SLO Walking Tour (Approximate Round-Trip Distance: 2 miles): -Exit the Amtrak station via Santa Rosa St. After five blocks, you’ll come to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kundert Medical Building on the corner of Santa Rosa and Pacific St. -Continue for two blocks on Santa Rosa, and then turn left on Higuera St. Every Thursday night from 6 to 9pm, the San Luis Obispo farmers’ market takes over the five blocks of Higuera between Osos St. and Nipomo St. Food vendors hawk barbecue, hand pies, vegan fare and more, while street performers keep the throngs of people entertained. Oh, and there’s produce too. -Turn right on Chorro St. and you’ll come to the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa on your left. After exploring the mission’s buildings and enjoying the pretty grounds of Mission Plaza, follow one of the pathways down to the San Luis Creek walkway (located right next to the plaza). -Follow the creek path southwest toward Broad St. You’ll find the History Center of SLO and SLO Museum of Art at street level on the corner of Broad and Monterey St. If you’re traveling with tykes, you’ll want to follow the creek path one more block to its end at the corner Monterey and Nipomo St., site of the thoroughly entertaining (if you’re under 10) SLO Children’s Museum ($8 adults and children, free for kids 2 years and under). -From the Children’s Museum, head southeast on Nipomo back to Higuera St., turn left and window shop for the next few blocks along one of downtown’s main drags. -Turn right on Morro St. and you’ll come to the Granada Hotel and Bistro, a recently opened luxury boutique hotel in a historic 1920s building at 1126 Morro. -If you’ve booked a room at the Granada, your walk is over. If you’re staying at Le Petit Soleil, turn around and head back the way you came on Morro St., cross Higuera, and then turn right on Monterey St. Le Petit Soleil is located about six blocks up the road at 1473 Monterey St. -If you’d like to return to the railroad station, continue along Morro St. for a few more blocks to Buchon St. and turn left. Make a right on Santa Rosa St. to continue back to your starting point.
Where Are L.A.’s Food Deserts? When stats are released about the nation’s ever-worsening health crisis and the growing rates of obesity and diabetes, it’s easy to cast blame in the direction of the victims. How can these people be so bad to their bodies? How can they be so ignorant when we live in a country with so much readily-available information about health, in a city that’s chock-full of grocery stores, in an era that sees new farmers’ markets sprouting up every other week? It seems as if any excuses a person has for eating poorly (too much work to get done, don’t know how to cook, too expensive, etc.) are just disguises for laziness. But if any of those thoughts go through your mind when you read a health-related stat, odds are very good you don’t live in one of the city’s many “food deserts.”