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temecula olive oil company

Olive abound in Southern California. and you’ll find olive oil at every farmer’s market. My favorite comes from Temecula Olive Oil Company. I’d been to the shops in Temecula and San Diego, but was delighted when we stumbled upon the original location, complete with olive tree grove, outside of Temecula. It’s a great event space, too, surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Lori, Sandra, and I dabbed our tongues into rich olive oils flavored with local basil, garlic, and fruits, then paired them with balanced balsamic vinegars.

knight in shining armor

I do not consider myself to be a girly girl. I am strong and powerful…at least I thought so until I tried on part of my friend’s armor at Potrero War. As she added layer upon layer to my body, I felt the gravitational pull toward the earth. But then came the pièce de résistance:  the helmet. It must have weighed 30 pounds! My little neck could barely hold it up. I now have a newfound respect for warriors — past and present — who don pounds and pounds of armor just to stay safe.

potrero war

If you had told me a year ago that I would have ended up wearing a toga, shouting “Huzzah” with a bunch of strangers this year, I would have laughed at you. And yet, I found myself on the fields of a medieval battle recently and was happy as could be. How I Got There I’d heard of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Back in college, a handful of Dungeons and Dragons-playing socially awkward boys would dash about the courtyard outside my friend’s dorm smacking each other with cardboard swords. I was not impressed. But at a party at…