I generally prefer to think of myself as a realist - my outlook is "The glass is fifty per cent full and fifty percent empty, and why are we debating about the contents of the glass when a good drink is getting cold?" Today, though, was a full-glass day, no doubt about it. Chiada and her hub-E came down from Santa Maria today and we spent a glorious afternoon and evening together.
First, we cruised Paseo Nuevo, shared a delectable chocolate/cream cheese Farm Cake and
watched the beautiful people and their dogs go by. A silky haired doxie, a beagle, and a pair Clumber Spaniel puppies, mutts of all kinds, some cradled in their owners' arms, others toting their own accoutrements.
Next it was off to pick through the earrings and accessories over at Forever 21/Reference....let me tell you, Chiada and I had a good laugh there - we decided our styles are more classy and classic than 99 percent of the stuff in that store. Naturally, this did not stop us from purchasing two pairs of earrings and a scarf/headband/belt (me) and a couple of very cute fabric headbands (Chiada). We browsed around at a couple of other stores, checked Borders to browse the new Santa Barbara Magazine. By the way, if you're interested, it has a pretty detailed account of the real life Edie story - fascinating by any count, I think.
Shredded Phyllo Wrapped Tiger Prawns, Flash Fried
Served with a Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce
On Napa Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds,
Julienne Vegetables and our Sesame Asian Vinaigrette
Homemade Three Cheese Pizza- Cooked in our wood-burning pizza oven With Pesto, Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onions, Smoked Mozzarella, Goat Cheese and Gorgonzola Cheese
Vegetable Napoleon with a Gorgonzola Potato Cake and Wild Mushrooms
With Grilled Eggplant, Sauteed Garlic Spinach, Grilled Polenta and a Roasted Tomato Sauce
Yeah....it was just that good - but the best bit of the whole day wasn't the great weather, the bargains we found ($3.80 vintage-looking earrings? yes, please!), or even the excellent food. It was seeing friends that I've missed for what feels like forever in the flesh. There just isn't any substitute for it.