Nouveau Barbeque in Malibu!

My BFF Nancy Jane and I “discovered” the Malibu Café recently. 

Malibu Cafe -- what a find!

I guess it’s no secret to locals, but it was our first time there, and what a find. 

A playground for the whole family!

Part of the famed Calamigos Ranch off Kanan Road, the Malibu Café Country Kitchen & Bar offers what they call Nouveau Barbeque. 

Charming rustic outdoor bar with the best mint julep ever! BFF Nancy enjoying hers!

View from our creekside table

Our dining companion

Smoked purple cabbage. Unique and delicious!

The food and service are fabulous but it’s the unique playground atmosphere for both kids and adults that make this a destination dining experience.  

Do you have a favorite hideaway place to eat? Would love to hear about it!

 

A County Fair with Ocean Air...and an Awesome Booth!

It was my absolute pleasure to work the California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) booth recently at the Ventura County fair.  

Our California Coastal Horse REscue Booth won the blue ribbon!

I made some new friends, was entertained by live bluegrass music, sampled some delicious local beef...pot roast...yum, and heard some remarkable cowboy poetry.  

My friend Andria Kidd won second place in the Cowboy Poetry contest

I sampled delicious Harris Beef pot roast, served up by the Ventura County Cattlemen's ASsociation

Even the author of salad Joy has to get a smile from this!

Fun bluegrass

Underwood Farms always has a beautiful display

Future Farmers of America booth...Maybe this little guy is one!

A blue ribbon day!

And all just in the agricultural hall.  I love this fair, and am so proud of CCHR for winning the blue ribbon for our booth design.  

How about you -- have you visited a county fair this summer? Would love to hear about your experience too!

Pigs ‘n Topanga

Driving around the other day listening for inspiration on where to go for a unique birthday present for my friend Krista, I followed my nose to Topanga Canyon, where Krista used to live. 

I drove immediately to the gift shop, the Spiral Staircase, at Topanga’s famed Inn of the Seventh Ray restaurant, and knew I had been led to the right place. 

 The Spiral Staircase is the must-see gift shop at Topanga Canyon's Inn of the Seventh Ray

The Spiral Staircase is the must-see gift shop at Topanga Canyon's Inn of the Seventh Ray

 Treasures abound at the Spiral Staircase

Treasures abound at the Spiral Staircase

 Topanga Canyon is home to the iconic Inn of the Seventh Ray Restaurant

Topanga Canyon is home to the iconic Inn of the Seventh Ray Restaurant

Not only did I procure the perfect gift – a hanging set of Indian Lal bells - but also “adopted” Piglet. 

Krista says the bells will adorn her front door and Piglet sits on our phone for now but may find a more suitable home in my office. 

 Piglet the puppet is a perfect kitchen pal

Piglet the puppet is a perfect kitchen pal

There is nowhere quite like Topanga Canyon and my brief excursion there was a delight. 

Topanga is magical place where pigs actually DO fly!  

 At the inn of the seventh Ray, pigs do fly!

At the inn of the seventh Ray, pigs do fly!