Bouillabaisse a la Californien (A French Inspired Seafood Stew)

Bouillabaisse a la Californien (A French Inspired Seafood Stew)

Dive into an incredibly fresh and flavorful seafood stew inspired by the classic Provencal Dish.

Southern Californian Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

Southern Californian Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

Seafood is often considered an expensive, bougie treat.  I've noticed that I tend to suggest  replacing a majority of the red meat in ones diet with seafood for the obvious health benefits, while ignoring the strain that this places on ones wallet. Shrimp tends to be the least-expensive option in the seafood section, and has [...]

Shrimp and Scallop Tacos

Shrimp and Scallop Tacos

There's no time like summer for shrimp and scallops on the barbie. In San Diego, the food culture is centered around the fish taco, and eating a good fish taco is a life changing experience.  If you don't believe me, ask my boyfriend who claimed he didn't like fish before he had his first San [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]