A love letter to the state of Vermont

This title really should be a love letter to Vermont, Beer, Fall and Cider Donuts.

I am so full… full of happiness and beer.  The foliage here really gets to me. It is so beautiful and in California we have leaves change but maybe not at this magnitude… it is different.img_0676img_0678img_0691

Loved seeing all the spooky/halloween/fall decor in from of peoples houses.img_0693img_0694

Have you ever been to a diner in the back of a hardware store? Well I hadn’t until we ran across Sarah’s Country Diner. If you are in Cabot and hungry you should definitely stop in. What a fun experience! They even had locally made Kombucha – excellent!img_0695

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So this is where Sunflower Seeds come from?!img_0700img_0703img_0706img_0708

FINALLY, we made it to Hill Farmstead Brewery. I have been wanting to come here for a few years now and it was everything I dreamed of. Decadent beers, organized growler fills and pours made for an enjoyable experience.img_0714img_0718

Stumbled upon an Apple Pie Festival at a local high school! What Luck! Sharp Cheddar Cheese – yes please! Wishing I was having this again. img_0692

Rock Art Brewery was a great stop! I am so glad we made it a priority. Great Beers, super knowledgable staff that described every beer and the order we should drink it. The downstairs bar area was filled so we went upstairs where there were two large rooms. My friends and I had a great time sampling and spending time with one another.img_0721

Lost Nation Brewing  is an awesome brewery. Having been before on a Sunday when it was way less crowded I was completely taken off guard by the line out the door. It was popping on a Saturday. My suggestion is that if you want a flight and food (which trust me you do!! ) you should go on a Sunday or be prepared and okay to wait. I love their beers and the flight is a fun experience. Their kitchen turns out some amazing grub so its a must do!img_0727

Will be dreaming of this little airbnb view forever. What a dream.img_0736img_0740

Cider Donuts and Hot Cider, not too much just enough!img_0744

After gorging ourselves we wanted a little hike, but let me tell you this hike was anything but little. It was pretty intense with a little rock climbing but the views along the way were well worth it! Seemed to be dog friendly as we saw many pups along the route.img_0750img_0767img_0769img_0785img_0786img_0789img_0790

Burger and Beer for lunch… doesn’t get much better after an intense hike. Prohibition Pig is another must do for me – great service, beer, and food.img_0799img_0796img_0797

On our way home, we made it to one last brewery, Long Trail. I have had their beer before but this is my first time at the brewery. I LOVE the outdoorsy vibes – so up my alley and their beer was delicious. img_0801img_0802img_0803

I have probably used, delicious, amazing, must do way too many times in this post but thats honestly how I feel. My jeans may be a bit tighter but what a magical weekend. Now…when can I get back??!

Indian Summer : Six Pack

With the temperatures here in California hotter than hot we are experiencing a full blown Indian Summer!

Because of this I figured there is still time to list out my favorite summer 6 pack. 

Hopefully this weekend you can get out for an adventure and finish it with a cold brew.

Without further ado here is my Indian Summer Six Pack.

These beers are light and refreshing.  Enough to satisfy you but not so heavy that you can’t enjoy it when the temps are 90+.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-1-55-48-pmAnchor Brewing Company’s Mango Wheat has a distinct mango flavor thats natural and subtle. I easily put away five of these since it is such an easy drinking beer and at 4.5% you won’t be worse for the wear.

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21st Amendment Brewery | Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer has been a favorite of mine for many years. I have taken this beer on many floating and camping trips. I particularly enjoy it with a little slice of watermelon. It is a 4.9% beer so you can drink a few and it won’t take you out.

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Something you won’t be able to pick up at home but worth a trip to Eastern Washington to drink up is the Colchuck Raspberry Wheat from Icicle Brewing Company. This raspberry wheat beer is a welcome adventure for your tastebuds to explore. Fruity but not fake or over the top, it is truly a unique delight.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-1-57-53-pmCali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale from Mother Earth Brewery is best enjoyed on Nitro but a bottle or can will do for summer adventures. I had this beer a few years ago and then didn’t see it for awhile and now you can get it everywhere. I do highly reccomend going to Mother Earth Brewery in Vista, Ca… well worth the trip out there. The smell of this beer is all vanilla but for me the taste is not too sweet. I think they have done a good job of the just right balance between bitter and sweet.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-2-00-17-pmAnother one you will have to drive for! Milk & Honey from Standing Stone Brewery in Ashland, Oregon is a delight for the palate. The title explains it but this ale features lactose, milk sugar and honey malt. Beautiful amber pour and mildly sweet mouthful. Great for a hot night, maybe even a taco Tuesday!

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Last but certainly not least, is the heaviest beer in my Indian Summer six pack, at 8.2% is the Love Child No. 7 from Boulevard Brewery. It isn’t the lightest beer but it has a delicious sour flavor that makes it ideal for warm summer nights. A great wild ale to sip slowly and really enjoy with friends.

I am excited for the cooler temperatures and all that the Fall brings but for now I will enjoy these warm days and nights and savor all my light summer beers!

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Let me know if you have any recommendations for me to add to my pack this weekend!

I want coffee

Not just any coffee – but Beer Coffee.

This isn’t actually alcoholic but rather infuses hops, malt and barley to remind you of your favorite beers.

Hopped up Coffee or Beerspresso look like awesome options!

IMG_5686 While we are at it, lets brew this coffee in something beautiful.

I have my eye on this copper french press but then recently found this amazing copper pour over, I happen to think that coffee probably tastes better when brewed in something beautiful.

Let me know if you have tried this coffee or can suggest any company!

A Wedding Weekend in New Awlins

A few weeks ago I had the immense pleasure of going to New Orleans to be a part of my best friends wedding!

This was my first trip to New Orleans and it won’t be my last…might be last time in August…the humidity is real.

We stayed at the Hotel Provincial which had a great location for heading out to the French Quarter. Friendly staff, quaint courtyard and one of the most haunted places. I fortunately did not encounter any ghosts while we were there. The bar on site was really fun and had one of the best Bloody Mary’s I have ever had.

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One of my favorite things about New Orleans is the beautiful buildings and plants.img_9407img_9408

My friends wedding took place at Muriel’s, right here on the Balcony outside. The day of the wedding was perfect. By far my favorite part of the day was the Second Line Parade. I loved the experience of celebrating their commitment with a parade around Jackson Square and down Bourbon Street. img_9409

No trip to NOLA would be a trip without hitting Cafe Du Monde. We came here daily and I miss their strong chicory coffee and sweet sweet beignets.img_9410img_9411img_9414img_9416img_9417img_9418

Jax Brewhouse is a fun place to stop and grab some go cups for the road. img_9420img_9422img_9423img_9426

Bourbon Street was pretty quite at this time of day/year and I can’t imagine being here on Mardi Gras or Halloween! img_9427

A must visit is the Carousel Bar & Lounge – fun experience and great cocktails.img_9428img_9436img_9438img_9439img_9440

We went to Domenica for their Rehearsal Lunch and the food was really amazing – fresh local flavors were paired with delicious wines.img_9442img_9444img_9445img_9446img_9449img_9451img_9454img_9457img_9459img_9460

Not photographed was our time spent on Frenchmen Street, I had so much fun dancing on the street to amazing musicians. It was such a cool experience to hear such great music at every corner. The Frenchmen Art Market is a must hit – unique, one of a kinda art, photos and craft.

I absolutely loved New Orleans and would love to go back and explore more.

 

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

Eating around Somerville, MA

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Went to Highland Kitchen in Somerville for Brunch on Sunday and it was SO good. They open at 11 am and we arrived around 11:50, had to wait around thirty minutes and then it was go time! They had live blue grass music and bottomless cups of coffee.  I ordered the Fried Chicken biscuit  and it was SOO good. I can’t wait to go back and try them for dinner!IMG_6901

After watching Jungle Book – yes I saw it and it was good – we went for a walk through the park. It was amazing to see all the Tulips in bloom.IMG_6904IMG_6906IMG_6908

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Union Square Donuts – really delicious and fun flavors.

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Flatbread Pizza Company  has some really good pizza and really fun candlepin bowling. Gets really busy on the weekends I reccomend going on a week night if you can.IMG_6944IMG_6945

Redbones BBQ has a great beer selection (the main reason for going ) and I really enjoyed the pulled pork and the baked beans. It does not have great reviews on yelp not sure why I enjoyed my meal… The portions are huge and unless you have a mammoth appetite you can probable share!IMG_6946IMG_6947IMG_6950

Drinks and dinner at Saloon, really crafty cocktails and good food. I tried the Can’t Hardly Wait and I really enjoyed it. I am not a cocktail person but I am trying to branch out a little more from beer and wine and this cocktail really took me by surprise with the great flavor. IMG_6951IMG_6954

Spoke is exciting and delicious. Take your mouth on a culinary adventure here!  IMG_7115

Flatbread with three spreads.IMG_7116

Chikpea Fries – how do they even do this?IMG_7117IMG_7119

Local Burrata – amazing flavors IMG_7120

Duck Meatballs and Asparagus Carbonara. IMG_7121

I might be headed back to California a few pounds heavier but I do not regret it. Just looking at these meals again makes me so happy.