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Fall On The Central California Coast


We recently visited this beautiful place where we lived and married - hanging out with family, hitting the beach, vineyards, fruit stands, farmers markets, restaurants and shops. Never taken for granted, the Central Coast has it all! Avila Fruit Barn has barn animals for the kids. It also boasts a paradise of produce, homemade fresh pies and cookies, canned goods and gifts galore. Pick (or not) your own pumpkins, or wander about in the homemade ice cream and candy store. The barn has always b...

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Peace…Love…Happy New Year


My Sister's Angel One day an angel appeared out of the blue - hovering over my sister's house during a stressful life-changing period. She ran for her camera and took this picture...a second later the angel disappeared. Soon thereafter life took a seriously positive turn.                                               Have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! ____________________________________________________________________________________...

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Food For Thought: Planting Garlic (or buying local)!


  Did you know 73% of the garlic consumed in the US is imported from China? (according to Garlic is part of the Allium family - as in leeks, onions and shallots. I buy garlic at my local natural foods store because it's locally grown and the freshest I can find. When in Portland, my sister in law gave me these hardnecks she had just bought at a local garlic festival. In NorCal I'll have to wait until the weather gets cooler, before the first plant. One...

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Don’t Depend On Foreign Oil….go olive oil tasting in Templeton, California


This is Olea Olive Farm and Tasting Room in Templeton Hills (a little south of Paso Robles) in Northern San Luis Obispo County. Every time I go back to my favorite stomping grounds, I find new new places to visit...especially when it involves food and cooking. On this last excursion my daughter in law suggested we check out Olea Olive Farm while near by, picking up wine from a few of her favorite wineries. We didn't know what to expect - but nestled at the crest of their olive groves, we found...

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Bob’s Red Mill…People before Profit


I'm still reporting on my Portland, Oregon trip. This time it's Bob's Red Mill, located in the Milwaukie area of Portland. Our trek there was underestimated, as this is a cook's haven and a fun place to shop, eat breakfast - and/or take a tour of the manufacturing plant, which we didn't have time for. Bob's products are many (an understatement) and widely available...with every kind of flour you can think of, grains-beans-seeds, oats galore, cereals, cooking and baking aids-tools-equipment, cook...

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Bunk Sandwiches – Portland, Or


Last month when my husband and I were in Portland, Oregon, Bunk was recommended by our daughter - who works in the food industry in Napa/Sonoma. We always check with her for restaurant recommendations...her peers in the industry get around and seem almost ahead of the curve. This is Bunk's veg sandwich (with Romesco sauce) and pulled pork sandwich (with apple coleslaw). Both were fresh and scrumptious! The day we returned home there was a Food Network one hour series/special on "The Best Thi...

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Downtown Portland Farmer’s Market


Portland State University is the site of Saturday Portland Farmers Market (held mid-March through mid-December). This is the largest farmers market I have ever been to, with a variety of delicious food concessions, quality Oregon produce and a lot more. With upwards of 190 vendors (at any given time) gets super crowded. I managed to shoot pictures while stepping on a few toes (oops, sorry!) as I made my way around - sampling everything from fresh fruits and fresh fruit tamales, p...

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Lake Oswego…Portland, Oregon


Just minutes south of Portland is Lake Oswego - where one could spend a good part of the day strolling, shopping and talking with friendly local proprietors...and let's not forget eating! In a few-block radius of Saturday Market (mid-May to mid-October, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm), there's more than just something for everyone, including upscale but quaint restaurants and unique shops. Farmer's Market hosts a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables - various food concessions, local artisan wares and ent...

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