside to cool and use for serving vessels, adding, hot sauce, lemon juice, etc for easy slurping.

Jul 07, 2014
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Biscuits and Gravy

It's been a few years but recall this place being a great find:

Nini's
1000 N Idaho St
San Mateo

Also tried Little Skillet a while back, decent but probably not what you're looking for.

Jun 30, 2014
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Interesting eats along HWy 101 - SFO to Morro Bay?

It's quite close using the exit I suggested. Be aware there is no seating available. Melanie's suggestions for Paloma's and Casa del Sazon are great and would make for a nice break. Salinas ain't that big, google the addresses.

Jun 30, 2014
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Interesting eats along HWy 101 - SFO to Morro Bay?

Figure on at least an hour and a half after getting your luggage and rental getting to Salinas, then another couple hours to MB.

Salinas has great taco trucks, one of our favorites is:

Mr. Taco Truck - al pastor quesadilla de maiz, flour quesadilla made with al pastor and extra red salsa.
near the corner of Sun and Market streets, and is usually here Monday through Saturday from around 11am to 6pm. Exit Market St. W off 101

If you feel like pushing on to King City there are a number of good Mexican spots. I know Melanie Wong provided a recent update but the search engine failed me.

Jun 29, 2014
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Interesting eats along HWy 101 - SFO to Morro Bay?

What route are you taking? (Assuming the mods lock the other post per c oliver's reco).

Jun 29, 2014
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Dinner tonight in Monterey

If you're set on fish, I'd go with Monterey Fish House on Del Monte just east of the Naval Post Graduate School.

Jun 29, 2014
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New Chronicle Food + Home Section

I unsubscribed from the email feed since now it says I must be digitally subscribed to the Chron to read any of the articles.

Jun 29, 2014
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Day 1 San Francisco Reviews - Griddle Fresh, Mitchell's, Mission Chinese Food, Quince, The Square

Hmmm.... do I sense a throwdown, or in this case a chowthrowdown taking place in the future? I say, go for the gold.

Cheers,

Dave

Jun 22, 2014
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The "California wines can't age" notion

I made similar use of Jason's advice around that time, scouring every shelf I could find in the SC area and really sorry I didn't have time to meet the folks about to retire.

I managed to score some 2001, 2005, and 2007 Semillon that are absolutely wonderful. I have some 2009 and 2010 (from Livermore grapes, iirc) with Stelvin closures, not sure what to expect as to how they will develop. Any suggestions?

Jun 20, 2014
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Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

She's not local, but grayelf from Vancouver BC does one hell of a job on her twice a year visits.

Jun 20, 2014
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XLB and SJB at Shanghai Dumpling in Cupertino

What kind of wait might we expect around lunch time on a Saturday?

Jun 14, 2014
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Rose wine I should seek out for the long hot summer.

True, but I've had some f*ing great ones at about 2/3 that price.

Jun 12, 2014
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Ummm, futures offer . . . "Simply The Best Price Anywhere!" Really?

It totally Bogles the mind. My 2BC loving FIL would go into cardiac arrest. (less chance now since I've moved him up several levels ; >P )

Jun 12, 2014
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Please help me plan for a trip to Sacramento

+1 always a must stop for us, also if you're into sweetbreads this is the place, Lady PB is not, but still is always up for a sidewalk seat and their great food.

Jun 12, 2014
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LA to Cambria

Since you appear to be bypassing Santa Barbara, my thoughts northbound would include

Taco Rocco – fish tacos
245 Avenue of Flags
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 693-0939

American Flatbread in Los Alamos
(Full of Life?)

Al Pastor Tacos and Mole from La Tapatia Market on 13th st in Grover Beach

New to Arroyo Grande:
Ember – Chef Brian Collins (form. Lido)
1200 E Grand Ave
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 474-7700
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ember/...
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/02/...

These are all easy on/off of 101, many more if you're willing to spend time off the beaten path.

More recos available once you hit the SLO, MB area, but by then you aren't that far from your destination.

Jun 12, 2014
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Mendocino area report

Thanks for the timely updates DM and a couple of new additions to add to our list.

Please let us know which places are "not good", it's very helpful to have downhill alerts as well.

Cheers,

Dave

Jun 12, 2014
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