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Sandy Oaks: Cool Shopping; ‘Barbecue Lover’s’ Book Signing Sat.

Sandy Oaks 2014 Olio Nuovo croppedOne of the best places to spend Saturday lunch, shop and take in a beautiful ranch set beside a grove of more than 11,000 olive trees is Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard.

At Sandy Oaks, you can buy healthy olive trees from the nursery, chosen for our climate and tended with care. Have lunch at the Kitchen at Sandy Oaks, take an orchard tour and pick up some early Christmas gifts at the well-stocked gift shop.  An especially great find at Sandy Oaks is their new olio nuovo, the first-pressed, very high-quality new olive oil from the orchard’s record-breaking harvest this fall. It’s a great gift for all the foodies on your list.

Also this Saturday, from 11-1 in the Sandy Oaks gift shop you can also have John Griffin and Bonnie Walker sign your copy — or many copies — of their new book, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” ($21.95, Globe Pequot Press). This compendium of dozens of great barbecue joints throughout the state — all visited, tested and vetted by the authors, would make a great gift for yourself, or even out-of-state friends who might be inspired to visit.

Barbecue Lovers Texas cover croppedIn addition to the book signing, chef Chris Cook will be preparing a lunchtime special from the recipe section of “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” in addition to other chef-made items on the lunch menu.

The weather on Saturday promises to be warm (77 degrees and clear) — and the drive to Sandy Oaks is just 25 minutes from the Alamodome.

To read more about the orchard, visit their website here.

For more about “Barbecue Lover’s Texas” click here. (The book signing mentioned in this story has passed, but you can buy a book at the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market, at Alamo Quarry, on Dec. 7, too.)



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