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48 Hours of Attractions, Fun, Food and Wine in Lompoc

Fall is prime time to slate a 48-hour get-away to Lompoc. Located on the California Central Coast, it’s a visitor destination that satisfies all of the senses for stunning vistas, outdoor adventure, comfortable lodgings, easy access to attractions and activities, a taste for fine wines, and distinctive art. Wine tasting is a centerpiece of a Lompoc getaway – a journey through the winemaking processes, small tasting rooms, and superior products that spark a natural desire to spend an afternoon with friends discussing the finer points of wine. History, here, is a journey back in time to California mission life of the 1800s at La Purisima Mission; a small path leading from the Mission is especially evocative as an early segment of the El Camino Real, a 600-mile road connecting the 21 Spanish missions in California. The Mission’s recreated living and working spaces place visitors at the epicenter of daily life and commerce. Forty-eight hours in Lompoc is barely enough time to savor and partake of the area’s most entertaining attractions, but there’s always next time. Day One: Morning Mural Tour Begin with a self-guided tour of the Murals of Lompoc, many of which are located in Old Town Lompoc, on street…

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Momentous Chef Collaboration Dinner Experience

In honor of National Seafood Month, Chef Masa Shimakawa of ONYX, the Japanese sushi bar located inside Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California, teamed up with Bay Area-based Ken Tominaga for a 3-night chef collaboration dinner. Chef Ken Tominaga, owner of Hana Japanese Restaurant in Sonoma County, California is a renowned authority on Japanese cuisine. A Tokyo native, his dishes feature the highest quality, freshest fish and the finest local produce. The 3-day collaboration took place Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, October 5, 2019, as the chefs created a three course omakase. The menu consisted of the following: Hassun – Appetisers Happy Spoon  – kumamoto oyster, ikura, uni, ponzu crème fraiche Kobujime hirame temarisushi  – kelp-infused fluke, sushi rice Shira ae spinach carrot  – tofu dressing King crab sunomono – cucumber and seaweed salad Second Course Wagyu short rib miso ni – miso braised short rib, red wine reduction Or Crispy ankou with kinoko an – tempura battered monkfish, simmered mushrooms Third Course Zuke maguro and onsen tamago donburi with Half Moon Bay wasabi – marinated bigeye tuna, soft boiled egg, sushi rice Dessert Roasted pear with mascarpone and shiso – mirin balsamic reduction About Chef Masa Shimakawa – ONYX Hakodate, Japan may be an ocean from Los Angeles, but it’s just a dinner seating away at ONYX at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California,…

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Weho’s New Gelateria/Lab/Classroom

The world’s premier (and only) event dedicated to artisanal gelato, Gelato Festival, has opened its permanent flagship store at 8906 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. More than simply a scoop shop, the 3,000 square foot gelato wonderland houses:  a ROTATING MENU of award-winning, taste bud-tingling artisan gelato flavors (15 flavors total). 10 of the flavors are from recipes created by 10 different, master gelato chefs from around the globe that have won awards at Gelato Festival’s worldwide championships, including Strawberry & Red Pepper and Pecorino Cheese with Caramelized Pear & Honey; 5 additional flavors are from recipes created by the store’s in-house gelato chef. The menu will be rounded out by gelato cakes, gelato popsicles, and Italian coffee from the country’s oldest roaster (including the option for affogatos).  an open-concept LAB equipped with state-of-the-art machinery,where customers can view the mesmerizing process of gelato being made fresh daily. a CLASSROOM that will host unforgettably fun, weekly interactive gelato and coffee workshops open to the public (and be available for private events). a MUSEUM area highlighting the history of gelato and its milestones starting from its founding in the 16th century, complete with artifacts such as an antique Florentine gelato maker. a calendar of lively COMMUNITY EVENTS, including special visits by award-winning gelato chefs, kids’ juries,…

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Fall for Each Other This Fall

By Maria del Cisne Vital Pumpkin spice, fall foliage, and cozy sweaters— these are a few of our favorite fall things! With summer coming to an end, now is the perfect time to take your significant other out for a fun fall date. Check below for some ideas that will surely get your date to cozy up to you: Apple Picking at Oak Glen Apple picking is a great way to bond with your date because it’s just you, them and a whole bunch of apples. Work as a team to pick that one apple that is out of reach! By the end of the date, you’ll have a basket full of apples and a heart full of love.  Oak Glen is a five-mile loop of farms, orchards and shops where you can pick apples, berries and more. If you’re of age, stop by the Oak Glen Cider Company for a hard cider to end your night. oakglen.net Oak Glen, CA 92399 The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch Picking a pumpkin with your main squeeze is peak fall date cuteness. Starting in September, the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch will be open for the public to peruse the acres of pumpkins— from…

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Solvang Stomp

The second annual Solvang Stomp will be happen on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in downtown Solvang on First Street (between Mission Drive/Hwy 246 & Copenhagen Drive) and the adjacent Solvang Park. Solvang Stomp guests will have the opportunity to stomp grapes in vats barefoot, sip tastes from dozens of area wineries, dance to a live band, drink pink in the “I Love Rosé Lounge” and purchase food inside the festival area from popular area eateries as well as participate in the “Lucy & Ricky Ricardo Look-a-Like Contest based on Lucille Ball’s famous grape stomp episode on her TV show.  All “Solvang Stompers” will receive a souvenir logo wine glass and foot towel plus a ticket to win wine-related prizes.

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