Down the 101

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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  • http://sunnyseedstories.tumblr.com/ Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories

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

  • http://gravatar.com/sweetbuttertoast 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.

  • http://saltwatercoffee.wordpress.com 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

  • http://newlywednewlyveg.wordpress.com Anna

    Whoa– that is a LOT of pink!!! :-)

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    Oh that carrot cake…YUM!

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

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

  • http://ambersnotebook.com 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!

  • http://honeyonthetongue.wordpress.com/ Tiffany

    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? :)

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

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

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-63-my-mistake/id336560437?i=95279634 Jerilyn

    What a fun trip from beginning to end!

  • Amber

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

  • http://www.pure2raw.com pure2rawtwins

    hello cake, haha yum!!

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

  • http://www.everydayfoodie.ca Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Those pink tables are so cool!!!

  • http://goodstuff.wordpress.com/ Liz

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

  • sandy tso

    lynn is very beautyful