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Coffee Break

I spent the morning coffee break at my local beach break: Kealia Beach in Kapaa on the island of Kaua’i.  

There is something magical almost super natural when you stop and enjoy the sounds of the ocean’s roar and let the salty air clean you up!


Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

“Sayulita is a fishing village about 25 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, with a population of approximately 4,000.

Known for its consistent river mouth surf break, roving surfers “discovered” Sayulita in the late 60’s with the construction of Mexican Highway 200. Today, Sayulita is a prosperous growing village of approximately 4,000 residents. Hailed as a popular off-the-beaten-path travel destination, Sayulita offers a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, jungle canopy tours, snorkeling and fishing. Still a mecca for beginner surfers of all ages, the quaint town attracts upscale tourists with its numerous art galleries and restaurants as well. Sayulita has a curious eclectic quality, frequented by native Cora and Huichol peoples, travelling craftsmen as well as international tourists. Sayulita is the crown jewel in the newly designated “Riviera Nayarit”, the coastal corridor from Litibu to San Blas. Its stunning natural beauty and easy access to Puerto Vallarta have made Sayulita real estate some of the most sought after in all of Mexico. With a growing ecological awareness and stricter zoning enforcement, development is being regulated to help safeguard the environment and quality of life of the community.”

The Roasted Bean ~ Santa Ynez, California ~ CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

Middle of August 2010 is going to be a sad day in the Santa Ynez Valley for many residents who want a cup of joe. They will meet their morning wake up call with a closed sign. The “locally world famous” Roasted Bean will be closed “due to failed lease negotiations”.

Once known for their killer smoothies and cute charm, it is not going to be the same in the SYV without it. It was the place you came to be seen and to meet your friends, it will be no longer.

The best thing that ever happen to the Roasted Bean was Green Star coffee. Not only is the best coffee in the Santa Ynez Valley hands down, it is probably the best in all of the 805. I have been to several coffee shops that serve it and wherever I go it is the same amazing richness and quality. I will miss my dopio espresso cubano.

August in Santa Ynez is going to be a hard month for many locals who go there every morning at the same time.

Here’s to new traditions!

The Roasted bean is CLOSED

Elks Rodeo ~ Santa Maria, Ca ~ Coors Light and Bull Riding

We decided to take the RV to Santa Maria this year for the first time, to the Elks Rodeo.

It has become part of our Summer kick off tradition however this year, we brought our new baby: Fanny.

Photos taking with the new D90 and a couple of different lenses, nothing to special just a good time and cold beer.

We brought some Enjoy Cupcakes from Los Olivos mixed with some good ol Santa Maria style BBQ complete with trip tip and all the fixins’. You know you are in the central coast of California when you get our BBQ.

After our the rodeo we made our way to the Swiss, an old time country western eatery in the old part of Santa Maria. From steaks to stiff drinks, its the way locals do fine dining. Old school atmosphere and some awesome live music, it was the place to be after the Elks Rodeo.

Until next year….

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Roberto’s ~ Del Mar, Ca

Love me some tacos ~ Del Mar, Ca

Roberto's Taco Shop ~ Del Mar, Ca

Nothing like surfing Del Mar/Torrey Pines and getting out the water to Tacos. Just up the street from where my best friend lives is this little taco stand that kicks out some grub Mexican food all over San Diego, California. Just off historic highway 1 and highway 5

Every time I travel to Del Mar I make sure and stop in for at least a couple of carne asada tacos. Simple and perfect, every time.  A must if you can’t make it actually into Mexico for the real deal.

San Diego ~ Del Mar ~ Encinitas ~ Point Loma

One of my favorite places to relax and vacation is Del Mar (just north of San Diego) off the 5 Freeway.

From Mimis Diner to E street coffee to the Gas lamp district, there is so much to do in such great location.

Woke up this morning and surfed Torrey Pines, waves pumping through and a balmy 63 degrees it was a great change up from the colder Santa Barbara weather.

Just after surfing my favorite thing to do is eat, and eat I did. There is a solid little mexican food restaurant on Carmel Valley Road just across from the beach. Surfing and mexican food warms my heart.

More updates coming soon, I am only in the middle of my trip….

Margarita Madness ~ Dos Carlitos ~ Santa Ynez, Ca

Dos Carlitos is a new spot in the Santa Ynez Valley that has all the locals coming back for more. From their happy hour to their bomb Margaritas, I hope it is a place that will be around for a long long time.

An off shoot of Carlitos in Santa Barbara (across from the Arlington Theater on State Street), ‘”Dos” Carlitos is the new black. Located in down town Santa Ynez directly across from the Red Barn. They feature topshelf Tequila ranging from 8 to 12$ to $40 to $50 shots of the good stuff.

I had a middle of the line Marg this night, with some Herradura Silver Tequila. It was good and made the belly very satisfied. A great stop any night of the week.

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