With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I had to make my favorite pumpkin bread as I decide what recipes will be making the Thanksgiving menu.

Usually this is the first recipe I make when Fall rolls around, but for some reason I never got around to it until now.

It also gives me a chance to get out my Nordic Ware Pumpkin Loaf Pan, which I haven’t had a chance to use yet this year. I love the pumpkin vines pattern it creates for my bread loaves.

I’ve tasted and tried many pumpkin bread recipes, but this one is my absolute favorite. It’s moist, soft, and has just the right ratio of spices.

With San Diego Beer week in full effect, this past weekend we visited a few breweries with some friends. Unfortunately, with all the eating we did in-between, we didn’t leave quite enough room for as much beer tasting as we had originally planned.


Societe is a fairly new brewery that has gotten pretty good reviews. I was trying to stick to some of the smaller ones, knowing that the popular ones would be very crowded. There’s no big sign. Instead, we spotted it through the chalkboard sign.

One nice thing about this space is that it’s not standing room only. There’s some tables where you can sit down and linger with friends.

Normally, they offer beer flights where you get to keep the glass, but because it was SDBW, they weren’t offering the flights because they were afraid of running out of glasses. There was only one person manning the tastings when we went and he wasn’t very enthusiastic. He pretty much poured our beer, then asked us to leave the bar area, even though there was no one around.

Tastings were $1, and the pours were pretty generous.

Because I have almost zero alcohol tolerance, I stuck with only three samples. I enjoyed the Harlot and the Debutante the best, which were both Belgian Ales.

Okay so this post isn’t really food-centric, but I think a lot of readers would still be interested in this information and the giveaway opportunity.

Leu Leu Beauty Bar in Encinitas will be having its grand opening next Saturday Nov. 17, 2012 from 11a.m.-4p.m. Leu Leu is a high end, French-inspired, eco-friendly, hair and nail salon.

According to the press release:

Guests who attend the grand opening will be treated to free mini pampering services, including mini manicures and hair styling touch ups. Attendees will be given the opportunity to book future appointments at a discounted rate, as well as take home gift bags from various local vendors, such as Sea Salt Candy Co., Bloom Natural Health, Mog and Rue, and Xtend Barre. 

The grand opening is open to all to attend, no reservations necessary.

Some of the interesting services offered include ice cream pedicures, marshmallow foot masque, and fresh strawberry kiwi foot scrubs. (So kind of food-related.)

In addition, Leu Leu will be having a private VIP Grand Opening Party on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:00p.m.-8:30p.m. (There will be food, mini manicures, hairstyling, and more.) I have been given the chance to give invites to 5 readers of this blog to the private VIP party. This giveaway will be a quick one. Details are as follows: