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Paso Robles Wanderings, Kitchenette and Tin City

We have a second home in the Paso Robles Wine Country (that we also rent click on the sidebar for more information).  We absolutely love the area and hope to retire there one day.
Paso Robles has managed to retain the charm and character of a small town but has become a world class wine region known for it’s Rhone Blends, with a restaurant scene to complement it.
One of the latest additions, the brainchild of the Kobayashi brothers (who already own the very successful Artisan) is Kitchenette. The brothers wanted to be able to offer the same farm to table fare that they are noted for at a more competitive price.  Hence the walk up format.  The restaurant is located in the tiny town of  Templeton on Main Street.  I hear it has been packed every day since they opened. e were able to get in on Monday and I had the Turkey Bahn Mi. It was incredible.

via Kitchenette
Steve had the Pork Burrito, Lauren the Vietnamese salad counterpart to my sandwich. Colin had this wonderful breakfast sandwich

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Unfortunately we were so eager to eat I forgot to take our own pictures. The place has been packed every day since it’s opening.  The counter below would only look like this before opening!

via Kitchenette
In a Warehouse area south of town Barrelhouse Brewing Company had the genius idea of opening their flagship location in a building formerly housed by a landscape supply company.  They have entertainment and food truck fare every Saturday and Sunday along with their hand crafted beers.
The day we were there  Gypsy Flame provided the fare
We tried one of each along with some Barrelhouse Brews and they were all equally delicious!
The area surrounding Barrelhouse was once a mishmash of Commercial Warehouse Establishments.  Nearly two years after Barrelhouse came in the area it is now filled with Boutique Wineries, a Distillery and soon a restaurant.  This area is quickly becoming the go to spot.
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Aaron Jackson of Aaron Wines says “what makes the wineries located in Tin City different is that they are artists and winemakers who love making wines and have started from the ground up”. Aaron has two labels. The Aaron label is Syrah based and sources grapes from the Westside of Paso Robles.  His Aequoria label sources grapes from within six miles of the ocean to craft some wonderful Pinots.  His tasting room is really cleverly done as well.
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We have long been fans of Brian Benson Cellars  Brian started crafting wines at his parents winery Dark Star when he was only 21.  He has gone on to make some of Paso’s best and happens to be a great guy. Brian was just getting settled but  gave us a wonderful tour of his facility while we were there.
Brian Benson Cellars Wine Shop
I will do another post on Tin City when we give some of the other places a try.  Jacob Toft   (formerly of La Aventure) makes great wine and Giornata ,Field Recordings  (they are bottling wine in cans) and Onyx  have all been recommended.
If you are interested in Paso Wine and Food a great blog to follow is HootnAnnie.  I have a list that I send to our renters that I would also be happy to share with you, just email me if you are interested.
I apologize for my lack of posting.  My life has been crazy to say the least.  I am planning to get back to posting on a more regular basis.  I would love to hear from you.  Ironically I have had a lot of interest in my fashion for women over fifty posts but I don’t want to overdo it.  Please take a minute and take the poll below!

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  1. Burlap Luxe says

    No matter what you post Cindy it's always interesting, tasty, inspiring, and all about living.
    The foodie here yum!

    See you soon on your next journey.


  2. Debra Phillips says

    i suddenly find myself with a new craving, paso robles! oh cindy how fun, this sounds like a perfect getaway with everything i love.
    took your survey and could not pick one, so hit other. particularly interested in 'over 50', your designs', advice, paso r.
    frankly, your voice and perspective in anything makes me happy

  3. Karen says

    P.S. Cindy, your link to Instagram isn't taking us there…I think I follow you already, but could you check the link and fix it, or maybe it's on my end.

  4. Karen says

    As someone who loves both Paso Robles and the Carmel Valley area I am curious why you wouldn't want to retire where you live now…it's so beautiful. I know Paso Robles is on an even par, but I'm curious as someone who loves so much of the Central Valley and Northern California.
    I wanted to check more than one choice in your survey. I chose design tips but I've loved your posts on fashion over 50, your own design work and details of the beautiful areas you have shared.

    • Cindy says

      Hi Karen

      That is such a good question. Our son lives here and we have rentals here. We will always be tied here. We love the weather in Paso and they just seem to be doing everything right. It is wonderful to be near the Monterey Peninsula but it is definitely an older group (I can say that because I am old), and the weather is not nearly as nice. Our weather where we live is much better but I don't want this large of a home anymore. As my husband says…I think we have one more house in us!! It is also a little more reasonable. Something we need to think about in retirement!!

  5. Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary says

    I will have to stop there the next time I head up to Los Gatos to visit my son, or maybe on the way back. Because if I buy some wine he will drink it all. LOL He loves his wine.
    Great post – thanks so much.

  6. Karena Albert says

    Hi Cindy,
    Paso Robles sounds so wonderful and what great places to eat in the area, along with super wineries!

    The Arts by Karena
    Featuring Sharon Santoni!

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