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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Morro Bay Kite Festival

A spirited day at the Morro Bay Kite Festival 
Last weekend the weather gods smiled upon San Luis Obispo County. 

Much needed rain eclipsed Saturday's skies, a bright blue horizon spiffed up Sunday's skyline, and both days sported plenty of wind. All in all? A splendid weekend for Morro Bay's annual kite festival.

This flitting event— held each year on the beach near the State Historic Landmark of Morro Rock— gave children and adults a chance to enjoy some old-fashioned fun amidst spring's blustery winds and the ocean's swell. 

Kites soared, waves crashed, and everyone looked like they were having fun, fun, fun. 



Check out my video below for a glimpse of this once-a-year, windswept festivity. 



Sunday, April 19, 2015

San Luis Obispo County: Spring has Sprung

Spring wildflowers in Montana de Oro.

The late actor Robin Williams is credited with the maxim: Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' 

Spring has sprung along the California Central Coast and seasonal events are off to a roaring good start. The weather is warm, the surf is up, the merrymaking is contagious. 

This is the time of year when San Luis Obispo County celebrates spring wind, ocean swell, and local flavors. Click on the links below to learn more about SLO County festivities taking place over the next few weeks that are well timed but short lived. 

Let's get the party started! 
















A beautiful spring morning in Morro Bay. Seize the day!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

25th Annual Roll Out the Barrels: Sextant Wines

Navigating your way through San Luis Obispo County wineries isn't always easy. With more than 200 choices, where do you begin?

Sometimes you need a local event to help steer you in a particular direction. This weekend I looked to SLO Wine Country's month-long 25th Annual Roll Out the Barrels event line-up for guidance. My choice was clear: Sextant Wines

Over the past two days, Sextant's charming Edna Valley tasting room laid the course for tasters with a selection of varietals from both their Paso Robles and Edna Valley vineyards. Paired with cheese and chocolate, their special weekend-only wine flight took guests to the horizons of the Central Coast. 

Here's a look at what was at the helm of Sextant's tasting lineup. 


2012 Sextant Edna Valley Chardonnay ($25.00)
Edna Valley, MacGregor Vineyard
Paired with Seascape, a Paso Robles cow and goat milk cheddar
This gratifying chardonnay tasted like a mouthful of tart, crisp green apples.

2013 Sextant San Lucia Highlands Chardonnay ($28.00)
Santa Lucia Highlands—Monterey, Sarmento Vineyard
Paired with mango-ginger Stilton, a crumbly English cow's milk cheese
Crafted from grapes grown in the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard in Monterey County, this chardonnay's bracing acidity cut right through the wild, sweet mango-ginger Stilton.

2013 Windemere Premiere Cuvee Pinot Noir ($25.00)
Edna Valley, MacGregor Vineyard & Aubaine Vineyard
Paired with Appenzeller, a farmstead Swiss cow's milk cheese
Think of a basket full of summer strawberries. Time for a sip. 


2013 Sextant Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($25.00)
Santa Lucia Highlands—Monterey, Sarmento Vineyards
Paired with Beaufort, a French mountain cow's milk cheese
Dark cherries met lavender in this oh-so-luscious pinot noir. Paired with alpine cheese that tasted so fresh I could almost smell the mountain grass, this marrying of flavors was a superb match.

2012 Sextant X-Series See Canyon Syrah ($34.00)
See Canyon, Creek Side Farms
Paired with Beemster XO, a 28-month aged Dutch cow's milk Gouda
Looking juicy in the glass, this cool-climate syrah hinted of cranberries and chocolate, which cut nicely through the nutty, caramel nuances of the aged Gouda cheese. 

2011 Sextant "Passage" Syrah based GSM blend ($45.00)
Paso Robles, Estate El Pomar Vineyard
Paired with a decadent chocolate truffle
One of Sextant's friendly tasting room attendants informed me that this Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre blend was not really a GSM. Its makeup consisted of 68% grenache, 20% syrah, and 12% petite sirah. The addition of petite sirah added to this blend's dark, inky allure. 

Click here for more information about Sextant Wine's tasting rooms in the Paso Robles and Edna Valley wine regions.

 Click here to navigate your choice of special events taking place during April for SLO Wine Country's 25th Annual Roll Out the Barrels extravaganza.  

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