Picking Apples? Take a Look at These Handy Comparison Guides to Apples!

October 14, 2014 12:38 pm

If you’re heading out to an apple orchard this weekend, you’ll likely find a wide variety of different types of apples to choose from. Some apples are better for baking, while others have a crisp taste that’s perfect for eating as an on-the-go snack. These handy comparison guides will help you to choose the perfect apples, no matter what you want to use them for.

Comparing Apples to Apples [theyummylife.com]
This chart offers a number of different uses for the most common types of apples. It lists apples like McIntosh, Pink Lady, and Red Delicious and also includes comments on how tart or sweet they each taste. The chart then provides a ranking for each apple for how well they can be used for things like baking, making apple juice, or just eating raw.

Apple Varieties for Cooking, Baking and Cider [Washington State University]
Washington State University’s website offers a similar chart for apple uses, but it includes non-culinary uses, as well. Whether you want to find the perfect type of apple for your fall pies or the best one to use to ferment for hard cider, this list is a great resource.

A Visual Guide to Apples [Epicurious]
If you’re more of a visual learner, this chart from Epicurious is perfect for you. It provides detailed photographs of each type of apple so that you can easily identify them at the orchard.

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Michael Warring: A Fine Dining Experience

October 7, 2014 3:32 pm

Vallejo locals who want a unique and intimate fine dining experience know that Michael Warring is the place to go. The entire restaurant only seats about 20 people, so you can be sure that you'll get plenty of attention from both the servers and Chef Michael himself. Additionally, the open kitchen is visible from all tables, so you'll have the pleasure of watching a master chef at work carefully preparing each dish before it arrives at your table.

The menu of local, seasonal foods changes daily to include limited quantities of unique ingredients, and the restaurant's tasting menu allows you to enjoy dishes inspired by the chef's creativity. He might send out market-fresh fish garnished with cucumber gel and apple foam or polenta with black truffle and egg yolk. Whatever comes to the table, your server will explain how each dish has been prepared and why these particular flavors and textures have been combined.

Michael Warring
8300 Bennington Court
Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 655-4808

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A Lily of Gold Day Spa: Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Day

September 30, 2014 3:22 pm

Regulars know it's wise to set aside an entire day for a pampering session at A Lily of Gold Day Spa, because once you get started, you won't want to leave this relaxing Vallejo oasis.

Consider starting your day with a chocolate body scrub, which gently exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling fresh and renewed. Next, move on to a hot stone or deep flow massage that will relieve the tension of tight muscles. Maybe you'd also like eyelash extensions, which are also a popular enhancement that many customers choose. Finally, round out your day with a glass of bubbly champagne and a deep purifying facial to eliminate excess oil and to help exfoliate skin. Waxing and sugaring services are also available for the body and face.

Whatever services you decide on, regulars insist you’re sure to receive attentive and friendly care at A Lily of Gold Day Spa.

A Lily of Gold Day Spa
2006 Columbus Parkway
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 747-5000

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