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Moms recommend local coffee shops

Moms recommend local coffee shops

Do you want to support local business and indulge your love of coffee at the same time? Who better to recommend local coffee shops than local moms?

This week, on MomsLikeMe, we’re talking up our favorite local spots for coffee.
For example, Allboymom, who lives in Ripon, has this to say about her favorite shop: “Jake's Place has yummy coffee, and even yummier sandwiches!!  It's in the ACE Hardware shopping center (where the old Starbucks used to be!).”

MotownMom1 likes Giacomo, a drive-thru,  in Modesto, and DomesticGoddess loves Bella Bru Express at the Pavilions shopping center in Sacramento.

We’d love to know where you go locally for a caffeine jolt. Share your recommendations on MomsLikeMe.

Barnwood Restaurant & Catering to host J Lohr wine dinner Feb. 23

Barnwood Restaurant & Catering to host J Lohr wine dinner Feb. 23

RIPON - The Barnwood Restaurant & Catering, located at 338 East Main Street, is proud to host a J Lohr 5-course dinner on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The cost is $60 per guest.

Barnwood Family & Friends Night starts Feb. 9

Barnwood Family & Friends Night starts Feb. 9

RIPON - Starting Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, Barnwood Restaurant will be introducing it's new Family & Friends Night. Beginning at 3 p.m., diners can visit Barnwood Restaurant and receive 25 percent* off their dinner by bringing in a copy of this article on Ripon.News10.net.

To learn more about Barnwood Restaurant visit www.barnwoodrestaurant.com or by calling (209) 599-4324. The restaurant is located at 338 E. Main Street in Ripon.

*Discount does not apply to beverages.

Wine & Dine in downtown Tracy for Valentine's Day

Wine & Dine in downtown Tracy for Valentine's Day

TRACY - Grab your partner and head downtown to wine and dine in celebration of Valentine's Day this year. Local restaurants and businesses are offering an array of romantic holiday specials. Download your coupons now!

Participating businesses include:

2nd Avenue
De Vinci's Delicatessen & Catering
El Castillo Cafe Mexican Restaurant
Fabio's Italian Restaurant
Gerard's Deli
Golden Eagle Cafe
Helm's Ale House
Magellans
Orient Express
Subway
Thai Cafe
The Great Plate
The Salon+Spa "A Paul Mitchell Experience"

Valentine's Day dinner for 2 at The Barnwood

Valentine's Day dinner for 2 at The Barnwood

RIPON - Looking to take your significant other out to dinner for Valentine's Day? Make your reservation at The Barnwood Restaurant located at 338 East Main Street.

The restaurant is normally closed on holidays but will be open just for Valentine's Day. Here's the delectable menu in store for guests:

1st Course - Gourmet Caesar Salad

2nd Course - Choice of Seafood, Beef or Chicken
Seafood Choice
Wonton Wrapped Shrimp
- Succulent shrimp are kissed with coconut and all wrapped up in a wonton wrapper.

Beef Choice
Beef Shoulder Filet
- A tender shoulder filet is tossed with Mediterranean herbs and grilled to a tender finish.

Recipe: Udon Noodles with Edamame, Peppers & Mushrooms in Ginger-Garlic Broth

Recipe: Udon Noodles with Edamame, Peppers & Mushrooms in Ginger-Garlic Broth

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Barnwood Restaurant hosts Wednesday wine dinners

Barnwood Restaurant hosts Wednesday wine dinners

RIPON - Barnwood Restaurant has been hosting wine dinners for more than 25 years in the city of Ripon. Our wine dinners are held the last Wednesday of every month and we try to showcase California wineries as well as wine makers. The dinner usually involves dishes that are either fan favorites or something new we are creating. Restaurant owner John Mangelos and his sister, Ella, have written two cookbooks using recipes from the 275 wine dinners they've done.

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