I'm safely back in Orange County after a treacherous drive home yesterday. Driving for hours through such a big storm was intense. I watched a car spin out of control in front of me on the freeway, colliding head-on with another car, bringing traffic to a halt. It brought all my car accident anxieties to the surface again.
And yet, it was a wonderful weekend.
Saturday morning, I left The OC around 8 a.m. to drive up the coast. Along the way, I stopped to visit with my niece, Undomestic Diva, and her three holy terrors adorable boys. (Just joking about the holy terror part. I love them – really, I do!)
I arrived in Santa Barbara just before lunchtime. It was a beautiful day.
I met a friend for lunch at La Super Rica, which is purportedly Julia Child's (and Oprah's?) favorite Mexican restaurant. It's a little dive, with a long line, and some cheap, but excellent, authentic Mexican food. I would imagine Julia Child and Oprah don't have to wait in line when they go there. While waiting outside, forever, to get in – I got very sunburned. It was a little overcast when I left Orange County and I hadn't thought to put sunscreen on.
After lunch my friend and I walked, and walked, and walked, for miles. I was enjoying the ocean, the sand and the beautiful day.
Next came a few hours of shopping downtown. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Lush store has opened in Santa Barbara. I've only ordered from them online before. It was great to see all their products on display. My skin has been very dry lately, so I ended up purchasing a pot of Dream Cream.
We visited a lot of stores, although we were mainly just window shopping.
(Except, ahem, I also stopped into Victoria's Secret to pick up a few … things.)
Before I knew it, it was evening time. At this point, I'd been on my feet for hours. We stopped at Arigato for a very light dinner of sushi. I've mentioned Arigato before. It's my favorite sushi restaurant absolutely anywhere. If you ever find yourself visiting, make sure to order their Tiger Roll.
After dinner, we walked around downtown for awhile longer. Eventually I made my way to my hotel. After unpacking, it didn't take long to fall fast asleep to the sound of waves crashing outside my room. It couldn't have been a nicer Saturday.
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