Dolce Does…A Great Beer Tour Update

Since I last posted about my self-imposed challenge of hitting all of the craft, micro, nano-breweries in San Diego County, I can proudly say I have made updates to the list!  Over the past couple weeks (minus about 10 days I did not drink alcohol — what??–more on that later) the Mr. and I managed to try about five new breweries.  Let me tell you how hard that has been. (sarcasm) And boy, was it like pulling teeth to convince Mr. to join me.  (more sarcasm.  but really — do I need to point that out?)

In summary — tasting all these amazing beers is a tough, tough job.  But someone’s gotta do it.  So I’ll take one for the team. You can thank me later.

Anyway.  This also means I have to turn the tasting notes and pictures from my Evernote (great, nifty little tool/app/program for shared documents/note taking/list making, whatever your heart desires), into actual blog posts.  So..I should probably get on that. 

Oh! And! I learned about another cool app to help me along my way.  99 Brews.  You can locate breweries, beer events, and even restaurants and bars featuring craft beer near you, or in a specific location.  You can also create lists of places you want to try, categorize them, and check them off as you make your way to each place.  Pretty cool!  Also helps me with my count. 🙂

(And while googling 99 Brews to see if they have a website or anything, I found this San Diego Union-Tribune article highlighting other cools beer-drinking apps.  Sweet!)

(And yes — these are all my personal recommendations.  I’m not cool enough to get paid to post about companies and brands. Yet.)

So I digressed.  But without further ado…my updated count/list!

47/89 (added 2Kids Brewing from my last list)

2Kids Brewing

Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

AleSmith Brewing Company
Alpine Beer Company
Amplified Ale Works
Arcana Brewing Co.
Automatic Brewing Company
Aztec Brewing Company
Back Street Brewery
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Home Brew Mart
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Little Italy
Barrel Harbor Brewing Co.
Belching Beaver Brewery
Benchmark Brewing
BNS Brewing & Distilling
Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
Border X Brewing
Breakwater Brewing Company
Butcher’s Brewing
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
Cold Bore Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing Company – Coronado
Coronado Brewing Company – Bay Park
Council Brewing Company
Culture Brewing Co.
Dos Desperados Brewing
Fallbrook Brewing Company
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Groundswell Brewing Co.
Helm’s Brewing
Hillcrest Brewing Company
Indian Joe Beer
Intergalactic Brewing Co
Iron Fist Brewing Company
Jamul Brewing Co.
Julian Brewing Company
Karl Strauss 4S Ranch
Karl Strauss Carlsbad
Karl Strauss Downtown
Karl Strauss La Jolla
Karl Strauss
Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa
La Jolla Brewing Company
Latitude 33 Brewing Company
Legacy Brewing Company
Lightning Brewery
Magnetic Brewing
Mike Hess Brewing – Miramar
Mike Hess Brewing – North Park
Mission Brewery
Modern Times
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Mother Earth Brew Company
New English Brewing Company
Nickel Beer Company
Oceanside Ale Works
Offbeat Brewing Company
Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company
On-The-Tracks Brewery
Pacific Beach Ale House
Pacific Brewing Company
Pizza Port Bressi Ranch
Pizza Port Carlsbad
Pizza Port Ocean Beach
Pizza Port Solana Beach
Plan 9 Ale House
Poor House Brewing Co
Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey
Prohibition Brewing Company
Rip Current Brewing Co.
Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant La Jolla
Rough Draft Brewing Company
San Diego Brewing Company
San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Societe Brewing Co.
St. Archer Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Liberty Station
Stumblefoot Brewing Company
The Beer Company
Thorn St. Brewery
Toolbox Brewing Compan
Twisted Manzanita Brewing Ales & Spirits
Urbn St. Brewing Company
Valley Center Brewing Company
Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing Company
White Labs


Dolce Does…the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge

Today marks day one of the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge.  It’s a 6 week challenge to “love your body” by Valentine’s Day.  You can sign up, and get more info on the first two days’ challenges here.

I’ve followed the trainers, Karena and Katrina, on Instagram and Facebook for quite a while, and recently signed up for the nutrition plan. As I’ve had a very lazy holiday/post-wedding season, I need a reboot, and to get back in the gym and eating well.  So, since the timing coincides with the start of the Love Your Body Challenge, I figure, why not use it as motivation?

Today’s challenge is to journal your goals.  These are the goals I hope to achieve over the next 6 weeks!

1. Food preparation:  a big issue I run into is not preparing breakfast or lunch — which leaves me relying on goldfish crackers, bagels, candy, or any sweets that may be left in the office kitchen.  Not healthy or substantial!  My goal is to get my butt out of bed in the morning, so I’m not running late, and get food ready for breakfast/lunch

2. Cooking at home: the last month or two, we’ve really slacked (I’ve :)) on good, healthy, home cooked meals.  Life just gets so busy, and when I work late hours, the last thing I want to do is go home and cook a good meal.  But, this will also help me achieve goal number 1, by having leftovers to grab on my way out the door.

3. Complete all the workouts in the challenge, and the 100 miles by VDay: along with poor eating preparation and eating out, I’ve definitely slacked on working out the last 2 months — and my waistline is paying for it.  I’m also sluggish, tired, and just overall feeling blah.  So, a definite goal is to complete all the workouts, and get some sort of physical activity in every day!

4. Sleep: I’ve developed bad habits over the last year of going to bed so late, which makes it difficult to get out of bed, and I then rely on unhealthy amounts of caffeine to get me through the day. Not just coffee with creamer (added calories), but I’ve also gone back to drinking diet soda.  So my goal is to get to bed earlier so I’m not paying for it throughout the day.

5. Diet Soda: which leads me to..I really want (need) to give up diet soda — and all soda — again.  I can’t get by a day at the office without one right now (I cut coffee consumption off at noon) so I am once again giving up diet soda.

I think that’s it for now.  Typical recipe for weight loss and healthy living, but important goals to get back to the grind.  My scale goal is to lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day.  After that, I’m about 2 months away from my 30th birthday, and my goal is a total loss of 30 pounds by then.

I spent my 20’s overweight and yo-yo dieting.  As I face a new decade, I’m feeling the urgency to lose all of this weight for good, and start my 30’s off with great health!

Happy New Year, and happy new me!

Dolce Does..disappearing act

There I go reviving this thing, just to neglect it for another three weeks.

I’m at that point where I’m just trying to survive until I get some time off for Christmas.  I just don’t feel ready for Christmas in one week.  We have a tree up, with no ornaments.  Not a single decoration out of the box.  Christmas cards all over the place, but not stored and displayed together.  We didn’t even purchase our first Christmas gift (for other people anyway) until Sunday night and then I finished all I could tonight so they’d arrive in time (thank God for Amazon Prime).

We did, however, manage to buy ourselves a Christmas present Thanksgiving weekend.  Priorities, right?  We are the proud new owners of a Nikon D7000 which will make for some fun picture taking at Christmas.  I can’t wait to mess around with the camera! 

I think this is all I have in me for now.  Two more days at work until I can finally breathe and hopefully enjoy some time off for the holiday.  I’m looking forward to some baking, crafts/home projects and working out during my week off work!  

I’ll be back with a Year in Review, but until then – rock on!