Encinitas Garden Festival 10th Anniversary Smash Hit!

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The Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour 2015 (EGF) drew tons of garden aficionados this past Saturday. Attendees shopped the plethora of garden goods in the marketplace. World renown speakers presented such as succulent expert and author Jeff Moore followed by EGF founder, author and television celebrity Nan Sterman. Lunch choices included delicious hot pies from Bottaro Wood Fired Pizza. And performances by Ella & Tyler in Triton Garden received rave reviews.

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Volunteers at Check-In

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Second Thursdays Rock at the Leichtag Foundation Farm

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Leichtag Foundation Communications and Creative Manager Joshua Sherman and Farmer Leo

The Leichtag Foundation at 441 Saxony Road in Encinitas is dedicated to bringing the community together, education and growing food for local causes. Check out their monthly Second Thursday Farm & Hangout events featuring live music, food trucks and fun family activities. For more information, please visit http://www.leichtag.org.

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The Red Lotus Revue Band Performing at the Leichtag Foundation

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Matt Karlin, Farm Program Coordinator, Leichtag Foundation

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Cheesy Amigos Food Truck at the Leichtag Foundation

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Carris Rhodes, Program Manager, Leucadia Mainstreet at the Leichtag Foundation

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Family Fun at the Leichtag Foundation’s Second Thursdays

 

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Sensational Shrimp Avocado Salad

Shrimp Avocado SaladSucculent shrimp and creamy avocado combine to create a great salad for a satisfying lunch or a light dinner! Shown with our Rock Shrimp modern eco friendly napkins.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Serves: 2 as an entree

Ingredients
6 large shrimp; 16-20 count; peeled, deveined
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ head of romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
½ cup corn kernels, cooked
For the Dressing
3 tablespoons EVOO
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ lime, juiced
Pinch of sugar
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions
Preheat small skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Carefully place shrimp in pan and sauté 3-4 minutes until opaque and cooked through. Set aside. Mix all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk all dressing ingredients in a bowl. Toss with salad and divide onto two plates. Top with shrimp.

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Sizzling San Simeon: Hearst Castle & The Elephant Seals

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No visit to central California is complete without touring world renown Hearst Castle or La Questa Encantada (Spanish for “Enchanted Hill”) in San Simeon. The vision of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, the castle took an astonishing 28 years to build under the direction of architect Julia Morgan. The 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens, terraces and pools are home to Hearst’s legendary art collection. In his prime, Hearst hosted countless celebrities such as Hollywood legend Clark Gable and Greta Garbo, politician Winston Churchill and aviator Charles Lindbergh. The castle is now owned and operated by the California State Park system. It’s advisable to book a tour(s) in advance and allow time to wonder the grounds afterward and or watch the 45 minute documentary shown at the visitor center.

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Drive four miles North of Hearst Castle to see the protected colony of Northern Elephant Seals on Highway 1. Adult males develop large noses resembling elephant trunks, can grow to over 13 feet in length and weigh up to 4500 pounds. It’s an amazing site to see these majestic marine mammals flopping and lounging along the beach en masse.

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Central California Cruising: Cambria and Beyond

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Gaviota Wind Caves Hike
The Gaviota Wind Caves are sandstone formations located in the Gaviota State Park off Highway 101 about 30 miles West of Santa Barbara. The short 2.5 mile round trip hike up to the caves is somewhat steep given the 600 feet of elevation gain. For more ocean views another option is the nearby Gaviota Peak trail.

Morro Bay
The 576 foot high iconic Morro Rock is the dominant feature of the seaside village of Morro Bay in San Louis Obispo County. Morro Rock is one of a series of nine volcanic plugs collectively called the Nine Sisters. The plugs were formed eons ago when the area was a volcanic hot spot. Take the easy three mile roundtrip Black Hill Trail (also one of the Nine Sisters) in Morro Bay State Park to see stunning panoramic views of the entire area on a clear day. Then head into town to dine on scrumptious seafood in one of the many restaurants lining Morro’s bustling wharf. The family-owned Tognazzini’s Dockside is an excellent choice.

Cambria
Just 21 miles North lies the picturesque town of Cambria nestled amongst towering pines and bordered by the awe-inspiring rocky seashore. Ocean front hotels, abundant art galleries and gourmet eateries all add to the village’s alluring charm not to mention the incredible sunsets best enjoyed along the Moonstone Beach boardwalk. During the daytime, enjoy sandy beaches and vivacious tide pools. The nearby Fiscalini Ranch Preserve offers a variety of hiking trails and a chance to see humpback whales swimming offshore.

For lunch and or picnic supplies, head over to Indigo Moon Cafe on Main Street which doubles as a wine and cheese shop. For dinner, suggestions are the popular ocean view Sea Chest Restaurant & Oyster Bar for their extensive array of seafood specialties or Robin’s Restaurant in town serving up signature salmon bisque.

Lodging options are numerous and the Cambria Landing Inn & Suites will not disappoint. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. Whimsical folded towels and fireplaces in every room are nice touches. Rates include a basic continental breakfast, complimentary wi-fi and sociable daily wine reception.

Harmony
Backtrack six miles south to the tiny town of Harmony (population of 18) for a pleasant day trip from Cambria. Harmony Cafe’s Chef Giovanni sources locally to cook delicious casual meals. Next door, over 150 artists are represented at Harmony Pottery. Across the street enjoy an opportunity to watch live demonstrations by artist Eric Dandurand at Harmony Glassworks. And just up the hill, the lovely Harmony Cellars is open to visitors for wine tasting and special events.
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