Lifestyle

Reports focusing on the latest lifestyle news and trends along California's Central Coast.

Samantha Payette (left) with Shanny Covey, co-owner of Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, California
Thomas Wilmer

The San Luis Obispo restaurant industry is facing increasing costs on multiple fronts. Current and impending issues include a rise in minimum wage to $15 per hour, a regional labor shortage, mandated health care, sick leave, along with rising food costs. Restaurant owners are brainstorming ways to modify their business models, including instituting a service charge or surcharge.

Blending with Beard's Bananas

Mar 28, 2018
Bananas
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that there are bananas growing on the Central Coast? When I think about banana plantations, I think about warm, tropical places like Panama, Ecuador, or maybe Hawai’i for somewhere in the United States. But we have bananas right here on the Central Coast. Father Ian Delinger explored a banana plantation in Goleta that has been in existence since 1978, and was inspired to go bananas in the kitchen yet again with Central Coast produce, and Blending with Beard's Bananas.

Neon has been king in Las Vegas for generations
Thomas Wilmer

The story of how Las Vegas became the 9th Hawaiian Island.  

Bill Boyd, chairman of Boyd Gaming Group in Las Vegas, shares his family’s intimate involvement in the gaming industry Bill Boyd's father, Sam Boyd (born in 1910), moved the family to Oahu when Bill was in first and second grade.

Professional Playing With Food

Feb 28, 2018
Bag of food
Fr Ian M Delinger

Imagine playing with food as your job! Father Ian met up with the Nutrition Program Manager at the Food Bank of SLO County whose job it is to develop tasty and nutritious recipes from the food that is distributed through the Food Bank. Father Ian follows the process from the grocery bag to the stove to the distribution center with this tasty creation.

Creating with Cannabis

Feb 5, 2018
Fr Ian M Delinger

As of January 1, the sale, purchase, and possession of marijuana and its products became legal in California. This prompted the “Playing With Food” Crew to flirt with the idea of Creating With Cannabis! Will Father Ian Delinger create an elaborate feast with cannabis? For sure, some issues and ideas are explored.

Snowmobile racing on Lake Michigan is popular winter pastime in St. Ignace, Michigan
upsnowmobiling.com

Discover why the midst of winter is an amazingly popular time to visit the Uppper Peninsula town of St. Ignas, Michigan. Tubing, sledding, skating, ice hockey, and snowmobiling are passionate pastimes with the locals and visitors alike. 

Promo photo for George Hamilton's performance in the 1964 Hollywood Movie, Your Cheatin' Heart
popentertainment.com

Join Steve Koch, host of "Arkansongs" for a look at Hollywood actor George Hamilton’s early career as a singer.

Hamilton’s short-lived singing career was boosted by his onscreen portrayal of Hank Williams in the 1964 film Your Cheatin’ Heart.

Quintessential Chocolates logo banner
Tom Wilmer

Lecia Duke traded a career as an architect to become a Swiss Master Chocolatier based in Fredericksburg, Texas at Quintessential Chocolates.

Along the way Duke became America’s sole producer of a centuries old European confectionary process known as Liquid Pralina (liquid center) chocolates. 

Creating With Kiwi

Dec 28, 2017
Bright green Kiwi grown right here on the Central Coast!
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that Kiwi fruit grows on the Central Coast? Did you know that it grows on a vine, not a tree? Fr Ian Delinger didn’t know either of those fun facts, so he went out to discover the highs and lows of kiwi farming. When he returns from the vineyards, he gets back in his kitchen and does some creating with kiwi.

Other People Playing With Food

Nov 29, 2017
Chris McIntyre of 3 Flies On A Knife prepares his Tumeric Loaves
Fr Ian M Delinger

“There are people who play with food in their kitchens and get paid to do it! Cottage Food Operators changed the game in artisan foods on the Central Coast. Fr Ian Delinger goes right into the homes and kitchens of some of the Central Coast’s most delicious entrepreneurial efforts. ‘Other People Playing With Food’ is part of this week’s ‘Issues & Ideas’.”

Fowling utilizes regulation bowling pins with a truncated alley and a football.
THOMAS WILMER

Fowling--bowling with a football started as a lark fifteen years ago has become the rage in Hamtramck, Michigan and it’s poised to spread across the country. Come along and join Chris Hutt, the inventor of fowling (pronounced FOH-ling), at his 20 lane Fowling Warehouse, complete with two bars. Discover why thousands of Midwesterners and Canadians love the game. 

Playing With Pizza

Oct 25, 2017
SLO Fire Chief and his wood-fired pizza oven
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian Delinger is “Playing With Pizza.” A wood-fired oven is an item that may or may not be something one would think a Fire Chief would have—shouldn’t he be putting out fires instead of starting them—or is he the safest person to start that fire? SLO Fire Chief Garret Olson has a passion for pizza. He invited Fr. Ian into his home pizzeria for a pizza tutorial and a look into the life of a firefighter.

Playing in the Grove: Avocados

Sep 27, 2017
California Avocados on show!!!
Fr Ian M Delinger

It’s Avocado Season on the Central Coast, and Morro Bay is taking advantage of that. Fr Ian headed straight for the Avocado & Margarita Festival when the special event “Taste of the Grove” was offering the best of the avocado offerings.

The freshest avocados were turned into the freshest culinary creations: appetizers, main courses and desserts. Listen to Issues & Ideas on Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm to share in the appetizing avocados in “Playing with Food”.

Playing With Cheese!

Aug 30, 2017
Fromagerie Sophie
Fr Ian M Delinger

From a lump of mold being the most delicious food in the fridge to edible "plastic", Fr Ian explores Cheese! Glorious Cheese! Pairing cheese with wine and salami is an art in and of itself, a chore that Fr Ian is willing to undertake for the sake of good radio. Today he's Playing With Cheese.


Playing with Jerky

Jul 26, 2017
Beef Jerky
Fr Ian M Delinger

Until recently, beef jerky was confined to the cash register area at the convenience store or the gas station. But now, Father Ian Delinger has seen beef jerky pop up everywhere! Bigger displays in the supermarket snack section, at food & drink festivals, and even on social media. And there is a proliferation of the types of foods that are being made into jerky. Father Ian ever tries to make his own.


Playing In the Co-Op Part2

Jun 28, 2017
My haul from wandering the aisles of the Co-Op
Fr Ian M Delinger

In this second exploration of Food Co-Ops, Fr Ian roams the aisles to find the most intriguing foods to cook with. He dives in to play with food in his kitchen to create some delicious foods and drinks. Then he chats with the President of the Board of the emerging Paso Food Co-Op.

Wikimedia commons/Basar

San Luis Obispo is named one of the top 25 "Best Towns Ever" by Outside magazine in a recent cover story. Jonah Ogles, an editor for Outside, spoke to KCBX about what gave the SLO the honor.

Playing in the Co-Op

May 31, 2017
Bulk Foods
Fr Ian M Delinger

The bins of bulk foods, foods no one has ever heard of, and the shelves of superfoods so characteristic of food Co-Ops have intrigued Fr Ian since he was a young boy wandering through the aisles while his mother bought carob as a health alternative to chocolate. Fr Ian is back among the shelves of the 2 food Co-Ops on the Central Coast, with another one emerging. Fr Ian is Playing in the Co-Op in the first part of a 2-part series.


Jaya Narasimhan

Have you ever thought of the scariest moment of your life? Tobin, who is traveling on his bike along the Pacific Coast Highway, sure has. He tells of his experience missing a bus in Panama in this episode of the Strangers Mixtape.

Life's Basics: Bread & Wine

Apr 26, 2017
Bread & Wine at the Altar
Fr Ian M Delinger


The Strangers Mixtape Episode 2: Finding your path

Apr 19, 2017
Jaya Narasimhan

On this episode of The Strangers Mixtape, we once again grab a microphone, find a stranger, and start asking them questions about their lives. This stranger we talk to today is Amanda, who is struggling with finding her path after some significant life problems.

The Strangers Mixtape Episode 1: Fear of rejection

Apr 18, 2017
Jaya Narasimhan

For the past several months, KCBX contributors Rebekah Nolan and Bree Zender have been collecting interview with complete strangers. Like... we just approach them, and start asking questions about their lives. Sometimes we prompt them with cards with questions on them. And some of these stories we heard are hilarious. Some are mundane. And some are sad. But it's just random pieces of these people's lives. And lives are just kind of like that. 

Playing with Fruit!

Mar 29, 2017
Fr. Ian Delinger

Five California Rare Fruit Growers joined Fr. Ian in his kitchen with their exotic fruits, grown at their homes. Kobacha, JuJuBes, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Passion Fruit, Chirimoya, and Farro (a grain)...and maybe a few others in there somewhere...were sliced, diced, blitzed, baked, and more importantly EATEN!! Everyone played with fruit in Fr. Ian's kitchen and shared a meal among friends, and of course with wine. This half-hour will encourage you to do some playing with rare fruits with your friends!

Wrapping With Food: Burritos

Feb 22, 2017
Carnitas Burrito at El Tapatio
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian explores the origins of and the innovations with everybody's favorite foodstuff - The Burrito! From a college town to a farm town, Fr. Ian travels the length of the Central Coast to get to the bottom of the burrito...in more way than one.

January Detox Decisions!

Jan 25, 2017
Julia's Juices
Fr Ian M Delinger

We all suffer in January from the over-consumption throughout the holidays. So, I go in search of the perfect quick-fix detox!! Do I find it? Find out!


Playing with Persimmons

Dec 21, 2016
Photo by David Fenton / Pacific Horticulture Society

It’s December, and persimmons are plentiful! Father Ian Delinger is Playing with Persimmons to discover useful ways to manage a backyard full of fruit. Anyone with a persimmon tree will be pleased with the plethora of peculiar yet palatable persimmon ideas!

Playing with Pinquitos

Nov 30, 2016
Pinquito Beans
Fr Ian M Delinger

The Central Coast's best kept food secret is the Pinquito Bean. Even if you eat Santa Maria-Style BBQ every day, you may not realize that the bean in the Ranch Beans is the Pinquito. And the beans don't travel any further than the Central Coast. Father Ian went exploring to discover where these come from, why the world doesn't know about them, and what to do with them beyond the Ranch Beans.

Roy & Kristie Rosset, owners and innkeepers Lookout Point Lakeside Inn Hot Springs, Arkansas
Thomas Wilmer

Situated bluff top, the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is worth the stay just for the pleasure of strolling the sprawling lush garden grounds overlooking Lake Hamilton. But the rooms and the gourmet meals would be tempting enough without the vistas or gardens. Come along and join innkeeper, Kristie Rosset, who came to the hospitality industry from her previous life as a Methodist minister in Dallas. 

Debbie Thomas, owner of Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, California
Thomas Wilmer

Thomas Hill Organics is a Paso Robles Bistro and wine bar that has maintained a primary mission of sourcing and preparing locally sourced, organically grown ingredients. Eight years after opening their doors, they are now putting finishing touches on a second location in downtown San Luis Obispo. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with the owner Debbie Thomas.

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Lodi's Wine & Roses graced with elegant architecture
Thomas Wilmer

Lodi, California has been a major producer of wine for more than a century, but it’s just now etching its place because of it truly word-class fine wines—this is the home of the legendary Seven Deadly Zins. Correspondent Tom Wilmer, reports from Lodi at the Wine & Roses hotel, restaurant, spa, and event center for a visit with Russ Munson as he talks, wine, cuisine, and more.

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