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Opening bashes!


Burbank Ranch Winery will host a grand opening celebration in honor of its new 19,000-square-foot tasting room and production center in Templeton this July 10 to 12. The once downtown Paso tasting room has moved into its new expanded digs at 5685 El Pomar Drive, and boy are wine club members stoked. Sip on flights or wines by the glass and nibble on cheese and charcuterie plates. Live music, local olive oil tastings, and the launch of the winery’s new lunch menu will round out the foodie fun (for more information, visit or call 227-4538) … Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will host a grand opening celebration for its new Arroyo Grande taproom July 10 to 12. Fine food, Figueroa Mountain beer, and the unveiling of a brand-new mystery brew will make this a beertastic event not to be missed (1462 E. Grand Ave.; go to for more details).

Nom nom nom

Speaking of açaí, The Neighborhood Açaí and Juice Bar is now open for business, featuring locally named juices and bowls (the Montaña de Oro is a mix of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, Fuji apple, and cayenne pepper, and the Palm Street Bowl is a mix of pitaya, banana, coconut butter, cashew milk, hemp granola, banana, mango, and coconut flakes). Check ’em out at 973 Foothill Blvd. in SLO and follow them on Facebook for more healthy specials … Naked lunch: Did you know The Naked Fish offers a killer lunch special till 4 p.m. featuring six pieces of sashimi, rice, miso soup, and seaweed salad for a meager $12? This is my new fave lunch special, and I highly recommend it when you’re on a fresh fish kick (857 Higuera St. SLO; visit for more)!

In the know

Latte and a book? Sounds like a perfect Sunday morning. Socrates Coffee House/Odyssey Used Bookstore has taken up residence in Atascadero (located on Traffic Way near the Carlton Hotel) with the mission of bringing a jolt of added caffeine and culture to downtown … Monterey Street Wines in SLO is having a pizza night each Friday starting at 5:30 p.m.! Sip local wines and beers paired with creative pizzas topped with unique ingredients like meatballs, honey, and sliced pear (1255 Monterey St.; visit for more information) … Centrally Grown of Cambria offers up a way cool mobile kitchen and culinary team ready to slice and dice garden-fresh veggies into the stuff of dreams (their Guest Nest Restaurant and Bar recently opened its doors and is headed by five star Chef Eric Olson; visit for more details).

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