We love keeping everyone in the loop about our newest discoveries. SLO County is slowly reopening and we want to continue to support our small business. Here are 7 that we’ve found that you should be keeping an eye out on. There is also an 8th…but it’s a secret 🤫
It all started 10 years ago at Kylie Zarmati’s grandparent’s lime orchard in Santa Barbara, CA. Kylie was selling limes at the farmer’s market and experimenting with different recipes when she came up with this spicy almond blend. The hot sauce is made from organic California ingredients; almonds, limes, jalapeños, and cayenne pepper and it’s delicious on just about any dish!
The name “out of the blue” was inspired by the diversity of the ingredients paired with Kylie’s immense love for whales. You can purchase a bottle through her Instagram, Email her, or pick up a bottle at the Avocado Shack in Morro Bay. A bottle is $6.50 and 5% of each sale goes back to whale research and conservation. She uses glass bottles to avoid using plastic, her goal is to set up return centers around SLO county so that customers have the option to refill their bottles!
There’s nothing like the feeling of biting into a warm delicious slice of bread fresh out of the oven. Lucky for you Bread Bike is here! Sam and Mariah can bake you the loaf of your dreams!
All of their breads are made with 100% organic flours & grains and fermented with their 12-year-old sourdough culture which comes from Northern California in Sonoma County where Sam grew up and Mariah learned to bake bread. They source the highest quality ingredients grown locally and responsibly. Their breads are naturally leavened and baked with so much love.
They also offer bread subscriptions (weekly/biweekly) and you can add on extras like baguettes, local cheeses, or cookies. Or you can pick up a loaf at Sally Loo’s, Whalebird Kombucha, and at Field Day Coffee on certain days (Check their website for schedule details)! The coolest part about Bread Bike is they aim to combine their love for bread making with their love of the environment. Their products are delivered by bike either directly to your home or to a pick-up location nearby.
Meet Janie Willheim of Lumina Wines She just released her label in March and made only 25 cases of her first vintage.
She graduated from Cal Poly SLO’s Wine program with a concentration in Wine Business in 2015. She has worked at Daou, Manresa, Krinklewood (Australia), Kukkula and is now at Desparada in Paso Robles.
Her first release is a 2019 dry Riesling! Rieslings are one of Janie’s favorite wines to drink, thus inspiring her to make her own. The grapes are from Oliver’s vineyard in Edna valley. They are fermented with native yeast, no additives, no fining or filtering, all natural! Also, 5% of the sales Janie makes from selling Lumina is donated to NRDC, her favorite non-profit environmental organization, so you can happily sip on the wine knowing that you are lending a helping hand to improving the world.
It’s $25 per bottle and a limited amount left!
Nancy Gonzalez is a new winemaker in Paso Robles. She moved here 3 years ago from the Bay Area with a dream of making wine. When she arrived she was taken under the wing of Debbie Thomas as the Wine Director of Thomas Hill Organics and from there she moved to Seven Oxen Winery.
Nancy’s energy is unmistakable to the locals of Paso Robles and this year she released her first wine, a Grüner Veltliner with grapes from Paragon Vineyard. Her first vintage SOLD OUT in less than two weeks! Ulloa is her mother’s maiden name and this wine was an homage to her.
Learn more about this wonderful woman by listening to an interview done by Stew McLenann’s interview at The Garagiste Show.
This business takes vegan cheese to a whole new level. Chef Alex Rodriguez is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Artisan Wheelhouse. Tired of uninspired cheese alternatives Alex decided to take things into his own hands.
With a culinary background and vegan values, he realized there was still a need for quality cheeses from only the best ingredients without using oils or fillers. He wanted to create a world where any restaurant goer or home chef had access to the delicious, old-world style cheese flavors and textures they love. These cheeses are handcrafted with the vegan values of sustainability, health, and compassion. Have a taste! We’ve had multiple!
Fresh off a victory for “Best Drink” at the SLO Craft Beer Fest 2020, SLO Cider is ready to spread the love to San Luis Obispo. The company consists of Nate Adamski (Operations), Jeremy Fleming (Cider Maker) and Pete Ayer (Marketing). For over a year, they have been working diligently to create 4 flavors: Dry, Hopped, Rosé, and Tropical Cider. They are hitting the markets this spring in 16oz cans as well as draft kegs at local markets and restaurants.
They also have an amazing Cider Club for $20 a month! The first 100 people to sign up get a ton of special perks!
Ziggy’s Vegan Takeout
Co-owners Matt Martinez and Brian Englund (Owner of Sylvester’s Burgers) combined forces to create Ziggy’s. Ziggy’s is taking vegan take out to a whole new level with their Baja Cali Tacos, Dirty Fries, Korean Cauliflower Bites and insanely delicious not-meat burgers.
You can find 100% plant-based burgers, tacos, sides, and desserts on their menu.
England owns several other restaurants including all three Sylvester’s Burgers locations in Atascadero, Los Osos, and Oceano.
The last location is secret. Really, they asked us not to disclose their information publically but we can spread the word through good old fashioned word of mouth. If you wanna know about this just DM us or email us.
Now…get out there and enjoy SLO County!
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