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PLAYERS BBQ: Not Quite What It Once Was

RESTAURANT REVIEW - Players BBQ in Madera used to be a very special place. The original owners put their hearts and souls into every plate that came out of that kitchen. Every single day if you didn't get into the restaurant by 2:30pm they would be sold out of tri-tip, ribs or pulled pork, and you might have to order chicken. Then they sold the restaurant to a friend of theirs who experienced issues with keeping the doors open. For over a year you wouldn't know if the restaurant would be open from day to day. Then the place sat closed until the second owner was able to find a new buyer.

Since the new owner took over there have been some changes. First there seems to be more meat available later in the day but then again the sandwiches I had today seemed to have about half the meat that the original owners put on theirs. When the place first opened meat would fall off the sandwiches into the basket. I can't describe today's sandwiches that same way. In fact nothing fell off the buns because there was no meat protruding from the inside of the bun. It reminded me of a Full-o-Bull sandwich without all the fixings, but still costing a dollar more.

TAP HOUSE MADERA: Pizza & Beer Have Never Looked Better But Leave The Kids at Home

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Have you ever wished for an adult-friendly pizza place with a plethora of beers and wines on tap? Have you wanted a pizza & beer but didn't want to hear kids running all over the place beating on arcade games and screaming for more quarters? Well the Tap House in Madera just might be the place you've longed for.

There are always twelve beers and three wines on tap from several of the local breweries and wineries like Drakes Brewing, Riley's Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Tioga Sequoia Brewing and San Joaquin Winery. In the refrigerator was another dozen bottled beers and even more wines. Beers runs from $4.00 to $7.00 a glass. Now the beer selections are mostly local beers or other common beers that can be found in many other pubs. I believe in time their selections will broaden to rarer and more exotic beers.

California Figs Fit A Healthy Lifestyle

FRESNO - As consumer demand for healthy, convenient and tasty food choices increase, so too does the demand for California Figs. Though an Ancient fruit and beloved for centuries, figs are on the up rise as a go-to snack and ingredient.

"Figs fit a healthy lifestyle because they're portable, delicious and nutritious," says Valerie Waters, celebrity fitness trainer to stars like Jennifer Garner and Cindy Crawford throughout her career. "I encourage my clients to seek out good-for-you food that tastes great so when you see California Figs, buy them!"

Sterling Vineyards Celebrates The 69th Emmy Awards As The Exclusive Wine

NAPA, Calif. - Iconic Napa Valley winery Sterling Vineyards toasts this year's Emmy Awards for the second consecutive year as the Exclusive Wine Sponsor of Emmy Awards Season and all Television Academy nominee celebrations with three of the winery's award-winning wines and the new, limited-edition Iridium.

Immediately following the awards telecast on Sunday, September 17, 2017, Emmy nominees and guests of the Governors Ball (the Television Academy's exclusive Emmys after-party) will celebrate the evening's winners with three Sterling Vineyards wines chosen by the Television Academy Governors Ball Committee to pair with the menu created by acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering. Guests will enjoy award-winning Sterling Vineyards 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Chardonnay, proudly crafted by Sterling Winemaking Director Harry Hansen, to show the depth, strength, and incredible quality of Napa Valley.

Applebee's Gives You More for Your Money with New 2 for $20 Value Menu

GLENDALE, Calif. - Applebee's Neighborhood Grill announced today its plan to build upon 2 for $20 value menu, known nationwide for offering flavorful variety and generous portions at a great price, with three new craveable entrée additions, including the Whisky Bacon Burger, the Bourbon Street Chicken + Shrimp and the Chicken Breast with Bacon Beer Cheese Topper. What sets the Applebee's 2 for $20 value menu apart is guests receive a full-size appetizer and two full-size entrees, providing an inexpensive way to share a good meal.

"At Applebee's, we're providing our guests with a great meal at a great price with our 2 for $20 menu, but more than that, we're providing a reason to go out to eat and enjoy a meal with a friend, spouse or coworker, connecting over a shared love of their favorite appetizer and two abundant entrees," said Stephen Bulgarelli, newly appointed vice president and chief culinary officer at Applebee's. "We want to give our guests more – more flavor, more variety, and more bang for their buck."

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