This past weekend I joined my mom as her date to a family wedding. There were a lot of family gatherings starting on Friday and the wedding wasn’t until Sunday so I knew I would be spending a few days in the cute little coastal town of Carpinteria, CA.
The first thing I did was search Happy Cow for any vegan friendly restaurants in the area – results: 0. But a little health food shop did show up so I knew I would at least be stocking up on some items there. I had planned to do a little shopping before leaving L.A. so I was guaranteed some food, but time got the best of me and I left ill-prepared.
Friday night was a group dinner at a place called The Palms (cook your own meat – UGH). I had dry lettuce with some raw veggies from the salad bar. Unfortunately the health food store was closed by the time we got there so needless to say I was pretty hungry that night.
The next morning I was happy to get to the store as soon as they opened. I ordered myself a gluten-free vegan sandwich from the deli and loaded up on snacks for the rest of the weekend.
Here is my haul:
1. Rice chips
2. Primal Strips
3. Cactus Jerky
4. Go Max Go Candy Bar
5. Mary’s Gone Crackers
6. Alter Eco Quinoa Chocolate
7. Lara Bars
8. Alternative Baking Company cookies
9. California Sun Cafe Apple muffin
Pacific Health Food was a great little place and I thanked my lucky stars it was there! They had a grind your own almond butter station, a fridge full of Follow Your Heart items and lots of organic bulk food.
That night was the rehearsal dinner at a family member’s house and I was lucky enough to not be the only vegan so there was food I could eat! I had a ton of chickpea salad, vegan pesto pasta, salad and grilled peppers.
Sunday morning I had my apple muffin and a ton of fresh fruit as we all sat out in the courtyard of the hotel for hours talking and laughing. It was amazing getting to know my mom’s extended family and hear stories of their childhood growing up. My grandpa passed away 2 days before I was born and my grandma when I was 10, so I felt blessed to be around people who knew them. Everyone said how much I look like my grandma Mimi – do you see a resemblance?
The last night of our trip was the wedding and I was delighted that they had a vegan option there as well, and it was GOOD! Portobello mushroom, roasted red pepper, avocado and mashed potatoes with some steamed veggies on the side. DELISH!
That was it for my little weekend trip to Carpinteria. I survived and was able to eat great meals & snacks despite the lack of vegan friendly restaurants in the area. I also brought home a lot of goodies (because no way was I eating all that haul in one weekend!)