Jennylou on Beer

A question on it was posed online and I answered it.

1. My fave drink when it comes to alcohol?

Some kind of fruity drink with vodka for me and i drink his beer too.

2. Do you drink craft beer?

Yes, we only drink craft beer. Anything locally brewed. We hunt them out at events, restaurants and the the stores around here.

3. Would you drink craft over your favorite drink?

75/25 – 75% of the time, I go craft. I like my fruity vodkas but hubby can make them at home and nothing beats craft beer from the brewery or restaurant’s tap.

4.  How likely are you to order craft over other beers like Coors and Corona?

 I would never drink Coors or Corona.. I did before and didn’t like beer. I drank for the social aspect – I know, lame right?  But after you have tasted the craft, you never go back. My brother in laws would disagree so when we go to their place, we do bring our own beers because hubby and I am not having his coors…. might as well drink water.  We beer snobs refer to their beer as piss-water.

The gigantic popular well known Super Bowl beer companies  are offering and buying up these craft breweries left and right with devout followers. Killing off their competition but to also get in the market. They know people have moved on from them and their image. Craft beer is not about women and sports, either. It is ingredients and taste. A way to get people back is to get these breweries and their beer. Some big companies move in, change the formula, people leave. Some stay exactly the same and people never knew there was a changing of the guards. When they do find out, they watch real close because craft beer people are really particular. Displease them and they just move on to another brewery. San Diego is a hotspot for craft beer. There are plenty to choose from so a craft drinker is never sad for too long =)

Thankful from A to Z: P is for Peet’s Coffee

I am thankful for this coffee shop because finally, I can have coffee again. I started drinking coffee back in my college days… That’s what college kids do, right? I even started supporting my habit by working for the SBUX during the very early and very late hours and going to school. This was the same time that my intake of Starbucks food and drink went up (drinks were free and there were discounts on pastries). This was also the time that the frequency of my migraine headaches grew, along with sugar lows and jitters.

It was several months later after working there that I started something new to understand my physical health. It was after keeping a food log (what I ate and how i felt and body reaction after consuming food), did I realize that I had to stop eating and drinking Starbucks.

Fast forward 8 years later, I decided to try Peet’s Coffee and I did not have the same physical issues. By this time, I was well versed about real food and not real food. I wanted to know why I was able to drink coffee from Peet’s and not the other one I worked for. It is in the way they roasted their beans. There is no need for anything thing fake added with Peet’s, and being that additives are the number 1 cause of migraines for me, Peet’s was a place I can go for coffee. And I have now been going there for almost 2 years. I am ecstatic. I never thought I would ever have coffee again – until I met Peet.

And if that wasn’t great enough for me, I just found out, today, that I would no longer have to drive 25 minutes away for my Peet’s fix… I will now have the option to stroll on over :)

Are you a Peet’s fan? Tell me why and maybe I’ll sit down and have Peet’s coffee with you – because I can!

THANKFUL FROM A TO Z: L IS FOR LOCAL AND ORGANIC FOOD

Those of you that follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed that I post a lot of food. Yes, I am one of those people that post pictures of their food.  Let me defend myself that I don’t just post it for vanity or boredom.  I post to share and give light to local and organic farming.  The things that I cook, the things that I eat, and inevitably post online  – 90% of it – are local and/organic.

I do not have my own farm (I wish!) but live in a tiny piece of real estate in San Diego with an HOA (Boo, I know!)  So I do the next best thing: Jimbo’s.

Here is a page from Jimbo’s site explaining what local and organic food mean:

Jimbos Local Organic Grocer San Diego

You do not know how good food can be until you have food that is from Jimbo’s because of the standards they have.  If I was a snob with anything, it would be food – and I am. And that is only because I have seen and tasted the difference when it comes to local and organic vs.  regular mass grocery chain non organic and organic selections.  Once you go Jimbo’s,  you will never want to go back.

Gone are those days when you thought vegetables are tasteless, bitter, and gross objects placed on a plate.  Many vegetables are actually very crisp, sweet, and delicious at its peak and when grown in much better conditions. Juice a pound of carrots and a bunch of celery and you would wonder if carrots were misclassified as a vegetable, lol =)  Check out local and organic food for yourself from farmer’s markets and specialty grocers where local farmers can get their items on shelves or for sale.  Or go to Jimbo’s with its many locations in San Diego.

This is not a sponsored post. I am simply sharing my love for local and organic food and the best way to get it.

THANKFUL FROM A TO Z: K IS FOR K-LOVE

Once upon a time, I was on the floor with my child and she starts singing a song, a song that was oh too familiar to the world, it had a great beat, easy to remember, and catchy.  The song was so all of that, that my 2 year old was singing something that was initially cute… then split-second, realized was something that was not cute.

Oh, I am no prude. I have been a lover of music, I appreciate culture and all sorts of music genres.  With that said, why did I have to expose my 2 year old to the booty shaking ones first?  I can change that.

I stepped back and realized that the only time she hears the not to great music is in the car.  We are somewhat susceptible to whatever it is on the radio.  I am not a collector of CDs and at the point, I did not have my phone to stream my own preferences.  So, I did a search and I found K-LOVE.

K-Love Online Christian Music

This is a radio station that I have peace playing in my car with anyone in the car.  Not only is it good food for the soul but they really do live up to their tagline, “Positive, Encouraging, K-LOVE.”  Those days that I need “noise” to drown out the stresses, I turn to this station.  Not only is it noise, but it fills the emptiness with positive  and encouraging stories, stories of faith, hope, and love from across the nation and the world.  Some guy from the Caribbean just called this morning to say hello!

K-Love has helped me so much.  There are times you want to be alone and in silence.   Once I’ve had enough silence but not ready to talk or have anyone around, K-LOVE is the perfect companion. At a time when I am feel empty or overwhelmed, it is good to know that there is someplace – in your car, smartphone or anywhere there is internet.  I’ve never used it but for those that need and want to, there are pastors and counselors and people on the other line to counsel and pray for those who call in.  Just amazing what K-LOVE has, is, and can do for all those who care to tune in.

Try out K-LOVE.  They even have a 30 Day Challenge.  Simply listen to nothing but K-LOVE on the radio and see if you see positive changes in your perspective and life.  I bet you will.  Try it: http://www.klove.com/ministry/30-day.aspx

K-LOVE is also non-profit and 100% listener sponsored.  SO thankful  they have been here for me and my family for all these years and I wish them many more years on air for me and for you.

the diary of Jennylou : food, style and living in San Diego, CA