Pezzini Farms – Castroville, CA

A trip down the 101 from San Francisco to Los Angeles with stops at Madonna Inn and Pezzini Farms for Artichokes.

We started our road trip down the 101 back from San Francisco with a stop in Castroville, “Artichoke Capital of the World.” Β 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 “some scenes for “Yes We’re Open”) on July 16th and 17th.


15 thoughts on “Pezzini Farms – Castroville, CA

  1. RenRen

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

  2. Sara K

    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

  3. Amber's Notebook

    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!

  4. Tiffany

    Wow, that looks so fun (there’s something about kitschy places), and my husband would die for such a piece of cake! πŸ˜‰
    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? πŸ™‚

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

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

  5. Amber

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

  6. Liz

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

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