Visit from Charles ~ September 2011

17 09 2011

I LOVE tickets!!!1880 Saucelito Canyon Old Vine Zinfandel1880 Saucelito Canyon Old Vine ZinfandelCharles & AddisonBread, Oil & Balsamic VinegarLeonard's Tarte Tatin
My Panna Cotta with Caramel & Chocolate SauceCharles' TiramisuBlueberry ricotta pancakes with mascarpone honey butter 1Blueberry ricotta pancakes with mascarpone honey butter 2Dolphin Bay Resort 1Dolphin Bay Resort 2
Dolphin Bay Resort 3Dolphin Bay Resort 4Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 1Dolphin Bay Resort 5Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 2Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 3
Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 4Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 5Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 6Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 7Birds off the Shell beach coast 8Birds Off the Shell Beach Coast 9

Charles, a friend from college, came up for a visit. We started out with an excellent dinner at Trattoria Grappolo’s in Santa Ynez, a favorite among locals. Next came the Tears for Fears concert at Chumash casino, right down the street from Grappolo’s. The next morning we ate breakfast at Lido inside the Dolphin Bay resort in Shell beach. While we were dining we noticed that their seemed to be a lot of birds flying by in one direction. Our curiosity was piqued, and after breakfast we ventured out to the oceanside bluff to check out the action. There seemed to be a gazillion birds flying around, we’re guessing that they were feeding. This time they were flying in the opposite direction from when we were eating. After we were done checking out the birds we went over to pay a visit to our friend Alex’ place of employment. She manages a really nice horse farm in Arroyo Grande. Charles had not ridden a horse since childhood, and Alex was kind enough to arrange the OK with her employer for Charles to go riding, and she gave him a lesson herself.

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