Jumped in the trusty Pontiac GTP - muscle girl car, headed to Hwy 1, taking the road down past Santa Cruz... (No Walt, I still have not scraped the PONTIAC off of the windshield!) Sunroof open, and CD blaring to Allison Krause and Robert Plant, one of my new birthday presents...
Everything is blooming, yellow and purple lupine, wild iris, beach roses, wild strawberry, fuchsia and yellow succulents....
Swanton Berry Farms Love stopping here! Homemade jam tasting, strawberry cider, strawberry pie, dipped chocolate strawberries, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry pie. Need I say more? Look at what we bought - YUM! Chocolate, walnut and coconut covered strawberries! Yeah, but it might have been a mistake to try and drive while attempting to eat this beauty. I was wearing my new WHITE Ralph Lauren sweater, and IT was wearing strawberry and chocolate! Melissa spent about 30 minutes with the super-duper Tide pen, and managed to get all of the stains out. Reminder to self: I really need one of those things in my purse.
Stop 3: Hunger was getting the best of me, becoming painfully obvious (getting a little grouchy) that we would have to eat before getting to Watsonville. Lucky for me, Melissa loves a good bacon cheeseburger, just like me! (you can only eat these with your real friends) Jumped off of the freeway at Aptos, just past Capitola and Santa Cruz to find the Snow White Drive-In, right at the entrance to Sea Cliff State Beach. We each ordered a bacon cheese burger and fries and then drove along the cliff in Aptos to park and watch the surf. Incredible clear, sunny day, bright aqua blue ocean stretching out before us. Cool neighborhood, I could easily live here!
Wonderful burgers, you guessed it - more stuff on the front of my white sweater. Melissa gave up on me, threw it in the backseat.
Stop 4: On to Annie Glass! Easy to find, right off of Hwy 1 on Harvest Drive. Parked the car, and went inside - big bummer though, no Mother's Day Sale this year. Still great to see all of the pieces - and I hope Annie doesn't mind that I am using their images on the website to show you - my camera battery died before we got here.
Shell and Rock Collection - look how pretty these are!
Ultra Marine Collection... wow
Sea Life Collection - reminds me of being at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, also reminds me of how fragile our sea life really is, and how much of our world depends on the health of our oceans..
Annie Glass has teamed up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to create this whole line of unique "sea inspired" dinnerware - 25% of each item will be donated in support of the Seafood Watch Program. This is a great program (and iphone app!) in support of eating healthy seafood and making better choices for sustainability. I use my iphone app all of the time; at the grocery store and when we are out to eat at a restaurant.
I don't currently carry Annie Glass on the Caron's Beach House site, but you can certainly order from the Annie Glass site, or search the site for a retailer close to you! Here's the web address: http://www.annieglass.com. The highlight of my day? Annie came out to the car and helped us navigate back into Santa Cruz, with all kinds of fun suggestions for shopping and wine tasting. Felt like I was meeting a celebrity!
P.S. Coastal Living Magazine also featured these Seafood Watch pieces in the editorial section of the April 2010 issue. Here's a link to some of the sustainable seafood recipes that they are featuring this month: Sustainable Seafood Dishes