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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

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Oh, take me back to Ojai!!!  Here’s the magical place we stayed – The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.  Situated on a golf course…

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…with majestic grounds and many pools.  My tip – go to the spa one if you want shade/quiet!

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I didn’t actually utilize any of the spa services or classes…

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…mostly we hung out in here.

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This is one of the Wallace Neff Rooms, which includes a wonderful view of the mountains…

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…two free drinks in the evening, and complimentary breakfast.

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I ordered an Egg White Omelet with Kale/Shrooms/Tomatoes, while Abe got the Granola and Yogurt Breakfast.

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The unexpected winner was the salsa!

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Stayed indoors; it was a bit too warm during our trip to be outside…

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…though there are plenty of interesting places for that too.

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If you’ve been to Ojai, what are your favorite places to stay?  We plan on coming back in November; loved this hotel, obviously, but it’s a bit $$$.

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Renola

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Larabar makes Granola now!

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Actually, it’s grain-free, so they’re calling it “Renola.”  Which makes me sing the Ricola song in my head every time I open a sample…probably not their intention.

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I prefer more clumps, personally – but who knows if that’s even possible with a vegan granola…

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…ordinarily this plum would’ve gone on top, but I’m too lazy to cut it.  So now it’s a yogurt chaser.

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What’s New Pussycat

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I’ll tell you what’s new – Chinatown Scoops! My favorite gelato place has opened right next to Chego. They’re slightly less generous than the original, but it’s the same sweet stuff.

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My hair’s no longer a virgin! I finally stopped plucking the grays (okay, Abe stopped) and got it dyed for free at an Aloxxi Color Workshop.

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After Wednesday’s post, my twinsie Emily dropped off some flowers + homemade granola to cheer me up…

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…a mashup of two recipes – using fewer nuts, 2 TB coconut oil, 1/3 cup Grade B Maple Syrup, and her own mix-ins of dried blueberries, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and almonds. Did the trick – food is love.

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Courtney asked me if I’m still eating cantaloupe/miso/candy daily. The answer is yes, but I’m now addicted to nuts as well – either a handful of raw almonds/cashews/pecans or spoonful of natural almond butter (<—you must try this trick).

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P.S. Salad dressing on pizza instead of tomato sauce = Do it.

P.P.S. Palo Alto = See it.

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Woods Hole Inn

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We’ve been back in Los Angeles since Monday, but my heart is still in Cape Cod

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…specifically, in Woods Hole…

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…at the Woods Hole Inn

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…in The Penzance Room

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…where I took not only a shower…

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…but the best bath of my life…

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…and emerged only to look at the balcony view

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…and eat dinner at Quicks Hole Tavern.

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Such a bummer we couldn’t stay longer – left before their complimentary breakfast was served…

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…but was given a bag to go!

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FYI, this is NOT your everyday continental B&B food – a delicious tomato/spinach/mushroom quiche, carrot cake, greek yogurt with berries and granola…

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…luckily I get to recreate the memory back home.

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If you’re looking for somewhere luxurious on Cape Cod to celebrate a special occasion (or even elope) this is the place!

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A Late April Night’s Dream

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Saturday morning started off with brunch at Randall’s and Jae’s

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…where I discovered slow cooker eggs

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…and a serious addiction to granola – Love Grown Foods + Erin Bakers make nice n clumpy ones.

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(Recipe for these Triple Chocolate Cookies will be in a future post!)

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Back home, Abe and I finally bought new speakers/receiver so we could play our old records again…

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…then I headed out for an evening at Cecconi’s, hosted by Coriann

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…celebrating a new chapter in her life.

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I didn’t bring the proper camera to document dining in the dark, but all the food was wonderful! Everything from fried olives to incredible short ribs, brussels sprouts, and polenta.

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Or was it all a dream???

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