I just returned from a week-long respite in California. I worked at the Natural Products Expo West for the first three days, then spent the remainder of my time hanging out with my cousins in San Diego. I thought I would share a couple of my favorite activities while out west.
I donned one of my many spring dresses, a gray cardigan and my Panama hat, and hit the beach. The Del Mar beach to be exact. My cousin Doug and I didn’t do much but get our feet wet tip toeing along the shore and watch the waves come in, but it was picture perfect. The beach is the best place to people watch. I enjoyed watching a group of frat boys energetically build a sand castle and a middle-aged man sit down and silently conduct music.
On our second day at the beach we also toted along our book Outlander and read it while the sun went down.
The next day, Doug took me to the Spectrum in Irvine, CA, an adorable outdoor shopping center. While I was there I bought a couple of tops and a skirt from H&M and Foreign Exchange. I also stopped in on this adorable bakery, Le Napoleon Café. This tiny French patisserie offers a wide variety of European delights. I bought my very first macaron. The café also serves traditional brunch foods and sandwiches.
And what is a trip to California without sushi? Not a good one, I can tell you that. While at the Spectrum I dined at Izakaya Wasa Sushi. I ordered a traditional California roll and splurged on one of their specialty rolls, which was topped with popcorn shrimp and an eel sauce. It was absolutely delicious.
It was a great trip! What are some of your favorite things to do while on vacation?