Sacramento-area residents who have recently visited Cuba and those about to make the trip to the island nation of some 11 million people talk about change: anticipated economic growth for Cuba and change from its current appearance as a frozen-in-time Cold War nation. Experts say financial growth for Cuba could be slow, given its widespread poverty and need to upgrade infrastructure.
California’s ninth annual Artisan Cheese Festival is easily the biggest cheese and wine gathering in the state. Other day trips include spring flowers in Point Arena, pinot tasting in Santa Cruz and a Civil War photo exhibit at Stanford.
Bacon macaroni and cheese or deconstructed duck confit? Coconut shrimp or goat cheese fingerling potato tart? Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is holding its first food and wine festival on weekends through the end of April, and in the spotlight is a good mix of the comfortable and the bold.