Okay…I am a couple of weeks late getting to this blog; but nevertheless, here it is.
First, I cannot express how delightful it is to get together with these ladies that I’ve now known for nearly two decades. It’s a bond that not many get to experience. The laughter and the tears, the jokes and the sarcasm; I look forward to it all. The time we spend is so valuable and we’ve all finally admitted that we aren’t getting any younger…but we all still look great! Ha!
Our planned destination was #SanDiego. We had a phenomenal host in Clairine, who lives there. She could really be a party planner in her spare time!
We all flew in from #Tulsa and #Texas on a Friday morning. After a couple of the ladies got in their beach time, and some of us stopped for #cupcakes at Babycakes, we connected and hung out at “the rowdy” folks bar, Pacific Beach AleHouse, overlooking the water. We would have taken rowdy all day long with 1/2 price wine bottles at happy hour. I think we hit the jackpot at that bar. It was nice to sit out and chat and catch up. We have such engaging and enriching (lol) conversations. Oh, and the cupcakes, I approve. I had a pistachio cupcake. It was delicious!
The highlight of the trip was our four hour limo #winetour. We started the morning with breakfast at Clarine’s including “real” #bacon and almond champagne. I’m not a champagne girl, but that almond #champagne was a delight. The aroma of the almonds just made you want more.
We went to three smaller vineyards. Our first stop was #Turtle Rock Vineyards. A quiet place overlooking the beautiful #vineyard made for a serene experience. The nice thing about smaller vineyards is the interaction with the owners. This particular vineyard is known for their sangria. I, of course, didn’t have the #sangria. I had the flight of reds. They weren’t too bad. I may have gotten a bottle if I weren’t a carry-on girl.
From there we headed to two other vineyards. As long as I lived in the #PacificNW, I’d never done a real wine tour. This was such a great experience. The limo makes a difference. I cannot wait to do it again.
For dinner, we went to Bencotto Italian Kitchen in #LittleItaly. This had to be the most authentic Italian food I’ve had since going to Italy. I had fettuccine with lamb sauce. I can’t even begin to describe how scrumptious this dish was. Honestly, I’ve been thinking about it since I’ve left San Diego. I may have to go ahead and invest in a #KitchenAid mixer with the pasta gadgets. Fresh pasta makes all the difference.
Anyway, good people, good food, good drink, good fun…what more could a girl ask for. I love these ladies and look forward to every gathering. We miss Brittany immensely and we know that void will always be there. We miss her smile, her laughter, and her warmth. We want to honor her memory each time we get together and think we may have come up with some ideas to do just that. Stay tuned!
Living life….and it’s good.