Tuesday, November 24, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 17

Weekly Poll
What would you like to see the United States do about ISIS?

Air strikes are a start, but let’s put boots on the ground.
Look for less confrontational ways to address the situation, like economic sanctions and a multilateral peacekeeping effort.
They’re a pissed off byproduct of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Maybe it’s time to stop creating more terrorists.
Let’s begin by helping the refugees that fled from their violence.

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New Times / Hayley's Bites

Sweater weather

Baby, it’s sorta cold outside: Madonna Inn is turning into a winter wonderland! Check out the hotel’s Cowgirl Christmas Trade show featuring 75 gift-worthy vendors this Nov. 27 through Christmas Eve at the expo center and be sure to get those ice skates in working condition (the Winter WonderSLO Jiffy Lube Ice Skating rink will open this Dec. 18) … When it gets a bit nippy outside, you’ll want to cozy up to pizza and cider, stat. Bristols Cider in Atascadero is serving up Gypsy Flame Pizza on the second Saturday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget: Thursdays are curry nights, Friday brings the paella, and Sunday is all about rustic stew. For more information, go to bristolscider.com.

Brews & bites

Fermenting now: I hear that Side Street Ale House is opening its doors in Atascadero in a few weeks, offering more beer options to Atown’s burgeoning drink scene (more details to come!) … Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. in Arroyo Grande is celebrating the brewery’s fifth anniversary this Nov. 28. Snag a special barrel-aged 22-ounce bottle of beer to commemorate the occasion and be sure to try the new doppelbock aged in rum barrels (for all the info, go to figmtnbrew.com) … the perfect gift for your sour-beer-loving buddies? A beer membership from Libertine Pub, of course! Wild Registry members get their hands on a dozen bottles in 2016 (libertinebrewing.com).


Cool crops: Luna Red will continue its November Harvest Dinners with a feast scheduled for this Nov. 23 featuring Red Barn Farm, Julia’s Juices, and Cass Winery. Check out the prix fix menu and procure your seat at this vibrant local table by clicking over the lunaredslo.comSouthern Station in Santa Margarita is serving up a groovy hard cider and orange juice mimosa—the perfect concoction to slurp alongside their Southern-style breakfast offerings (22412 El Camino Real) … Fromagerie Sophie is offering private cheese and wine classes perfect for a date night or group of friends. Get educated (and learn how to create the perfect holiday party platter). Reserve a spot at fromageriesophie.com

Send buttery bites to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.