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Great Food Search “Fresno Street Eats” Are Hard to Beat

by Terrance McArthur

Earlier this year, Lorie Lewis Ham, our editor, wrote about Mike Osegueda, creator of the Taco Truck Throwdown for the Fresno Grizzlies baseball games, and his brainchild, Fresno Street Eats, which brings groups of food trucks and food wagons to Valley malls, breweries, sporting events, churches, festivals, and any place where hungry people gather.

Brick & Stone Coffee in Dinuba

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Near the end of last year, Anthony and Evelyn Reyna opened a new coffee shop in downtown Dinuba, CA called Brick & Stone. While coffee is great all year long, as the weather begins to cool off nothing sounds better than a great cup of coffee, so it seemed like the perfect time to learn more about the new kid in town. Recently we chatted with their manager, Mikayla Protzman.

Murder and an Irish Curse By Melissa Bourbon: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa

Pippin is busy making her Sea Captain’s Inn a friendly destination, a feat the local paper was kind to highlight. So, why is local reporter, Moria O’Quinn, wanting to do another story about Pippin and the Inn? Well, she doesn’t and isn’t. She has become quite a nuisance, even insinuating Pippin may be a witch. She says she’s heard rumors of Pippin’s bibliomancy, somewhat unlikely, and knows much more than she should about the gift, which is suspicious, and Pippin is finding it difficult to maintain an evasive attitude.

8 Incredible Benefits Of Blueberry Wine

by staff

Blueberry wine is becoming increasingly popular among consumers. We are used to drinking red and white wine made from grapes as our only beverage. Recently, despite not being as widely known as grape-based wines, blueberry wines have gained popularity.

Great Food Search: The Bethel/Jensen Connection

by Terrance McArthur

Put a pin in a map of Sanger on the intersection of Bethel and Jensen Avenues. Make it the center of a circle with a 1/4 mile radius. Inside that circle, you will find at least fourteen restaurants and places to eat. I have reviewed many of them in other Great Food Search articles. A few places are new, or ones I’ve missed in the past. Therefore, let me introduce…

Food & Pets Mystery Catchup!

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy

This week we are once again playing catch-up, this time with mysteries involving food or pets in some way-A Cold Nose for Murder: A Chatty Corgi Mystery by Jennifer Hawkins, A Hint of Mischief: A Fairy Garden Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Five Belles Too Many: A Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein, Death of an Ice Cream Scooper: A Hayley Powell Mystery by Lee Hollis, and Gone But Not Furgotten: A Cat Café Mystery by Cate Conte.

The Fragrance of Death By Leslie Karst: Review/Giveaway/Travel Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa
& Leslie Karst

Sally Solari lives in the low-key beach community of Santa Cruz, California, amidst rich farmland producing bushels of fruits and vegetables perfect for any kitchen artist’s culinary creations. Sally grew up and honed her culinary skills in the family”s Italian seafood restaurant Solari’s, and recently inherited Gauguin’s restaurant from her Aunt Letta. She promoted the head chef, Javier, to co-owner, and now they’re experiencing excellent success.

Death by Bubble Tea By Jennifer J. Chow: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Cynthia Chow
& Jennifer J. Chow

For introverted bibliophile Yale Yee, the day is not starting off well. Not only has she learned that she is being laid off from her dream job at Eastwood Village’s Literary Narnia bookshop, her cousin Celine has just arrived at LAX for an unexpected visit and needs a pick-up. Well, more of a meet-up since Yale doesn’t own a car. It’s been twenty years since Yale last saw her glamorous wealthy cousin from Hong Kong, when Celine dashed whatever expectations Yale had of being “sisters” after the princess-like beauty whisked off to VIP Disneyland.

Jay’s Specialty Ice Cream

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Nothing sounds better than some great ice cream on a hot Valley summer day! I recently learned about a very special ice cream food truck based out of Fresno called Jay’s Specialty Ice Cream! The owner is a Fresno State graduate named Janel Haas. Recently, we chatted with Janel to learn more about the truck and how it came to be.



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