Sunday, April 25, 2010

california dreamin' :: a photo essay

Just back from a trip to California. It's a lovely state. Prior to this trip, I had only seen the Los Angelos metropolitan region on business, so I felt blessed and lucky to see more of it.

Central California reminds me of Italy complete with rolling hills and endless vineyards. I could go on and on, but since a picture paints a thousand words, I'll leave you with photos.

The mission at San Juan Bauttista, where I also saw the San Andreas Fault.

Seurrat-like meadows dotted with a rainbow of ranunculus, at Flower Fields, near San Diego.

Balboa Park in SanDiego. Lovely--and I only experienced 1/10th of it.

Sunset at the Chart House in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, near Encinitas.

Hummus trio at the Chart House--red pepper, edamame, and traditional.

Breakfast burrito at Ki's.

I had a great day hanging out with Karen in and around San Diego, one of my BFFs [and whom many of you know from the Blogosphere], and her sweet rescue dog Chloe. Karen is the most amazing person: kind, patient, loving and caring. I have learned so much from her and cherish her friendship. Oh, and she's also an awesome tour guide!

Karen took me to see the seals in LaJolla. The moms have their pups in this little cove. So beautiful to watch them. This was my favorite California moment [First time I've ever seen seals in their natural habitat!], and I have 100 photos/videos of the seals to prove it!

Chloe looking down at the seals...

We grabbed lunch at Karen's co-op in San Diego and enjoyed it down in her car since we were pressed for time. Vegan Mac-n-Cheese with Dill. Nummy.

Still in California cool mode, last night, I was inspired to throw together some improvised veggie tacos, made with beans, frisée, avocado, corn and chipotle salsa. So easy.


VeggieGirl said...

Gorgeous trip photos! And I'm happy to see that you got to meet up with Karen :) said...

Seals! Delicious looking food too, I can't wait to get myself to California one day!

Vegetation said...

Wow, what a gorgeous place!! And the food, yum! Aww seals, beautiful!! Glad you got to meet up with a special friend :)

radioactivegan said...

that looks so awesome. i've spent a bit of time in northern california, and it is equally beautiful. the whole coast is just amazing.

KleoPatra said...

<3 Love this!!!

And <3 love YOU!

California is quite a state; so glad you got to experience some of it.

Cindy said...

Which co-op would that be? People's? I live in San Diego and like to make sure I have all the veggie places down! :)

KleoPatra said...

Cindy, yes, People's!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Looks like fun! You need to check out San Francisco!

Virginie Péan said...

It is so lovely to see while seals, and the flower field is amazing. Thanks for making us traveling through this post.

buffalodick said...

Keep on veggin' on! I'll eat the animals you are taking food away from! :)

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