Great Flavors was started by Kara and Andrew (the Flavor Team).

We’re two locals who share a deep appreciation of this special place on the California coast, a spirit of adventure, and a belief that life is too short to settle for mediocrity in anything.

As we see it, great flavors can be found in every piece of life, not just food and drink.

With that as our launch point, the Flavor Team set out on our unending quest:

Our mission: to help you create your own unique journey of exploration on the Central Coast
Our guiding light: to build the Central Coast’s most comprehensive online travel magazine and resource guide
Our passion: to foster and encourage a vibrant community of others who believe in living a life filled with great flavors

Flavor Team (Kara)

Before moving to the Central Coast in 2015, Kara lived most of her life in rural areas south and west of Denver. Moving waaaay west also meant moving her retired Arabian, Eddie. Neither misses the snow.
A writer, her love of words is matched only by her love of the outdoors and experiential activities. The only downside to living in paradise: what to choose next? That dilemma (someone has to do it) leads to swimming, hiking, surfing, kayaking, sailing, wine tasting, swimming, and the best activity ever: practicing Aikido on the beach. When not outside, she’s baking tasty gluten-free treats for Great Flavors Bakery as co-founder and Chief Baker.

Current flavorites
Food or restaurant: cookouts on the beach
Wine: A pleasurable part of life. Partial to reds (Zin, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and the elusive Teroldego) and exploring more whites
Activity: long beach walks at dusk and Aikido on the beach any time of day
What’s next: Stand-up paddleboard surfing
Goal: Somm1 exam in October 2017 (Yea, completed!) and experiencing the tasks of a winery “cellar rat” during harvest

Flavor Team (Andrew)

Andrew, a Denver native, and his wife Mina and son Cyrus and three cats (Kojiro, Goemon, Yukijime), moved to the Central Coast in 2013 for a career opportunity. It didn’t take long (maybe a day) for him to sync with the lifestyle and appreciate its many facets: the beach, hiking, swimming outside year ‘round, wineries, and unique events.

When he’s not out exploring with the windows rolled down, he practices and teaches Aikido (for nearly 30 years, actually) and is co-founder of the Great Flavors Bakery and Chief Taste Tester.

Current flavorites:
Food or restaurant: Divine Thai, Goshi in SLO, and Juanita’s Al Pastor Tacos in AG
Wine: Yes. Wine is good. (Zins, Pinot Noir, and exploring new blends)
Activity: Aikido on the Beach, Hiking New Trails
What’s next: Exploring more on the central coast. Try more restaurants!
Goal: Somm1 Exam in the fall (Yea, completed!), Our new guides!

Some Points of Interest

Just where is the Central Coast?
For the Flavor Team’s purposes, we’ve designated fluid boundaries spanning San Luis Obispo county and bit beyond. From the south, we explore the treasures of Oceano, Arroyo Grande, and Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, and Shell Beach. Further north, we land in Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo, and then we head north to Morro Bay, Los Osos, Harmony, Cayucos, Cambria, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton, and San Simeon, and a few of our favorite outliers.

Flavorite Focus 1: Wine. Do you love wine? You’ve come to the right place. We love wine, too! You’ll see a lot of stories and guides here about wine. Like Forest Gump with grapes instead of shrimp. Wine growing, wine making, wine drinking, wine appreciating, wine tasting… all the aspects of making and enjoying wine from the vineyard to the bottle. Because of our deepening appreciation for all things wine-related, we recently studied for and passed the first exam to become Certified Sommeliers. And we continue to study and learn with a goal to be your friendly resource for wine and winemaking, the people, the process, and the product. We want to share the life-lifting joy of wine with a friendly approach that minimizes the intimidation and maximizes the enjoyment of wine and all its facets. Did we mention we love wine?

Flavorite Focus 2: Gluten-Free Food. Kara was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity in 2003, and is always on the hunt for good gluten-free options. We try to feature places with awareness to this food sensitivity that also create great-tasting food, period. We also founded the Great Flavors gluten-free bakery, where everything must simply be delicious. Period. We hand-craft amazing desserts and breads that happen to be gluten free. Available through subscription boxes, special orders, and select restaurants and coffee shops.

Attribution Credits
Title: Pismo Surfer, Author: Larry Anderson, Shell Beach, Used: multiple