My little furry sidekick and I just got back from a week of sun, sand and surf in California.

It was just what I needed with a ton of beach time, listening to the waves and feeling the amazing power of the ocean, a couple of days in Malibu with my friend, Tammy, and a lot of eating and drinking (I had my must-visit restaurants and farmer’s markets all lined up). I met up with one of my favourite food bloggers, Sue of Birgerbird, for lunch. And I even spotted Gene Simmons of Kiss, filming an episode of Family Jewels on the rooftop patio of my hotel. Since Kiss was the first rock concert I ever saw, when I was 14, I was maybe a little overly excited to see this now reality tv star.

Another thing I did on this trip was continue to unplug from my beloved Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Instagram, and Pinterest (whew!) by leaving my laptop at home. Although I could still access my social media loves from time to time via my iphone, I was hardly online at all for the whole vacation and it felt amazing, like a true break. I spent my down time reading (no kindle, just old fashioned books) and writing (old school, with a pen and paper journal) and daydreaming on my balcony, watching the waves of the Pacific crash against the shore.

So, now I’m back home sweet home with a bunch of photos, a recipe or two and a few stories to tell…


the pier

sand in your toes

pink hibiscus

Beast the chihuahua

El Matador Beach Malibu


12 thoughts on “California

  1. Sounds heavenly! Have you ever eaten at Gladstones on the beach in Malibu? It’s not a fantastic menu, but the locale is to die for. In fact, the pic of me on the “this is me” page is a pic of the Russian Princess and I at our celebratory lunch after our week at the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu.

    p.s. You look fabulous!

    • I didn’t know you spent a week at that resort. I must have started following your blog after that. That must have been a great experience. I LOVE Malibu so much that I usually get teary when I leave. Sad but true. I’ve never been to Gladstones but will check it out next time I’m there. We always have lunch at Howdy’s in Malibu Country Mart (addicted to the watermelon smoothies) and we tried to have dinner at Nobu one night but it has moved, is bigger, right on the ocean and a bit snobbier now. It also didn’t help that we were coming from the beach and covered in sand 🙂 Thanks for the compliment. I’m so in my happy place in that photo!

      • The “first came the game changer” page describes my week there, and it was the catalyst for the year of sweat 365-project. 🙂

        Gladstones is awesome – I make a point of eating there whenever I’m in SoCal! Definitely check it out next time you’re there!

  2. I like the pink theme you have going on here with your toes, your tank top and the hibiscus flower. So nice to have met and noshed with you!

    • Thanks Sue! So great to meet you. I’m back at home and still California dreamin’ today. Can’t wait to see the pics you’re going to take with your new camera!

  3. Lovely pictures sounds and looks like you had a great time! I try and get to the ocean as often as I can. It’s a great place to be to recharge your batteries. Well done for leaving social media behind too 🙂

  4. hello laurel its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am glad yoo had a gud time heer in the mithikal land of kalifornya!!! altho i try to avoyd the beetch myself on akkownt of it is ful of skarry wayvs!!! ok bye

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