"Live music is better" ~ Neil Young
Are you looking for something to do Friday night's? Do you like live music? Do you like wine? If you answer "yes" to any of those then you're in luck because now through October, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery hosts a wine and concert event every other Friday from 5:30pm until sunset called "Train Wreck Friday". The event is free for wine club members and one guest, or $15 per person for non-members. The event includes wine tasting, wine sold by the glass or bottle, food for purchase, and great music from local bands.
I attended the last Train Wreck with my friends Julia and Colleen. We arrived shortly after 5:30pm with our lawn chairs in tow. The band, Burning James and The Funky Flames, had already started to play so we picked out a spot on the grass under a tree.
"If you walk a mile in my shoes, you'll end up in a wine bar" ~ Unknown
I have a new love and it's called "Creme Brulee Cheesecake".
My friend Alison and I have talked about trying Stax Wine Bar for quite awhile, and we finally set a date to drop everything and just go. Perfect timing since they were just voted runner up "Best Wine Bar" in the New Times 2017 Best of SLO edition. 1st place went to Luis Wine Bar and, granted I haven't been there yet, I already feel like they were robbed of the #1 title. I will visit Luis and let you know if their #1 ranking is accurate or if Stax was truly robbed. But right now, and I could be blinded by cheesecake love, I do feel it would be hard to beat Stax.
"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" ~ Robin Williams
May has worked out to be a month of pick up parties. Between my husband and I, we are wine club members at Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Peachy Canyon Winery, and PasoPort Wine, as well as a member of the Fromagerie Sophie cheese of the month club. Three of which are having their spring pick up parties this month.
For those unfamiliar, as a wine club member a winery will prepare a selection of wine at a discounted, or member price, and the winery will typically host an afternoon or evening of tastings, music, and food assortments. Each winery is different as to the format and type of food, but pretty standard is a taste of the wines you have purchased in your club shipment.
"Wine...a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy" ~ Benjamin Franklin
This past Sunday brought an unexpected wine tasting adventure for my friend Nannon and I. We decided to head out to the unknown and visit a place neither of us had ever been to:
"Always have an escape plan" ~ Unknown
I have wanted to check out Locked Inn in Grover Beach for some time. I tried scheduling with friends, but our schedules kept conflicting, so I decided to see if my nephews would be interested in going with me. They were, in fact so was my sister and brother-in-law.
Locked Inn is a live escape room where you and your group, between 4 and 8 people, try to escape from the room by solving puzzles based on clues you find. It was started in August 2015 by husband and wife team, Patrick and Mariah, and the two continue to design and run the place. They are a wonderful, fun, and energetic couple. Their excitement for new guests to come and try out their escape room shows in their smiles and enthusiasm as they brief you on what to expect during your "stay".
My family and I headed down to Grover this past Saturday; our "check-in" reservations were for noon. We arrived a bit early - early enough to grab a quick before picture.
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My birthday month planning is underway!
I've been tossing around various ideas for my birthday celebrations such as, picnic, melodrama, miniature golf, dinner, happy hour, brunch...lots of different ideas, but one plan has officially fallen in place ~
"It is more fun to talk to someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch.'" ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
I am a tough critic on Atascadero restaurants. I get fed up with them, and the town. It just seems that the only food establishments in that city are Thai, Mexican, and Fast Food. 13 Thai, 47 Mexican and every single fast food franchise known to man. While those numbers may be a slight exaggeration, that’s what it feels like. And any time a new or decent restaurant pops up, it seems they are overpriced, have poor quality and/or service, have the misfortune of being located in The Carlton (the business jinx), or aren’t able to stay in business for very long (usually because of one or more of the factors I just mentioned).
I say these things so you can get a gauge that when it comes to A-town dining, I’m not impressed. I would much rather go to Paso or SLO for dining out options, or even Templeton, than have to pick a restaurant to go to in Atascadero. (Usually if I do, it sounds like this: “I guuuuessss…Que Pasa???”).
And before you think me a snob, let me provide you with a quote from Duran Duran's lead singer, as he summarizes my feelings on snobbery quite well:
"I'm not a snob. Ask anybody. Well, anybody who matters" ~ Simon LeBon
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