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Food

New menu items provide a preview of summer

Taste Tracker: Mendocino Farms celebrates summer cookouts; peaches, spritzes and lemonade infuse Firebirds’ cocktails; PJ’s Coffee marks wedding cake season; and early sightings of berries and watermelon.
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