For better or worse, here I am—trapped in paradise. As long as I continue to live in this vital, inimitable spot on the globe,

I will continue to seek out the unique…the delicious…the innovative products, services and traditions of San Luis Obispo County.

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A wanderlust at heart... captivated by the California Central Coast. Join me on my culinary and vino-infused adventures as I explore and discover the regional novelties of San Luis Obispo County that make living here...easy to stay...and hard to leave.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Pelican Feeding Frenzy

Sometimes you end up in the right place at the right time. Yesterday, even though I arrived later than planned at Cambria's Leffingwell Landingthe timing couldn't have been better. 

Hundreds—maybe even thousands—of hungry brown pelicans attracted a large group of fascinated humans who stood mesmerized as these squawking ocean birds charged head first into the water.

Following a school of fish along the rocky coastal shores, the frenzied mass of webbed-footed swimmers dive bombed into the Pacific waters, scooping up amphibious prey with their large-pouched bills. Every time I'm lucky enough to catch one of these rapturous feedings, I feel grateful that I rarely leave home without my camera. 

Following is a few seconds of video footage of yesterday's cycle of life on the northern end of San Luis Obispo County.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: Summer Beaches

Montana de Oro shining on a beautiful August day.
It's no secret: fickle weather pervades San Luis Obispo County throughout the year. 

Recently we've enjoyed cool, foggy summer mornings that segue into warm, sunny afternoons. As long as this oscillating trend continues, I'd like to offer a suggestion: go to the beach. 

SLO County cradles 90 of California's 840 miles of coastline, offering residents and vacationers plenty of possibilities for a little fog and sun amidst all the fun.

During this favorable time of year, humpback whales migrate along the California Central Coast, spouting, breaching and tail slapping in the distant horizon. Families take last-minute seasonal trips to the Pacific edge, soaking up fresh ocean air and cool open waters. Locals head to their favorite waterfront, reveling in their utopian surroundings. 

Over the last few weekends, I've basked in the not-too-hot sun at more than a few local beaches, finding something unique and awe-inspiring at each locale. Long live the simple life of traipsing through sand, finding exhilaration in the open wind, and snapping photos along the way. 

Below are a few coastal venues to help you capture a taste of the briny SLO life. Further down you'll find a compilation of websites that might help you narrow down your beach of choice. Don't forget to check the local weather report


While hiking along the Bluffs Trail in Montaña de Oro, I zoomed my camera far and long to capture this awesome whale's tail.
At Cambria's Moonstone Beach, this heart-shaped cloud taught me that all is well. 
Moonstone Beach also entertained with splashy wave dances.


While I walked along the stretch of sand that joins Cayucos State Beach and Morro Strand Beach, I thought to myself: pure bliss. 
Pismo Beach displayed cool, calm and collected waters. 

Following are some quick links to help acquaint you with San Luis Obispo County's coastal hot spots.  If you're familiar with the area, feel free to let us know about your favorite SLO County beach escapes in the comments section below.

 sanluisobispovacations.com 
slostateparks.com 
visitslo.com
Avila Beach
Beaches near Hearst Castle
Cambria
Cayucos
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
Montaña de Oro
Morro Bay 
Pismo Beach


It's not too late to make a splash this summer!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

SLO County Pickled Stone Fruit Recipe

The San Luis Obispo County summer harvest just keeps on givin'! 

The heaps and bounds put out by this season's crops are providing plenty to experiment with in the kitchen, and one of my summer favorites continues to captivate my attention: stone fruit. 

Last month I posted a recipe for an easy peach-raspberry crisp, and more recently I heated up my saucepan to brew up a concoction of savory-sweet cherries soused with balsamic vinegar and a medley of spices. Over this past weekend, I played around a bit more with this puckery recipe, experimenting with a bowl of mottled purple-red pluots. 

The result yielded a perky combination: white balsamic vinegar infused with the motley flavors of cinnamon, culinary lavender, thyme, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, orange blossom honey, and a little salt and pepper.


This summer treat pairs well in a salad, or served up warm with grilled pork or lamb. 
The tangy finished product will last up to two weeks in your refrigerator.
                                                                                                                                        
Pickled Stone Fruit Recipe

Ingredients:

3 - 4 cups firm stone fruit slices (soft or overripe fruit just won't do)
2 1/2 cups red or white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/3 teaspoon dried culinary lavender 
1/3 teaspoons each salt & pepper
A few shakes of red pepper flakes (omit if you don't like spicy nuances)
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf

Instructions:

Heat the vinegar, water, thyme, lavender, honey, red pepper flakes, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and salt & pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the mixture to reduce a bit while permitting the eclectic, complementary flavors to meld. 

Meanwhile, wash the stone fruit, slice in half and remove the pits. Depending on the size of the fruit used, slice into halves or quarters. Then place the fruit in a glass container (either a Mason jar or a glass bowl with a plastic lid).

When the 10 minutes have come to pass, pour the fragrant mixture over the fruit and allow to cool for about 20 minutes before placing the lid on and tucking away to marinate in the fridge. Allow the flavors to plucker up for at least 4 hours before serving. Discard the bay leaf before plating.

This SLO County salad will hit the spot on a warm day. Top off some lettuce with slivers of funky blue cheese and a few pieces of pickled stone fruit. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, a few teaspoons of the piquant vinegar mixture, then dust lightly with salt & pepper . 

Pucker up!


Friday, August 1, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: August 2014 Events

Even though we didn't see more than a few dots of rain during San Luis Obispo's recent muggy, subtropical weather, we did get to witness these sultry clouds transform the evening skyline.

A few nights ago, sullen tinges of pink, yellow and grey scorched the horizon, reminding me once again why I embrace living on the California Central Coast.  

Although the clouds are gone, taking with them the opportunity for some much needed rain, the month of August is hot to trot. 

Following are a few red-hot events that will take place throughout San Luis Obispo County, regardless of whether the skies are covered in sweltering clouds, colored bright blue, or smeared with summer coastal fog.

Click on each link below for more event details and ticket sales info. 



Wednesdays: August 6, 13, and 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Templeton Community Park
Concerts in the Park
Bring a blanket or low-back chair and groove to the sounds of local bands like Soul Sauce and Burning James & The Funky Flames.

Fridays / 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Mission Plaza, Downtown SLO
Concerts in the Plaza
In its 19th year, this rockin' event takes place just outside Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and features local musicians from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. 

Fridays / 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Paso Robles Downtown Park
Concerts in the Park
Listen to live music in beautiful Downtown Paso. Local beer, wine and food for sale benefits the REC Foundation, a nonprofit organization currently raising funds for the Downtown City Park Playground Project. 

Saturdays: August 2 & 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Atascadero Lake Park
Saturday in the Park Summer Concert Series
The lake might be dried up, but the show must go on. 

Sundays: August 10 & 24 / 1:00 pm
Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Village Summer Concert Series
Relax outside near the historic downtown of Arroyo Grande and enjoy a "big fun summer!"

Saturdays: August 2, 9, and 16 / 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Downtown SLO
Movies in the Mission
The City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department presents family-friendly movies in the plaza amphitheater, free of charge. Movies screened throughout August include The LEGO Movie, Ghost Busters, and Despicable Me 2, all rated PG. 

Saturday, August 9 / 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Paso Robles Event Center
16th Annual Paso Robles Rotary Winemakers Cookoff
With an estimated 30 wineries participating, all proceeds from this popular cookoff benefit local high school scholarships.

Saturday, August 16 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Paso Robles Downtown Park
Paso Robles Olive Festival
Some of the festival events include olive oil tasting (imagine that!), the Head to Head Chef Competition, gourmet food vendors, fun for the kids, and of course...beer and wine tasting. 

Saturday, August 16 / Gates open at 1:00 pm
Chapman Estates, Shell Beach
Opera San Luis Obispo: Broadway by the Sea
This seaside outdoor concert takes place at the grandiose Chapman Estate. The afternoon delights include Broadway ensembles from "Guys and Dolls," "Les Miserables," and several other well known titles.

Saturday, August 23 / 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Avila Beach Golf Resort
The Macaroni & Cheese Festival
Touted as the "mother-ship of MAC & CHEESE," this artery-clogging event sells tickets that include 20+ tastings of Mac & Cheese, 20+ 1 oz. tastings of wine, beer and spirits, and live music to boot. 

August 23 & 24 / Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Grover Beach, Ramona Garden Park
Grover Beach's Stone Soup Music Faire
Two days of live music, eclectic vendor booths, and international foods. 

Saturday, August 30 / 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Mission Plaza, Downtown SLO
Brews & Bites
Participating breweries will showcase their craft beers along with tasty bites from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Woods Humane Society and the Central Coast Brewers Consortium.

August 30 - September 1 / Labor Day Weekend
Cambria
Pinedorado Days
Visit their website for the schedule of events that includes a parade down Main Street, a top sirloin and chicken barbecue with local beer and wine, a car show with over 120 entries, and live music. 

August 30 - September 1 / Labor Day Weekend
Morro Bay City Park
Art in the Park
Over Labor Day weekend, local artists will set up shop at the Morro Bay Art Associations's annual community event. 

Sunday, August 31 / Gates open at 2:30 pm
Avila Beach Golf Resort
Pops by the Sea 2014
This year the San Luis Obispo Symphony's annual outdoor concert by the sea features Jon Anderson, the voice of YES, and local chanteuse Inga Swearingen. 

Enjoy the steamy August events in San Luis Obispo County!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Cherry-Basil Gazpacho Recipe

When life hands you a bowl full of organic cherries, there's only one thing to do: make gazpacho.

This past week I picked up a large bag of crimson beauties at the grocery store, not realizing they were destined for something special. But after visiting a local San Luis Obispo farmers market, where I purchased vibrant green basil, pungent shallots, a crooked young cucumber, freshly-harvested yellow and red tomatoes, as well as shiny purple and green bell peppers, I knew what I had to do: meld these seasonal flavors and colors of the rainbow. 

The following chilled soup recipe is refreshing, bursting with summer flavors, requires little preparation, makes a superb meal or side dish, and is guaranteed to wow your family and friends. 

Revel in the colors, the flavors, the season. 

CHERRY-BASIL GAZPACHO RECIPE

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves 2 - 4 

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups pitted fresh cherries, halved
2 cups chopped cucumber
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 cups chopped bell peppers
3 - 4 large basil leaves, torn 
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons minced shallots
A few squeezes of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
Salt & pepper to taste
Step 1: Wash all of your produce and get out your cherry/olive pitter. If you don't have one of these useful kitchen contraptions, you will need to get one in order to make this divine recipe. Although pitting cherries is a messy and laborious task, it is so worth the effort. Once you've pitted the cherries, cut them in half and place in a large glass bowl. 
Step 2: Cut your cucumber and bell peppers into bite-sized chunks and throw them in with the cherries. 
Step 3: Chop your ripened, juicy tomatoes and add them to the beautiful compote. 
Step 4: Mince your shallots and place them in a small bowl. Add the olive oil, Sherry vinegar, lemon juice, and salt & pepper. Whisk vigorously, then taste and adjust for seasonings.
Step 5:  Pour the dressing over the vibrant mixture and cover with torn basil leaves. Then get out your blender. 
Step 6: Place 2 cups of the cherry-veggie mix in the blender and lightly puree. Add the cherry-stained puree back to the bowl, mix gently, cover and place in the fridge to chill for at least two hours, allowing the intense flavors to meld. 
Step 7: Serve up this cold summer soup garnished with a bit of basil. If you desire a swig of wine as an accompaniment, pair with a crisp sauvignon blanc.  
 The sweetness of the cherries is offset by the tang of the acids and the spiciness of the basil, while each bite is full of cool textures and flavorsperfect for a refreshing warm weather meal.
Dig into everything summer has to offer. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Easy Peach-Raspberry Crisp Recipe

The stone fruit harvest is in full swing throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

In last week's Talley Farms Fresh Harvest Boxwhich is an enormous carton chock full of freshly-harvested fruits and vegetables available for pickup in various parts of SLO County on a weekly or bi-weekly basistheir assortment included a bag of delicious furry-skinned peaches, as well as ruby-red raspberries. This morning I decided to merry the flavors of these two popular fruits. 

Following is an easy recipe for a not-so-sweet, easy-on-your-pancreas fruit crisp that uses no refined sugar or flour, is enhanced by the addition of honey, dried ginger and fragrant cinnamon, and incorporates ready-made granola topped with shredded butter for a flavorful, easy-to-make crisp topping. 

A fruitage made in heaven. 



SLO PEACH-RASPBERRY CRISP RECIPE
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Serves 2 - 4

INGREDIENTS:
3 - 4 firm peaches
1 cup raspberries
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup granola (I used a favorite of my mine made with almonds, vanilla and honey)
2 tablespoons shredded cold butter

INSTRUCTIONS:



Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Wash, halve, pit, and slice your peaches (leave skins on for extra fiber).
Arrange in a small baking dish (mine was about 8 1/2 x 5).


Add raspberries which have been rinsed and drained, then drizzle with honey, sprinkle with ginger and cinnamon, and stir all ingredients gently.

Top the fruit mixture evenly with the granola. 

Take out a cold stick of butter from the fridge and grate two tablespoons. 

Place the shredded butter on top of the crisp and bake for 25 minutes. 



 After taking this fruit melange out of the oven, allow to cool slightly before serving. 




Try dolloping this seasonal baked fruit medley with freshly-made whipped cream, ice cream, or even vanilla Greek yogurt. Feel free to drizzle some of the cooked-down fruit juice from the bottom of the pan over the top of the crisp when serving.
Bask in the season!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: July 2014 Events

Jumping for joy in Morro Bay over 4th of July weekend.
The bedazzle of Independence Day might be over, but July continues to sparkle throughout San Luis Obispo County. From the Central Coast Wine Classic, to Festival Mozaic, to the California Mid-State Fair, here's a peek at some of the festivities that are sure to ruffle your feathers. Click on the links below for more information about event and ticket details. May your summer continue to shimmer!

Central Coast Wine Classic
July 10 - 13
This time-honored philanthropic event was created to sustain 501(c)3 foundations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties whose missions are in the healing, performing and studio arts. The event purports: "California Wine & Its Finest." With an auction, barrel tasting, dinner at Hearst Castle, wine symposiums, winemaker dinners, and a reserve wine tasting, what a splendid way to support California Central Coast nonprofit organizations. 



Central Coast Lavender Festival 
July 12
Held in the Downtown Paso Robles City Park, this free event is all about the heavenly flowering lavender plant. Seminars on distilling lavender, booths with goods for sale from local lavender growers, a children's activities area, and sample tasting of lavender ice cream are just a few of the fragrant ways to experience this perennial goodness. 

Seven Sisters Craft Beer & Music Fest
July 11 - 13
Held at El Chorro Park & Campground in San Luis Obispo, this second annual event celebrates music, art and life. Listen to eclectic nonstop music, find good grub, beer and wine, acquire art, camp out or take a hike. 

Play On! A Suzy Miller Dance Spectacular
July 4 - 27
Explore your flights of fancy from Shakespeare to Broadway at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre.

California Mid-State Fair
July 16 - 27
You know the drill: livestock, deep-fried munchies, carnival rides, concerts. This year some of the fair's music headliners include Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Journey, and the Doobie Brothers. Monster trucks and County Rodeo Finals round out this county exhibition, making the fair one fine Paso Robles event. 

Morro Bay Founders Day Community Picnic
July 17
Morro Bay's 50th birthday celebration continues. Bring your picnic and blanket or lawn chair while enjoying sights and sounds from the 60s. 

Central Coast Renaissance Festival
July 19 & 20
At Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo, guests are transported to the late 1500's when Queen Elizabeth I reigned supreme in England. Dress up in your finest wench or royal apparel, watch armored knights joust, and taste a meaty pie. 

Festival Mozaic
July 17 - 27
Bringing five centuries of music to the Central Coast, Festival Mozaic presents concerts in historic and scenic venues around San Luis Obispo County. 

That's all I know for now!


Foggy 4th of July morning at Morro Rock.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SLO Wine Country: 24th Annual Roll Out the Barrels

Blue skies and glowing temperatures brightened San Luis Obispo County's recent summer solstice weekend. With plush grapevines neatly lining Edna Valley region's rolling hills, the new season's choice conditions gave way for one of my favorite annual festivals: Roll Out the Barrels Passport Weekend.

This inebriating event, held at SLO Wine Country's member wineries—most of which lie south of San Luis Obispo City—is always the perfect way to roll into summertime. In its 24th year, participating SLO County wineries pulled out all the stops to make guests feel welcome by kicking off the summer season with wine tasting, barrel samples, music, and tasty nibbles; all set amidst perfect locales to soak up the regional terroir. 

Here are a few highlights of this once-a-year celebration. 

Since 2004, Sextant Wines has been devoted to expanding the horizons of the Central Coast wine region by growing old world varietal selections in SLO County's unique soils and climates. Sextant specializes in zinfandel and petite sirah blends, and also produces several other reds and whites. My favorite discovery at their Edna Valley tasting room goes to their 2010 Caverio GSM, Paso Robles. This grenache, syrah, mourvedre blend was vibrant and well balanced—just like the weekend's festivities. 
Not only does Sextant offer wine tasting, but guests will also find a gourmet deli, picnic grounds, and even a cottage retreat. They sell TheraBee Culinary Honey, a local, handcrafted artisan infused honey. I sampled more than a few of TheraBee's intriguing blends, including chipotle cacao, and my personal favorite: cardamom anise. These sticky sweet-savory creations are a gift from the culinary heavens.
At Saucelito Canyon, the sun beamed brightly and the wine flowed freely. Urbane Cafe served up tasty bites like steak torta, which fared well with Saucelito Canyon's dry-farmed zinfandel. This family-owned vineyard and winery is always a pleasant stop when exploring the Edna Valley wine region.

Roll Out the Barrels wouldn't be complete without visiting Wolff Vineyards. Not only does their tasting room offer a hilltop view of their surrounding vineyards and the undulating Edna Valley region, but the wines and syrah-infused meatballs keep patrons coming back year after year. I overheard a gentleman declare, "Pour me some red and make me meatball ready."
 I paired my meatballs with their estate-grown 2011 Petite Sirah. Delicious all the way around.

One of the nicest attributes about Roll Out the Barrels is the opportunity to chat one-on-one with the winery owners, winemakers, and staff. On Sunday, I headed for some pinot noir tasting at Corbett Canyon's wine making facility in Arroyo Grande, where the wines of Center of Effort and Sinor-LaValle are craftedThis facility is generally closed to the public, but these two top-notch wineries opened their doors for this annual event. Winemakers Nathan Carlson and Mike Sinor were both on hand to provide notable details about the wines they craft...and I was more than content to taste through their impressive lineups.


My last indulgence of the festive weekend: Niven Family Wine Estates in San Luis Obispo. Surrounded by grapevines and fresh air, guests enjoyed current releases from their Baileyana/Tangent/Trenza/Zocker/Cadre True Myth labels while listening to live music by Moon Pie.  
They even served up a wine dessert. The vanilla ice cream by SLO Maidinfused with 2011 Trenza Obispan—a blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, tempranillo, and malbec—was mixed with chocolate chunks and tasted divine on this warm summer day.



Summer has just begun. Indulge a little in SLO County. 



Saturday, May 31, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: June 2014 Events!

San Luis Obispo County's spring fling is now behind us and summer's kick-off month will soon be here. In June the hills morph from green to golden brown, the florid wildflowers fade, and SLO County hosts a slew of regional activities. 

Below are several of June's annual events that are a sure sign summer is just around the corner. Check out the links below for ticket pricing and additional event details. 

June 1: An Afternoon of Epicurean Delights
Benefiting CAPSLO, the Health & Prevention Division of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County—which provides medical, educational & advocacy services for over 10,000 under-served families, women, men and youth throughout SLO County—this annual culinary event takes place at the Chapman House by the Sea in Shell Beach. Guests can stroll the beautiful gardens while listening to music and gourmandizing SLO County wine, beer and fine food bites.   

June 7: Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival
This all day festival, held at the scenic Avila Beach Golf Resort, is all about laid-back fun. Live music. Local beer and wine. Culinary oyster treats. Oyster shucking contest. Fun, fun, fun.  

June 19 - 22: Roll Out the Barrels
This annual event kicks off Thursday, June 19, with "Barrels in Mission Plaza" in downtown San Luis Obispo, where SLO Wine Country's member wineries share sips paired with local culinary delights. Friday evening brings a handful of winemaker dinners and the rest of the weekend is filled with two days of passport tasting at more than 20 wineries in the Edna Valley region. I can't wait!

June 20 - 22: Pismo Beach 29th Annual Classic Car Show
This family-friendly event includes an opening night gala, a charity auction and cruise night, and over 850 classic cars and hot rods that descend upon this prime beach town.

June 28: Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
Held at the Atascadero Lake Park, this evening wine festival raises money for Atascadero's Charles Paddock Zoo and plays host to live music, over 60 Central Coast wineries, local olive oil tasting, culinary pairings, local breweries, and artist showcases. 

Feel free to post your favorite summer SLO County event in the comments below and whatever you do...have fun! 
  



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Triple Crown Hopeful: California Chrome!

I feel like I'm caught in the middle of someone else's dream and I'm going along for the ride—and all the while the dream keeps getting better and better. 

The last several weeks have brought notoriety and world-wide attention to my Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Steve Coburn's racehorse, California Chrome. Their vigorous chestnut colt, whom they affectionately call "Junior," and co-own with Denise and Perry Martin, swept America's hearts after winning this month's 140th Kentucky Derby

The owners' humble story also captured our nation's attention as the public learned of these first-time breeders. Down-to-earth people with regular jobs, they originally owned California Chrome's dam, Love the Chase, as part of a racing syndicate. In 2009 they bought her outright for a mere $8,000 after her poor performance at the track. Called dumb asses for their purchase, they formed Dumb Ass Partners (DAP) Racing.

Now the unimaginable part of the story: California Chrome almost didn't happen. Before Chrome's sire Lucky Pulpit entered the picture, the DAP partners originally bred Love the Chase with a stallion named Redattore. My Aunt Carolyn recently told my mom, "Thank goodness it didn't take." The owners wanted to take another shot with Redattore, but the stud didn't return from South America where he was on a breeding stint.

They mated Love the Chase with Lucky Pulpit at Harris Farms in Coalinga for a mere $2,000 stud fee; the result was a chrome-marked colt that showed great promise. The rest is history. Actually, history is still in the making. 

Two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome kept our nation's Triple Crown hopes alive by capturing the second jewel of the crown, the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland. 

On June 7, many of us "chromies" will be in New York to witness the much-anticipated, third jewel of the crown, the Belmont Stakes, while other fans will watch the race on NBC. We will all bring high hopes and good intentions as California Chrome races alongside ten other strong contenders, as he vies for the coveted Triple Crown title. If "America's horse" wins, Chrome will become the very first California-bred racehorse to take home our country's highest honor in the Sport of Kings. 


Do I think he'll sweep the crown? Here's what I believe: Sometimes the stars align perfectly in the Universe. 
California Chrome is most definitely one of those stars. 



A friend recently described California Chrome as "art on four legs." I couldn't agree more. 

Copyright © 2014 by Elizabeth White. This story, pictures, or any portion of this blog thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the author and photographer, Elizabeth White. 
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