Christy – Absentee

restaurant - travel

Where have I been the last few days?? Working…

When it rains, it pours and right now a wonderful downfall of counseling opportunities have been flowing over me. Workshops, groups and new clients have been keeping me busy which is great. In the meantime, I have had a chance to have a couple of meals out that I wanted to share.

On Monday, I drove up to Santa Barbara to help a friend with a move and we took a lunch break to eat at the Sojourner Cafe in downtown. This is a mostly vegetarian, local produce, healthy cafe and I had been wanting to go for a while. We were all pretty beat from packing so each of us got a good size meal.

Mine was a greek salad with spinach, artichoke hearts, olive, cucumbers, onions, chicken and red peppers.

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My friend got a chicken curry salad (delicious!)

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Jeff got the fish tacos

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And my friend’s son got a pita pizza

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The food was really good – definitely very fresh. The atmosphere was a little like a diner (except with healthy food), and our server was very nice. They have a very strict no cell phone rule so you have to go outside if you want to use yours. This was a fun way to start the work week – like playing hookey :)

Yesterday was non stop work. But tonight Jeff and I went on an impromptu date. We headed over to The Spanish Kitchen for dinner. It is on La Cienega just above Melrose. I love hispanic food and I love a beautiful atmosphere even more. If you do too, then you should try out this restaurant. It was candlelit inside so I didn’t get a great picture, but this will give you an idea.

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Dark wood, beautiful lanterns, candlelight and a big open room with an old bar. They also had a gorgeous outside space that I can’t wait to try when it warms up a little bit more.

We started with a couple of drinks

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Red Wine Sangria

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And a house Margarita. The drinks were really good but also strong. I like that because I definitely only need one and because it feels like it was worth the $9 for that small glass. But for those who don’t do well with alcohol, you might want to stick to wine or beer (or share a drink).

And of course, we had to have the chips and salsa!

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For dinner we split the veggie fajitas which had onions, zucchini, carrots, peppers and mushrooms with a side of black beans, corn tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and shredded cheese.

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The corn tortillas were small and fresh

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I love the size – I made myself 3 “mini” fajitas.

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Sooo good. We both loved the food here. It tasted really fresh and light. Not like the fajitas at some places where it feels like it is dripping in grease and you go home with a stomach ache. I felt satisfied and full but still light.

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Check them out next week because they have drink specials in honor of Cinco De Mayo!

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Sojourner Cafe on Urbanspoon

  • http://www.littlemisspotato.wordpress.com littlemisspotato

    Looks like a great night! The food looks fantastic and I’m totally digging the atmosphere of the place (that can really make or break a meal for me personally). Hope you guys had a wonderful time. :D

  • http://thekitchenofarunner.com Matt

    Great reviews!

  • http://simplylifeblog.blogspot.com Simply Life

    YUM! Both those meals out look amazing!

  • http://todayslady.wordpress.com/ jaclyn@todayslady

    That’s so great that you’re doing so well with work!!! Those restaurants both look great. I want fajitas for dinner now!!

  • http://www.notsuperhuman.com Tracey @ I’m Not Superhuman

    Wow, that salad sounds great. I love Greek salads, but I’ve never put artichoke hearts on mine. I’m going to refer back to this for my next salad. (You know, when I finally make that grocery trip I need and get lettuce.) Yum!

  • http://www.hernewweigh.blogspot.com Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life

    Wow-those salads look fantastic!

  • http://www.ramblingbabushka.blogspot.com Ildie

    Work…. I’m familiar with this curse. HA!

    Your meals look fabulous and delicious! I think I just found another blog to lurk. :)

  • http://www.snackingsquirrel.blogspot.com kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com

    pita pizza <3.. oh and ur friends salad is SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

    sounds like an amazing place for delicious eats. especially if u leave satisfied but not stuffed! <3 happy thursday!

  • http://whydeprive.wordpress.com whydeprive

    Wow all that food looks so good!
    Especially the greek salad. I love the idea of artichokes in it.

  • http://canyoustayfordinner.com Can You Stay for Dinner

    Yumm. Love the meals you’ve been enjoying! The Spanish Kitchen sounds great- love the small fresh corn tortillas and fresh guacamole on top!!

    I’m glad you’ve been getting work, even if it does mean one heck of a busy week! Hope you get some good relaxation in soon!!

    Have a happy Thursday!!

  • http://wheres-the-beach.blogspot.com/ Heather (Where’s the Beach)

    Can’t complain about busy when it means work right?!

  • http://www.lovehealthyliving.net Carrie (Love Healthy Living)

    I love the Sojourner Cafe!!! I just discovered it last fall and wrote about it here: http://bit.ly/bqwGZ5

    Their desserts are soooo good. Also, did you check out the great yoga store next door?