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Heading up the coast anytime soon? You probably should. Gonna get hungry on the way? I bet you will. Have you tried Centrally Grown? You absolutely must!

Yes, the first turn after Cambria, just across the highway from Moonstone Beach, there’s a charming little turn off called Exotic Gardens Drive that will lead you directly into an enchanting food forest, cafe, grocery store and paradise known as Centrally Grown.

Whether you’re picking up groceries to picnic in Big Sur, grabbing a quick sandwich, or seeking an all-afternoon diversion to sip wine, admire the ocean view and stroll through the immaculate edible gardens, Centrally Grown on the outskirts of Cambria has all your needs met. Everything is made fresh, and all variety of diets are served and satisfied, from vegan to paleo, gluten free to pastry junkie. The juice bar abounds with the vivid palette of oranges, reds and greens that comprise their super-nutritious smoothies. Daily specials incorporate local seafood, grass fed meats, and estate grown veggies of every stripe.

Living on the Central Coast, where we daily enjoy a choice of two or three farmers markets for fresh grown produce, we’ve known for some time how spoiled we are. But no place drives that point home like Centrally Grown. Of course, they also boast an impressive list of local wines and beers, and there’s even a cocktail bar outside by the gardens where their charismatic mixologist serves you in style. And yes, this is kind of place where even the bartender has the kind of glow that you would only associate with a superlatively healthy lifestyle.

Put it on your itinerary or make it your destination; with the abundance of stunning attractions in the immediate vicinity, here’s a day trip that just gets better by the mile.

Creekside Brewing

UPDATE 2017: Creekside Brewing Co. is permanently closed. But we still have fond memories.

Good news for beer enthusiasts, locavores and libation lovers, Creekside Brewing Co at 1040 Broad St. (right across the street from Bambu Batu) is re-opening this week under new ownership, and their new drink list is enough to make your head spin. Co-owner Kevin Pratt is the highest ranked Beer Judge in the western US and a certified Cicerone with 25 years brewing experience. So if you thought Creekside Brew’s beers were delicious before (which we did), then prepare to have your socks knocked off by Pratt’s new concoctions. Pratt has also reworked the kitchen menu with an emphasis on classic, heart-warming cuisine to be paired with the updated house beers.

Of particular interest will be Creekside’s new cocktail menu, relying strictly on locally sourced liquors. Who knew that so many small, craft-style distilleries were operating in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties? Indeed, Creekside will probably be serving the best selection of local liquors and spirits available on the Central Coast, from the likes of Bowen’s Whiskey, See Canyon Cider, and many more. Stop in soon for a refreshing drink and see for yourself.

Or visit Bambu Batu at Art After Dark, the first Friday of each month, when we feature local artists, local musicians, local energy readers, and assorted suds from Creekside Brewing. It’s a monthly celebration not be missed.