The Punchdown, the popular Oakland natural wine bar, is expanding. Owners D.C. Looney and Lisa Costa are working on opening a second location in Sebastopol’s Barlow complex in March.

The new Punchdown will be one of the only spots in Sonoma County dedicated to natural wines specifically, though Sebastopol is slated to get another one soon, called the Redwood. Natural wine shop Miracle Plum, in Santa Rosa, recently closed.

Looney and Costa moved to Sebastopol from Oakland in early 2022 after having a baby. “It was inevitable that we were going to start a spot…….

The chief executive of BrewDog has paid out almost £500,000 from his own pocket to winners of a bungled “solid gold” beer can promotion which he has admitted made the controversial brewer look “dishonest and disingenuous”.

James Watt said he got so personally carried away with the Willy Wonka-inspired promotion, which hid 50 gold cans in cases of beer, that he made some “costly mistakes” that misled treasure hunters.

He said he mistakenly believed the cans were made of solid gold – they were in fact made mos…….

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Few things galvanise the appetite quite like a pre-breakfast walk on a winter’s morning. Returning home, newspaper and loaf of bread in hand, it is then that the hob is lit, the coffee is on and the kitchen table becomes the best place in the world. If there are guests around, there will be something more than a bacon sandwich on our plates. Sometimes, there may be the plump little fish cakes I made this week. Crisp golden cushions of smoked fish and mashed potato, good for breakfast or supper, eaten with a jar of zappy pickles on the side.

It is usual to let any ca…….

A repeat winner in the Pennsylvania Farm Show baking circuit has done it again.

Sharon Karlheim of Cambria County won the blue ribbon Jan. 7 in the annual Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest. Her layered Chocolate Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cake calls for several types of frosting, ganache and mousse.

Judges evaluated more than 60 …….

You were sure you would stick to them this year. But, seven days into January, your resolve is weakening and those new year resolutions you made to eat more healthily, get fit and lose weight this year are in danger of falling by the wayside.

If you need some help to stay on track, one tried-and-tested method is to follow a weight management programme. These typically reward you for cutting down on junk food, encourage you to increase the amount of exercise you do, and motivate you to try new recipes that are low in fat or calories. Most also se…….

With a sea of conflicting information online, it can be hard to pick which diet is best for your health nowadays.

But researchers from Harvard University have ranked four leading diets based on how effective they are at lowering the risk of early death.

Look away now, vegans — a balanced diet is better for longevity than cutting out animal products entirely.

Researchers found that a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy is more effective than the veg…….

Michele McCurdy-Buonacorsi, founder of the bakery/restaurant with former husband Patrick McCurdy, has published a cookbook, Joseph’s Storehouse Baking Company: From My Heart to Yours, with all the recipes from the long-closed business, allowing cooks to recreate those dishes and hundreds more in their own kitchens.

She describes the book as “a record of over 40 years of cooking and the culmination of my recipe scrapbook, filled just as I would fill a kitchen journal that I want to pass along to my children as they start their own homes.” It includes all the restauran…….