Sally Loo’s Wholesome Cafe must go through a lot of butcher paper. Every time I walk in, there’s a smattering of new, ridiculously delicious sounding specials scrawled on the signature brown roll of paper hanging from the wall. Whether you order a ginger soda bread muffin or an arugula-hash-brown-fried-egg-melted-cheese-creation, you should totally grab a Four Barrel coffee pour-over for good measure. I recommend the Rwanda Tumba, which is all black-cherry-cola and black-licorice sex appeal. Needless to say, it would be offensive to not drink this coffee completely black. Good luck finding a seat on a busy morning—but if you’re like me, you’ll just pull up a chair and butt into someone’s conversation.
• Four Barrel’s Rwanda Tumba pour-over at Sally Loo’s—About $4; 1804 Osos Street, SLO.
Culton winemaker Terry Culton looks a hell of a lot like Willie Nelson. Tie his long gray hair in some braids and slap a bandana around his head, and I swear he’d be singing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with the best of ’em. Also like Willie, he’s been everywhere and worked with everyone (Kenneth Volk and Wild Horse, to name a few). Culton’s 2012 GSM blend Nomad is this winemaker’s version of “on the road again.” That is to say, a hit. Like a traveling dreamer, the winemaker’s always looking for the Next Best Vineyard. This pretty red baby was sourced from Glenrose Vineyard in Paso Robles—and thanks to largely hands-off winemaking practices—the fruit shines with wild blackberry and earthy mushroom. Right on, brother!
• Culton Wines’ 2012 Nomad—About $35 a bottle; cultonwines.com.
Hayley Thomas is trying to get red wine stains out of her shirt. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.