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!

If you like Beer, look on.

Merry Early Christmas from Anchor Steam!!IMG_4239 A few weeks I go I was able to Steward a home brewing event at Anchor Steam. IMG_4240

Drink a steam with J.C.?! Could be Jesus Christ or me… IMG_4242 A room full of hops could there be anything more fragrant and delicious?!IMG_4248 IMG_4251 A beautiful fall afternoon in the East Bay.IMG_4271 I sometimes forget how amazing this city is. When I am lucky enough to be a passenger and not a driver I can take wonky pictures like this. That do little justice to the beautiful view, but make me happy and thankful all the same.IMG_4306 Went to a Girls Pint Out event at Harmonic in dogpatch/portola last week. They have done a really nice job with the beers they brew.  They were crafted beautifully with robust flavors that have led me to want to go back again and soon! We had a large group and they were so attentive. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Parking is easy, get a pizza near by and enjoy.IMG_4309 We were able to take a tour!IMG_4310 IMG_4311 IMG_4312Finally got to go to go to Mikkeller Bar. Their food and beers are on point. We had the kale salad and fries. A perfect balance of healthy and not so healthy.
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These photos make it look like I drink beer a lot… What can I say? It is true.

A day in Marseille

IMG_2220Not much to say for Marseille except it was good lesson in planning and why it can be important for any trip. 

We had big hopes and dreams for Marselle. 

We had spent the last week in cities, walking and seeing sights. A rest on a beach was just what we needed and were very much looking forward to.

Our first impression was beautiful. Once you leave the train station right in the city center you are faced with a beautiful view.

We were so excited and ready to set our belongings down at our airbnb and head to the beach.

While our airbnb of choice was supposed to be an 8 min walk from the train station we couldn’t seem to locate the street. We tried hailing a taxi but they said it was too close and we should walk.. Normally, that would be fine but it was HOT and we had our belongings on our backs.

Finally, while we were examine a map a local man came up and asked what we were looking for… he then proceeded to lead us all the way there.

We were half part unsure what his motives were and just had no clue what was going on BUT he did lead us to the apartment where we were staying – he told us to be careful in this area, it was unsafe and not a place where young girls should be walking.  

Needless to say this experience was not off to a great start.

Once we set our belongings down we decided we wanted to get something to eat so we began to look for a cafe etc where we could purchase something. At all the cafes we only saw men no women anywhere. It was alarming and made us feel uncomfortable. 

We had also realized that we were not near the beach at all. Even if we were ‘walking distance’ the area seemed really unsafe and not a place we should be walking. 

We felt our decision was simple – stay the current night at our place and find a place near the beach for the next night. 

Easier said then done – everything about 3 stars was over 200 euro a night, we could not afford this so we decided to go to Barcelona a day early.

It was a hard decision to make because I felt that I was giving up, but ultimately I did not feel that we would have an enjoyable time in Marseille because of our lack of proximity to anything that was of interest to us.  

With our plan created we decided to make the best of the night and take a taxi to the beach.

Also, a side note on this – I think our stay could have been better had we researched more – additionally, had we been staying at a hostel or hotel the staff perhaps could have directed us or given us more information but without that we felt lost and uncomfortable.

Anyways, we headed to the beach and boy was it packed.  You could scarcely see the sand or water for that matter do to all the people present. It was pretty wild. This was not the relaxing beach scape either of us had envisioned when we thought of South of France.

Regardless, we enjoyed a nice dinner on the beach with our toes in the sand and cheers’ed to our last night in France. After our meal we tried to find a taxi to take us back – we kept walking and walking but to no avail did we find a taxi finally after the day turned to night we found a taxi number and texted them our location and if they could pick us up about thirty minutes later we were headed back to our airbnb.  

Don’t get my wrong Marseille had beautiful elements and I think with better planning and maybe some more money 😉 our stay there would have been better.  

I think we made the right decision for how we felt at that time, I HOPE that I have learned from this situation and in the future make sure to research more about a destination and specifically where I am staying in regards to where I want to go at that destination but only time will tell. 

View from train station.

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A great place to stop for pastries.
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Beautiful architecture. IMG_2209

We found the beach.IMG_2211 IMG_2212

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Co-working space in Marseille.IMG_2221

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A swell place to dwell

Thankful for the past and present places I have been able to call home

and for the people who help make those places a home.

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Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo (Great Wine Land)

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Point Reyes, California

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Way to Live

“Happy, Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running – that’s the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there.”

– Jack Kerouac The Dharma Bums

This little gem of a quote has a home on my desk.  It makes me happy. It makes me smile.  Can’t you just imagine that salty air filling your nostrils and whipping your hair around. Mmmm mmm I love it and I can almost close my eyes and picture myself standing on the shoreline with my toes wiggling in the sand…that’s my happy place (one of them anyway). I want to live a wild life, relatively.  Just free to explore, chart my own course and be out there, outside, experiencing nature and the beauty of the outdoors.