Well folks, after 13 years of living in WONDERFUL Fort Collins, CO the hubby and I decided it was time to head back to California. We settled in here on the Central Coast 2 1/2 years ago. In that time, I have been researching the BEST deals in the area. I feel that I have found some fabulous finds, but there is still so much to uncover.  So, sit back, relax and get ready to see how I have learned to save money in this expensive (but wonderful) place we call home, while still having FUN!


La Parisienne Bakery in Morro Bay is a must stop for anyone visiting town, and especially those lucky enough to live here!  I was a late adopter to this fine bakery, but now that I have discovered it, I can’t seem to get enough.

All of their specialty pastries have been fabulous; crispy croissants, rich and delicious fruit fillings and creams.  I have tried some of the specialty baguettes made daily, and they were delicious as well. Just the right amount of toppings, and a firm and wonderful texture.

Known especially for the fruit tortes (at least in my circle of friends), you can’t go wrong with any number of choices they offer. Strawberry, mixed fruit, seasonal pear, and may more – it is indeed hard to decide which one is best!

Most recently though, I discovered the awesome and filling breakfast sandwiches.  They are some of the best I’ve had.  Choose either a fresh baked croissant or baguette, and then what you want inside. I can’t decide which I like better, so you’d better order one of each!  The fillings vary, from goat cheese and spinach, to sauteed onion with egg. So many choices, so little time!

I am told the home made soups are the bomb too – going to be heading back to give them a try SOON!

Check them out:

1140 Front St.
Morro Bay, CA 93442
805- 772-8530


Blast 825 (San Luis Obispo)

March 5, 2016

New to San Luis Obispo, and making a great first impression, is Blast 825 on Higuera Street, just next to Bubble Gum Alley.  At first sight, you may be overwhelmed by the options of beer, wine and hard cider (as well as a Kombucha or two) offered to you on a ‘pour what you want’ […]

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Flavor Factory (Morro Bay)

March 2, 2016

The Flavor Factory in Morro Bay won’t disappoint!  Huge, delicious burgers, ultimate grilled cheese sandwiches, specialty menu items, as well as homemade soups and desserts made daily.  I have been a couple of times now and have NOT been disappointed in the service or food.  The burgers are filling and very moist. They use top […]

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Sylvester’s Burgers (Los Osos)

February 29, 2016

Some of the BEST (if not THE BEST) burgers in the area can be found at Sylvester’s in Los Osos.  My personal favorite is the mushroom burger…loaded with TONS of delicious sauteed mushrooms. **This week, they have a surprise FREE 1/3 lb. burger, no purchase necessary, that can be found in the most recent New […]

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Kuma Sushi (Los Osos)

February 17, 2016

While not currently offering any Happy Hour or regular food specials, Kuma in Los Osos is a fine find for fresh and delicious food!  We tried several things on a couple of recent visit (an appetizer of peppers, the teriyaki chicken bowl, Ramen and sushi), after hearing much buzz about the ‘newish’ restaurant to join […]

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Windows on the Water (Morro Bay)

February 15, 2016

Meet the Winemaker Events Monthly from January – April 2016 On the last Friday of each month from January through April 2016, head on over to Windows on the Water for their Meet the Winemaker evenings. These events showcase local wines/winemakers with a fun evening of complimentary wine, and the opportunity to meet the talent […]

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Luna Red (SLO)

February 12, 2016

Luna Red in downtown San Luis Obispo, offers one of the BEST Happy Hours in the area. Combine that with the fabulous ambiance (terrifically spacious outdoor heated patio, or inside with a view of the creek) and you have the secret for a great time.  ALL DAY Happy Hour is each Thursday. Offerings include $5 drink […]

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Dutchman’s Seafood House (Morro Bay)

February 9, 2016

Dutchman’s is my FAVORITE Happy Hour in all of Morro Bay. In fact, I am there so often I hesitate to mention this one…for fear of NOT having a table when I need it! Offering DAILY (yes, seven days a week) Happy Hour in the Bar from 3-6 pm, you’ll find not only the best […]

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Stax Wine Bar & Bistro (Morro Bay)

February 6, 2016

Offering over 100 LOCAL and International wines, as well as a variety of local and imported beers, Stax Wine Bar in Morro Bay has something for everyone!  They offer daily tastings and wine by the glass as well as daily specials. Mondays: $2 Mimosas ALL day long.  Tuesdays: Buy 1 get 1 half off food […]

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Windows on the Water (Morro Bay)

February 3, 2016

At Windows on the Water you will find one of the best Happy Hours, in a fantastic setting overlooking the water in Morro Bay.  Daily specials available in the bar include:   Martini Monday (my favorite) with live music, starring $4.95 Martinis! Oyster Tuesday, 75 cent oysters – half shell, fried and shooter. Sliders and Beer […]

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