Black Pig Meat Co. of Sebastopol, a producer of delicious bacon and salumi made from pasture-raised pigs, has been chosen as a 2015 food finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.

The meat company is owned by Duskie Estes and John Stewart, who run the meat company out of their Zazu + Kitchen restaurant space in Sebastopol’s Barlow Center.

“We are very proud of supporting pigs on pasture and have fun coming up with new products to use the whole animal,” Estes said. The company partners with other Sonoma County makers like the Sonoma County Meat Company, Soup Cauldron and Tilted Shed to make lard lather, lip lardo and bacon hard cider,

The national, audience choice award competition honors makers, small-business owners and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of food, crafts, style and design. You can vote for up to six finalists a day at

Other finalists from Wine Country include Haverton Hill Creamery of Petaluma, Round Pond Estate of Rutherford and CK Mondavi Vineyards in St. Helena.


As the scenic, twisting Highway 1 route along the Big Sur coast will be closed for several months because of this winter’s storm damage, take Highway 101 south to San Luis Obispo, and turn West to Morro Bay on Highway 1. California Highway 1 Discovery Route, Itineraries, maps, attractions, deals.

Morro Bay Visitors Center, Lodgings, restaurants, recreation, historic sites, deals. Ask about the free passport worth $130 in discounts at hotels, restaurants, and local businesses.


Giovanni’s Fish Market and Galley, Morro Bay, On the waterfront deck, fish-on-a-stick, chowder, crab sandwiches, fish tacos, ”chowda fries.”

Robin’s, Cambria, A locals’ favorite for decades, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Indian food in a garden setting.

Wee Shack, Morro Bay, A cozy, casual, award-winning café, massive burgers, breakfast burritos, and comfort food.


Cambria Inns, Four charming inns above Moonstone Beach: Blue Dolphin, Sand Pebbles, Moonstone Cottages, and Castle Inn.

Anderson Inn, Morro Bay, An 8-room, boutique inn overlooking the marina, with some fireplaces, soaking tubs, and balconies; and downstairs, The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar.

Morro Bay State Park Campground, Morro Bay, Near the Museum of Natural History and the golf course, 126 sites, for tents and RVs to 35 feet; some full hookups.