San Simeon Bay & Sebastian’s

There is a special spot on the central coast that I love to visit when I am in the area – San Simeon Bay! The bay is a beautiful circular stretch of white sand and crystal blue water - when comes to shore crashes upon large rocks, sending white foamy water upward to the sky.  Healthy overgrown … [Read more...]

Bonny Doon Farm

I have a farm client up in the hills of the Santa Cruz mountains that I think of fondly this time of year.  I can visualize their fields dusted with light fog in the early morning as the sun begins to burn it off and brighten the landscape with its warmth.  I am thinking of Bonny Doon Lavender Farm … [Read more...]

Hog Island Oyster Company

My husband and I love oysters! Raw, barbequed, Rockefeller – they are all good. My favorite way to eat them is raw with a little squeeze of lemon and mignonette - accompanied with champagne and really good sourdough bread.  A match made in heaven! I prefer Pacific coast oysters from very cold and … [Read more...]

Paso Robles Valley, Part 2

Each year during the Giovanzana family annual trip to the Paso Robles valley, we join our friends who live there, for a fun filled day of wine tasting.  We drive along beautiful country roads,  that lead us to an assortment of unique and charming wineries.  In an area that boasts more than 200 … [Read more...]

Love Apple Farm

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a very special farm, which is the only certified bio-dynamic farm in Santa Cruz County, grows over 300 culitvars of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, operates as a gardening and cooking educational center, and is known on occasion to throw a … [Read more...]

Harley Farms in Pescadero – Part 2

For the past 18 years, Harley Farms has truly been a growing successful business since Dee first purchased her six American Alpine goats and rose at 6 AM to hand milk them.  Dee still stays very close with the flow and rhythm of the farm and always reminds herself , "The goats come first."  Her … [Read more...]

Harley Farms in Pescadero – Part 1

Over the past couple of years I have been hearing about a dairy farm in the seaside town of Pescadero that raises their own goats and makes delicious cheese from their milk.  I heard how charming the dairy was and that they had a real lovely cheese shop.  So I decided to go visit Harley Farms this … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Blueberries

This past week my son and I went on a road trip to visit colleges and attend campus tours at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara.  I can't believe it is time to start thinking about college?!  It seems that I was just sending him off to kindergarten and buying him Legos and light … [Read more...]