While it’s inevitable that you’ll fall in love with the beautiful coastal scenery and quaint towns along the Central Coast, this Valentine’s Day, share a bit of that coastal love with a friend or companion.
Here’s an article posted by Weekend Sherpa.com for a great Valentine’s Day-inspired bike ride in San Buenaventura State Beach along with a stop at The Jolly Oyster.
If you’re in the mood for some great tunes, head over to Ventura and choose from a wide variety of venues participating in Ventura’s local music scene. There are many genres of music to choose from and most venues are offering food and beverage specials.
To get your music fix, check out more information here, and don’t be afraid to hum along with your favorite local musicians.
“All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level” – Charles Trotter.
The 2011 Sunset Savor the Central Coast embodied all of these things: fabulous wine, cuisine, people and ambiance. I am left reminiscing about the delicious food and phenomenal wine that I was lucky enough to partake in. I am also left remembering the new friends that I made through this event. One such person was Justin Kahler, Winemaker at JK Wine Company who introduced me to a fabulous Viognier which I am excited to share with you.
Traditionally, when “pairing”, you select a dish and then choose a wine to compliment the dish. Sometimes, I like to do things unconventionally. I’m going to go out on a limb and be completely honest: I don’t like to follow rules. Wine should be fun and food & wine pairing should be a delightful experience. It only took a few “tastes” of Justin Kahler’s 2009 Viognier for me to select it as the October Pairings in Paso. You can imagine my delight when Justin presented me with a recipe which turned out to be a dish from one of my favorite Paso Robles restaurants: Artisan. Serendipity at its most delicious. Continue reading →
San Luis Obispo, CA — A local restaurant put the Central Coast in the national spotlight last night. The Rib Line on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo was featured in an episode of “Man Vs. Food Nation” on the Travel Channel. Adam Richman, the host, coached high school teacher Naader Reda, of Ventura, in attempting to defeat the “Brahma Bull Challenge.” The challenge means eating three pounds of tri-tip, sandwiched between a sliced sourdough loaf topped with barbecue sauce or salsa. Reda tried to beat the current record of 42 minutes. Reda beat the record by two minutes. He will now get free lunch every Friday at the Rib Line. The Rib Line also has a location in Grover Beach. If you missed the airing, visit travelchannel.com for their updated schedule.
There’s a moment at the start of “the original road trip” along the Central Coast when you leave Los Angeles behind and arrive at a separate place. U.S. Highway 101 twists down the Conejo Grade to the farms on the valley floor. The view opens to inland mountains while the Channel Islands appear to float in the offshore mists. Continue reading →
Checkout one family blogger’s experience on the Central Coast:
Just arrived in Buellton, Santa Barbara county after an excellent drive down the” PCH” from Carmel, taking in the amazing Coastal scenery of the Big Sur – dramatic cliffs, huge pacific surf and hair-pin bendy roads (another RV navigational challenge)! Had a great lunch-time stop at a restaurant called Nepenthe in the heart of the Big Sur.
Monterey and Carmel were superb – the whale watching was the undoubted highlight with us being extremely lucky in seeing a couple of killer whales and also spending a great few hours in the impressive Aquarium in Monterey.
Tomorrow we are taking in some winery visits in the Santa Ynez wine area and then an afternoon on the beach near Santa Barbara.
Probably time to return the RV as I have started to assess the various merits of the different RV ‘s around the campgrounds – may need some serious help from friends and family to talk me out of entering the dark world of caravanning when we return to the UK. Thanks in advance!