The days are getting colder, the nights are longer and if thats not an excuse to eat more comfort food, I don't know what the hell is. Who can say no to bowls brimming with pasta? I'll give you a clue, not me.
Always a fan of a new food find (luckily enough they are aplenty in London), last weekend we bundled ourselves off to to the soft launch of Pastaio. Tucked away down a side street in Soho you'll find this new little Italian gem just waiting for you to get your carb loading on.
What else is Autumn for if not long walks in crisp air, kicking leaves the colour of the rainbow in to the air and of course, hunting down pumpkins.
Cruising out of Cambria with the top down (the car’s…not mine), we momentarily headed north just up the road to find Hearst Castle. Owned and designed by William Hearst, castle is a bit of a stretch in terms of a description but grand old house it sure is. Perched up on the hills overlooking San Simeon, Hearst designed himself a palatial pad fit for the guests and parties for the Hollywood elite that he hosted back in the day.
Packing ourselves up again, we bundled in to the car in the morning sunshine and headed off in pursuit of some whales. Word to the wise, if living out of a suitcase isn’t really your thing, then a road trip is quite possibly not for you.
Back in Monterey, there are loads of whale watching tours to choose from. We found the smallest, most weathered looking boat and hopped on with the assumption that this little boat had definitely earned its sea legs and we weren’t wrong! The guys from Chris’s knew what they were doing and the 3 hour tour passed in the blink of an eye, full from beginning to end with tons of jellyfish (mating season apparently, they were absolutely everywhere around the shoreline), sea lions and otters, dolphins and of course, the star attraction…whales.
After our time in San Francisco, we (re)packed our bags, grabbed the rental car (we had a convertible ford mustang, someone was extremely particular about this detail of the trip) and headed south along the coast to find Carmel.
After spending our time so far mostly eating and drinking our way around town, we decided a little culture wouldn’t go amiss and if brunch happened to be at the end of the trail, then so be it. Setting off in the direction of Alamo Square, we wandered our way across the city, passing City Hall and walked up Hayes Street (which is a great pit stop for little boutiques, cafés and home shops).