Get Lost in a Good Book at John F. Kennedy Library

October 21, 2014 2:42 pm

Immersing yourself in the imaginative world of a good book is one of life's simple pleasures, and John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo has plenty of books to choose from. Grab a nail-biting mystery or one of the classic novels you remember from school and settle in for an afternoon of reading.

As part of the larger Solano County Library system, John F. Kennedy Library also has access to a large e-book collection so you can simply download a good book from the comfort of your own home. Kids have plenty of award-winning books to choose from, too, as well as a robust array of special programs to get involved in. Try the weekly storytime sessions, or visit the library to participate in an arts and crafts lesson. Homework help is also available, as are computer classes and job searching resources.

John F. Kennedy Library
505 Santa Clara Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 553-5568

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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 []
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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