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Feeling lucky, punk? You could win tickets to Blendfest on the Coast coming up Jan. 13 to 15 featuring more than 30 unique local blended wines at Cambria Pines Lodge! Enter before Jan. 9 by following @highway1route on Instagram and follow the contest rules … Cocktail hour is back, baby. Stop by The Hatch in Paso Robles for some juicy rotisserie meats and craft drinks that inspire oohs, ahhs, and maybe even a Facebook update. May I suggest The Buck Hunt, with smokey mezcal, orange, rosemary, fig jam, ginger beer, and SLO Bitter Co. bitters (8345 13th St., Paso Robles)? … Woodstock’s Pizza is now offering beer flights from Kona Brewing Co., crafting liquid “Aloha” since 1994.

Earthy wonders

New moon: In celebration of the winter Solstice, pile into Big Sky Cafe for a meal that really sticks to your ribs and wards off those chilly blues (cider braised short rib stew with cheddar Dijon polenta, anyone?) 1121 Broad St., SLO … Thanks to Parrish Family Vineyards, there could be a significant boon to Adelaida Creek coming in the next few weeks. A little bird has told New Times that the winery has officially donated .64 acres of its prime vineyard that includes the creek and the surrounding area to the County of San Luis Obispo, and has been working with the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District and the county’s Department of Environmental Programs to clear the section and plant native water-soaking vegetation. Way to go, guys! Captain Planet salutes you.

New year freshness

So booking awesome: January is doubly delicious at Madonna Inn, where hotel guests can snag $100 off regular room rates Sunday through Thursday and $30 gets you a delicious three-course meal at the Gold Rush Steakhouse (add a wine flight for $10; for details) … Granada Bistro will unveil an epic New Year’s Day brunch designed to delight and detoxify your soul. Chef Kenny Bigwood will be serving gourmet comfort food and healthy fare, such as duck confit with sweet potato hash, Granada’s homemade bacon, and avocado toast with farm-fresh eggs and slow-roasted tomato salsa, while mixologist Dominque Gonzales concocts boozy recovery elixirs as well as detoxifying mocktails (reserve your seat at or call 544-9100).

Hayley Thomas Cain is in dire need of detoxifying. She can be reached at

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