To the Editor:
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been more mindful of our local shopkeepers and restaurants endeavoring to keep their doors open and I have tried to support them wherever possible. That trend continues in our house to this day.
If Luigi’s in Gonzales had been open for lunch on Saturday, we would have eaten there, but no worries. We will return there another time; we always do. Ben and his crew never cease to make us very welcome.
We visited Puma Winery on River Road and picked up my wine club. It was such a pleasant ambiance that I didn’t want to leave.
There was a lovely duo playing and singing, many a varietal being poured and even some Swiss sausage to tantalize the palate. “You’re the girl from the paper, aren’t you? Please write about us!” said Wendy Franscioni, as she offered me some jalapeño and cheese sausage, and so I did. It’s as simple as that. A few words in the paper might help them along, so why not?
My driver and I then cruised back to Soledad and enjoyed some delicious and authentic seafood at Mariscos in the Soledad Shopping Center. And so, our latest shop local adventure came to an end.
The following day, I picked up some fresh fruit and vegetables from El Pueblo market on Kidder. They are always friendly and their produce is good quality. The produce guy even helped me pick out some good avocados and we had a good chat about the 49er prospects in Seattle.
Today, I’m going to try the new Asian Fusion Restaurant on Front Street.
Do what you can, when you can, to continue to help our local communities. Whether it is dropping by some non-perishable food or toys to our local donation stations, putting a few bucks into a Salvation Army kettle or just making a point of keeping your dollars local. It does matter. People and businesses do appreciate you and it makes you feel a part of something rather special.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays … or just peace out. It’s all good.
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