Adventures in Food

June 2013 - food & wine tasting in Monterey, California

Amy and I took our first "sister" trip last June. We decided on beautiful Monterey, California where we could enjoy coastal food and wine... with a view!

Our hotel was very close to Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf.

We sampled sweet and savory authentic crepes from a small stand inside a coffee shop (one of my favorite meals of the trip) at the fisherman's wharf.


Our adventures then lead us on a scenic walk to Cannery Row, a historical area in Monterey. We made a visit to the famous Monterey Aquarium, then (of course) found a place to enjoy the view and taste local wines...

We then headed back to Old Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy one of the many happy hours and sample some of the local seafood...

For dinner, we walked back to Cannery Row and found ourselves at Cannery Row Brewery... where we enjoyed Sand Dabs, a coastal fish, and some local IPA beers. We walked about 10 miles this one day!!!

Learn more about Monterey here:

We couldn't be in Monterey and not make a trip into the well-known Carmel Valley, wine country. We booked a wine tasting tour with the Wine Trolley...

So many great (food&wine) memories. 


More information on Carmel Valley here:

If you are planning a trip to Monterey or Carmel Valley, The Wine Trolley Tour is highly recommended!! We had sang, drank, laughed... it was more than a good time!

Our first sister trip was so much fun! We enjoyed amazing local food and wine, while exploring the city and it's historical spots. What a beautiful coastal area... we can't wait to go back!

September 2012 - Culinary adventures in the Central Coast, California

Every September our family takes a trip up to the Central Coast to celebrate the beginning of fall, enjoy a few days of R&R, and indulge in lots of local food and wine.

"Little Denmark" - This charming little village is full of Danish shops, bakeries, and restaurants offering a taste of Denmark in California!

The danishes at Mortensen's Bakery are OUT OF THIS WORLD!  

Mortensen's Danish Bakery
Keeping it authentic with meatballs, sausages, and beer!

Danish Meatball Sandwich and red cabbage

San Luis Obispo
"California's Natural Escape" - This small college town is known for a unique mix of food, wine, recreation, art and culture set amidst warm, friendly and laid back surroundings.

If you've ever been to SLO, chances are you've eaten a tri-tip sandwich at Firestone Grill.  This is the BEST tri-tip sandwich you'll ever have.  Firestone Grill is a 'must-stop' on our annual family trip... and is a favorite stop of locals and tourists alike!

Famous Tri-tip sandwich at Firestone

SLO Thursday Night Farmer's Market

Paso Robles
Wine country in all of it's glory..... home to more than 180 wineries, 26,000 vineyard acres and 40 varietals of wine.

We love wine... and wine-tasting!

This year's trip to Paso included visits to Fratelli Perata, Edward Sellars, Paso Port, Dao, Chronic Cellars, and Tobin James.

More information about the area at Paso Robles Wine Country.

July 2012 - Culinary adventures in New Orleans, Louisiana

While I was there I fell in love with the local beer, Abita! The Strawberry Harvest Lager was amazing... 

What trip to New Orleans could be complete without a trip to the famous Cafe Du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait?!

And I couldn't leave without trying the Louisiana gulf oysters... Those oysters are LARGE!!

I chickened out on the alligator though.... maybe next time!!

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