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A Little Valentine’s Day Treat

Valentine's Day: the holiday filled with pink and red heart candies that ladies either love-to-hate or absolutely love. Whether you're a fan of the Hallmark holiday or not, it's a good excuse to treat yourself to something nice because you deserve it.

Take the fun quiz below to find your valentine's day bra personality and the bra made just for you. Then go ahead and treat yourself to something pretty you can wear underneath it all. Head over to ThirdLove and get 15% off your purchase with this special code all through February: BRABLEMSTL15FEB

Happy shopping and happy Valentine's Day!

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Fashion, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Favorite Places & Spaces Along the Central Coast

The central coast of California is nothing less than a gem along the coastline. From the thriving wine countries to the beaches, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are six of my absolute favorite places and spaces along the Central Coast that you have to visit if you're in the area. Enjoy!

1. The Station, San Luis Obispo

An old gas station transformed into a wine shop, market and event space. That's what The Station is.

You'll find carefully curated wines from across the globe that aren't readily available anywhere else. Peruse the shelves, buy a bottle or have a glass of wine they're pouring and take it into their open space to enjoy.

The Station also has a variety of great gifts from Stumptown Coffee and small-batch bitters and shrubs, to other specialty goods.

This spot also hosts its own events (such as an art bar, blind tastings and seminars) and has local food trucks swing by during the week (currently The Grilled Cheese Incident and Granada's Raw Bar that has a rotating menu of oysters on the half shell).

So visit The Station and grab a glass or a bottle (because wine not) of wine you won't find anywhere else in SLO.

The Station, San Luis Obispo

2. Centrally Grown, Cambria

Secluded along Highway 1 right across the Pacific Ocean is a place where you can enjoy lunch and dinner, take a free yoga class, have some drinks, and shop around the market. Centrally Grown is a unique happy place where you can take in all the Central Coast has to offer.

The restaurant is upstairs and overlooks the ocean, giving you a beautiful view as you enjoy a meal that features fresh and contrasting flavors that blend beautifully together. The vibe is comfortable and cozy yet fun and vibrant.

The Centrally Grown grounds also feature edible gardens and ocean view patios for you to relax in. There's plenty of seating throughout the grounds so you can grab a couple glasses of wine from the market and enjoy lunch or a snack outdoors.

Centrally Grown, Cambria

3. Sycamore Springs and Resort, Avila Beach 

Escape and relax at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa nestled in the hills right before you hit Avila Beach. You can choose to stay at the resort if you're spending a couple days in Avila, but for those who are just looking for an hour of relaxation, visit their hot springs.

Sycamore has 23 naturally heated hillside mineral spring tubs that you can reserve by the hour. You can unwind with a drink in the hot springs and enjoy the hills surrounding your secluded mineral spring tubs. Sycamore's hot springs are open year round until midnight with the last reservation at 10:45 pm.

Friendly tip: Make a reservation beforehand.

4. Ember Restaurant, Arroyo Grande

Enjoying a meal at Ember Restaurant is a must while in the Central Coast. Featuring a seasonal menu that changes monthly, Ember offers authentic food and an impressive wine list where local wines reign.

Each dish is fresh, honest and served beautifully. Ember also features an open kitchen setup and a wood-fired brick oven where amazing pizzas (and other dishes like Wood Fired Octopus served with padron peppers, baby frisee, pancetta vinaigrette and lemon aioli) are cooked.

Ember Restaurant, Arroyo Grande

5. Thursday Night Farmer's Market, San Luis Obispo 

Thursday night's in San Luis Obispo are known for a farmer's market that brings life to downtown SLO from 6-9 PM. Higuera Street is taken over with the smell of BBQ, fresh produce and the sounds of people dancing, cheering and enjoying the night.

With over 120 vendors at the Farmer's Market, you don't want to pass it up. Of course you'll find the many booths of flowers and fresh produce from local farms as you walk along Higuera, but you'll also find an incredible amount of food. From the tri tip and mini donuts to kettle and roasted corn, surely you will find something for dinner or to snack on as you walk through downtown.

Don't miss a chance to experience a lively and fun stroll through San Luis Obispo's popular Higuera Street on Thursday nights for Farmer's.

6. Black Hill, Morro Bay

Enjoy the outdoors and hike Black Hill in Morro Bay. The hill is a 661-foot volcanic peak and is part of the Nine Sisters of San Luis. The Nine Sisters are a group of nine ancient volcanic mountains that extend in a line from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay.

Black Hill is a fairly easy and short hike at 0.6 miles round trip but you get a stunning view of Morro Bay and the surrounding coastline.

Black Hill, Morro Bay

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Categories: Food, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sunsets in the Vineyard

Friday evening was spent enjoying good wine, good food and laughs with the best people at Wolff Vineyards, in San Luis Obispo's wine country.

Throughout the summer, the family-owned winery has an event on the last Friday of the summer months called "Sunset in the Garden." From 5:30 pm to 8 pm, you're able to enjoy Wolff's wine by the glass or bottle and eat delicious food whipped up by local chef Dave.

If you're in the area, be sure to visit Wolff Vineyard for a fun night enjoying great wine, food and SLO summer sunsets on June 26, July 31, August 28 and September 25.

Wolff Vineyards, San Luis Obispo

We sipped on Wolff's popular Petite Sirah and enjoyed crab cakes, a warm tuscan white bean salad with smoked sausage, and red, white and blue cake cups for dessert. All while enjoying a beautiful view of San Luis Obispo's Wine Country.

Sunset in the Garden, Wolff Vineyards

Sunset in the Garden, Wolff Vineyards

Wolff Vineyards is located at 6238 Orcutt Road in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 May 30th, 2015|Categories: Food, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Foremost Wine Company: Where Wine Meets Global & Local Food

Does it really get any better than good wine paired perfectly with fresh, local and eclectic food? I didn't think so. And that's exactly what Foremost Wine Co. in San Luis Obispo, Calif. brings to the table, literally.

Foremost Wine Co. is a new restaurant opening in downtown San Luis Obispo. Not only is it a restaurant, but Foremost also features...

  • A wine lounge where you can relax and enjoy a glass of wine,
  • A wine retail shop where you can purchase wine at discount prices,
  • A wine bar where you can taste different flights of wine,
  • A charcuterie and provisions bar where you can sit sushi-bar style and watch the cooks cook in front of you and still get full dinner service at the same time.

Owner Rob Murray, a viticulturist and farmer on the Central Coast, hatched the idea for Foremost Wine Co. He owns 1,000 acres of grapes between Paso Robles and Santa Maria, Calif. and is passionate about growing the best possible grapes. Murray also produces four different wine labels that include Force of Nature wines, Tooth and Nail, Statis and Amor Fati.

Foremost Wine Co., San Luis Obispo, CA

The idea for Foremost began as a simple wine bar but it soon expanded into what it is today. Foremost general manager Johnny Kenny said that the idea "grew into this co-op of foodies, farmers, grape growers and winemakers that came together to create something more that what we initially intended on doing."

Foremost Wine Co.

The wine bar, restaurant and lounge aims to create and serve a global cuisine while using all local products. Acclaimed chef Julie Simon helps make that happen.

Kenny said that they source everything as local as they can. For example, Foremost gets all of their eggs from chickens in See Canyon.

"We also have an organic farm, a 4-acre organic farm, at See Canyon Fruit Ranch and See Canyon as well, where we plant all of our own produce and try to grow as much produce as we can for the restaurant itself," Kenny said.

The concept for the restaurant is to bring together the farm-to-table aspect "to where we actually are growing from our own farm" and the same for the grape-to-glass concept, Kenny said.

I had the opportunity to experience Foremost at one of their soft openings. Simply put, my friend and I were blown away. The atmosphere of Foremost is inviting and exciting. The decor is unique in that wine bottles line the walls of Foremost and chandeliers made from deer antlers hang from the ceiling. The waiters are friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and wine pairings, and they're obviously excited to be working there.

My friend and I started with a glass of Artezin Zinfandel 2012 and halibut cheeks served with lychees and strawberries served atop a bed of braised greens with a sauce made with coconut milk (below).

Foremost Wine Co.

We also ordered a charcuterie platter, hoisin braised duck leg, steak au poivre and fingerling potatoes. For dessert we had caramel budino and a chocolate tourt with rose jam and strawberries.

Foremost Wine Co.

Every single dish was amazing. You can taste the freshness and the complex and contrasting flavors of each dish that blended beautifully together. Needless to say, I'll definitely be back whether it's to enjoy dinner or to buy a bottle wine.

I encourage you to check out Foremost as well. You won't be disappointed.

Foremost is located in The Creamery at 570 Higuera St. The restaurant is planning to open to the public on Wednesday, November 12 beginning with dinners.

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 November 11th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What You Missed This Week

Take a break and catch up on the latest.

Take a break and catch up on the latest.

From the latest news to the latest in fashion, here is a roundup of what you might have missed this week (and need to catch up on) from around the web:

Taylor Swift gets down in her new music video for her new song off her upcoming album 1989: "Shake it Off." And there's been a LOT of backlash.

Vogue's September issue cover was leaked (and announced!) this week and it is kind of a big deal.

Is the skinny jean trend over? According to a Bloomberg News report, the answer may be yes. I have my own thoughts about this... but I'll save it for another blog post.

Peanut and almond butter sold at major retailers have been recalled for possible salmonella contamination.

There's a reason people on your Facebook feed and dumping buckets of ice on themselves. Learn how the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge actually started and an interesting take on why we need to do better than the ice bucket challenge.

So how many makeup brushes do you really need? And why do you really need them? Elle Magazine breaks down the 11 makeup brushes you need to own.

 

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 August 20th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments