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Celebration in Oxnard

dessert - movies - take out - vegetarian

So the happy news I mentioned in my last post I still can’t officially share yet, but I will say it has to do with Abe and a new job! He officially begins next week, so we decided to take advantage of his last days of freedom with a road trip to Oxnard.

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The only thing I knew about this city was that a lot of strawberries are grown nearby. (We didn’t actually see any farms.)

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Walking around, we stumbled upon El Taco De Mexico.

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There was a steady flowing lunch line and everyone spoke Spanish and ordered meat. (Except for me.)

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The decor isn’t exactly inviting…

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…plus Julius was with us. We got our order to go, and sat in a nearby park.

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I’ve lived in SoCal long enough to know I can never finish an entire burrito by myself without feeling overstuffed. So Abe and I split this vegetarian version, with rice, beans, and shredded lettuce.

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I asked the woman at the counter if she could do it without cheese. She said yes, then proceeded to ask if all the other things inside would be okay – Salsa? Yes. Cilantro? Yes. Onions? Yes!

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What’s funny is that I could barely taste any of those things, just the sour cream – the one ingredient she neglected to mention (which I would’ve said no to!)

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Still, really really good. I didn’t even use any additional salsa. Pretty darn messy and we had a napkin shortage!

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Unfortunately for Julius, nothing dropped.

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Explored the Farmer’s Market in the park…

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…only ONE stand selling strawberries!

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Afterwards we drove around and explored a little…

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…the Channel Islands section feels like an entirely different city.

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Julius and I both got out to use the bathroom.

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Didn’t actually eat at Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut, but the food looked/smelled incredible.

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Back home, we napped. I ate melon. We cleared off our DVR queue. And I discovered my newest obsession…

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Oikos Frozen Yogurt. No problem spotting the berries in here.

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Oh – I DO have some good news to share with you guys…

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Surrogate Valentine is FINALLY on Netflix Instant!

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  • http://lisalaughs.wordpress.com Lisa

    Aww poor Julius! He missed out. : P

  • http://wildbluewonder.wordpress.com Tamara

    Ooh, I’ll have my husband add it to our queue!

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

    Yay Abe! Congrats on the new gig.

  • http://www.dispatchesfromwonderland.blogspot.com/ Alice C.

    Mexican food in SoCal is the best. I remember hitting up food trucks in the wee hours of the morning with DH. The best trucks always feature tongue and tripe (though I haven’t tried these). That’s how you know they’re authentic ;)

  • Yoshiko

    Oh, you visited my hometown! It’s a sleepy, little place with some great Mexican food. Have you visited Ventura? They have lots of cute boutiques and restaurants.

    • http://www.theactorsdiet.com Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      oxnard’s so cute! i’ve been to ventura before – we were going to stop by but didn’t want to hit afternoon traffic. next time!

  • http://Bakerbynature.com Ashley

    Now I want to stuff my face with a burrito! Looks like you had some major fun :)

  • http://www.caitplusate.com Caitlin

    CONGRATS on Surrogate Valentine being on Netflix! I really need to watch it. It’s literally on my Google Tasks list to do so!

    I love the photos in this post. Truly gorgeous! It’s so true that burritos can never be finished without feeling uncomfortable. I learned that from UConn’s burritos, ha! And I also learned that no matter how many napkins you grab, there are NEVER ENOUGH.

    Congrats to Abe on the good news he’s received. Can’t wait to hear more!