Unique Local Foods, Spirits And Craft Beers Abound In California’s Central Coast
Enjoy January In San Luis Obispo County, The Most Delicious Month Of The Year
San Luis Obispo County, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s breathtaking Central Coast, is a culinary paradise offering an assortment of locally-sourced and produced food and drink. The area’s range of coastal and inland influences is demonstrated by its broad assortment of gastronomic treats ranging from fresh foods, innovative spirits, unique craft beers and much more.
Indulge in and explore the culinary bounty San Luis Obispo County has to offer during Restaurant Month, January 4-29, 2016*. Once a year, participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus of three courses at$30-$40 per person. Whether taking in San Luis Obispo County’s flavors during Restaurant Month, or visiting some of the area’s producers throughout the year, the destination is overflowing with an abundance of great products found only on the Central Coast.
(*Days of offerings vary per restaurant and are noted here. See details below per restaurant. Split meals not allowed. Please call individual restaurants for open hours and additional information.)
Locally Sourced Foods Flourish in San Luis Obispo County
There are a wide variety of new and interesting farms and fisheries across San Luis Obispo County that specialize in unique foods including shellfish, meat, produce and dairy products supplying local restaurants and markets. Taste the fresh farm fare from the producers below at one of San Luis Obispo County’s restaurants or farmer’s markets:
Morro Bay Oyster Company: Morro Bay holds a long-standing history as a thriving seaport with beautiful ocean views and a tranquil yet productive estuary. Morro Bay Oyster Company harvests Pacific Gold Oysters by hand directly from the pristine water, which are then sold to local restaurants and to the public at farmers markets and off its barge in Morro Bay harbor.
The Abalone Farm: The largest aquaculture facility of its kind in the country, The Abalone Farm Inc. produces over 100 tons of California Red Abalone each year. The facility is not open to the public, but its products are available through several distributors.
Adelaida Springs Ranch: Savory and sustainable grass-fed beef and lamb, are the specialties of Adelaida Springs Ranch, where tours offer fascinating information about the area, from the geography and its history to the workings of the ranch.
Rinconada Dairy: Cheesemaking at this Santa Margarita dairy evolved from 25 years of organic gardening and a passion for producing healthful and delicious food. Every step in the process of breeding, lambing, feeding, milking and cheesemaking is hands-on.
Stepladder Ranch: This family-owned ranch in Cambria features Hass avocados, sub-tropical fruits, forest-raised pork, fresh goat cheese and a luxury vacation rental.
Windrose Farm: Located east of Paso Robles, Windrose Farm cultivates vegetable rotations including tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, green and dry beans, and much more. The farm also has a sheep pasture and offers tours and special tastings in partnership with FARMstead Ed.
San Luis Obispo County is also home to dozens of craft olive and walnut oil producers including Pasolivo, Olea Farm, Kiler Ridge Olive Oil, and Limerock Orchards, just to name a few. Sample these and other unparalleled offerings at over a dozen farmer’s markets throughout the week.
Distilling Movement Growing in San Luis Obispo County
To rival it’s evolving foodie trends, the craft spirit industry in San Luis Obispo County has grown rapidly over the last several years. The movement is a terrific complement to an area known for producing world-class wines and there are a variety of distilleries in the region that offer tours and tastings.
Pendray’s Distillery: Having a distillery was always part of the business plan for PasoPort winery and in 2013, winemaker Steve Glossner began production of brandy for fortification of its ports, and has since expanded to brandy and grappa.
Re:Find: The first to utilize premium Paso Robles-grown grapes as their base, Alex and Monica Villicanaoperate Re:Find out of the Villicana winery, making limoncello, gin, vodka and whiskey.
Wine Shine: Co-owners Mark Sahaydak and Patrick Brooks operate this small still house specializing in flavored moonshines, brandies and whiskey.
Discover Craft Beers (and Cider)
There’s no shortage of craft breweries in San Luis Obispo County, producing a wide variety of beers including IPAs, porters, sours, and just about any other style you could imagine. Drop by any of the following craft breweries to raise a glass and sample some of their creations. Continue reading
Selected from more than 13,000 entries, a photo of a tornado in Colorado was chosen as the grand-prize winner of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. The photo, titled “DIRT,” was shot by James Smart of Melbourne, Australia. He has won $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2016.
Last spring, Smart spent 15 days chasing storms with his brother and some friends who are meteorologists. On the last day, Smart ended up outside of Simla, Colorado, where he shot the winning photo.
“The tornado was slowly getting bigger as it picked up the dust and soil from the ground on the farmland,” Smart said. “It wasn’t moving very fast, so we kept getting closer as it tracked next to the home as you can see in the image. Driving down a Colorado dirt road, we were lucky enough to be on the west of the tornado, so it was front lit. This really helped to get great detail out of the image and the perfect light for the sky and foreground.”
Joel Nsadha of Binghamton, New York, placed first in the People category for a portrait of a young man on his cherished bicycle in a slum in Uganda, and Francisco Mingorance of Andalusia, Spain, won in the Places category for his photo of a marsh in Spain that has been partially destroyed by radioactive waste. Smart’s photo won in the Nature category and will be published in National Geographic magazine.
The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine Senior Photo Editor Jessie Wender, National Geographic Photography Fellow David Guttenfelder and photographer Anand Varma. Judging consisted of multiple rounds of evaluation based on creativity, photography quality and genuineness/authenticity of the content. Contestants submitted photographs in three categories — People, Places and Nature — through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.
Fans Can Enter Twice A Day For A Chance To Win First Ever Dream Remodel Located On Merritt Island, Florida
Starting today and continuing through 5 p.m. ET Thursday, February 18, 2016, viewers can start dreaming about moving into the HGTV® Dream Home Giveaway on Merritt Island, Florida. Fans can enter twice a day by visiting hgtv.com/hgtvdreamhome for their chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.5 million. New this year, fans will enjoy one bonus entry into the giveaway via www.realtor.com®. Eligible U.S. residents can log on to www.hgtv.com for full details and the official rules.
In addition to the approximately 3,150-square-foot residence and all its furnishings, the grand prize package includes the keys to a 2016 GMC Acadia Denali® and a beautiful new boat, as well as $250,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®.
Over the summer, architects, contractors and designers have been busy with an incredible home transformation on the sunny coast of Florida to bring fans the first ever HGTV® Dream Home Giveaway renovation. The waterfront property is shaded by giant royal palm trees and situated on the Indian River Lagoon with Intracoastal Waterway access. The updated, transitional take on Floridian style offers casual elegance with a clever play on classic coastal. The light and bright paradise is built for entertaining and relaxing by the water, complete with a private pool and a three-car garage. With three bedrooms and five bathrooms, the home’s decor blends the sophistication of the Hamptons with punches of tropical vibrancy.
“Deciding to remodel an existing home for our 20th HGTV Dream Home Giveaway provided a challenge, knowing the expectations our viewers have for these homes,” said Ron Feinbaum, General Manager and SVP of Home Promotions for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Working with interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, architect Michael Stauffer and builder Steven Price of Steven W. Price Construction, we were able to transform this existing home into a dream residence with ideas and trends that our fans can use in their own homes.”
From a stunning coastline of endless sandy beaches to beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the HGTV Dream Home 2016 location is as spectacular as the first 19 HGTV Dream Homes. Learn more about this year’s giveaway and its sponsors – General Motors LLC, Lumber Liquidators Inc., GLIDDEN® paint brand, Quicken Loans Inc., Bush Brothers & Company, Cabinets To Go, Delta Faucet, JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, Mars Petcare, Trex Company Inc., Belgard, Ethan Allen Global Inc., realtor.com® and Bose Corporation – at hgtv.com/hgtvdreamhome.
Toshiba Corp. will liven up the annual global countdown event as the official sponsor for the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. The iconic 60-second countdown to midnight will be enhanced by audio and pyrotechnic effects on the TOSHIBA VISION screen, located directly below the world famous Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.
For this year’s New Year countdown, from 6 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST, all eyes will be on the TOSHIBA VISION screen atop One Times Square and six mobile LED screens throughout Times Square. The screens will feature New Year’s Eve content and entertainment for the more than one million-plus expected revelers including hourly practice countdowns, live and prerecorded video clips of musical performances from Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth, revelers, and celebrities.
As well as the Toshiba Hourly Countdown sponsor’s content every hour, popular science educator Bill Nye (of the Disney/PBS children’s TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy”) will take to the official stage in Times Square to introduce Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, the science and technology competition sponsored by Toshiba for school students in North America.
There will also be a “Japan Countdown” event at the main stage especially for Japanese people living in New York, starting at midnight on January 1st, 2016, Japan time (10 a.m. EST on December 31st, 2015). The Japan Countdown event will feature a countdown animation of calligraphy by Masumi Narita on the TOSHIBA VISION screen.
Moreover, Twitter will be transmitting 60 to 120 seconds of video footage of the New Year’s Eve celebrations at the top of the hour from the respective time zone in the world. This video feed will be seen on the TOSHIBA VISION from 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m on December 31st, 2015. During each hour, Twitter will also provide tweets from world leaders, celebrities and user-generated content from the respective time zones on the TOSHIBA VISION.
Prominently positioned below the world-famous New Year countdown ball in New York City’s Times Square business and entertainment district, Toshiba’s massive dual LED signboards, known collectively as “TOSHIBA VISION,” serve a variety of promotional and public-service functions. In addition to illuminating the annual New Year countdown for upwards of 1 billion celebrants worldwide, an interlocking system connects both boards in brilliant seasonal displays and animated sporting events. From atop One Times Square Building, one of the most valuable advertising locations in the world, TOSHIBA VISION ensures superb domestic and international media exposure, providing the Toshiba brand with unrivalled quantitative and qualitative promotional benefits.
Next year will mark the 24th anniversary of Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision. Since its inception in 1992, more than 350,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated in this student science competition. This fun and engaging program can inspire a lifelong love of science, technology and innovation for students and teachers alike. The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.
sbe and Las Vegas Arena Announce Revolutionary Arena Nightlife Experience
sbe, the Los Angeles-based leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hospitality venues, announced today the launch of Hyde Lounge at Las Vegas Arena set to open in April 2016. Hyde Lounge Las Vegas Arena will be the exclusive nightclub option at Las Vegas Arena, allowing guests to experience the height of service with views to match in an entertainment and sporting viewing experience unlike any other.
Hyde Lounge at Las Vegas Arena will be located high above the event action with two platforms extending over the arena seating for unparalleled viewing opportunities. The 18,000-square-foot space designed by Dakota Development and DesignAgency, will also feature an intimate lounge experience complete with bottle service, plush couches, high-energy DJs, VIP elevator access, a selection of culinary treats, and skyline views of the famed Las Vegas Strip.
sbe‘s Hyde brand has been visionary in transforming how spectators enjoy entertainment and sporting events with its first evolution of the nightlife heritage brand Hyde Lounge at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles followed by Hyde at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Las Vegas Arena, a 20,000-seat venue located between New York-New York Hotel & Casino and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, has been developed through a partnership between AEG and MGM Resorts International. The venue is scheduled to host more than 100 events annually including UFC, boxing and other sporting events; major headline entertainment, awards shows and special events. The newest landmark will have a significant impact on the city’s entertainment landscape while providing Las Vegas visitors and the local community a guest experience second to none.
sbe is a leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, restaurants and night clubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, the company is dedicated to delivering the best in service, design, culinary programming, and entertainment. Already a proven leader in the hospitality and real estate industries, sbe has more than 80 properties currently operating or in development, and has expanded several of its flagship brands including SLS Hotels, Katsuya, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Hyde Lounge and The Redbury, nationally and internationally. The company will debut a new slate of hotel & residence properties in 2016, including the recently announced Hyde Hotel & Residences. Founded in 2002 by Chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately held company. More information about sbe can be obtained at sbe.com or by downloading the sbe App.
Las Vegas Arena is a privately funded $375 million indoor arena set to open in April 2016. The 20,000-seat venue, located west of the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, is expected to host more than 100 events annually, including UFC, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events. Las Vegas’ newest landmark will feature 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none.
The Arena has partnered with international iconic brands Coca-Cola, Schneider Electric and Toshiba American Business Solutions Inc., as the venue’s first “Founding Partners.” These Founding Partners will introduce and brand signature fan initiatives, displays and interactive spaces including Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre entertainment space which will feature a performance stage, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed the venue to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Goldh Certification. The Las Vegas Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information visit the Las Vegas Arena website at www.renalasvegas.com.
Start with friends and family, sprinkle in some gourmet food and festive drinks, then top it all off with dancing and postcard-perfect views – that’s the ideal recipe for New Year’s Eve, according to Four Seasons. Whether you’re craving a quiet and cosy night or a raucous ringing-in of 2016, these round-the-globe get-togethers offer great ways to bid farewell to one year and welcome another.
Journey back in time: At Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, revellers can party like it’s 1929 at a themed Great Gatsby Party. Enjoy panoramic views from the rooftop Mercury Lounge with a glass of bubbly from the premium Champagne bar in hand while eclectic performers help you count down to midnight. A five-course menu ensures you’ll have plenty of energy to dance the night away in true Jay and Daisy style.
Sample a traditional treat: If the final hours of 2015 find you lucky enough to be staying at Four Seasons Hotel Prague, you’re in for a sweet surprise. Guests are invited to gather at a lively booth in front of the Hotel fortrdelník, a popular delicacy made from sugar-rolled dough that’s wrapped around a stick and grilled slowly until the sugar caramelises. Then, it’s finished with an irresistible combo of sugar, cinnamon and crushed walnuts. Savoured in the night air, this snack offers a taste of the past with a nod to the future.
Roll out the barrel: Cocktail connoisseurs planning to spend New Year’s Eve at Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel have been invited to create their very own barrel-aged beverage. A month before arrival, the mixology team at Manhattan Bar contacted party-goers to learn their spirit preference before filling a barrel for them. These barrels will be opened and used to create a memorable cocktail for saying “Cheers!” at the stroke of midnight. The Hotel also offers limousine transportation, a five-course meal and free-flowing bubbly all night long.
Take a walk on the “wild” side: Located just a short bicycle ride away, the Santa Barbara Zoo was the inspiration for the “Under the Big Top” party theme at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. The oceanfront La Marina Ballroom will be decked out in vintage circus design, creating a backdrop for a celebration that PT Barnum himself would approve of.
Start spreading the news: Enjoy a classic New York celebration without the crowds at Four Seasons Hotel New York. As the ball drops in nearby Times Square, you’ll watch live from TY Bar after an evening of endless bubby, gourmet food (think: crab profiteroles and foie gras sushi), and a live band to bring out all your best dance moves. Enhancing the elegantly “chill” atmosphere is an ice bar that will be installed on the Hotel’s mezzanine, serving bottomless drinks. See and be seen at the Big Apple’s most stylish soirée!
Visit the happiest place on earth: At Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, New Year’s Eve offers delicious options at multiple venues. Capa, a rooftop steakhouse, serves up a three or five course prix fixe dinner with a choice of early or late reservations. Families might also enjoy the buffet at Ravello, which specialises in modern Italian cuisine. Regardless of which dinner you attend, you’ll be guaranteed entrance to the “After Party” in the Resort’s Grand Ballroom, complete with desserts, DJ and balloon drop. If Mom and Dad are craving a little alone time, Kids for All Seasons is throwing its own gathering for the younger generation.