I will not whine. It wouldn't be right. I spent eight days in paradise doing nothing but reading, staring at the ocean and dreaming of my next meal. Eventually it had to end, and end it did. It was heaven.
Can we talk about food trends? Because there's a trend in Orange County right now and it's called butter cake. The crazy thing about this is I've been making a butter cake for thirty years . . . and the trend is that butter cake. Three Laguna/Newport Beach restaurants serve a butter cake. The one you're looking at was at The Red O, a Rick Bayless restaurant in Newport Beach. We are Rick Bayless fans, first from watching his PBS show and then, later, watching him win Top Chef Masters. This particular butter cake was served with a passion fruit crème, coconut ice cream, marinated berries and a cookie crumb. It was the highlight of my dinner. Forget that steak.
Second was this deconstructed Mexican corn. We were supposed to share that but, you know, marriage. It had the queso and the cilantro, all blackened in that cast iron skillet. I can still taste it. Again, forget the steak.
Later that night I arrived home at the Blue Cottage and picked some lemons off this tree.
And then I saw the pomegranates and wondered if I could come back in December and pick some - and dip them in gold to hang on my Christmas tree! Will they be on that tree in December? Because I'd do it.
I sat on my patio almost every night to read until sunset. Six books and I loved every single one.
We decided to make a breakfast tradition the day we leave vacation every year, so we went to Nick's on Pacific Coast Highway. So here's the chicken and waffles. It was a light breakfast.
My chilaquiles. SO GOOD.
My view for the week.
This was Treasure Island Beach and it's my favorite. I also was knocked down by a wave and then another one.
The walk out of my cottage to the beach.
Goodbye, Laguna. I will miss you.