Hello dear readers! Marin mama is back! Back to the reality of life after spending last week in the magical world of Disney, sigh. We had the best family vacation and I’m happy to be home after a week of play and fun, but yet there is that part of me that still longs to be on vacation where there is no routine, no laundry and no schedules, just play and freedom. Vacations are just good for the soul and something we all need to do more often. I’m reminding myself of that as I’m typing away at this post. So last week we took a family road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway (I’m warning you that this post is chock full of photos). We loaded up on Monday and spent the day and night in Carmel with John’s parents. On Tuesday we slowly made our trek down to Santa Barbara (our pit stop on the way to Disney) We stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur for lunch (thanks Zirpolli family for the fabulous recommendation). We sat outside and got to enjoy this amazing view from our table.
I had the most amazing tofu burger ever. I so need to find the recipe for this burger and I’m super bummed that it wasn’t listed in their cookbook, boo hoo!
Nepenthe is defiantly a must stop for anyone headed to the Big Sur area. I seriously could have spent all day there just taking in that view and eating their delicious food. We also picked up some amazing muffins and tarts for the road at Big Sur Bakery. I also picked up their cookbook and I can’t wait to try their breakfast pizza.
The ride down the PCH to Santa Barbara was spectacular. I would definitely recommend it to all of you, especially if you live in California. Its something that you have to do at least once, if not more, because it reminds you how beautiful California truly is.
We spend Tuesday night in Santa Barbara and then woke up early Wednesday to make the 2 hour trek to Disneyland! We had planned on spending 2 days and 2 nights at the park, but extended our stay for another day because we we’re having way too much fun. I would highly recommend getting the 3-day hopper pass as well as staying at the newly renovated Disneyland hotel. We have stayed at both the Grand California and the Disneyland Hotel, and I tell you the Disneyland hotel is better. It has bigger rooms and bathrooms, it’s super clean and is a lot cheaper! This photo was taken on day 3 and look how happy we are!
Here’s a photo of us on Space Mountain. This was by far our favorite ride and we went on it 6 times. Eli and Zoe always got the front seat, of course! Here’s one of the photos that was taken at the end.
I love this photo from the Tower of Terror. We had all planned ahead of time to salute the camera. Ok, this ride was a bit too much for me I must say. See that little boy cringing in the front, that was me after this photo was taken.
We also got to try the new Cars ride 3 times. It’s the newest ride at the Disney California Adventure Park, so the lines were LONG! The first time we waited over an hour to ride it, and then we got smart and figured out a system, so we only had to wait 15 minutes for the next two rides. It was definitely worth the wait, as the race in the end is so much fun. Here’s a photo of the kids before the race started.
Ok, enough of the vacation photos, let’s move onto this week’s menu.
Sunday night dinner: Thai chicken burgers (new recipe I’m trying here) served up with some lacinato kale salad. I’m so excited to get back in the kitchen and get cooking again. It was nice to have the week off, but I’m over eating out at restaurants for a bit.
Tuesday night dinner: Orecchiette pasta with pesto, sausage and green beans. We’re going to substitute broccoli rabe for the green beans.
Thursday night dinner: Kid friendly caesar salad topped with leftover buttermilk roasted chicken. Gotta love those leftovers!
Friday night dinner: We’re so over eating out,so we’re staying home and Marin mama is making pizza! I’m making up a roasted red pepper and arugula whole-wheat pizza and serving up some kid friendly caesar salad on the side.