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Watermelon Blackberry Lemonade Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Watermelon Blackberry Lemonade Recipe

Watermelon-Rosemary Lemonade with Smashed Blackberries – try saying that five times fast! Or don’t. Just make it and sip on it while you enjoy time with friends or sit on a porch swing or just soak in those long days and warm nights of summer. Because that’s what this is: summer in a glass.

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Peaches and Creme Fraiche Ice Cream Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Peaches and Creme Fraiche Ice Cream Recipe

When peaches are in season, we're 100% about them in every meal and every moment. Be it in our  morning granola, tucked into this twist on panzanella salads, and, as a this twist on peaches and cream — here in ice cream form. 

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Avocado Coconut Strawberry Semifreddo Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Avocado Coconut Strawberry Semifreddo Recipe

The traditional frozen Italian dessert, semifreddo, gets a decidedly California twist thanks to the combination of avocado, lime, and strawberries!

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Butter Lettuce And Blue Cheese Salad With Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Butter Lettuce And Blue Cheese Salad With Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe

This salad is a total winner with crisp butter lettuce, ripe tomatoes, toasted breadcrumbs, lots of herbs, and crumbly sweet blue cheese. Serve it as a side salad or top it with grilled salmon or chicken for a main dish.

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Spice Up Your Sunday Brunch With This Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Spice Up Your Sunday Brunch With This Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

I’ve been obsessed with all things verde lately, ever since returning from my trip to Baja California, be it salsa verde or Aguachile Verde. So, naturally, when I created a twist on a Bloody Mary for my fellow Californians at Hangar 1 Vodka, I went verde and made this Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail. 

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Healthy Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Healthy Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing Recipe

I wish I knew about this salad so long ago. It's inspired by a salad I found at M Cafe de Chaya that's a bit fancier – with tempeh bacon, beets, and a vegan "Ranch" dressing. But, after spending way more than I should ever be spending on salads, I decided to make my own version. 

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How To Do An Ideal Weekend Visit To Sonoma | https://saltandwind.com

How To Do An Ideal Weekend Visit To Sonoma

Whether or not you’ve done Napa, you haven’t experienced the heart of Northern California wine country until you’ve explored Sonoma Valley. We're partial to Sonoma, with its unhurried European pace and warm — here are our travel tips for a weekend away in Sonoma. 

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The Best Restaurants To Eat Local In Carmel By The Sea | https://saltandwind.com

The Best Restaurants To Eat Local In Carmel By The Sea

Sandwiched along the Northern California coast, Carmel-By-The-Sea is a coastal village marches to its own beat. The list of things to do in Carmel are plenty but as food people we’re always in search of where to eat. Here are Salt & Wind-approved restaurants for your next trip:

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Why Your Next Day Trip From San Francisco Should Be An Oyster Crawl | https://saltandwind.com

Why Your Next Day Trip From San Francisco Should Be An Oyster Crawl

Close enough for a day trip, but far enough that it feels like an escape, Tomales Bay is a weekend getaway favorite for Bay Area locals. Here our our travel tips for a Bay Area oyster crawl.

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Santa Barbara Tropical Ginger Smoothie Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Santa Barbara Tropical Ginger Smoothie Recipe

So, a lot of people think of Southern California and think all we eat are smoothies, juices, and salads. These days there's much more going on in SoCal when it comes to food but, it's true, we'll always go for a good smoothie. One of my favorite places to get a smoothie is at Backyard Bowls where everything is fresh and flavorful but never too sweet. I like the Tropical Ginger Smoothie so much that I decided to make my own version here!

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Local Food: What To Eat On The Monterey Peninsula | https://saltandwind.com

Local Food: What To Eat On The Monterey Peninsula

Here’s what to eat and where when you travel to California’s Monterey Peninsula.

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Ruby Red Cherry Sangria Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Ruby Red Cherry Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Each year when cherries are in season here in California, we end up making a twist on this sangria. Made with rose wine, Chambord liqueur, and oranges, it's a sweet-tart take on the classic drink. 

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