City Tacos

If your in San Diego and looking for a new taco place check out City Taco. I came to try this place out for the first time in the North Park location. All the food that I tried was delicious and had a interesting twist to the traditional tacos.

The first taco I tried is called the Mexicali which is a carne asada taco which stands out with the mashed potatoes, melted asadero cheese, poblano chiles and a sprinkle of cotija cheese. That may seem like a lot but the ingredients all go well together. The second taco I got was camaron which is a shrimp taco. They add corn and squash which goes perfectly with the perfectly battered shrimp. The last taco I got was coliflor which translates to cauliflower. This taco is vegan and paleo. Instead of a regular tortilla the tortilla is a slice of jicama. Using jicama as a tortilla was interesting and a healthy approach. It also added this cool crunchy aspect to the taco. As always there was a variety of salsa, jicama, limes and cucumbers.

The frijoles veggies complemented the tacos. They were covered with melted oaxaca and cotija cheese. A little bit of spice is added with a grilled serrano chili. For dessert I had the churros which came with cajeta and chocolate syrup.

If you want to check it out for yourself City Taco is located in North Park, La Mesa and coming soon in late  January is the opening in Encinitas.

Winc

With so many different kinds and types of wines, how do you know which one you would like. I am going on a wine tasting tour next month and I am interested to seeing what types of wines I would like. Winc makes it easy to try a few different types of wines and figure out which types and flavors taste good to you. If you sign up for their wine club each month you can get bottles to you based on your taste preference. You don’t even need to leave your home, the bottles are delivered to your home ready to be uncorked and enjoyed.To start off you are given a short survey in order to get wine recommendations. You are shown the four bottles recommended to you or you could pick your own. I picked all the recommended since I honestly know nothing about wine. It also lets you chose whether your interested in red, white wine or both.¬† There is the option between a one time order or signing up for their wine club. In a couple of days you get the wine delivered to your home. After trying the wine, you can answer questions on what you liked and didn’t like and get a better recommendation for next time. I am ready to start trying out the wines and seeing what my own personal preference would be. Soon to be wine concierge.

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North Carolina

Last minute decision to go visit Raleigh, North Carolina because the tickets were under $100 for round trip. Came to check out the beautiful nature an everything that North Carolina has to offer. The town is honestly pretty lonely but being surrounded by all the trees made the trip worth wild. Here in California all I see are palm trees and being filled with gorgeous giant trees was a different surrounding. The leaves were changing colors from green to a beautiful yellow and red.

One of the first places that I check out was William B Umstead State Park and found it to be peaceful and beautiful. I got a nice stroll in walking around in a lonely woods/forest. There is a beautiful lake located inside. I wish it were summer so I could rent out a kayak and take it around to check out the beauty of this state park. The park has beautiful little wooden shelters to have little picnics in. There are tons of parks to check out all around Raleigh.

Anther place near to explore is Downtown Raleigh known for their speakeasies and delicious bbq. The BBQ here though is a lot different from the one back home. The BBQ sauce consists of two different bottles- one is tomato based and the second one is a vinegar based. When mixed together it is an interesting taste. Another thing you can find downtown is lots of free museums. These museums are huge and you could honestly spend a whole day just at the museums. If you are into history, you can check out the capital.

There is also a chocolate factory called Videri to check out that specializes in high percentage of cocoa. I had sipping chocolate which was 75% cocoa mixed with half and half. It was interesting and not what I usually picture chocolate tasting like. It was intense, dark and thick enough to be a decadent chocolate syrup.

Being an adventurous girl, one of my favorite things was checking out Treerunner Raleigh Adventures. I have always wanted to do a ropes course and the crazy part was how inexpensive this place was. I did the night time adventure and it only cost $20. There was not a lot of people and man were there lots of different courses to explore. Starting off on the easy course and seeing some of the obstacles as challenging had me thinking how are going to get to the hard course. We ended on the medium course and it was a ton of fun wish we had more time to explore this place. If you are visiting Raleigh, this is definitely one place I would recommend.