Restaurant Gossip 10.21

Hotel Serra on Garden Street is going to happen faster than you expect, and BRASSERIE SLO has announced the chef: James Anderson formerly of Casanova, La Bicyclette, and Affina on the Peninsula. Saw some action inside the old Pluto’s location across from Black Sheep on Chorro the other day. What’s your favorite of the 4…

Foremost BUBBLE BAR

I have a fascination with ceviche.  Almost any culture–with seafood nearby–has a version of fresh fish *cooked* in acid and served immediately.  And ceviche is the centerpiece of the new Bubble Bar at one of San Luis Obispo’s pillars: Foremost Wine Company.  And now, the lively conversation and kitchen-interaction at the lately-silent center bar is…

Taco Update 5.6.18

ANGELES DE PUEBLA* Santa Maria (S) added at ♦♦♦ Holy wow I don’t know how many millions of times I have driven by this weird place (wasn’t it a FLOWER SHOP?!?!) in the past couple decades and OMG so glad I stopped. REAL ROTISSERIE al pastor (that’s the * folks. Anytime you see an *…

Top 5 Monterey Restaurants

When you live on the Central Coast, SOOOO many options are a short drive–and sometimes it is hard to rationalize even leaving home. We have the ocean, the beach, all the wine-country and our own fabulous restaurants right here, so why leave? Because it’s nice to get outa town now and then! Whether to go…

Wine Secrets Revealed

“Where do you shop for wine?”  Easily the most-asked question I get–sometimes several times per day.  “Where do you find these wines I have never seen before in my life?!?”  The beauty part is: most of them right here under your nose.  At local shops.  Owned by real people–not national corporations.  When I turn the…

Resty Updates 9.10

Lots of things to add to THE RESTAURANT LIST: HAPY BISTRO in Pismo Beach whole-heartedly added at ♦♦ for their plate-licking renditions of Greek and Meditteranean food.  Wine-list passable. Re-visited MARISOL in Shell Beach for dinner after a) a long absence and b) an embarrassingly bad lunch experience.  The memory of the lunch has thankfully been…