The Maker Menagerie, a modern craft fair

Come out and Support SLOcal! Local Food, Local Artisans, and Local Bands!

FREE Event for the whole family

Saturday, November 9, 2013

11 am to 5 pm

Filipino Cultural Center

885 South 13th Street

Grover Beach CA 93433

Vendor applications are still being accepted. They are also offering a limited number of community booth spaces to promote your non-profit or local business. More information at makermenagerie.com

The Maker Menagerie, a modern craft fair

craft show logo-page-0There’s a new show coming to town this November and it’s going to be awesome! They are currently seeking vendors, volunteers, and bands to play at the event. This is going to be a heavily marketed show with high anticipation. The event is all about staying local and that means SLO, baby! Here’s a blip from their site…

The Maker Menagerie, a modern craft fair, is a lively event that embraces “staying local” and features local makers of fine crafted goods! The event benefits local non-profits and will be set to the tunes of local bands throughout the day. Spend the day enjoying the music, shopping from our wonderfully curated craftsman, and supporting local non-profits by eating the delicious plate lunches and other yummy food and drinks. Bring the whole family for a great day out in the community and get a head start on your holiday shopping! 
Saturday, November 9, 2013
11 am to 5 pm
FREE
Filipino Cultural Center
885 S 13th St
Grover Beach, CA 93433
For more information, please visit their website HERE.

Izzy’s SLO Life… My First Time in the Ocean

izzy dunesYesterday my humans and I decided to head to Grover Beach to let me run in the ocean for the very first time. I’m becoming an old man and even though I have only lived by the beach and watched hundreds of sunsets, I’ve never played around in the sea. They told me that there would be a lot of birds for me to chase so I agreed that we should give it a go.

Our visit started with a great adventure. My humans tried to go off of the beaten path, literally, and we ended up in some deep and soft sand. Our 4 wheel drive decided to not work and we work nice and stuck. We didn’t even make it to our desired spot yet. One human dug sand out and the other tried to drive out of the whole, then they traded. I bounced from seat to seat, all stressed out. How were we going to get home?! Then, a family of 3 ran over to help us out. They were really nice and I didn’t even bark at them. With their help, we got our truck out of the sand. The nice family came all the way from Arkansas but the day was too windy for them and they only stayed for 5 minutes.

The wind was really whipping up and sand was flying all over but I was determined to get my paws wet. My humans and I took my introduction to the Pacific slowly. Gradually, they walked me closer and closer to the water and even helped me chase some birds. At first, I was pretty scared and the water was much cooler than the baths they run for me (I have them well trained!). Eventually, I didn’t even think about it and I was neck deep in the salty sea. I was starting to do some paddling but they never did let me get that deep, maybe next time! When I was walking and running along the coast, the tide picked up and I became a bit disoriented when the tide went back out. I ran closer to the water because it looked like the ground was moving! After a while I led my humans back to the sand to take a rest. The picture above is me hanging out and enjoying some sun. The day was a bit too windy for me to completely relax, I kept blinking and rubbing my eyes.

If you are ever in the area, I think you’d really like Grover Beach and the Oceano Dunes! You can drive on the beach and it’s only $5/car. I’m looking forward to the next time my humans and I can get back to the ocean. I’m becoming a Dune Doggy!

local eats… The Rib Line

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Rib Line

228 West Grand Ave

Grover Beach CA 93433

(805) 474-0123

Wow. Really, wow! We were told by a couple locals, that say that they like bbq, to not go here because “It’s too expensive and isn’t that great.” So, we were hesitant to try it but after a few of their suggestions were flops, we thought we’d give it a shot. Boy, were they wrong. The first time we tried them out, we didn’t have a menu and when we called we had to ask for, basically, an oral run through of their offerings. The girl that helped us was really nice but they laughed at us when we asked if we could have it delivered. We figured that they closed in 30 minutes and they are about a quarter mile from our house so they should be able to accommodate a delivery. Not that time, I guess.

Our craving was getting ridiculous and we had to get back. This time, we opted to dine in. The crowd was a mish mash of locals, bros, fresnoids, and bakos. The meal was incredible. I had the tri tip sandwich and baked beans. The tri tip was cooked perfectly, as tender as can be with flavor to spare. I like it SLO style and that means bbq sauce not salsa. The bbq sauce was well balanced and I, easily, could have spread that sauce on a box and would be happy. Now, the beans. Holy bananas. I mean, c’mon. The baked beans are “slap yo mama” good; sweet, smoky, and the beans aren’t overcooked and mushy. My husband had the beef ribs and the fact that his eyes rolled so far back in his head, I knew they were good and he said they were out of this world. He had pasta salad and potato salad, both of which were just okay.

We asked the server what the specials were, before the meal, and he told us about the mac n cheese of the day. It was something with bleu cheese, which I love, and I asked if I could get some as a side. He told me that the cooks could make it happen. I asked him how much the side would be and he said their sides are $4.95. Well, after he dropped off our entrees he came back with a plate full of the mac n cheese. When I asked if that was a “side” he said yes and told me it was $9.95. What?! I told him that I wouldn’t pay 10 bucks for a side and asked him to take it away. He then asked me “So, you want me to take it off your bill?” Ummmm, yup. I do. Our server proved to be, well, the dullest tool in the tool shed. He was a nice kid and you could tell he wanted to provide quality service and he thought that he was but he, obviously, fell short. When we were checking out we asked him how far and how late they delivered. He said that it just depended on what everyone felt like that day. Seems about right.

All in all, this place is immensely delicious. Like, drool-the-whole-way-there delicious. Our friends from out of state ate here when they came for our wedding and they crave it all the time. Lucky for us, we can feed the craving whenever we want. By the way- they are totally not as expensive as other famous SLO bbq joints. They have affordable meals for 2 or families and offer salads as well.

Pros

  • Bang for your buck proportions
  • FOOD QUALITY
  • Options for food

Cons

  • Parking can be hard to find when they’re busy because they’re in a plaza and share the parking with residents
  • Delivery isn’t always available
  • Service can leave you wanting more

see & do…Beach Boardwalk Trail

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The Grover Beach “Beach Boardwalk” Trail is great for everyone. The SLO State Parks department rates it as a moderate trail and it is ADA accessible. There are a couple benches along the path for you to sit and enjoy the gorgeous views and after our walk, we went back and sat there for an hour. We had a great time checking it out as newbies! There is a golf course on your right when you first start out, little sand dunes covered in pretty plants and flowers on your left, ocean views almost the entire time, and beautiful views of the mountains ahead. The trail is 2 miles round trip and you can tack on more if you continue onto Pismo Beach.

How to get there: Go West on Grand Ave. from Highway 1 or from Highway 101. Take Grand Ave. until it (almost) ends at the Oceano Dunes entrance. Park in the lot on the right (you’ll see a seafood restaurant). Parking is free! The trail is located right behind the public restrooms, if you’re looking north from the parking lot.

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Outdoor Concerts in SLO County

outdoor concertsWe’re blessed to have amazing weather on the California Central Coast and cities throughout the county celebrate with outdoor concerts. We love attending concerts in the park and when we moved here I started asking around about events in our new home. So, I thought I would share this information with all of you newbies and locals alike. I hope to run into you at the concerts. Please let us know if you have a concert series you’d like to list!

All of these events are FREE and family friendly!

Wednesdays

Templeton– 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Templeton Community Park- June 13 through August 22, 2013 (no concert on July 4th) – click here for lineup

Fridays

Paso Robles – 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Paso Robles City Park Gazebo – June 14 through August 23, 2013 – click here for the lineup

San Luis Obispo – 5 to 8 pm in Mission Plaza – June 14 through September 6, 2013 – click here for more info and the lineup

Saturdays

Atascadero – 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Lake Park – June 29 through August 10, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Los Osos – 2 to 6 pm at Sea Pines Golf Resort – June 8 through July 27, 2013 – no outside food or beverage allowed – click here for their facebook page

Sundays

Grover Beach – 3 to 6 pm in Ramona Park – June 2 through September 29, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Arroyo Grande – 1 pm at Heritage Square Park – June 9 through September 22, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Pismo Beach – 1 to 4 pm at Dinosaur Caves Park – June 9th, July 14th, and August 11, 2013 – click here for the lineup

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