And we continue in our culinary narrative of the beautiful state of California…
Although we saved it for last, our trip to San Fran would absolutely not have been complete without Tartine. Words are not really going to do the food we ate there any justice, but hopefully the lines will give you some indication. I recently read an NPR piece about foodies waiting in line hours and hours just to taste something that may or may not be outstanding. Tartine was mentioned in the article, and I can say that although we didn’t wait for more than 20 minutes in the early morning, it would have been worth an hour. Bring Sudoku or whatever it is the kids are playing these days! J and I strategized before we got to the counter, looking at everything in the display cases and trying to discern the mix of smells wafting around. In the end here is what we got (don’t judge): One traditional open-faced Croque Monsier and one with mushrooms (me), one chocolate croissant, one lemon tart and one morning bun. The Croque Monsier’s were very delicious, but I have to say that what nearly blew J and I away were the chocolate croissant and the morning bun. I would actually re-name the “Morning Bun” the “Never-Had-A-Better-Bun”. Think croissant dough spun into a cinnamon roll shape with orange zest, doused in butter and covered in cinnamon sugar. I have no more words.
Something that might be important to note for those of you driving down the coast on the PCH—there is a delightful little coffee shop called Crema on Lighthouse Ave. If you are anything like me and took two Dramamine to survive the windy roads you will absolutely NEED the Fog Buster by this time in the journey. It is pretty sweet with honey and cinnamon, just warning those of you with a broken sweet tooth.
C wasn’t really that hungry for lunch, and to be honest I wasn’t starving either, we arrived in Carmel after a beautiful drive through Pebble Beach. Even though it was lunch time we decided to walk around the enchanted “village by the sea”. What a charming little place that was very European and did not feel like a beach town whatsoever, in fact I felt like it was a little town you might find in the Swiss alps. Once it was about time to leave I did want to eat some lunch but nothing heavy. Yelp pointed me in the right direction to Carmel Belle! An unassuming food stand inside a shopping area. I know I just described a food court, but it was ANYTHING BUT a food court. Besides the freshness of the vegetables in my salad were unlike anything else. If there were more casually healthy fresh salad places like this, preferably near me, but around the country then people would not have excuses for not being able to find a healthy choice to eat!
This was my favorite night of our trip. Our midway point and resting stop for the evening was Cayucos Beach. J and I had a picnic packed from our shopping at the Ferry Building the day before and we snagged a little spot on the beach before the sun set. It was perfect and we left that evening ENGAGED! I was very surprised and am so happy to get to call J my fiancé and eventually husband.