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Cottage of Sweets stuffs 600 candies into 300 square feet

Feb 13, 2013
Cottage of Sweets stuffs 600 candies into 300 square feet

For visitors to Carmel-by-the-Sea, it's always a case of "so much food, so little time." Well and good, but take a break from winetasting and expensive bistro dinners to enjoy some casual treats at the always-crowded Cottage of Sweets. The 300-squa...

Chef Adam Pechal gets bossy, endures another round of ABC’s "The Taste"

Feb 13, 2013
Chef Adam Pechal gets bossy, endures another round of ABC’s "The Taste"

Now that's the Adam Pechal that most of us know around Sacramento. The chef and co-owner of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en turned bossy and saucy on Tuesday night's episode of "The Taste." Gone were the niceties and we're-all-in-this-together vi...

Want life of pie? Marie Callender’s offers whole pie sale

Feb 12, 2013
Want life of pie? Marie Callender’s offers whole pie sale

In time for Valentine's Day sweethearts, President's Day get-togethers or Oscar night parties (think Life of Pie), Marie Callender's offers its Whole Pie To Go Sale. Through Feb. 28, more than 30 varieties of pie are priced at $7.99 plus tin deposit....

Just say "no" to red wine with chocolate this Valentine’s Day

Feb 12, 2013

Here's a public service announcement just in time for Valentine's Day: Red wine with chocolate - don't do it! Sure, you'll find lots of chocolate and wine festivals this time of year, and the image of a fancy box of chocolates next to a bottle of red w...

Here’s a book for chocolate-lovers: Eat it (sort of) and read it

Feb 11, 2013
Here’s a book for chocolate-lovers: Eat it (sort of) and read it

Shari Fitzpatrick moved to Sacramento 22 years ago and parlayed a $1,500 advance into an iconic business. The confectioner's specialty was luscious chocolate-dipped strawberries, a staple at celebrations everywhere. The bad economy forced the closure...

Another (very affordable) Valentine’s option

Feb 8, 2013

Following up once more on our Valentine's dining story today, here's a solid choice for the bargain-minded romantics. Yes, dinner for two for under $30. Here are the details I received from the folks at Mimi's Cafe: Mimi's Cafe is celebrating the sea...

Carpe Vino takes a culinary tour of New Orleans

Feb 8, 2013
Carpe Vino takes a culinary tour of New Orleans

Last summer, Gary and Drew Moffat got some good news from Wine Spectator magazine, informing them they'd won an Award of Excellence for their digital list of 250 wines for the restaurant portion of their store. The Moffats are the father-son co-own...

Rail Bridge Cellars to expand with sister restaurant, live music series

Feb 8, 2013

As Valentine's Day approaches, we've got some sweet news on the urban winery scene. Rail Bridge Cellars, which operates its tasting room in the Elks Tower penthouse, is on the verge of expanding with a sister restaurant. Look for Rail Bridge Wine, Food...

Many more Valentine’s dining options out there

Feb 8, 2013

We have a story in today's Ticket section taking a look at Valentine's dining. We looked at five restaurants and how they prepare for this very important day in the restaurant business. But there are obviously many more options out there. If you're se...

Our encounter with the phenomenon that is Pliny the Younger

Feb 7, 2013
Our encounter with the phenomenon that is Pliny the Younger

We had a great day trip to Santa Rosa on Wednesday to work on my story about the cult of Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder. It was quite a sight to witness folks standing in line well before the Russian River Brewing Co. opened its doors. I inte...

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