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hello lovelies!

this week i am still studying, but i took a small break on sunday morning to go out to brunch at jeannines, a little bakery/restaurant that has three local locations. there is one in montecito, one on upper state street near san roque, and one in downtown santa barbara on figueroa street. i wen t to the one downtown, because it is the closest one that serves breakfast and lunch. i went with my mother (she very nicely offered to buy me breakfast) and we got an array of delicious foods. she got the kale salad with chicken, and I got a side of breakfast potatoes and bacon with a lemon boysenberry scone, and a very cute latte that i took a picture of because i wanted to preserve it.

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we were sitting outside, and there was live music by a person who was playing old, familiar songs on his acoustic guitar, but putting new twists on them. it was just amazing to listen to.  there were conversations bubbling around us, the sun was shining, and a few people brought their dogs, which added the nice atmosphere of playfulness. they were all adorable. i mean, they’re dogs! the staff were so friendly fro a sunday morning too. if i was working, serving other people, i think i would be grumpy, no matter how much i was getting paid. i appreciate friendly people a lot, so it was really nice to have friendly people around me all morning.

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looking at the plate that they served our food on, there was a pretty little seal from the restaurant logo, and it said, “25 years”. i think it’s pretty incredible that a place like this has existed for so long. i can see it, starting out small and gradually building business by word of mouth and their reputation for amazing food, to become what it is today. and they really do have incredible food. from the huge portions of  steaming buttermilk pancakes with whipped greek yogurt, to the tiny little cups of fresh fruit, they make sure that everything is as yummy as it can be. i love jeannines as a breakfast or lunch place, and i go there often. but comment  below with any suggestions you may have regarding a new little eatery that i should check out, and have an incredible day.

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hello lovelies!

ok, this title may have been an intimidating one, but the content this week really isn’t. “blood” was only to describe a thematic color of the post: blood red. this weekend, on saturday, i saw a basket under the counter in my kitchen full of little oranges. an i mean full. overflowing. they were almost falling out. i decided to take a little stress off the basket so i picked one up and cut it open, expecting to find the normal bright orange divided into neat little segments, but instead, the fruit was dark red. i had discovered some blood oranges! i cut the first one and tasted it. it was delicious, if a little tart. then, almost cartoonishly with a little lightbulb above my head, i got an idea. i went under the sink and pulled out an old juicer, plugged it in, and grabbed a cutting board and a knife.

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i sliced all of the oranges in half. each orange half, i pressed against the juicer and it looked like they were bleeding! but it was just the vibrant juice and pulp that was being pressed out of the rind. i juiced all of the oranges, and filled up the little pitcher with dark red orange juice, and the little dish with pulp and and seeds. i dumped all of the pulp into the trash, and poured the product of my efforts into several small cups. they were then distributed to my family, and i kept a little for myself. the color was so unusual that i took the glass outside to take another look at it, and i observed that there were no other noticeable differences besides the conspicuous color.

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something that i found interesting though, was that my newly painted nails were a perfect match with the color of the fruit. which made for some prettily balanced pictures. it wasn’t a big adventure, or an exciting thing that happened, but it was a quiet way to spend my saturday afternoon that resulted in some delicious juice, and something to share with my family. please comment below to let me know how you like to spend your weekends, and have a wonderful day.

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hello lovelies!

this week i visited the santa barbara art museum with a few friends. these people i was with are very special to me, as i have known them since I was about 2 or 3 years old. we tend to do a few things together from time to time, as a mechanism for keeping the connections and friendship between us. the art museum is a place that i have not been to for a very long time. the last time i remember going was for a field trip in elementary school. as a result, almost everything i saw was new to me. there was a large room full of beautiful photography that was all muted colors and black and white pictures on walls with bright orange and blue paint that complemented each other very prettily. another room that i really enjoyed was the room named “geometry of the absurd”, featuring textured geometrical art pieces with bright day-glo colors.in this picture, i was particularly captivated by the compliment of my friend’s pink hair.

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then finally there was a children’s room that was full of chalks and pens, and most importantly, a large statue of soft clay that was made for tiny hands to mold.

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after the visit to the museum, my friends and i were hungry, so we walked a few blocks down state street to a pretty little bakery called lilac patisserie. this bakery is dedicated to gluten free, and they even have a few vegan items! normally, i don’t like gluten free pastries. they always feel so dense to me. but this place makes them so well i can’t even tell the difference between their desserts and wheat ones. even the vegan cupcakes are absolutely amazing, tasting like they contain gluten, dairy and eggs while catering to the many vegans in santa barbara unlike any i’ve seen before.

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this is what i ordered: a chocolate fudge yellow cake with sea salt caramel. it is so rich that i took 3 bites, and i was full… for the rest of the day! going with friends was a fun experience because of the opportunities to share and swap, that let us get a taste of everyone’s treats. i wanted to give special mention to the frosting they make here that to me, is the very definition of decadence. with beautiful organic designs of flowers and leaves, they decorate the tops of their delightful cakes with colorful buttercream that melts in your mouth.

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i loved this afternoon activity in downtown santa barbara with the visit to the art museum and the drop-in at the small cafe for a sweet treat, and would recommend it to anyone who happens to be in town. please comment below with your favorite weekend activities, and have a beautiful day.

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hello lovelies!

in case anyone didn’t know, i live in santa barbara, california. it is stunningly beautiful here, and also very cozy to me, because it is where i was born, and where i grew up. i am constantly thinking about just how lucky i am to live here. one of the many things that i love about it is the local atmosphere and culture. there are a few places in town that embody the whole vibe of santa barbara to me, and one of them is just down the street from where i live.

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this is a little coffee shop on the corner of ontare and state street called vices and spices. they sell espresso, teas, smoothies, pastries, and beautiful local artisan work, along with a few lovely items that are not made here in town.

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to get here, i usually walk along foothill. it’s very pleasant, despite the many cars, to go out for a walk and a bit of fresh air.walking across a bridge on the street, there is a view of the ocean and the channel islands. walking down ontare there are little patches of shade, cute houses, and old tall trees lining the sidewalk. it is very peaceful. walking with another person is especially enjoyable, because it is wonderful to have a little company, and having an opportunity to share this experience is usually one that is taken for granted.

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this week i walked with alegra, who also enjoys a good cup of coffee and a chance to relax and conversate with a friend.

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vices and spices a very nice selection of drinks, but along with that, they also have a shelf full of candy, with everything from chocolates to licorice to gummy bears. this is the place to come if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. the workers are friendly and amiable, even allowing me to snap a few photos of them while they worked.

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the combination of good coffee, a bit of sweet, and a beautiful array of handmade objects at vices and spices creates an atmosphere of coziness, friendliness, and contentment that perfectly embodies the spirit of my incredible little town.