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food and wineIssue 31

By Noel Daniel It’s hard to propose a dinner downtown without someone mentioning Commonwealth—and there’s a good reason for that. Commonwealth is Modesto’s home of craft beer, wine, and great food. Combining a strong, west coast-centric beer menu and a wine list from around the globe, Commonwealth creates the perfect

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food and wineIssue 31

By Noel Daniel After opening on Aug. 15, Cobblestone Bakery has been serving as Downtown Modesto’s only bakery. Owner Gerit Sand—whose education and expertise spans from previous work with Ethan Allen and First Data to a current study of law—has big plans in mind for his Valley flagship. Sand has

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food and wineIssue 31

 By Ashley Stinson Since the 1800s, oranges have been an essential flavor of the holiday season, alongside cloves and cinnamon. Although oranges have been cultivated in Asia for thousands of years, this bright little fruit only made it’s way across Europe in the 16th century. Europeans began to develop recipes

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  While some home cooks find pies intimidating, the truth is they’re a very easy and forgiving dish to prepare. The key to a good pie is a good crust recipe, and as long as you have that the rest is easy. The following recipe is a good starting point for

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food and wineIssue 30

By Ashley Stinson Located on 13th St., Bayou Bar and Grill brings authentic Cajun flavor to downtown Modesto. If you’re looking for Southern food that will fill you up, with a kick of spice that you won’t be able to resist, this is your place. Bayou Bar and Grill has

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food and wineIssue 30

By Ashley Stinson Lemons are one of the kitchen’s most familiar sights, and possibly one of the most widely useful ingredients you can keep stocked. Although the lemon was introduced to Italy in the second century, it took until the Renaissance for it to reach wide usage throughout Europe. Spanish

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By Ashley Stinson It’s no surprise that the Valley loves to eat. Our community is surrounded by some of the world’s most fertile farmland, and is a mixing pot full of different culinary traditions, as well as modern-thinkers. The Modesto area is full of amazing restaurants—and some of those restaurants happen

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By Noel Daniel It’s fall—the leaves will be falling soon, the harvest season for vineyards has begun, and that means it’s time to relax with a fine wine and relax as the summer heat simmers out of the air. Crush season is upon us, and there are any number of

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By Noel Daniel Chef Surla is a staple in the Modesto area. And since April 2015, he took his cuisine into Merced county to flourish in Hilmar. Lola Bistro & Express features his modern take on Asian fare and American classics with a twist. “Lola” means “grandmother” in Filipino and

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food and wineIssue 29

By Ashley Stinson Middle eastern peoples learned to cultivate figs more than ten thousand years ago, a full millennium before cultivating other plants such as wheat and barley. If you’ve ever had a ripe summer fig, I think you’d understand where they were coming from. The first figs brought to

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