(Late postin’ like nobody’s business!). This week was spent between San Diego, back home in Whittier, and up in Santa Barbara. Lots of movement but also lots of relaxation, good eats and quality time with family and friends!
Sunday brunch at Lofty Coffee. Not (fully) pictured: best cinnamon sticky bun, ever. While eating and discussing plans for the week, a friendly man next to us with glitter in his beard started BELTING out the songs that were playing (think: Bennie & the Jets). It was such a challenge to play it cool without laughing and so typical of Encinitas…makes me happy. Good and scary news: Zinc Cafe across the street from work closed down this week….and Lofty Coffee will be opening in the Spring! Simultaneously very excited and very scared for my budget and caffeine levels.
Finishing up the last of my holiday shopping and wrapping on the 23rd. Normally my presents are all ready by September/October (haha!), not sure what happened this year. It felt like Christmas just snuck up, came and went. Although I went to a few holiday parties it never really felt like we were in the middle of the Christmas season, just that it was coming soon. I just never fully embraced it I guess. Weird? Or ya feel?
Back in Whittier time was split between family, friends, errands and vegging out. I grabbed coffee with Eryn and then two days later Brianne, at the same place, same table. It was so nice to catch up and discuss life, future plans, goals and inspirations.
Christmas was very mellow this year- blood orange mimosas and omelettes at home, our traditional Christmas Day movie at the theatre, cooking dinner with Reid (Cornish Game Hens, Roasted Green Beans and Carrots, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and a Cauliflower Salad) and finalllyyyyy watching Frozen before hitting the hay early.
I spent the next day with my mom, starting at the Anaheim Packing House to scope the scene and grab lunch. It was so neat, the closest comparison I know probably being the Boston Public Market or that warehouse in LA (that I can’t remember the name of). I grabbed fish & chips and a beer, my mom fish tacos, and then we went to The Pop Bar for some seriously amazing popsicles. Strawberry dipped in dark chocolate with almonds, Pistachio in half milk chocolate half dark chocolate with pistachios, and Passion Fruit dripped in white chocolate with coconut flakes.
The next afternoon Ashleigh picked me up and we embarked on our mini road trip. We pit stopped in DTLA so she could be introduced to the goodness that is Urth Caffe (and those magical Spanish Almond Milk Granitas!).
Nearing our destination of Santa Barbara, the lighting was so magical. It’s hard not to get a little delirious driving the coast with your best friend at sunset, with the perfect tunes blasting just slightly louder than your laugh attacks. The vibes went from Uptown Funk to Ed Sheeran and back again.
The first night we did a bit of wine tasting, realizing we accidentally booked our hotel (Hotel Indigo) in the perfect location- The Funk Zone. We met up with friends and embarked on the Urban Wine Trail (of sorts).
Sunday we checked out Carpenteria— “good for morning vibes”— hung out at Lucky Llama coffee, picked avocados from Kokoro’s backyard, and filled up on breakfast burritos before a little walking and shopping on State Street.
The afternoon called for beer, and pizza. We ordered flights at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. where we sat out on the patio with an arugula flatbread from Lucky Penny next door. SO GOOD. The evening progressed into wine on our hotel’s patio rooftop, another bar, and fresh shrimp tacos for dinner. (Yeah, there’s a reason we were ready to hop back on the healthy train the next day!). That said, the weekend was exactly what we needed.