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Succulent Suckling Pig

Segovia, SPAIN - Last September, on a trip with my mom to Spain we took a day trip from Madrid to Segovia. The one thing she kept talking about, besides the aqueduct and the alcazar that supposedly inspired Disney’s rendition of the castle in Sleeping Beauty was the “cochinillos.” An icon of Segovian gastronomy, the cochinillo is simply a suckling pig. Due to the unorthodox timing for meals, from an American’s perspective, and an elderly mother that could not eat rich foods after a certain point in the day, we never did experience the famed cochinillo.

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Thomas Hill Organics

Where did Thomas Hill Organics’ new chef come from? Kurt Metzger, who now heads both the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo restaurants, was asking himself the same question after his red Corvette was rear ended a few years ago and a severe brain injury from a bad concussion wiped his memory clean. He was on his way home to Mission Hills from his restaurant, the wildly popular Kitchen 4140 in San Diego. The 44-year-old culinary talent who owned and operated his own restaurant on Morena Boulevard and was married to an absolutely gorgeous woman named Syrisa, had his life taken from him in that moment. Everything and everyone he knew was gone in a puff of smoke. Amnesia had erased it all: Being top of the class at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, cheffing at Roxxi’s in San Francisco and Bistro 45 in Pasadena, running Concept Catering for 15 years, working with Flavors of San Diego and dominating the annual “I Love Poke San Diego” Festival competition. Gone was his childhood, growing up as a twin near Pasadena, as the son of a Sergeant Major Ranger and loving mother who encouraged his cooking. He lost his father four years before, and when he called his mom, whose voice he didn’t recognize, she had to break the news to him again. He couldn’t remember that he’d been a foodie since he was a child, and had loved to prepare food before he had even become a teen. Friends he had, contacts he made, were taken aback and sometimes insulted when Metzger didn’t recognize them, and the menus which he had perfected were as foreign as the tastes of the ingredients that made up every dish. He and his brother had to start a friendship all over again.

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Punk rockers Rancid, Dropkick Murphys coming to Avila Beach

As part of the “From Boston to Berkeley tour,” punkers Rancid and Boston Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys will be co-headlining in Avila Beach Resort at Friday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. We caught up with Dropkick Murphys lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwrit

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Valli Concert honors the voice of an angel in delectable style

I have a little thing for Italians. And I have another thing for concerts where you don’t have to stand or get elbowed in the forehead, especially those with really gorgeous food and wine and darling table decorations. So when I heard the falsetto legend

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Not a concert, a party

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood sold 30,000 tickets in a minute, and probably could have sold twice that many judging by the crowds at the Mid-State Fair on Thursday. In the press conference before the concerts, Garth and Trisha’s excitement for playing

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