8575 Perfetto Caffe: Blending coffee, food, and the warmth of Italy on the Central Coast

When opportunity knocks, if you don’t say “why not,” you will always wonder “what if….” Feature Video Hot water streams through the finely ground coffee and into the ceramic cup waiting below. When the whir of the espresso machine stops, Gennaro places the doppio (double shot) on the counter and turns the cup just so. […]

Sweet News: Great Flavors Bakery Wins Bake-Off

Super excited, humbled, and pleased to share that two of our Great Flavors Bakery products were winners in the recent 2017 Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival Bake-Off Contest. Our sunshiny lemon cookies won 2nd place in the Cookie category. And our spiced carrot cake won 1st place in the competitive Harvest Gone Wild category: bakers choice […]

Some Ciders and Cheeses Meet in a Pub, and Here’s What Happened [Bristols Cider House and Fromagerie Sophie Pairing Event]

Ever wondered if hard ciders play well with cheeses from the around the world? Learn the outcomes of this uncommon pairing. Spoiler alert: deliciousness ahead. Event Recap: Cider and Cheese Pairing, June 3, 2017 Hand-crafted ciders made true to English standards? Hand-crafted cheeses from around the world? Both in one place overflowing with the friendly […]

Divine Thai: Explore the Savory Treasures of Thailand (without leaving the Central Coast)

Life’s a journey and an adventure, right? On our journey, we get to see new places, experience new surroundings — and savor the foods unique to the place. As the journey unfolds, we learn a little more about the world, and about ourselves. As part of our journey, we travel, and travel is good for […]

SpringFest: Wolff Vineyards and Beda’s Biergarten pair great German food and Edna Valley wine*

*including the elusive Teroldego On April 2, Wolff Vineyards and Beda’s Biergarten paired up for pairings of a deliciously different sort at SpringFest 2017. Held at the lovely Wolff Vineyards, perched on the side of a hill with an unobstructed view of the Edna Valley, the event drew a good crowd. From young couples to […]

Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA: Local, Fresh Produce Made Easy

If Oliver Talley were here today, I think he’d raise a fresh green bean* in a hearty toast. Why? Because the vegetable farm he started in 1948 in the fertile Arroyo Grande Valley now also provides fresh produce to 4,500 subscribers from SLO County and throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona, through the Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA. […]

SLO Restaurant Month and Go Local Wine Deals: Just the Ticket to Flavor-up January Doldrums

I love staying at home and eating the same old dinners and drinking cheap bottles of gift wine. Said no one ever. Is the post-holiday January hum-drum getting you down? Can’t wait for longer days and warmer weather? Here’s just the thing to get back to the sunny side: food, wine, specials, and celebrating our […]

Beda’s Biergarten: SLO’s Home for Gemütlichkeit

Camaraderie and community transcend language and geography. Food: German Category: Pub Gluten-free friendly: Yes The Umami of a Place If a restaurant is to become the go-to place for locals and a destination for out-of-towners, great food and drinks are assumed. Instead, it’s the special sauce — the umami of the indescribable combination of ingredients beyond […]

Karami Salsa

Combining local ingredients with a regional flair, Karami Salsa joins the great flavors of green chiles with a delicious twist. What if the ingredients for a beloved side dish from your native country are not just hard to come by, they’re impossible to procure? The first generation of Karami Salsa was born from this predicament. […]