And beautiful sunsets... But I'd never really thought about the food...
Seabreeze Cafe, for his favorite cinnamon rolls.
Oh! That Almond Apricot Muffins sounded good too!
Charlie Hong Kong on Soquel Avenue. Featuring fusion styled, Southeast Asian food, Carl had raved and raved about how everyone he's taken to Charlie Hong Kong falls in love with the food. Would I be the next to fall?
The menu is fairly large offering vegan based dishes to which meat and protein toppings can be added. So with toppings like Szchuan Mushroom Medley, Spicy Ginger Beef, Hoisin Pork, Sweet Garlic Tofu, Chicken and Salmon Teriyaki, Green Curry Chicken and Tiger Prawns, there's really something for everyone. Carl insisted we order a "Salad Wrap" roll ($2.95) and I chose the Green Curry Noodles with vegetables ($6.25).
sampling some Indian food from New Delhi restaurant at an event I attended at the Westin St. Francis in Downtown San Francisco.
It was green and healthy and yes, it was that good.
I keep a travel, plastic pair of chopsticks in my purse at all times. It was really nice to not have to dig them out!
Well, Carl was right. I am now head-over-heels in love with Charlie Hong Kong. With hours from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM they're almost always open so be sure to drop by and try them out. This restaurant is a testament to how fast food can be healthy food and healthy food can be absolutely delicious and affordable. I think you'll love them as much as I do :)
Betty Burgers, a small, retro styled, busy burger joint on Seabright Avenue. Which coincidentally is on the same street as the Seabreeze Cafe.
The Buttery bakery for a really scrumptious peanut butter cookie ($1.75).
The Daring Baker's Challenge.
*Drool* With whole peanuts embedded all the way around the edge, the cookie was thick, soft, peannuty tasting and oh so good.
The Penny Ice Creamery a place I'd been wanting to visit for months. A true artisan ice cream shop, all of their ice creams and sorbets are made from scratch on the premises. Some feature sustainable ingredients that are both organic and locally grown. That day there were plum blossoms from "Tiny Acres," mint from "Route 1 Farms," Olive Oil from "Belle Farms" and honey from the "Bee in Harmony" apiary.
The day's flavors are seasonal and listed on a glass window writing board just outside the front door and directly on the ice cream case. Inside you'll find the flavors for scoops and many other treats like ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, bon bons, affogato, sundaes, shakes and floats. And if you're a coffee drinker they offer: espresso, americano, cappuccino, latte and mochas. I'll have to bring my hubby because I love ice cream and he loves ice cream and mochas. We can both be happy here.
And I'm not kidding, this may have been my favorite moment of realization all day long. At The Penny Ice Creamery they don't use plastic tasting spoons! Carl noticed it first when he heard a "clank" as someone dropped their tiny tasting spoon down the hole in the counter that said "Used Tasting Spoons." It is such a COOL and eco-friendly idea I hope more ice cream shops adopt this policy if they see it here!
We placed our orders...
Carl ordered a Pineapple Guava Popsicle ($3) and I had a single scoop ($3.50) of the Olive Oil + Sea Salt + Chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone. It was really good. It tasted light and bright like fresh iced milk. It was just enough chocolate to taste without over powering the olive oil flavor and seemed healthier than other ultra rich ice creams because it wasn't super heavy.
I could really taste the olive oil and the flavor lingered as I drove home. It reminded me of the way the olive oil tasted the time I tried the Buratta Cheese at A16 restaurant in San Francisco... Hmmm olive oil and cheese ice cream... Sounds good to me! I wonder if you can freeze buratta cheese? Hmmmm a Buratta Cheese + Olive Oil + Sea Salt ice cream... Would that equal awesomeness or ick? I may have to suggest a recipe or two. I saw a sign inside on the counter that said "Penny for Your Thoughts." If you suggest a recipe and they make it, The Penny Ice Creamery will give you a free pint of your flavor :)
Special thanks to The Geeky Guy for letting me use his Santa Cruz photos in this post. He's really becoming quite the great photographer!
As for Carl and I, we're already thinking up our next food excursion... Where will we go? What will we eat? Stay tuned to find out :D
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