Day 28: Milo & Olive

http://www.miloandolive.com

There really are perks to being the early bird…  We went to the newly opened Milo & Olive this morning to celebrate my Dad’s birthday (breakfast is his favorite meal).  These are the same people who brought us Huckleberry, Sweet Rose Creamery, and Rustic Canyon. In other words YUM!  While waiting for our Baked Farm Egg’s and Prosciutto and Gruyere Quiche’s (both delicious), the co-owner Josh Loeb brought us over some samples from the bakery section.   Among the baked goods we tasted, which were all sublime, there was a butternut, rosemary and fleur de sal flatbread cake that was a stand-out.  My advice, go now before the crowds find out they’re open and forget about not eating carbs, there are times when you just have to surrender!

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Day 26: Dia De Los Muertos

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In case you missed this year’s crowning event at Hollywood Forever, there is still time to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos this week at Olvera Street .

Not to be confused with Halloween, it is a day for honoring our beloved ones who have passed.  This ancient Mexican tradtions brings together family, friends and loved ones.  So check out the calaveras, the alters and bring your stories of deceased loved ones to share.

Day 11: La Super Rica, Santa Barbara

As long as we were in the neighborhood…

We just finished our final (last daughter graduating elementary school) all school campout at El Capitan Canyon after 10 years of roughing it year after year.  That is, if you consider sleeping in cabins and having catered meals in the great outdoors roughing it!  So naturally the first thing my 10 year old asks as we are packing up the car is “Are we going to La Super Rica on the way home?”.  We haven’t passed it by ever since my dad turned us onto it about 8 years ago…

Isidoro Gonzales has greeted patrons with a smile ever since he opened this taqueria in 1980 and we are always happy to see him on the way home.  He gained instant credibility when Julia Child mentioned that it was her favorite mexican food restaurant and there’s been a line ever since.  You won’t see a big sign out front letting you know you’ve arrived.  Just look for the green awning and the line of people and you will know you’re there. 622 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, CA; 805-963-4940

Isidoro Gonzales at the helm

I tend to order off the daily special menu, which today was shredded beef tacos with avocado cream sauce. It was a tough decision as he had the tamal verdura on the menu today which is a vegetarian tamale with a tasty cream sauce over the top.  My husband, Michael tends to order the house special, the #16- a roasted pasilla chile stuffed with cheese and marinated pork served over two freshly made corn tortillas.  I should also mention that is is no sit down affair, you order at one window with Isidoro and pick up at the other window with his son. Once the food arrives you will be sitting on plastic chairs at a too small table under the awning outdoors and getting your own salsa in plastic cups by the take-out window.

Once we were seated, we realized that there were quite a few other “campers” who had the same idea.  What a perfect way to end a great weekend and the end of an era for us…

Day 10: El Capitan Canyon

O.K., this is really not in L.A., but a two hour drive North, past Santa Barbara in Goleta.  I am at my daughter’s elementary school campout.  So, not only is this not in L.A, but it’s also not camping! 

We are in a fabulous eco cabin with a king bed, duvets and a bath with shower.  There is a separate living room and the couch is folded out as a bed.  The cabin is situated on a creek and my 10 year old daughter and her friends just caught 8 frogs!  The campground is catering our meals the entire weekend and the kids are riding their bikes, playing in the dirt, walking on the rocks in the creek, climbing trees and playing outside!!  Just like we used to do as kids…   

 Tomorrow night we’re making s’mores, on a real campfire. I like my marshmallows perfectly toasted, brown on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Life is good.

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