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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 |2018-02-16T20:25:03+00:00May 30th, 2015|Categories: Travel|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+00:00November 11th, 2014|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, Calif.: The Happiest of Hours

As I'm sure you have realized by now, I have a love for fashion and great food. Nothing can really stop me from dragging along a friend to try a new restaurant in town or a happy hour I have yet to try.

The latter is what brought me to Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Though I've been to this lovely restaurant a few times, I had never tried their happy hour or their sangria that everyone raves about. So, I decided to give it a shot and see what all the talk was about.

For those who don't know, Luna Red is a restaurant and bar with a fantastic outdoor patio that you should choose to sit at if you get the chance. The restaurant serves tapas -- or small plates -- that are unique, fresh and absolutely mouth-watering.

I mean, where else can you find chorizo stuffed dates that are bacon wrapped, duck confit crepes or blue crab lasagna in San Luis Obispo? That's what I thought.

Luna Red's $5 happy hour is held Sunday through Wednesday from 3 pm - 6 pm and all day Thursday (seriously, all day). During happy hour, drink specials are $5 and select menu items are $5.

My friend and I ordered sangria, the smoked paprika hummus with flatbread, blue crab hushpuppies with an avocado remoulade and two arrachera skirt steak tacos. Though service was slightly slow, everything else was amazing. If I had to choose one dish that you must try during Luna Red's happy hour, it would be the blue crab hushpuppies. You won't be disappointed.

As for the sangria... it was the best. I completely understand why everyone raves about it. And for $5, how can you say no?

Luna Red, San Luis Obispo

For a delicious (and pretty happy) happy hour, visit Luna Red at 1023 Chorro Street.

By |2018-02-16T20:25:15+00:00October 11th, 2014|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gourmet Cheese Shop Fromagerie Sophie Brings a Little Piece of Paris to SLO

Right in the heart of San Luis Obispo, Calif., you'll find a new gourmet cheese shop that is bringing a little bit of the beauty (and delicious-ness!) of France to SLO.

Fromagerie Sophie (French for "Sophie's Cheese Shop") isn't just a cheese shop. It's a gourmet cheese shop that offers cheeses and other select items from around the world. Sophie Boban-Doering opened Fromagerie Sophie just a couple of months ago in November 2013.

Walking into the gourmet cheese shop, you'll notice a glass case filled with an amazing selection of cheese, charcuterie, olives, pates, and other select items. Each cheese has a placard that has a little bit of info about the cheese: the name, where it's imported from, a brief description of the cheese, the price per pound, and a beer/wine pairing.

If you're new to cheese or already just an avid lover of great cheese, Fromagerie Sophie will satisfy you. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the products they offer. They will help you explore their offerings with samples and provide suggestions for what may tickle your taste buds.

While you'll find cheese imported from all over the world (Italy, France and Switzerland, to name just a few countries), Fromagerie Sophie also offers cheeses from local creameries.

Fromagerie Sophie SLO

Selection of Cheese at Fromagerie Sophie
During my first visit to Fromagerie Sophie, my friend and I were welcomed by a friendly staff member who quickly asked us if we would like to try a sample. What's great about Fromagerie Sophie is that you don't need to worry about knowing what kind of cheese you're looking for. You can wander in, have a lovely conversation with a staff member, experience the cheese, and walk out knowing a little bit more about cheese with a delicious cheese in hand.

The first cheese I tried at Fromagerie Sophie was Brillat Savarin-Plasse from France (seen below). I don't know how else to describe it besides simply saying that it was amazing. The Brillat Savarin-Plasse is a triple cream cheese with a hint of nuttiness that is very light and extremely creamy. It happily melted in my mouth and I could imagine spreading it on a baguette slice and eating it all the time. (I wish I was kidding).

I then tried a sample of Shallots Confit (also seen below). I loved these. The shallots confit were sweet with a hint of tartness. Sandy, an employee at Fromagerie Sophie, suggested pairing the shallots confit with cheese and a baguette.

My first visit to Fromagerie Sophie was also the first time I tried pâté. I tried two types of pâté and I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and texture of both. I am now a pâté lover.

Overall, there is no doubt I will be visiting Fromagerie Sophie to pick up some cheese, pâté, a baguette, and maybe everything else.

Fromagerie Sophie SLO

Wander into 1129 Garden St. in San Luis Obispo, CA and experience a little bit of France with a great selection of delicious cheeses and a friendly staff. The fromagerie is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm.

Happy cheesing! 

xx, Leila

By |2018-02-16T20:29:46+00:00February 3rd, 2014|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Worth Visiting: Scout Coffee Co. in San Luis Obispo, CA

Hi everyone! I'm introducing something new on chicisms. As someone who loves fashion and is a self-proclaimed foodie, I couldn't keep myself from not writing about food. That's why I've decided to begin incorporating my food adventures into chicisms. I hope you enjoy!

If there was ever a coffee shop to fall in love with, it would be Scout Coffee Co. in San Luis Obispo, CA. The employees here are friendly and obviously love their coffee, the atmosphere is open and inviting, the coffee is delicious, and the branding as well as the interior design is beautiful.

Scout Coffee just opened in downtown SLO yesterday and it is, without a doubt, my new favorite coffee spot. Everything is absolutely lovely about this local coffee shop and their cappuccino brightened my morning.

The specialty coffee shop is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jon and Sara Peterson. In addition to the delicious Verve coffee Scout offers, you'll find  teas, milkshakes, house made sodas, and homemade baked goods.

You can visit Scout at 1130 Garden St., San Luis Obispo, CA  93401.

Scout Coffee SLO

Scout Coffee SLO

Scout Coffee San Luis Obispo

If you're looking for good coffee and a great atmosphere, I suggest Scout Coffee Co. Let me know what you think of it!




By |2018-02-16T20:29:54+00:00January 21st, 2014|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment