Ballast Point recently opened a new tasting room in the Miramar area. The new location is huge–100,000 square feet of space. Not only is a there a spacious bar area for drinking and watching games, but there is also a lounge, dining area, private dining spice, and patio. It’s hard to describe in words just how much space it is without seeing it in person for yourself.

Currently the kitchen is not open, though it plans to be starting next month. There was a food truck offering food when we were visiting, but they were closing up and so we only ended up getting beers.

We’ve had a few beers from Ballast Point and really enjoyed them. There were about 40 beers on tap the night we visited. Tasters are $2 for most, or $5 for a trio flight, and most beers are around $5 for a full 8 oz pour.

Taster flight: Sea Monster, Victory at Sea Imperial Port, Victory at Sea Bourbon Barrel Aged

If you enjoy pumpkin pie but don’t want an entire pie to deal with, this is for you. Single serving pumpkin pie mug cake, ready in less than 10 minutes.

Every year, I look forward to Thanksgiving dinners so I can have a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. I love eating pumpkin pie, but I rarely make a whole one or buy a whole one because then I’m stuck with an entire pie.

I’m obsessed with “secret drink options” at Starbucks. Last year, I shared some Starbucks Secret Menu drinks I tried. Since then, I’ve been compiling a new list, so this is Part 2. There are no repeats in this new list so be sure to check out Part 1 where I tried out some of the most popular ones.

Please note, the Starbucks Secret Menu consists of unofficial drink combinations that have been created by baristas and customers. If you want to order these drinks, do not ask for them by name because the employees won’t know. Instead, you order it like any other drink you are modifying. My experience is that the employees are very happy to customize your drink as long as you tell them exactly what it is you want. For all of these drinks, I’ve listed what is added to them and how to order them. Again, DON’T ask for them by name because the employees will not be helpful if you do.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte
How to order: order a pumpkin spice latte and add mocha syrup (1 pump for tall, 2 for grande, 3 for venti)

My thoughts: I’m a chocoholic so this really elevated one of my favorite seasonal drinks to a new level. This is how I’ve been ordering my pumpkin lattes ever since.

Chocolate Pumpkin Chai Latte
How to order: order a chai tea latte and add pumps of pumpkin spice syrup and mocha syrup (1 pumpkin spice and 1 mocha for tall, 2 of each for grande, 3 of each for venti)

My thoughts: This year I discovered pumpkin chai latte. And once I discovered chocolate pumpkin, I made a chocolate pumpkin chai version that was really tasty. Sorry no photo, but it looks almost identical to the one above.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino
How to order: order a strawberries and cream frappuccino, add java chips, and top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle

My thoughts: While this did taste like chocolate and strawberries, I didn’t really love this one. But it’s mainly because I don’t really enjoy the strawberries and cream frappuccino, which taste a little too artificial and overly sweet.