We used to take for granted all the local gems that are within an arms reach from us. We would drive 5 or 6 hours to discover something new, which ultimately meant having to take a few days off to make the adventure worthwhile.
About five years ago we realized that we were looking too far for adventure and started to look locally in our own area for exiting new places to visit. Awesome food stories and the people that make them happen are closer than we think. So back in 2009 we made an effort to have our weekly “moments of discoveries”, where we venture out locally to discover something new, to find new people and learn something different that rocked our world.
Julian, CA was always one of our stops about twice a year and mostly to go apple picking. It’s in San Diego County and close enough for us to make it a perfect moment of discovery within a couple hours travel time.
Usually we were alway too early or too late for the apple harvest season. This year we decided to head out again but this time, to finally take the time to search for good pie the Julian is known for. Julian is a quaint, quiet and adorable little town filled with unique shops, little eateries and you guessed it, full of good pie.
This small town is best known for its apple pie, due to its bustling apple orchards but it’s not to say that there isn’t other fantastic pies to suit everyone’s appetite. A few weeks ago we found some good pie. Our great finds were the Dutch apple pie at Julian Pie Company and the apple boysenberry pie at Mom’s Pies.
Both pies hit the spot while we went antique prop shopping and exploring the town. It is hard to say who had the best pie. They were both different, different top crusts and fillings and both were delicious. We’d order either again in a heartbeat. If you’re ever in the area stop Julian for pie. And most important of all, make the time to have your moments of discovery.
These moments for us keep us sane, focused and re-energize to keep doing more of what we love!
P.S if you have any good pie suggestions were always up for a day of pie explorations!
Diane and Todd