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.

Stay posted for a few of my favorite things.

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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, December 21, 2014

Pismo Beach: Old West Cinnamon Rolls

Several months ago one of my blog readers posed a question I couldn't answer: where to find the best cinnamon rolls in San Luis Obispo County. Since I gave up sweets years ago, I had no idea. 

So I asked around. I passed the question along to friends on a social networking site and the vote was unanimous: Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Pismo Beach. 

Since then I've stopped by Old West a few times to taste test. I now understand why this beach town bakery is such a hit with locals and visitors. Their thick, not-too-sweet sticky rolls are worth a trip to the California Central Coast. 

This morning I rose early to stand on Pismo Pier and catch the fiery sunrise. Then I traipsed over a few blocks to Dolliver Street to gobble up a cinnamon roll mounded with pecans. 




Sunrise and a cinnamon roll. 
Not a bad way to start the day amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. 



Old West Cinnamon Rolls is located at 861 Dolliver Street in Pismo Beach.
 Their bakery is open all year long, except for Christmas Day. 
If you can't make it to Pismo Beach, Old West ships their rolls and baking mix. 
Can't get out for a visit to the California Central Coast?
Stop by my blog for a weekly dose of SLO County. 
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: After the Storm

Last week's storm system, christened the "Pineapple Express," soaked drought-stricken California and left its mark throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

Although Thursday night's raging winds and deluge of rainfall wreaked havoc—causing capsized trees, flooding, and leaving many homes and businesses without power—we got what we needed: a magnificent downpour. 

The drought is far from over, but more rain is coming our way this week, bringing additional relief to one of the most severe water shortages in California's history. The SLO County hills will continue to glisten from the saturation and an emerald Christmas is within sight. 
  
Here are a few awesome sights I captured around San Luis Obispo County after the storm.

 Friday evening, storm clouds rolled out of San Luis Obispo.

Cambria beamed bright and beautiful Saturday morning. 
On Saturday, the mesmerizing surf pounded the shores of Cayucos. 

The storm's afterglow left its mark at Morro Rock on Sunday.

Until the next rain!
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