Down the 101

July 11, 2011

in dessert, soup/stew, travel

We started our road trip back from San Francisco with a stop in Castroville, “Artichoke Capital of the World”

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Pulled over at Pezzini Farms, which sells a lot more than just ‘chokes!

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Outside the stand is a truck with hot food

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Probably one of my weirder breakfasts:

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Abe and I split this steamed guy, dipped in a creamy Garlic Dijon sauce

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A fig for dessert as we hit the freeway again

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Our next break was almost 3 hours later, at The Madonna Inn

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I’ve driven by a couple times in the past, and seen it on a whole bunch of blogs/travel shows, but have never actually gone inside.

Between this place and Pea Soup Andersen’s, I’ve really covered the kitschy tour of the 101!

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After exploring the Inn and numerous gift shops, we grabbed some grub at The Copper Cafe

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Wasn’t hungry at all from the last few days of feasting, so I ordered the smallest thing I could find on the menu – a mug of chili, sans cheese

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It had beans and beef. Not horrible, not great. Overpriced, of course.

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Always have room for dessert!

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This one was kinda calling out to me, but I asked the waiter for his opinion…

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…he said “Carrot Cake” – so that’s what I got!

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Abe and I split the piece right down the middle – I wound up finishing his icing too:

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By the time we got back to Los Angeles and picked up Julius (who promptly passed out) it was 8:30pm

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All I really wanted was a bowl of strawberries (bought from Pezzini Farms) and miso soup

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Kinda perfect that there was a 60 Minutes piece on San Francisco – I miss it already!

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For those of you still in the Bay Area, my movie “Surrogate Valentine” will be playing at The Roxie (where I also filmed some scenes for “Yes We’re Open“) on July 16th and 17th.

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{ 15 comments }

1 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

Abe doesn’t like icing? Preposterous! But great for you. The icing definitely makes the cake.

2 RenRen July 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

Okay now I feel like I need to take the 101 on my next trip up to the Bay Area. I want those artichokes.

3 Sara K July 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

I love Artichokes! I’ve never stopped in Castroville, but have stopped in Gilroy for garlic grub (and outlet shopping) on the way down to Monterey before

4 Anna July 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

Whoa– that is a LOT of pink!!! :-)

5 Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

Oh that carrot cake…YUM!

6 Lauren July 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

Oh my goodness, that cake looks heavenly. Glad you made it home safe and sound.

7 Amber's Notebook July 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

omg! I am craving artichokes now!!! YUM! How fun you took the 101, I wish I caught that 60 piece. I already have plans this weekend or seeing your movie at the roxie would have been fun!

8 Tiffany July 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Wow, that looks so fun (there’s something about kitschy places), and my husband would die for such a piece of cake! ;)
I love the pic of you and Julius in the car! And on a random note, you seem to have such long legs (which I envy!)–are you very tall? :)

9 Lynn at The Actors Diet July 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

a lot of people think i’m taller than i am – i’m about 5’6ish…

10 Jerilyn July 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

What a fun trip from beginning to end!

11 Amber July 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Smart move only getting the chili. Their food isn’t the best, but they do have homemade buns for their hamburgers.

12 pure2rawtwins July 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

hello cake, haha yum!!

finally had figs for the first time this season, so happy

13 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Those pink tables are so cool!!!

14 Liz July 12, 2011 at 6:45 am

All that cheese, and none of it on your chili. Looks like a fun time was had by all. Great entry! :D

15 sandy tso July 14, 2011 at 12:04 am

lynn is very beautyful

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