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Character Building Beer

Character Building Beer

Character is one of those things we all want to build but would prefer to do so in painless fashion.  Most of us aspire to having and being known as a person of good character.  Unfortunately, it is usually the painful or at least annoying experiences that we say “build character.”  No one ever finds […]

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Eggplant, the Misunderstood

Eggplant, the Misunderstood

Few vegetables have as many deadly cousins as the eggplant.  It belongs to the nightshade-potato family, Solanacae, which includes such poisonous plants as Jimson Weed (Datura), the Belladonna (a.k.a. Deadly Nightshade), and tobacco (Nicotiana), but also the aforementioned potato, tomato, tomatillo, gooseberry, and peppers. The eggplant is indigenous to a broad area encompassing India, South […]

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Back-to-School Beer: Aggie Lager

Back-to-School Beer: Aggie Lager

You can sense it all around.  There is both a heightened sense of excitement and trepidation (or maybe just loathing) in the air.  It’s nearly time for students to head back to school.  Local business are hawking their back-to-school wares, younger children are giddy to find out who their teacher will be, older kids are […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

There are few fruits that I look forward to eating more than a truly fine strawberry in the summer.  I can honestly say that I remember the first time when after years of eating strawberries that were enormous, watery, and only vaguely strawberry-tasting, I tasted a concentrated, sweet, and aromatic strawberry.  It was one of […]

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Hello Paesanos!

Hello Paesanos!

Thanks to Kemble Pope of the The Davis Voice, this photo of the Paesanos sign was captured arriving this morning in downtown Davis. It was a fun site to see as Kemble and I were sitting, enjoying our coffee at Mishka’s. According to Paesanos owner Mark Scribner, the restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open September 3, 2011. Read more […]

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Calistoga Compromise

Calistoga Compromise

We had 24 hours to spend in Calistoga with our seven-year-old son. I wanted to plan something that would be fun for him as well and my husband and I at the same time. It was such a fun getaway for all, I thought I’d share it with all of you. Our itinerary was set […]

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