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By Laura Stec

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Uploaded: Aug 27, 2015

Now and again, fellow Food Partiers! send along info on what's happening around town. And I love new adventures. So, honoring all things fun-in-the-hood, we're starting a new Food Party! feature:

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Happenings & Hippenings we can all party to.

Milbrae Art and Wine Festival
September 5 & 6

The "Big Easy" comes to the Bay Area for a sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun Labor Day weekend. I don't even think I have been to downtown Milbrae so here's the perfect reason to explore some new territory.

Artisan specialty food purveyors on-hand sampling incredible edibles. Fudge, olive oil, dips, spices, sauces, garlic mushrooms, stuffed olives, mustards, pickled garlic; it's a big Food Party! There'll also be a "Hops Haven" microbrew tasting tent, plenty of festive eats, live music, 250 artists ?all with that Milbrae flare. Free round trip shuttle service from the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station - 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Just checked out this newby bar in Redwood City. It opened in May as an upscale dive bar with signature drinks and friendly service. Found all those to be true, and really loved the street-facing community counter with plenty of place to sit and watch Redwood City go by. From that vantage, you can look across the street right into a dance studio and watch everyone practicing their moves. That was fun!

Cute bartender says Blacksmith is packed later in the week, but E and I went on Monday, and had plenty of place for an outdoor summer drink and cozy chat.

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