Annual Battle of the Bloody Marys brings out the best in coast bartenders

LITTLE RIVER, CA, 3/12/24 – Hundreds of bloody mary enthusiasts gathered at the Little River Inn’s Abalone Room on Sunday, Mar. 9, for the 4th Annual Battle of the Bloody Marys, a fundraiser for MendoParks. The event drew bartenders from throughout the Mendocino Coast who crafted creative bloody mary cocktails, all with the hopes of winning one of the battle’s coveted awards.

Mendocino Flavors: Boba tea and Vietnamese food in Ukiah, celebrate local sparkling wine this weekend and more tasty news •

MENDOCINO Co., 1/25/23 — The owners of Sunny’s Donuts have taken over management of Royal Tea and Boba in Ukiah. The cafe opened in March 2023 serving boba (bubble) tea, energy drinks, deli sandwiches, smoothies and Japanese snacks and drinks. As of January, it is under new management and has been renamed Royal Tea and Sandwiches. The cafe still offers its signature boba tea, but its menu has been overhauled to focus on Vietnamese food. The menu includes bahn mi sandwiches ($10.99), rice bowls

Mendocino Flavors: Mexican-style coffee in Ukiah, Dungeness crab sales start this weekend; new Anderson Valley Brewing beer for the calorie and carb conscious and more news bites •

MENDOCINO Co., 1/19/23 — During a rainy afternoon in Ukiah, I stopped by El Mitote Café to try one of its coffee drinks. The little pink coffee trailer has been the talk about town for caffeine enthusiasts, popular for its Mexican-inspired beverages and considered the first Mexican coffee shop on wheels in California.

Heavy rain, gusty winds and potential flooding anticipated as another atmospheric river blankets Mendocino County starting Jan. 20

MENDOCINO Co., 1/19/24 – Another bout of rainy weather will envelop Mendocino County this weekend when another atmospheric river arrives on Saturday, Jan. 20. The entire county can expect moderate to heavy rain, gusty winds and the potential for flooding. The latter has resulted in a flood watch being issued by the National Weather Service Eureka (NWS Eureka) for the entire county.

State Assembly introduces bill to make Dungeness crab California’s official state crustacean as the season opens up in Mendocino County •

MENDOCINO Co., 1/16/24 – Dungeness crab is a core part of holidays and convivial dining experiences for Californians. From the ritual of cleaning, cooking and cracking crab to the many ways one can enjoy it, there is no doubt that Californians love Dungeness crab. It’s also a core part of the economy of coastal communities, including Point Arena and Fort Bragg...

Mendocino Flavors: Bird Cafe closes in Point Arena; new ramen restaurant coming to Ukiah; famed sommelier to make appearance in Philo and more tasty food news •

MENDOCINO Co., 12/29/23 — Happy New Year, Mendocino County foodies! I hope you’ve found the chance to indulge this week, whether it’s preparing a tasty meal for your family and friends or dining out at one of our local establishments. Perhaps you received a new foodie or beverage gift to enjoy at home, and you’ve already broken it in! Enjoy!

Ten deliciously delightful Mendocino County gifts for foodies •

MENDOCINO Co., 12/15/23 — All of us eat to live, but some of us live to eat (perhaps with a cocktail in hand). We all have that friend or family member — the home cook who never lets you go hungry, the foodie who Instagrams every meal, the friend who seeks out a reservation at the hottest restaurants, and the wanna-be sommelier who always insists on picking the best wine for dinner. What’s better than a fabulous food or beverage gift for all the above?

Mendocino Flavors: The Beet opens in Cloverdale with a Hopland connection, Mayan Fusion launches new menu, foodie fundraisers and other tasty news bites •

MENDOCINO Co., 12/14/23 — Happy holidays! There’s a lot of delicious food and beverage news this week, and I have Christmas shopping to do…so let’s dive in! Hopland resident, culinary consultant and man about the Ukiah Valley Andrew Radabaugh opened a wine bar and restaurant in nearby Cloverdale, just south of the Sonoma-Mendo county line, this past week called the Beet Wine Lounge.
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