TRI-rrific weekend in Malibu

I am currently coming down from the high of an amazing weekend!

Two of my best friends were competing in the Nautica Malibu Tri  and being the good friend that I am I decided I would join them to cheer em’ on! Didn’t hurt that it was taking place in a beautiful spot.

We had the fortune of staying in my friends parents airstream at Malibu Beach RV Park. They had the spot booked for months but it seemed that there were many open spots.

The park was very clean ( probably the nicest camp bathroom I have ever seen )  and we met really friendly people!

They have nice hiking trails near the park that we used to hike down to Malibu Seafood as well as the beach and up to a peak for sunset views.

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Here was the Tiny Tin set up! Amazing people and a great view set the backdrop for the best weekend. img_9931

I have been on the side lines of a few Tris before by chance but have never watched any friends compete. It was such a fun experience to walk around to the different areas to wait for your friends to race by! We lucked out and were able to see them compete in every leg of the race.

Here is their section getting ready for the swim! The ocean was super bleak at 8 am.

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Bikes, on bikes on bikes.

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Really awesome sand sculpture.img_0009

We caught them before the race!img_0011

Here they are ready to go! img_0013

Laura got the top box for her age group! It was PRICELESS to witness my best friend do so well. img_9977

What is a race without post race grub?!! Loved Malibu Seafood! It is so fresh and our fav… BYOB!

Fear not the 76 station .5 miles away will have beer if you ran out!img_9988

A WELL deserved post race BREWSKI!img_9993img_9996img_0001img_0004

Also noteworthy but not photographed was Sunlife Organics  – amazing backstory, great products and delicious fresh juices and foods!

Drink SF Beer Shuttle

The Drink SF Beer Shuttle is possibly one of the best ways to check out all the breweries that SF has to offer in the ones that can be hard to get to/ more out of the way. Lucky for you it is coming back around this Wednesday, September 21 so you still have a chance to experience this fun night.

If you live out in the Sunset area of San Francisco chances are you have been to Sunset Reservoir but if you haven’t I do suggest you check it out next time you are in there hood.

They had really great food and a fun atmosphere.img_8423img_8424img_8425img_8426

Next we hit Black Sands which is great and has a nice selection of food but every time I have been it is super crowded so we didn’t stay long!img_8427img_8428

Finally, we hit Barrel Head Brewhouse , where the beer is darn good and the fried green tomato sandwich gives life. img_8430img_8431img_8435

Can’t wait to get on the bus this week to visit another round of amazing SF Breweries!

Head to A-town for some great grub!

To continue on with a little Central Coast Lovin’ we head up North to Atascadero. You might be saying Atasca-what?? For starters …it is a little town nestled between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Now, I am not the biggest expert on Atascadero but I will say if you are there for any reason and you need to eat stop into Dan’s The Grub Shack. Super friendly staff and I think the food speaks for itself.

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Everywhere we go my Dad only gets WINGS… I told him he needs to start a blog and share his favorites!

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Looking at these pictures makes me wish I was back in Atascadero feasting on their amazing grub!

Santa Breezy

A little over 24 hours in Santa Barbara and you are left wanting more, trying to find a way to get back to this little slice of coastal heaven. I am no stranger to Santa Barbara as I grew up about two hours North but this was my first rendezvous as a post 21 year old…shameful I know! On this particular weekend the weather was perfect and I had the most amazing guide who showed me the best time, thanks Baby Krause!

We began the day with breakfast downtown and then headed to Montecito for a little hike and beach time!

We lazed on the beach for a while before renting some paddle boards. Gazing up at the coastline and foothills/mountains ( prob foothills – I don’t think they have mountains ) was truly breathtaking and I thought to myself ‘What a lucky life’ moments that are simple but beautiful really make you appreciate what you have and for myself contentment with the life I have created for myself.

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No trip would be complete with out a little brewery hopping and while SB has a ways to go before they are a beer destination ( def more options for winos) I enjoyed sampling what they had to offer while working on my sun burn ( sorry future self! ).

Pure Order is a fun spot with games as well as live music and a food truck on a Saturday afternoon. img_9337img_9338

After we spent some time at Pure Order we walked to the Funk Zone and tried Brass Bear. I tried their beers as well as one rotating tap that was really delicious.img_9342

At this point it was high time for some grub so we ordered a meat and cheese plate it was satisfying and helped us make it to dinner time! img_9346

Right across from Brass Bear is Municipal Winemakers tasting Room. Fun decor and great outdoor space. I hear their Rose is amazing but on this fine day it was sold out so we opted for the Bright White – cool, crisp and so refreshing!img_9348img_9349img_9350img_9354

If you haven’t been to Lilly’s Taqueria head there – now – or at the very least make an effort to hit it when you are in Santa Barbara. I am pretty sure all they do is Tacos and they do them really well. img_9392img_9358

No weekend in Santa Barbara would be complete with some wheel action. They have fun little beach boardwalk where you can blade which is my favorite pastime and something I don’t get to do enough since I am living in Oakland… not too many blading trails… img_9363

Finally, to close the weekend we hit up a hybrid bar coffee shop and got the most delish cold brew. Melissa had the smartest idea of doing half/half sweetened cold brew and unsweetened cold brew. Such a genius idea!img_9365img_9366img_9367img_9369

SO sad to leave and can’t wait to go back!

Snapshots this Week

Went to Mamacita’s Cafe in Uptown for the first time and can’t wait to go back! Delicious coffee and great mission!IMG_7129

Driving from the bay to my parents house on the central coast makes for amazing views! Sometimes you have to pull over and snap it up. IMG_7149

I am going to guess that you haven’t been to Parkfield, Ca. They have a population of 18 and claim to be the earthquake capital of the world… if that isn’t enough to get you to head over the cafe has in the top two best burger I have ever had… The first being from The Hitching Post in Buellton. IMG_7151

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The reason for heading to Parkfield last weekend was their Annual Bluegrass Festival. It was the best festival experience I have ever had and I hope we make it a yearly tradition.IMG_7167IMG_7161IMG_7166

Weekday lunch with my Dad and I am oh so thankful for moments like this together.IMG_7180

Links I love: Summa Stuff

These links are getting me really excited for trips and summer time…lazy days camping and tough days backpacking. I hope you enjoy them and get inspired!

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I really really wanted to get one of these, Fatboy’s hangout chair but all my friends have laughed at me! If you have one let me know … I still want it… I feel like it would be awesome to take to the park this summer! 

Just bought this product, called, DeFunkIt for my upcoming trip where I will be living out of a carryon for a month. I will try to update y’all and let you know how it goes and if it truly De-FUNKS my stinky clothes!

Serious eye candy right here, thirty beautiful hikes to dream about and plan a trip in the future!

If seeing those beautiful hikes were not enough to get you to plan a trip than check this out – ‘The Science of Why you should spend your Money on Experiences, Not Things.’

If that fails, use these tutorials to DIY a hammock for your space. I am not sure how easy it will be but hopefully it will be super worth it and provide you a little R&R at home!

Have an awesome week!

City that Never Sleeps : Part 3

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Double Dutch Espresso in Harlem. 

The exterior and interior is adorable. Friendly staff, delicious coffee and pastries to stay in ( free Wifi) or walk around with. Near Columbia which is a beautiful campus to walk around. Highly reccomend if you are in the area.

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Hanging out around Columbia University!

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New York Public Library 

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Hilarious Drinking Fountain

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2nd Ave Deli 

This Deli was recommended to us by our friend who is Jewish so I felt pretty confident that I was going to enjoy my meal here. The moment we walked in we felt like family and that feeling stayed with us throughout the meal. I ordered the half pastrami with matzo ball soup and a latke. The pastrami and matzo ball soup were some of the best I have ever had and the latke was a totally different experience than the latkes I have had in the Bay Area. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here and would 10/10 recommend.

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Chocolate Seltzer at the end of our meal! So Delicious.

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Grand Central Station

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Viewing of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah! Reserve tickets online, then go day of at 2:30 to get your tickets, walk around, get food or beer and then head back at 4:30 for the taping. The taping will take until about 7 pm.
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Loving ALL the tulips and Spring Time blooms!
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We were trying to find a roof top bar, and in April their roof top wasn’t open but since we were there we went to their bar/ cafe and enjoyed some drinks while reminiscing on our weekend!

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Such a fun experience! I highly suggest going to a live audience show. SO much fun and really interesting to see the behind the scenes.

Links I Love

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

We went a little ham at the farmers market this weekend! That being said I have made a couple yummy recipes using asparagus. Have a craving for fries but want to be a little healthier, whip up these Asparagus Fries! Okay, so they aren’t really super fry like but I think you can use your imagination. Next, I made this delicious frittata with Asparagus, Kale and Peppers, 10/10 would make again.

There is an app for just about everything these days, but I recently heard about Truebill  which sounds like a dream come true for those of us who can be a little bit lazy checking every recurring charge. Haven’t tried it yet, because like I mentioned I am a bit laaazy but it sounds really awesome!

If you have read my blog for any length of time you have probably come to the realization that I enjoy beer, I would say its probably one of my favorite pastimes, reading about it, drinking it etc… so when a friend sent me this article last week with six reasons why you should date a guy who drinks beer I was laughing hysterically. Amen.

I went to Capitola last Fall and really loved it! This is a cute locals guide to the city. I hit a few things but missed some others, Oh well I guess I will have to go back!

 

 

 

Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing

It is Girl Scout Cookie season and what is a better way to enjoy them then with BEER!

I am not the first person to think of doing this, in fact the first place I heard about this fun idea was Woods Brewing located in San Francisco/Oakland. They brew cookie beers and pair them with their corresponding girl scout cookie. I went last year and LOVED it! As a past Girl Scout it was really fun to obtain a patch and bridge the gap between childhood pastimes and adult hobbies.

In that same spirit, a few friends and I decided to host our own Girl Scout Cookie Beer pairing this year.

We used this article from Beer and Brewing as a template for our own pairing, but used beers we could readily find locally and at Whole Foods/BevMo.

This will definelty become a yearly tradition for me.

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I hope this post inspired you to try your hand at a pairing of your own!

If you are more of a Whiskey fan check out this pairing!

OR if Wine is what you like to fill your glass with check out this pairing!

Enjoy.

Bay Area Delights

Here are a few of my favorite bites and brews in the Bay Area.

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Local Brewing Co. in SOMA is a great place to taste brews, so many good ones! They also have some snacks to try if you get hungry.

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Brunch at Foreign Cinema, finally. Among us we shared a cinnamon roll and two pop tarts – AHMAZING. Then all to myself I had this massive burger. It was good but up to the hype? Not sure it was that good.
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Got to try 21 Amendment’s Ramses, which won Gold at the Great American Beer Festival under the Indigenous Beer Category.  Emmer wheat, honey and dates share the sugar load with malted barley, and herbs are used in lieu of hops. I enjoyed this beer and would like to try more beers like this.
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Matzo Ball Soup and Latkes OH MY! I love Wise Sons Jewish Deli.  Everything I have tried here I have thoroughly enjoyed.
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Cellarmaker is one of my favorite brewery’s in the city. I highly recommend coming in for some great beers. 

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Zazie’s is a great brunch spot in Cole Valley. Better get there early or you will be waiting in line most of your morning.
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My favorite go to fat kid lunch, I B’s Hoagies in Uptown. Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  If you find yourself outside I B’s step inside you won’t regret it.
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You know you have good co-workers when they bring back beer from vacation and share it with you. Can’t wait till I have a chance to go to Portland!