Carmel A.K.A. Must Love Dogs

If you didn’t know already, Carmel is dog central.  I swear, throughout the course of 4-5 hours, I must have seen over 100 dogs between walking the streets with their owners or wrestling each other in the ocean or running along the beach.  Since you probably missed me yesterday (joke), I’ll give you a complete rundown of my weekend. IMG_6474Despite going to bed close to 11:30, I was wide awake by 7:15.  Thank you abnormal sleeping patterns.  I decided to get up and be productive (shocker) and actually worked on my business capstone project.  We have a case on TiVo due Thursday but I had to finish my part for the meeting on Sunday.  Well, turns out we all are overachievers in our group and spent a majority of the time cutting out writing so it would actually fit on 10 pages.  I guess it’s good to have too much than not enough. But, back to Saturday.  I had an early snack of rice cake/PB2/banana, followed by a vanilla spice latte, and a parfait from the cafeteria cafe.  Note: the concept of make your own parfaits sold me on Santa Clara.  I wouldn’t say it was the defining factor that made me go here, but it sure didn’t hurt 🙂

Claire, Sam, and I drove down to Gilroy to do a bit of shopping.  I mean, when in Gilroy, shop, right?  I was hoping I wouldn’t like too much as my wallet and bank account would suffer.  However, I did luck out at JCrew with a couple classic t’s and a chombray shirt.  For those who don’t know, because I obviously didn’t, a chombray is a type of jean shirt.  Why?  Because it is fun to assign fancy-shmancy names to things just because. I also walked out with a cute and funky dress for our Crush semi-formal dance this week, but you will have to wait for pictures 🙂

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After our quick pitstop, it was another hour down the coast to Carmel.  Carmel is located a bit further than Monterey (another fun stop if you get the chance!) and is known for its great restaurants, cute shops, adorable downtown (great for window shopping), dog obsession, and of course the famous golf course, Pebble Beach.  I remember taking a family trip a number of years ago where we stopped through Carmel and even touched the grass at Pebble Beach.  Now that I am a better golfer, it would be fun to take another trip there 🙂
IMG_1633 IMG_1586 IMG_6475One of the best things about exploring is entering every single store and wandering through the offerings.  Maybe playing with some of the books or gadgets, maybe take pictures (legally?) and just people watch. 
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So it was a Saturday when we went (obviously), and I couldn’t get any sweets, but sure did survey my potential options for the future.  There was a quaint store called the Cottage of Sweets with a wide variety of pick your own sugary treats. It wasn’t as good as one of those stores in the mall that actually allows you the opportunity to spoon as many gummy bears into the bag (or your mouth) as possible, but they probably save money that way. IMG_6473Did I mention yet that it had to be one of the most gorgeous days of February?  Sunny and warm with everyone walking about.  It also would have been a perfect day for ice cream, had I not been on my lenten diet.  Sam did pick up a scoop of salted caramel (or of the liking) and was a huge fan.  Take note of the more than adorable dog cookies baked by this bakery.  My grandma reminded me that most of the stores even offer little doggy water dishes for your best friend. How.Darn.Cute.
IMG_1590 IMG_1591 IMG_6476 IMG_1592 IMG_1601 IMG_6472Want to know something funny?  This was the exact restaurant I ate with my grandparents last year when we visited Monterey/Carmel.  Sam and I both enjoyed the salmon BLT and Claire ordered the caesar salad.  We were NOT disappointed.  Not to mention the warm and doughy sourdough that was offered as our appetizer (well, the bread dish).  After that, it was time to walk off lunch and explore the beach.  IMG_6447IMG_1602
IMG_6451 IMG_6455This would be Sam.  She is a hoot and I love her for it!
IMG_6471 IMG_1608 IMG_1623 IMG_1631 IMG_1632We were able to finagle our way into the Pebble Beach area or 17-mile scenic route sans fee.  Just helps to be a little persuasive and grow up with the master mind of a father I have.  🙂

On our route home, we took the 17 (a not so fun and windy road), but made it back safe and sound.  Then, it was a quick, maybe 5 minute turnaround and back out to dinner with a good friend, Catherine Rose.  CRose as I like to call her, is from my home town and a couple of years younger.  We have had such busy schedules that the ability to get together and catch up has been practically nonexistent.  After walking around Santana Row, considering our options, we settled on a seemingly good Mexican food restaurant.  Ok, so it wasn’t as Tex-Mex as I thought it was going to be, it was still pretty darn delicious.  The menu was more geared towards people will some heafty change (so the bill was slightly surprising), but you do get your bang for your buck in terms of food and service.  I wouldn’t look down upon this experience because hey, I got to try something new and I’ve always wanted to eat at all the local restaurants.  You really can only eat at the Counter so many times. Ok, maybe not, but it was good to change it up.
IMG_6499I ordered the bottom left appetizer, a sort of cheese and chorizo dish, which was completely up my alley, though I feel like I might have eaten a pound of melted cheese.  Let’s just say it would have been smart to wear yoga pants that night. 😉  Afterwards, we walked, entered pretty much every store, and caught up on life.  I absolutely love wandering Anthropologie and browsing the various kitchen items.  I plan to decorate my house with these colorful bowls and plates some day.  So much happiness 🙂  IMG_6500The original plan of the night was to eat dinner and then Pinkberry.  I was so stuffed that I didn’t think it could happen.  CRose seemed to be dying to get some, so I obliged with a mini-grapefruit.  I guess a small way to cleanse the palate.
IMG_6497And a long recap finished 🙂 Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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7 thoughts on “Carmel A.K.A. Must Love Dogs

  1. Wow! You had a really busy and exciting weekend!! I’m glad it all worked out for you 🙂 Oh, and now that you have a semi-formal coming up in a few weeks, you can give me some tips on what to wear to a fraternity one 🙂

    • Look at you go! I’ve only been to sorority ones, but yes, I’ll try. My mom has outlawed this one dress (granted I have worn it to maybe 3 dances and it really should be a sun dress 🙂 )

  2. Fun! I have always loved California ever since I visited there two summers ago. I would love to live there someday- consider yourself lucky! Haha I laughed at the parfait thing with your school. The school I’ll be attending in the fall has it’s own locally made yogurt. Decision made 😉 Have a great start to your week!

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