{Sierra Nevada Brewery}

It’s no secret–I love Sierra Nevada beer. There’s almost always a case of their Pale Ale in our house at all times, along with a few of their seasonal varieties tucked away in the fridge. Luckily for me, my brother lives in Chico, birthplace of Sierra Nevada and home to their brewery and taproom, so I try to make an excuse to visit whenever I get the chance (of course, visiting my brother is the real reason!).

Since I was in the area at Christmas, I decided to drag my family up there for a little afternoon brewery visit. Sierra Nevada’s taproom and restaurant has some of the best pub food I’ve ever had and this past visit was no exception. The menu features beer-inspired dishes with local ingredients.

Here are some photos of the meal:

Goat Cheese and Beet Salad

Mushroom, Garlic, and Pecan Pizza

French Dip

Roast Beef and Potato Pizza

Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

Plus, they always have 15 beers or so on tap to try in tasters, half pints, or pints, many of which you can only find in the brewery. Growler, anyone?

You can check out more about Sierra Nevada on their website here.

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{Honeymoon Cafe}

Honeymoon Cafe

Hands down, Honeymoon Cafe is my favorite place for breakfast in the area. And as someone who is not much of a big breakfast eater, I don’t say that lightly! The restaurant sits on an unassuming corner of Price St. in Pismo Beach, but is always packed with people who crave their fresh, local, often organic, and always delicious breakfasts and lunches and eclectic, neighborhood vibe.

Jeff and I headed over there on Saturday for a little birthday celebration (24!) and a walk on the beach. The day was absolutely gorgeous, but we decided to sit inside in a cozy corner and enjoy our breakfast and coffee–did I mention their coffee is amazing too?

Honeymoon Cafe

My go-to order at Honeymoon is their Moonrise bagel which is a lot like Nautical Bean’s California Eggel. However, this weekend I was looking for something a bit more special–it was my birthday after all!–so I ordered the multigrain pancakes with eggs and veggie sausage. The pancakes were to die for!

Honeymoon Cafe

Jeff ordered their sourdough french toast which was also amazing.

Honeymoon Cafe

It is a bit of a trek for us to get out there, but it is highly worth the trip! You can find more reviews of Honeymoon Cafe on their yelp page here.

{Barracuda?}

With our CSA box last week, we received barracuda as part of the Fresh Catch program we are also a part of. I know, barracuda? A little scared,¬†I immediately put in in the freezer hoping inspiration would strike at some point with what to do with it. Well, last weekend, that inspiration had definitely not struck and with the promise of more fish on Monday, I needed to make it soon. Solution? Make it for my parents! That way, we would have 4 people eating it if it didn’t turn out so well.

We ended up dredging it in egg and flour, frying it in some olive oil, and serving it as a side to our clam chowder. And to everyone’s surprise, it was actually great! The fish was pretty mild but had great texture and flavor. Who knew?

Because we all also had clam chowder to eat, we ended up saving most of it and my mom used it to make a salad with the rest of our CSA veggies for lunch the next day.

Salads are such an easy way to use leftover meat whether it be fish, chicken, or beef.

Barracuda Salad

I think I might just have to buy some more!

{Starting off the 3 Day Weekend Right}

Miss Lola's SouthSide Grill

I have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time and am so excited it’s finally here! Having an extra day off just seems magical and so needed this time of year.

My parents also had Friday off so they headed up to SLO to hang out for the weekend. Although it was raining, we met them in Morro Bay at Miss Lola’s SouthSide Grill which had a recent write up in Sunset magazine.

We all ordered warm sandwiches, grilled cheeses, and soups to stay warm. The food was traditional American with a few twists like my grilled cheese with tomato and avocado.

Grilled Cheese

Jeff and my Dad had a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Despite a few mix-ups in the orders, it was the perfect meal to kick off the weekend!