3 Meals to up your Glamping Game

3 Meals to up your Glamping Game

Curious how to shop for your next car camping trip? Here's a sample shopping list and three simple easy gourmet meals to take your camping trip to the next level. Added bonus: everything tastes better when cooked outside. Note: it's recommended that you actually get outside and go for a hike, rather than sit around and drink all day. Please try to clean up and leave no trace.

10 Ways to get a Workout in the Winter

10 Ways to get a Workout in the Winter

Working out in the winter is hard;  yes, even in California.  It's dark, it's cold, and you're wearing a lot of layers.  All sound like great excuses to laze around on your couch drinking eggnog, but it's especially important to keep up your workouts as the days shorten.  Exercise will keep off those winter blues [...]

A Beginners Guide to Backpacking with Type 1 Diabetes

A Beginners Guide to Backpacking with Type 1 Diabetes

Note: An Updated version of this post can be found here I grew up assuming that backpacking was not an option for me.  Backpacking along with scuba diving was looped into the "too dangerous for diabetics" category in my head. A category, which I've only recently realized is completely ludicrous. Unlike scuba diving, no one [...]

A Little Sicily Feast

A Little Sicily Feast

If you know me or read my blog, you probably know that I am obsessed with Sicily, and consider myself a Sicilian at heart. When considering my Sunday plans, I jumped on the opportunity to attend the 21st annual Sicilian Festival in downtown San Diego's Little Italy.  I prepared myself for the inevitable feasting and [...]

Best Places to Pitch a Tent Near San Diego

Best Places to Pitch a Tent Near San Diego

  Cibbets Flat Kitchen Creek Cleveland National Forest Off the 8 east after Alpine, is a valley known as Kitchen Creek. As the edge of Cleveland National Forrest before you hit Anza Borrego, this is one of the lusher areas around San Diego. The campsite is dramatically situated on a creek between mountains. Not only [...]

The Vineyard Chronicles: El Buen Vino de Ensenada

The Vineyard Chronicles: El Buen Vino de Ensenada

Chianti, Marlborough Bay, Provence, Napa, La Rioja, Chile, Valle de Guadalupe.  Valle de Guadalupe is the wine region that makes up a part of Ensenada, Mexico about eighty miles south of the Tijuana border.  Ensenada has always housed a few vineyards, but it’s not until the past couple of years that Ensenada has truly emerged as [...]

A San Franciscan Beer Butt Chicken

A San Franciscan Beer Butt Chicken

The best kind of parties are those that involve good company, wine, and a crowded kitchen.  This particular party included all of those with special points in the crowded kitchen division.  Extra credit is given in the good company and wine as well. The bittersweet part is that this party did not take place in [...]

Julian: Best Place to Hike, Worst Place to Apple Pick

Julian: Best Place to Hike, Worst Place to Apple Pick

"It doesn't snow in San Diego." False.  Although it snows about every 50 years in the city of San Diego, it snows almost every year in Julian. Julian, California Julian is one of those strange places that doesn't feel like San Diego.  It is located North East of the city separating coast from dessert.  Southern [...]