Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pinquito Beans: A Key Part of a Santa Maria-Style Barbecue Feast

In yesterday’s blog, we shared the history of the Santa Maria-style barbecue, as well as my favorite place to partake of this unique regional cuisine — a restaurant just north of Santa Maria called Jocko’s. Today, we share a recipe

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What to Drink With Santa Maria-Style Barbecue

The roots of Santa Maria-style barbecue date back to the mid-1800s, when massive ranches occupied the hills of California’s Santa Maria Valley. Local ranchers regularly fed their ranch hands by barbecuing meat over earthen pits filled with oak wood coals.

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3 Tips to Help Keep Your Wine Collection Safe

If you live in an earthquake-free zone, you can store your wine bottles pretty much anywhere and not give them a second thought. They should be kept away from direct sunlight, of course, and at a relatively cool temperature. But

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The Napa Earthquake: It Was Bad… But It Could Have Been Worse

We native Californians know that when an earthquake hits, it can take days and sometimes even weeks to fully grasp the extent of the damage. Today, social media can further muddy the waters as thousands of people post and tweet

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