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The hunger is real

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Cult classic: Noi’s Thai Takeout is a mainstay of sleepy Baywood, where lapping waters and seabirds are the only commotion around. This Tuesday, try their daily special with spicy, creamy green curry, eggplant, chicken, rice, and basil. You will leave feeling satisfied and totally blissed out! It also doesn’t hurt to swing by the Merrimaker for a cocktail or Baywood Alehouse for a brew  (1288 2nd St., Los Osos) … Cold winter night? Feeling the urge to load up on bread and EVOO? Hint: The cioppino at Palazzo Guiseppe’s in SLO, made with muscles, clams, squid, and shrimp, is to die for (1010 Court St.; no reservations required).

Cravings

The folks at Chaparral Gardens Artisan Vinegars, who craft their delicacies on a lovely homestead between Morro Bay and Atascadero, are always putting out new flavors to crave. In the dead of winter, what could sound more delicious than a sprinkle of Kaffir Lime Vinegar, Fuzzy Navel Peach Vinegar, or Cilantro Jalapeño Olive Oil? (See all of their wondrous wares and get in on some cool recipes at chaparralgardens.com.) … After a bit of delay, the owners at Seeds Juice Company say they’re just about ready to open with a range of acai bowls, parfaits, and smoothies (1133 Garden St., SLO). You juice hounds, get ready for cold-pressed goodness coming your way.

Locals only

Post holiday blues? Go Local Wine Deals abound this month, meaning you can get in on some serious from-the-vine deliciousness just for being a local! Get two-for-one tastings, case discounts, free tours, discounted educational seminars, and food at tasting rooms in Edna Valley and Paso Robles. Just check pasowine.com and slowine.com for info and bring your ID with current address … Restaurant Month is also heating up, serving prix fixe meals at more than 30 local restaurants for around $30 a pop! Get in on these fleeting foodie perks at visitsanluisobispocounty.comBatch is hiring and looking for someone who loves crafting cookies to be smeared with delectable ice cream (for details, check the biz’s Facebook page). Who wouldn’t be into that kind of grind? Happy baking! 

Hayley Thomas is a terrible baker. She can be reached at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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