Sorry I’ve been super lazy lately & neglecting my blog…BUT in my defense, I have been trying out & coming up with a bunch of recipes that I’m so excited to share with you. (:
Okay…honestly, one reason why I’ve been neglecting is because I have been spending all my time with YELP. @_@…I am on that site more than Facebook/Gmail/Youtube/Foodgawker…you name it. I think I’m…slightly addicted. There…is just too much to review & too little time! I want to try all the 4-5 stars restaurants yelp has to offer!!!! I am obsessed. All my “vacation” trips have honestly just become foodie trips. I am HOPEFULLY…planning to go a couple trips within the next year. We…shall see. As…trips cost much $$$s. Bleh. What sucks is that I love clothes just as much as I love food. It would be easier if I liked one or the other…then I would have more money to put towards whatever held priority. Sigh. Oh well. Life’s tough sometimes ya’know? ;P
Enough RAMBLING! jk…more rambling. Because this is a rambling type of POST. I hope I’m not boring. >_>.
Monterreeeyyyyy! D & I went to Monterey to celebrate the feat of dating for a year. Yeah, we owned dating for a year like no other. Hahahha all confidence aside, a year passed by VERY quickly. And I am quite the lucky gal to have D as the plus one in my life! AWWw…look at all these precious words I’m spitting out. Sorry. I write just as sarcastically as I actually am sometimes. But really. He’s the best. (: He’s the peanut butter to my jelly, my marshmallow to my s’more, THE CHOC CHIPS TO MY COOKIE…okay I’ll stop.
Honestly, we didn’t do much besides site see & eat in Monterey. But it was one of the funnest dates we’ve had yet, just because it’s how we made it to be. D & I can do this thing…where we make things…simply a million times more enjoyable than they actually are. Special power? nah. It’s just the way we like to enjoy life. (:
The first place we stopped at on our day trip was The Red House Cafe [Click & it leads to the Yelp site of the restaurant!]
We came here for a light lunch, knowing we were going to be pigging out throughout the day…& this place was absolutely PERFECT. Their sandwiches & homemade aiolis were…definitely drool worthy. One bite of D’s sandwich and I was in a bit of pork tenderloin heaven. I ordered the warm tomato sandwich, which was delicious as well. (:
Our next stop was at Parker-Lusseau Pastries…hooooooo boy. This might have been my favorite thing of the day. We bought 2 macarons of every flavor they offered, 2 caneles, and 1 butter croissant. Every single bite, of each pastry…made my taste buds dance.
We got Lavender, Pistachio, Chocolate, Raspberry, & Passion fruit Macarons. Each one…was utterly perfect. My all time favorites out of the bunch were Lavender & Pistachio. D liked those the least…and preferred the other three instead. He said the Lavender tasted like FRUIT LOOPS. If fruit loops taste like slightly sweet, light, and airy floral goodness…then yes. That’s what they taste like. But that’s okay, because next time (there WILL be a next time), I’ll just keep all the lavender & pistachio to myself. >:] I’m sure he’ll be more than happy cuz that means he’ll get the flavors he likes. It all works out in the end…
D & I had a little adventure along the 17-mile scenic route in Monterey. At each stop, we tried a different pastry. Awesome views/scenery with decadent morsels of deliciousness at each stop. I couldn’t ask for more.
Let’s not forget the Croissant & Caneles. The Croissant was flaky, butter, airy, everything a croissant should be. The Canele was really decadent, but yummy as well. It’s baked for a long time so that the outside is hard & crisp while the inside of the petite cake has the texture of bread pudding. It’s definitely worth a taste! But let’s just say, my love for Macarons beat out the Canele.
After our scenic route, we took a stroll around Carmel & ended up at our dinner spot…Casanova. It literally looks like a little cottage, the ambiance was charming. It definitely had a romantic feel to the place. The picture below is just a really cute corner of the restaurant…the place as a whole was very pleasant.
Casanova offers the largest wine selection in all of Monterey I believe. They handed us…literally a BOOK of wines that they had. We started off with a Yellowtail Crudo, which was refreshing & light. D ordered the seafood pasta (although the menu says it super fancy & in french), while I ordered the Braised Veal with Mascarpone Polenta . D & I aren’t huge on italian/french cuisine, but this place was pretty impressive. It was something new for us & something we could experience together.
Our LAST stop…was on our drive back home. We made a quick pit stop at Marianne’s…it just had to be done. Bi-Rite in SF is, for now, my number one place for ice cream…but Marianne’s holds a close second. I got the Cantaloupe ice cream, which tasted…a lot like a Melona bar, for those who know what that is. D got his all time fav–cookies & cream. It was a great ending to a wonderful day trip.
I know this post was long but thank you so much for reading! Hopefully, this gives you a couple ideas next time you go down to Monterey. Enjoy!!