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San Diego Area Brewtour

A few weekends ago while we were down in San Diego for a concert, we took an extra day off of work so we could make time to hit up some breweries in the SD area.

We stayed just a few miles away from Stone Brewery – somewhere we have been dying to go for a loooong time (one of Chris’ favs), so that was our main place we wanted to visit.  Even if you’re not a big beer fan I totally recommend that you visit the brewery, it is AMAZING.  It’s gigantic!  There’s the brewery itself, a gift store, a giant restaurant, and outdoor “beer garden”. The garden area was much larger than I had expected, you basically walked around a path outside with tons of trees, a big pond and picnic type areas to sit around on.  It was also super packed!


These pretzels were SO good!  So about the food: their kitchen was undergoing renovations during our visit so they sort of had a limited menu.  Chris and I both weren’t very impressed with our dinner, it was alright but definitely not as good as we’d hoped for the $$$ spent.  The snacks and beer, of course, were divine 🙂



The actual brewery tours were sold the first 2 days we were in the area, and so we stopped back on our way home and somehow managed to squeeze into an open tour that day!  It was pretty neat and I actually learned a lot about the brewing process.

I failed at really taking photos of the other places we visited, but we had also made stops at Mission Brewery, Karl Strauss, and Lost Abbey / Port Brewing.  We had great experiences at all of them and can’t wait to go back down to SD and find more great breweries 🙂


New Year Kicked Off Right!

Yesterday was my most wonderful husband’s 25th birthday, and we celebrated by taking an extra long weekend and heading to Vegas with some friends of ours. It was Chris and my first time going ever, so The Grangers were the perfect pair to break of our Vegas virginity seeing as they’ve been a million times and even got married there!

We walked around way too much, drank some beers, gambled a bit, and had a good time. Here’s some evidence.

Played a game on the way where we had to guess the artist and song names that came on the radio, needless to say Chris and I failed 🙂

We got back late Saturday night after a long drive and a few stops at some outlet stores 🙂  Sunday was Chris’ birthday and I woke up and made him breakfast and asked him what kind of cake he wanted. He said banana, chocolate, and caramel. This is what I came up with:

Michigan Pt. 1

Sunday we arrived back home from a 10-day trip to Michigan to visit with Chris’ family.  We hadn’t been back there to visit in 2 years, which is a lot of time to not see your family!  I didn’t want to leave and I’m already wanting to go back.  Just for the scenery alone.  Flying back over California into LA, I was thinking “dang, it’s SO ugly here”.  It is. I don’t really get why tons of people live here, but that’s just me. (Uh yeah, what am I still doing here by the way? hah).

Enough of that. Here’s some pretty fall shots from our trip.  I’ll share the 2nd most fun part of our trip in a another post. And that would be, all of our beer and food tasting 😉

Oh! One important thing before the other photos…we planned a meetup with Lauryn, who’ve I’ve been blog-following for years!  I love my bloggy friends 🙂  We went to Union Woodshop for dinner, which was pretty much my dream place.  They serve beer in mason jars AND the decor was pretty dang rad. If you’re in Michigan you should definitely check it out, it was delicious.  Thanks Lauryn for an awesome time!!!

Deer!  I was so excited I got a good shot of the deer, we had to be super sneaky walking around to find them.

I love how this cell phone pic turned out:

Are you drooling yet? Gah, sooo beautiful!

Day 1 & Some weekend fun

I’m doing a fun little photo challenge for the next 30 days with some friends. Some of them are pretty simple, but some make you think a bit and are just fun ideas to test your skillz. Today’s challenge (the first day) was to take a photo of yourself.

Soooo, when you work all day, get home and quickly change and head to the gym, then come back home and make dinner, it’s late, and you’re stinky and tired. But, you document your lovely face and greasy hair anyways. Hot.

Moving right along!

One day over this last holiday weekend we made a spur-of-the-moment trip to the coast to meet up with some good friends.  The drive as you got closer to the coast (and through some wine country) was SO pretty, everything was so green and lush.

That’s a lake, but if you look closely you can see the ocean in the background – gorgeous.

My husband is crazzzyyyy!

We spent a few hours in Cayucos just walking around and grabbing a bite to eat. Then we ventured over to San Luis Obispo to do a little of the same. We ended the evening at Creekside Brewing Company, and the beers were really good (yep, tried them all…duh!). Sometime I wish beer wasn’t so filling 🙂 On the way home as we were driving and it was getting dark I was looking around (there’s lots and lots of cows and horses in fields along the drive) and I spotted a large family of deer, maybe elk, trotting along close to the road. So cute! I kind of wish we would have stopped to take some photos.

On Seattle Being Awesome

Oops, it’s been three weeks since I wrote about the first part of our “mini-moon” – {Portland} – didn’t mean for it to take that long to write about the second half of our week away.

After our 3 short days in Portland, we drove our rental car up to Seattle.  It took us less than 3 hours to get there, which is pretty awesome – and the drive was so pretty.

When we first arrived, we just drove straight to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Deca, which is located in the university district.  It’s a super adorable boutique hotel and we definitely had a great stay. Our room was adorable and had great views (I believe we were on the 14th floor), plus they gave us some free honeymoon goodies including some champagne and chocolates 🙂

It was kind of late in the afternoon and we were starving, so we decided to head downtown to Pikes Place Market right away and find something there to eat.  Can I just say that I hate parking in big cities (especially when I’m driving) and it gives me MAJOR anxiety? That is all.

We ended up grabbing some delicious chowder at Pikes Place Chowder, and then spent the rest of the day walking around, exploring and hitting some some shops.

And since our trips are all about food, we had a late dinner at a sushi place that was right down the street from our hotel, Village Sushi.  It was really good and the restaurant was on a street with older houses – so it was in a super cute old house!

The next morning we went to a diner that has been featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, Voula’s Offshore Cafe.  The cafe was super cute and we had a great meal – you could tell it was a really popular place, and for good reason. I have no idea what we ate but it was probably delicious 🙂

That day we drove about an hour and a half away to a a wildlife park called Northwest Trek.  We wanted to see more of the outdoorsy part of WA, so that’s why we went there. Plus…we love animals and it sounded pretty neat.   The whole places was located within a dense forest, on acres and acres of land.  All of the animals there are native to the area, some were in enclosed habitats, and there was another part of the park where you go on a tram tour through all these different habitats and see heards of different animals roaming around. That was pretty dang neat, because you were right next to them.  Here’s some of my favorite animals we saw.

That evening we ate at RAM Brewery and grabbed some coffee at Satellite Coffee, both in Tacoma, WA.   Weird story, that night when we got back to our hotel in Seattle, we turned on the news and saw there had been a shooting at a “popular restaurant” that night and Chris said “that would be funny if it was the restaurant we went to”…and it TOTALLY WAS. Weird right. I mean…Tacoma is kind of a drive from Seattle, and we just happened to be at THAT restaurant that same night. Crazy.

Our last full day in Seattle was spent visiting some random places that I had read about online…they were kind of all over the city so we drove a lot.  In West Seattle we visited Bakery Nouveau (I had an AMAZING almond croissant), Cupcake Royale (we tried lavender, red velvet, salted caramel and tripe threat chocolate, all so good!), a store called Click (lots of handmade goodies – I got some cute stuff), and stopped at the farmers market (it was a Sunday).   That night we hit up another brewery, down the street from our hotel, Big Time Brewery.  We mostly just went there to try their beer (which was good!) and we ate pizza 🙂

Aaaannndd, the last day of our trip, we had to drive back to Portland from Seattle. It was raining really bad – so bad that sometimes I couldn’t see and I felt like I was going to crash! But we made it 🙂  (and just so Chris doesn’t sound lazy, I had to drive THE WHOLE TIME because I am the only one 25 or older and we didn’t want to pay more for him…boo!).  Before we went to the airport, we met a friend for lunch at – you guessed it- another brewery. We had lunch at Widmer Brothers, and I think Chris is the only one that actually had beer. At this point, I wanted to die from all the beer and food we had been ingesting – lol.  After that, we headed to the airport and we had a safe flight home (yay!).  Actually, boo…I was really sad to leave that gorgeous area and kind of depressed to come home. Can’t wait to go back.

And that, was the longest trip recap of all time 🙂 Hope you got through it all. Whew!


I took this last Friday off for an extra long weekend, because we had a few friends staying with us. Here are some snippets of my weekend – cell phone picture version 🙂 

A drive from Bakersfield to LA.

I was determined to find a good eatery in LA that had been feaured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. I made a list of all the places in LA, and we ended up at Oinkster. We also happend to see a famous person! Zach del la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine was eating solo and having a heated conversation on his cell phone, hah. (Ok, so I definitely wouldn’t have known who it was if it wasn’t for someone else who pointed him out, shh).

I had the Oinkster Pastrami and it was FAB. Note to self, order plaintains instead of fries next time (I tried a friend’s an they were AMAZING).

We ended Friday evening walking around Hollywood & Highland Ave.
We stayed the night in LA, then had a gigantic breakfast Saturday morning, followed by a pitstop at Ikea on the way back home.


The rest of the weekend was spent doing random things and thrifting 🙂


This caught my eye in a local antique store because Jimaie had just purchased something similar. I may or may not have picked it up for her to match 🙂
I didn’t buy this bitty-squirrel-on-a-nut but I thought it was hilar!

We also went to see peacocks at a local park, and I finally got a good picture of an albino peacock! We lured her in with french fries 🙂

My friend Mallory and I.

I hope you had a lovely weekend!! I promise to post more soon, including our guest room makeover 😀 yay!

Day Trip

This is for my LA area friends and/or people that have been to LA and can give me some suggestions. I am headed over to LA for the day (tomorrow) with a few friends fom the SF area. While we have a few must-see things on our list to do, I was wondering if you all have some must-stop eateries for us to go to. Because food is obviously the most important part of any trip. OBVIOUSLY!

So please, give me some ideas! I am most likely looking for cheapish places, and definitely places that are only in LA.

Annnddd, GO! Thank you so much 🙂