This fall brings us celebrations of beer, mac and cheese, and much, much more. From Pacific Northwest to southern California, here's our round-up of what to do on the West Coast in the weeks to come.
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There was so much seaside goodness along the West Coast that we had to combine several ocean episodes into this one video. Watch as we forage for sea beans in Bodega Bay in Northern California with Hank Shaw of the site Honest Food, dig for a giant clam called a geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) with John Adams and Langdon Cook, and made our own salt with the young chef from Herbfarm in Woodinville, Washington.
Upon my return from the nonstop eating extravaganza that was our West Coast excursion to Portland and San Francisco, I immediately got back on the horse (not the scale), dieting and living-wise. Last Friday and Saturday I truly, truly ate lightly, so when I did summon up courage to get on the scale Sunday, imagine my surprise when Mr. Scale said I had actually lost a pound since my last weigh-in. In a way, getting that favorable digital read on Sunday was counterproductive, as it probably gave me a false sense of accomplishment. Even more problematic was that I still had five days before the next weigh-in, which, as you all know, is about to happen. I had a few...
Small-scale distilleries are on the upswing nationwide, as consumers take greater interest in locally sourced products and states reassess the tax revenue such operations can generate. And while many distilleries are truly independent startups, many talented brewers who have learned the business from making quality beer are either adding distilleries to existing operations, or working in tandem with like-minded distillers.
If you happen to live on the left coast, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy these fine food events in the next week or so... The Bite of Oregon Fri-Sun, Aug 10-12 check for daily times Waterfront Park Portland, OR Adults, $7 (kids under 12, free) Food Network star Guy Fieri, local chefs duking it out Iron-Chef style, and plenty of great food, wine, beer, and music, including Dr. John and Patti Smith. A big deal! San Rafael Food and Wine Festival Sat, Aug 11, 10am-6pm Falkirk Cultural Center San Rafael, CA Marin county artists, restaurants, and food producers do the weekend festival thing, with demos and tastings aplenty. Admission is free and the location is scenic, an elegant 19th-century...