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November 17, 2014

The Cook's Bookcase: A Book Lover & Chef's Dream

If you love books, you can imagine how fun it would be to have a bookshop all to yourself. Liz Pollock, owner of the Cook’s Bookcase, let me live that dream by inviting me into her cozy home store that specializes in food literature of all kinds. Having grown up with food (“Julia Child was my babysitter,” she joked), Pollock has brought her love for food, print, and community together

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October 29, 2014

Get Down on the Farm

In a time when we are busy living and working in a fast-paced world of technology, it is even more important to seek out lessons about where our real food comes from. And we just so happen to be nestled here on the Central Coast, a stone’s throw from the “Salad Bowl” of California’s agricultural industry. This region is known near and far to be a fertile and abundant landscape for great produce, which is not only a money-maker here, but also a gem for eco-tourism. Whether it be a visit to a

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August 19, 2014

5 Best Bites

Despite arriving first, appetizers can feel secondary to a meal -- kind of like the Garfunkel and Oates of the dinner table. But who doesn’t love a good appetizer? When you arrive hungry to a restaurant, nothing is more anticipated than the moment an appetizer plate hits the table. Plus, sometimes you just want to pop in to a restaurant for a bite and a drink. Here are five of my favorite appetizing spots in town:

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August 06, 2014

Breakfast on the Inn-side

Those who like to stay at a Bed & Breakfast are seeking charm. Historic architecture, friendly conversation, restored craftsmanship, manicured gardens, these are the things that infuse a trip with more that just a room to sleep in. We are looking for comfort and an extra bit of ambiance to make our well

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July 29, 2014

A Stroll Through Capitola Village

The quaint seaside village of Capitola began as a humble tent camp along the shore of the Monterey Bay. Camp Capitola, as it was known, welcomed its first guests in 1874 making it the first beach resort in California. A few years later, it premiered a magnificent wood-frame Victorian hotel -- Hotel Capitola -- that echoed

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