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The Beckoning of the Highway

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The Road.. it be callin’ my name!

After the holidays, our cheesecake business tends to slow down a little; people are on their New Year’s Resolution diets, paying off their holidays bills and so on and as such, I tend to hunker down here in Casa Mathis, watching the rest of the country go through what seems much harsher winters than we have here in The Grand Valley.

But as much as I love living out here (and I really do), after a couple months, the road just keeps calling!

As it turns out, an old friend of mine who used to be the manager at the Palisade Brewery (predecessor of The Palisade Brewing Company) is getting married today in Sonoma County, CA and wants our cheesecakes for the wedding reception. Now I could have shipped them, but, again, The Road, it be a callin’

Now I used to live in California, spent almost 20 years up in Northern California and once you get out of the suburban sprawl, driving down 1-80 through Sacramento/Fairfield/Vacaville and such, hang a right and drive through Sonoma into Santa Rosa, it is really, really nice.

And as much as I love me my road trips, one of the things I always look forward to is the food! Yes, Sonoma has some great restaurants (some of which we can actually afford) but some old ‘fav’s’; of course, In & Out Burger (though with my watching my carbs, might have to go ‘Protein-Style’, Togo’s, with their #9, ‘Pastrami’, Johnny Garlic’s (Guy Fieri’s 1st restaurant in Santa Rosa, where I took my mom and sister to back in 2002) and the soon-to-be discovered new fav’s!

There are many websites where you can find neat places to try; Diner’s, Drive-In’s & Dives, Road Food and more, but what I have also found out is the locals know! Ask, seek and ye shall find!! I am taking an extra day to cruise up the Sonoma/Mendocino coast, from Bodega Bay up to Fort Bragg and cannot wait to see what I can find!

To help you get ready for your next road trip, our 'Website of the Week', from our friends at The Splendid Table and has some great places to stop and try! (Enstrom’s here in town in listed as are three places from my Jersey Shore roots in Atlantic City!)( http://www.splendidtable.org/collection/jane-and-michael-sterns-roadfood)

Our 'Recipe of The Week' is one that I saw on that page and it just sounds tasty, Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream.

We would also like to thank everyone who has been coming out to our ‘Pop-Up’ restaurants! We have had a blast doing something different and will continue to do so. If you want to know when and where we are doing them, keep an eye on our Facebook page! The ‘Return on En Fuego’ is Thursday, March 20th at The VFW, 14th & Ute, 5 – 7 pm.

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We are loading up recipes and discounts on our Facebook page and will also be letting our ‘fans’ know of upcoming events, sales and the like. There are even videos! Check it out and become a fan!

Lee is the founder and owner of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes and Catering. He can be reached at decadencecheesecakes@mindspring.com, through their website at www.decadencecheesecakes.com, on Facebook or by calling 256-4688!