Seasonal lattes at local cafes; no-carve jack-o’-lanterns
I’d say fall begins in that cheerful moment when pumpkins seem to suddenly appear everywhere. They are the nutritious, bright orange (sometimes white) autumn icons that instantly bring to mind the excitement of harvest and an impending change of season.
In the same moment that we notice pumpkins taking center on the fall stage, we might also take note that we don’t yet have one. That’s when the real fun starts. We select the prettiest pumpkin in the patch to carve for Halloween or place on our doorsteps and tables. We competitively weigh them and just as enthusiastically smash them. We drink pumpkin-spice flavored lattes for weeks before finally slicing appetizing triangles of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
Sometimes we do all of this year round. … READ MORE
If you’re planning a day out with your foodie friends, take a nice country drive to the San Benito Olive Festival from 10am to 5pm Saturday, Oct. 17, in Balado Park near downtown Hollister. Guests will enjoy a variety of culinary delights to taste, fine wines and craft beers to savor and be entertained by celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, live music and beautiful art displays.
Local wineries will be pouring their world-class wines and craft beers in the VIP area where you and your friends can do some catching up. This year the festival welcomes Calera Wine, Martin Ranch Winery, Guglielmo Winery, Pietra Santa Winery, Fortino Winery, WildEye Winery, Guerra Cellars and others. Marich Premium Chocolates will be offer confectionary sweets, Windswept Farms their perfectly sundried blenheim apricots, while craft … READ MORE