Half Dome, an icon of Yosemite National Park, is also a rite of passage for many Central Valley residents. The 14- to 16-mile round-trip hike to Half Dome from Yosemite Valley - rising to an elevation of 4,800 feet - is a siren call to outdoorsmen, nature lovers and those who seek adventure in any form.
"And so there I was, exhausted on the last pitch in complete darkness. We didn't have headlamps, of course. It was really hard to see where to go or how to place any gear. I had to feel by hand the shape of the crack…When I could use protection, the placements were so bad that I considered them pieces of decoration rather than security.
Potential home viticulturists could be in for a treat as Delicato Vineyards will once again be hosting its Home Wine Making Workshop on successive Saturdays, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, for those just beginning or those wanting to hone their skills.
Susie Jimenez, a Turlock native, already knows how the series "Food Network Star" will end. As a final contestant she has already filmed the last episode, but she isn't telling even her closest friends and family who wins. They will have to find out on Sunday night with the rest of the world when the final episode airs.
This summer, two-time National Barista Champion Heather Perry has partnered with the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) to give drink enthusiasts another reason to enjoy lattes while refreshing their palates. Perry's summer homemade lattes cost pennies on the dollar compared to drinks from national coffee chains. Plus, Perry offers kid-friendly, "espresso-free" recipes so that the whole family can enjoy her unique drinks. From a red velvet frappe to a tiramisu shake, all these recipes have one cool ingredient in common, milk!
June 28, 2011|
Did you know Willie Nelson once sold encyclopedias door-to-door or that while in the military, Johnny Cash was considered an excellent cryptographer? How about this little fact - Elvis Presley's home Graceland, is the second most-visited home in the United States after the White House.
Westside Ministries reached out to the hearts and souls of young Westside residents through the heart and soul of hip-hop with a b-boy and crew dance competition on Monday. The Center for Urban Performance and Service (CUPS) ministry hosted the event, which was open to the public.
Tantalizing dessert dishes will be prepared by local chefs in demonstrations during both days at this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday. Chefs and bakers from around the area will be offering the how-tos, recipes, and, of course, those mouth-watering samples as they show their skills to attendees.
May 17, 2011|
By RICHARD PALOMA
Special to the Journal
For some people the writing process is a form of release and filled with immeasurable pleasures. Gerald "Jerry" Avila is more likely to describe it as a self-imposed prison term wrought with its own unique tortures.
Hankering for sweetness? Mosey on down to the 23rd Annual Chocolate Festival in Oakdale, where 'Chocolates Gone Nuts' again and will be filled with a variety of family fun, good food, entertainment and an assortment of tasty treats. The two-day fest is on the calendar for May 16 and 17 in downtown Oakdale.