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”


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


Outside the stand is a truck with hot food


Probably one of my weirder breakfasts:


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



A fig for dessert as we hit the freeway again


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


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!


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




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


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


Always have room for dessert!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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 ( 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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