Cold Spring Tavern

Tonight was absolutely wonderful!

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I’m the luckiest girl in the world :)

Kyle and I celebrated 2 1/2 happy years together by going to one of our favorite places, Cold Spring Tavern. It’s located in Santa Barbara and is about a 25 minute drive from where we live. The drive up is so scenic and beautiful and is filled to the brim with picturesque mountains that provide a stunning view of the surrounding area.

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All dressed up!

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What’s cookin’ good lookin’ ;)?

One of the things that Kyle and I love most about Cold Spring Tavern is its uniquely rustic and homelike feel. Like I mentioned in a previous post, it was originally a stagecoach stop in 1886 and was preserved by its previous owners.

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The inside is dimly lit and the seating is very intimate. My photos didn’t turn out as well as I’d like, but it was totally worth it for the warming atmosphere!

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To start, we were served the most delicious freshly baked bread and immediately ordered the tantalizing looking Charbroiled Tiger Shrimp on Saffron Linguine. It was spectacular! Kyle and I couldn’t stop raving about how mouthwatering it was.

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For my main course, I ordered the New York Steak, which came with a salad with Lingonberry dressing and mashed potatoes that were out of this world!

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Kyle ordered the Sautéed Duck Breast with roasted shallot glaze. I’m salivating just thinking about it ;).

We opted to skip dessert since we have 4 lbs of See’s Candy waiting back home, but I accidentally ate a bug on my way out. Does that count? It more like kamikaze-bombed its way into my throat. I never stood a chance in defending myself. Kyle approvingly mentioned that I probably got a ton of protein from it. We estimated probably about 13473 grams. I should investigate the nutritional facts later.

Pre-bug consumption. All smiles... for now..

Pre-bug consumption. All smiles… for now..

I’m looking forward to the rest of my evening being nice and relaxing. It’s been such a great day!

Catch ya’ll later!

xoxo Christine

Two and a Half Years

Today has already been a good day, but the best is yet to come!

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Last night was a late one. I had a french essay due and a history midterm, so I was immersed in work and studying my entire Sunday. I ended up going to sleep around 1 and waking up at 6:30 to finish up some last minute reviewing. However, I think my essay turned out fairly well (thanks. Tiana, for proofreading it!) and my history midterm was a breeze. I also got back my French and Chemistry midterms and am pleased with my grades. It’s been a good day!

However, things are just going to get better! Today marks our 2 1/2 year dating anniversary, so Kyle and I have plans to go out to a fancy shmancy restaurant called Cold Spring Tavern. It began as a stagecoach stop in 1886 and was chosen as the best place in California for a romantic getaway. It’s become “our place” after going there on Valentine’s Day, and I absolutely adore it. I can’t wait!

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Moving on!

Breakfast 

Today started off on a good note with a delicious bowl of oatmeal. I added some raisins and honey to give it some extra flavor and a banana that I ended up cutting up and mixing in as well! As always, coffee made an appearance.

So much nommage!

So much nommage!

Lunch

Lunch was filled to the brim with veg! I had some steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots with a piece of roast chicken and sun-dried tomato bread. Raw carrots/celery with hummus and spinach dip on the side.

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Workout

After a power nap I read some blogs and decided that a quick workout would be a perfect way to stretch out my legs.

I did a quick 25 (or should I say 24:59) minute workout that had my calves burning!

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If you couldn’t tell by my timing, I was dying to push that stop button! It was AWESOME ;)

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shweaty!

shweaty!

xoxo, Christine

Two and a Half Years

Today has already been a good day, but the best is yet to come!

defd7904f1830f6abf9c4fc3b7ad0dad.jpg

Last night was a late one. I had a french essay due and a history midterm, so I was immersed in work and studying my entire Sunday. I ended up going to sleep around 1 and waking up at 6:30 to finish up some last minute reviewing. However, I think my essay turned out fairly well (thanks. Tiana, for proofreading it!) and my history midterm was a breeze. I also got back my French and Chemistry midterms and am pleased with my grades. It’s been a good day!

However, things are just going to get better! Today marks our 2 1/2 year dating anniversary, so Kyle and I have plans to go out to a fancy shmancy restaurant called Cold Spring Tavern. It began as a stagecoach stop in 1886 and was chosen as the best place in California for a romantic getaway. It’s become “our place” after going there on Valentine’s Day, and I absolutely adore it. I can’t wait!

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Moving on!

Breakfast 

Today started off on a good note with a delicious bowl of oatmeal. I added some raisins and honey to give it some extra flavor and a banana that I ended up cutting up and mixing in as well! As always, coffee made an appearance.

So much nommage!

So much nommage!

Lunch

Lunch was filled to the brim with veg! I had some steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots with a piece of roast chicken and sun-dried tomato bread. Raw carrots/celery with hummus and spinach dip on the side.

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Workout

After a power nap I read some blogs and decided that a quick workout would be a perfect way to stretch out my legs.

I did a quick 25 (or should I say 24:59) minute workout that had my calves burning!

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If you couldn’t tell by my timing, I was dying to push that stop button! It was AWESOME ;)

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shweaty!

shweaty!

xoxo, Christine

Chocolate on Chocolate on Chocolate

Today has been a good day!

With my handsome guy!

With my handsome guy!

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After doing some work, I got ready to go out to dinner with my parents (who came up to visit). I was feeling fierce so I threw on some animal print ;).

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We went out to a nice restaurant with a semi-French theme. The entire menu was very eclectic! We started off with a nice little appetizer which let us sample quite a few things. For my main course I got the Duck-Duo that featured a pan roasted breast, fresh sausage, sweet potato hash, and duck demi-glace. It was really good, but the portions were a little small for my liking! Kyle got scallops and thoroughly enjoyed his, though it wasn’t nearly enough food for a big guy like him.

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My mom ended up buying us a two pound box of See’s candy… on top of the two one pound gift certificates she sent in the mail! After dinner we walked over to State Street to collect our goodies.

I got a little excited...

I got a little excited…

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Hopefully it will last at least a week ;)

Moving on, of course we had to follow up on some fro-yo to help even out the small portions of dinner ;). This baby was a serious monster!

It probably would be easier to list which flavors we DIDN'T get!

It probably would be easier to list which flavors we DIDN’T get!

We got back home around 8:30, and let me tell you, I’m exhausted. That workout this morning sure did me in! I’m hoping to get some more work done before I call it a night though. I have a French essay and History midterm on Monday, so I gotta get crackin’!

Hope ya’ll have a great night :)

Chocolate on Chocolate on Chocolate

Today has been a good day!

With my handsome guy!

With my handsome guy!

IMG_1767

After doing some work, I got ready to go out to dinner with my parents (who came up to visit). I was feeling fierce so I threw on some animal print ;).

IMG_1753 IMG_1752

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We went out to a nice restaurant with a semi-French theme. The entire menu was very eclectic! We started off with a nice little appetizer which let us sample quite a few things. For my main course I got the Duck-Duo that featured a pan roasted breast, fresh sausage, sweet potato hash, and duck demi-glace. It was really good, but the portions were a little small for my liking! Kyle got scallops and thoroughly enjoyed his, though it wasn’t nearly enough food for a big guy like him.

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My mom ended up buying us a two pound box of See’s candy… on top of the two one pound gift certificates she sent in the mail! After dinner we walked over to State Street to collect our goodies.

I got a little excited...

I got a little excited…

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Hopefully it will last at least a week ;)

Moving on, of course we had to follow up on some fro-yo to help even out the small portions of dinner ;). This baby was a serious monster!

It probably would be easier to list which flavors we DIDN'T get!

It probably would be easier to list which flavors we DIDN’T get!

We got back home around 8:30, and let me tell you, I’m exhausted. That workout this morning sure did me in! I’m hoping to get some more work done before I call it a night though. I have a French essay and History midterm on Monday, so I gotta get crackin’!

Hope ya’ll have a great night :)