Goodbye Summer

There are a ton of good places to spend Labor Day weekend, but we said an unofficial goodbye to summer with Mike’s family in San Luis Obispo.

It’s hard to come up with just one favorite thing about SLO (a big piece of my heart is there after living there for seven+ years), but Poly Canyon is one of the final contenders.

I clearly remember the first time I ran this loop on a Wednesday morning a couple weeks into my freshman year of college.  It will forever be one of my all-time favorite places to run because it’s got challenging hills, a few cows here and there, and is a perfect 10.5 mile loop from downtown SLO. I happily ran it twice during our 3-day visit.

Another contender? Avila beach.  When I first moved to SLO, there was pretty much nothing there but a couple shacks, and I’m kind of sad about how much building has happened since then.  But the beach itself is always nice, and Ellie really likes it.

Mike’s parents babysat so we could live it up on Sunday night (which means a nice dinner, two drinks, frozen yogurt, and in bed by 10).  We tried sidecar, which is a newer place in town.

First of all, they bring you truffle popcorn when you sit down.  That right there earned them a ton of points.  They also have lots of fun drinks (I had a cucumber gimlet) and a bunch of seasonal, locally sourced small plates which were mostly vegetarian.  The highlight was clearly the tater tots made with Vermont cheddar (ok, so not everything is locally sources), which came with house-made ketchup and bleu cheese dressing.  The crispy brussels sprouts with garlic aioli, balsamic reduction, and bleu cheese were a close second with a perfectly balanced mix of flavors and textures.  We also got grilled ratatouille with poached eggs and polenta cakes, which were okay, but not our favorite.

It was a short trip, but so much fun.  Unfortunately summer is pretty much over now, and with marathon training starting Monday, this is happening:

Until next year, summer.  You’re my favorite!

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