Girl Scout Cookie Season Begins in San Diego

Girl Scout Cookie Season Begins in San Diego

It’s that time of year again – Girl Scout Cookie Season. I got the opportunity to sit down with Troop 3161 in Rancho Peñasquitos to talk with these young entrepreneurs as they prepared to run their own cookie businesses. They also told us about some of their favorite things to do as a Girl Scout in San Diego, and camping definitely seemed to be a top activity. And of course, cookies.
The 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program is Sunday, January 27th to Sunday, March 10. If you are a girl, parent or community member who is interested in becoming involved with Girl Scouts, be sure to visit their website at
Best Dog Walker & Pet Sitter in PQ

Best Dog Walker & Pet Sitter in PQ

A few weeks ago I sat down with the owner of Jen loves Pets, Jennifer Taylor. Jen Loves Pets is a local dog walking & pet sitting services which is located right here off the 56 in Rancho Penasquitos.

Jen started the company while spending time with her own dog at the Rancho Penasquitos Dog Park contemplating what was next for her in life after she had to leave her corporate job due to health reasons. After some thought, Jen started researching dog walking & pet sitting. She started the company herself back in April of 2010 and almost 9 years later, she has 8 employees and services an 8 mile radius of Rancho Penasquitos. Jen has an amazing outlook on life and even with her health issues she has been able to do what she loves and help her community at the same time.

She has some amazing reviews on Yelp & NEXTDOOR (which is where I found her). She confidently claims not to be the cheapest option but she is confident you won’t find a better team around. She credits everything to the amazing team she has surrounded herself with and she couldn’t do it without them. Each team member goes thru an exhaustive, hands-on training with the entire JLP team including the owner; Jennifer Taylor a Pet CPR & First Aid Instructor and a Certified Professional Pet Sitter

If you are in need of dog walking & pet sitting services in the future, look no further then Jen Loves Pets. You can find them online at or on their facebook page, Jen Loves Pets.

Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen Comes to Carmel Valley

Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen Comes to Carmel Valley

We’re kicking off the New Year here on Off the 56 by taking you inside one of the newest craft brew tasting rooms in the Carmel Valley area, Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen. They are located in the new Merge Carmel Valley shopping center, which is on the corner of Carmel County Road and Carmel Mountain Road. I stopped by recently and got the inside scoop from Brett Preston, the General Manager of Mason Ale Works.

Established in 2015, Mason Ale Works started as a brewery dedicated to creating truly artisan craft beer. Their research brewery is located in Oceanside at Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank while their production brewery is at Urge Gastropub & Common House in San Marcos. Their tasting room in Carmel Valley is their first satellite location. When searching for a spot for the new tasting room they felt that Carmel Valley was incredibly underserved as far as having a place like this.

The team at Mason Ale Works wanted to create a casual, family-friendly spot where families could go to enjoy a delicious meal while parents sampled some high-quality craft brews. It’s also a great casual spot to go to watch the game on TV or play foosball. They also have an outdoor patio, which makes it a great place to play some cornhole and enjoy the wonderful San Diego weather.

Mason Ale Works in Carmel Valley offers twenty beers on draft, an expansive whiskey selection including single barrel whiskey, beer for purchase, a full liquour selection, and a full food menu under The Barrel Room Carmel Valley. Their entrée menu includes things like pizza, sandwiches, and entrée salads. You can also order small bites, meat and cheese boards, and dessert. They also like to test new beer concepts and brew small batches so when you come to Mason Ale Works, you should be able to always try something new! Click here to check out their current food menu and draft list.

Brett told me their most popular beer on tap is their Jambi IPA and poured me a pint to try. I also got to sample a few of their most popular menu items from the kitchen, the Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Roasted Mushroom Pizza. Everything I tried was fantastic!

If you are a local business in the area, The Barrel Room also has the space to accommodate parties, happy hour events, business presentations, networking groups, and more. Click here to contact Mason Ale Works about hosting your next event in Carmel Valley.

Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen in Carmel Valley is open 4-9pm Monday through Thursday and 11:30am-10pm Friday and Saturday. On Sunday they are open from 11:30am-9pm.

Got a tip on a new business opening Off the 56 or know a local business that would love to be featured? Click here to contact me!

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