Half Moon Bay

We traveled to Half Moon Bay yesterday. Day-trip guide, great food suggestions, and places you must see.

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The Bay Area is one of the most beautiful places to be in the world when it’s sunny outside. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge teeming as the Pacific shines on it as it reflects the sun or the scent of the faintly cedar-like air that has been released from the grips of Carl the Fog to set itself free on the people that live in this beautiful place. These are just a couple of the reasons that living in the most expensive city in the United States can be justified. Yesterday was one of those days.

Ryan and I decided to get up, grab ourselves a Phil’s Coffee (Philtered Soul with a tad of Almond Milk), and head down to Half Moon Bay. This beautiful scape of land sits about one hour south of the city, although only about 35 miles away…thank you Bay Area traffic! Half Moon Bay for those of you who are reading this from other places (thanks for reading) other than California has a couple of claims to fame. Harold and Maude, and Rumor Has It (great Rom-com) were both filmed there, and one of the most beautiful Ritz-Carlton’s sits on the magnificent bluffs. Just north of HMB sits Pacifica, CA, as well as, many state parks including McKnee Ranch State Park (you can literally hike adjacent to the Pacific Coast Highway), remarkable beaches including Moss Beach, Dunes Beach, and HMB State Beach, and too many cute roadside stores to count.

As this is a food blog, I have to say that the highlight of the day was our meal at Cafe Capistrano in the Downtown area right off of Church St. This place has been ranked on the Michelin Guide for 2017, and deserves every piece of praise it’s received. From the outside, it looks like a small, craftsman style home that’s been painted a bright yellow. As guests continue through the doors into the interior, the inside is cozy, warm, and an immediate feeling of ‘home’ is felt. This little joint is run by a Mayan family from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and truly put their love into our meal. Ryan and I both ordered the fish tacos, a crowd favorite, and boy were we happy with the results! The plate came full with guacamole, homemade picante, rice, beans, veggies, and beautiful piece of white fish (my guess was snapper). The dish comes with a side of fresh homemade tortillas and homemade hot sauce. If there is one thing that I’ll pay for any day, it’s good, authentic, Mexican food. I’ve never had any Mexican that told such a unique story, was true to itself, and created a feeling of home, quite like this place. (see photo of food below)

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Anyways…Half Moon Bay was such a treat. I’ve attached a couple of photos of other spots we hit up while we were walking downtown, as well as, suggestions for shopping in the area. Ry was able to find an awesome plant for our home and I found plenty of free cheese to sample.

Best Shopping: 

Garden Apothecary, 329 Main St.

Garden Apothecary - Half Moon Bay

Abode, 417 Main St. Half Moon Bay, CA

Abode - Half Moon Bay

Favorite Beach: 

Dunes Beach, Young Ave. Half Moon Bay, CA

Favorite Bakery & Coffee: 

Granola’s Coffee House, 116 N. Cabrillo Highway, HMB, CA

Breweries to come back to: 

Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen , 73 Main St.  (The food here looked amazing.)

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd.

Eats to try next time: 

Sam’s Chowder House (Very Famous … the line was piling up down the PCH)

Flying Fish Bar & Grill (Fish sammie and tacos…also they have crab cake cheesy bread…)

Other HMB Travel Guides

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Sunset

Trip Advisor

Happy Monday and Happy Traveling.

Cheers,

Joe

Adventure + Food

Grand trees, grand times, and granola.

 

Alrighty folks. If there’s one thing that I can say about my relationship, it’s that Ryan and I always find our way outside on the weekends. We love to go hiking, day-tripping in the car somewhere we haven’t explored yet, or visiting our favorite spots around Berkeley (post coming soon on this).

During those trips and amidst that fun, it’s really easy to spend $$$ on food. I won’t lie, getting a $5 coffee from Peet’s or Philz is definitely a highlight of my day (I love Bay area coffee), but buying food can put a huge dent in your wallet.

So, in tribute to this fantastic Spring/Summer that’s about to begin here in Northern California and around the country, I’ve decided to make some homemade granola for all! It’s a very easy recipe and you will not be disappointed. Bring it on trips, feed it to your kids, put it in your morning cereal or oatmeal! Enjoy!

Blueberry Coconut Pecan Granola

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Ingredients: 

  • 3 Cups of Rolled Oats (Not Quick Oats, and Organic is better)
  • Dried Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Coconut Flakes
  • 1/3 Cup Pecan Halves
  • 1/3 Cup Walnut Halves
  • 6 Oz Apple Juice
  • 1/3 Cup of Honey
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Instructions: 

Mix your dry ingredients. Combine your rolled oats, sea salt, cinnamon, & brown sugar in a bowl. IMG_0658

Then, add your coconut flakes

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In a different bowl (I prefer a mixer, if you have one), add together the honey, vanilla extract, and the apple juice. Some recipes you’ll find online call for agave or vegetable oil, but I prefer apple juice, as it’s a little bit lighter on the stomach, and a bit more natural. You can also use apple juice as a natural sweetener in other baking recipes, as well. Next, mix ingredients until honey has fully integrated with apple juice, then set aside.

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After all of this has been prepped, add in your dry mixture to your wet mixture, and combine until all parts of the mixture are just a bit damp. Make sure you don’t leave any part of your mixture completely dry. A paddle or a spoon works well, too.

After that take your granola, and place on a baking sheet. Make sure to either prime the surface of the pan, I used unsalted butter.

Spread your granola out for the world to see, and add in your nuts! You can give everything one last mix, if you’d like!

Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, and then remove.

Stir your granola and place back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and place on top of the stove or on a wire rack. Attention! At this point you could be worried, as your granola is still a bit wet. Do not worry, it will continue to cook and dry out over time. Leave granola until you’ve achieved your desired crunch.

Add your berries.

THEN EAT. EAT ALL OF IT. (just kidding)

 

First. 

I’m a blogger now?

Well, this is the first time that I have ever blogged (with the exception of that Tumblr page in High School…if you want a good laugh you can stop reading and make your way there) and I’m really excited, but I have no idea what I am doing. Everyone keeps telling me that the key to writing a good blog is ‘authenticity’, so I will do my best to keep to that. I find it odd that one would start a blog without original/authentic content, but to each their own, I guess. However, this is my blog…so I guess I should tell all of you lovely people what to expect.

There are really only a couple of rules that I plan to live by moving forward:

1. Food-centered. I’ve been stressing over finding a way to incorporate food into my life, since about the time that I took my first breathe. Therefore, this blog will be mostly about food. If that does not interest you…find another blog to read!

2. My life. Over the past five years or so, I’ve had the pleasure of building a wonderful life with one of the greatest humans and a crazy dog. You will be sure to find them sprinkled in here from time to time.

3. Lifestyle stuff. Yep. That’s basically how I’m positioning that last 20% of this blog. Ryan and I do some really fun/cool stuff, and I want to talk about it! From time to time I may post an adventure guide, a campfire photo, or a video. I hope ya’ll enjoy.

That is about it, I guess. I’ll be attaching this page to my instagram…read if you want!

Check out the insta @joeandhisfood

Adios!