Saturday, April 27, 2019


The Last Supper 

After we watched the sun set on our hotel balcony ...

... we headed out for our last supper in Cambria.  We chose The Sow's Ear, a lovely restaurant owned by Tony and Mica Garcia.

After checking out the various rooms in the restaurant (I'm a decorating snoop and love to see the design choices in hotels, restaurants, wineries - people's homes...)...

 Mica showed us to a romantic table for two by the window.  And, as we checked out the wine list and menu, piping hot Flower Pot bread - a dark and sourdough roll cooked together in a terra cotta flower pot- suddenly appeared at our table.

We decided on an Edna Valley 2016 Baileyana Firepeak  Pinot Noir, which was the perfect (and delicious) choice for the entrees we ordered.

 Happy anniversary to us!!!

Richard opted for the fisherman's stew - a variety of fish and shellfish stewed in the restaurant's chef's own vermouth sauce, tossed with pasta, tomatoes and herbs and topped with Parmesan cheese.  He was a happy guy.

My choice:  coffee crusted American Kobe top sirloin, topped with a port wine glaze and blue cheese, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes and an assortment of veggies. I was in culinary heaven.

Happy and sated, we lingered over our wine before returning to our hotel.  Dinner at The Sow's Ear was the perfect ending to a lovely two day anniversary getaway.

Til next time, Cambria.

The Sow's Ear
2248 Main Street
Cambria, CA  93428

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Day Two 

 It's been months since our 35th wedding anniversary get-away...  Christmas has come and gone... 2018 has become 2019... Ojai had a very wet winter, yet we're still in a drought... how green is our valley?  Very.  Spring has sprung.  Poppies and wildflowers are exploding on the mountains everywhere, and Richard and I just came back from a week in Sonoma, sightseeing, wine tasting and fine dining-ing which I was about to start blogging about, when realized I hadn't finished writing about our time in Cambria... So, as Anthony Newly (as Little Chap in "Stop The World I Want To Get Off) sang again in my head  - 35 years, Evie... 35 years... plus six months, I transported myself back to Cambria...

After our overcast first day and stunning black & white sunset, we woke up on day two to a "sky covered marine layer" morning and, appropriately, decided to walk the bluffs at the nearby marine sanctuary...

The ocean views were breathtaking...

Scattered along the trail were very cool "architecturally-designed" benches made from driftwood...

After our hike on the bluffs, we headed out to tour the town and found the perfect place for lunch... Indigo Moon -- and like the sign said, "really good food."

We toured the lovely rooms and outdoor garden patio..

And chose a table in the cozy front room...

We decided to share the Angus burger w/ sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato and white cheddar cheese.  I've never met a cheeseburger I didn't like - and this one was deliciously likeable.

After lunch we checked out the Indigo cheese shop next door.  A darling space to grab a light lunch or buy some cheese to take home or back to your hotel room.

After lunch, we toured the back roads, eventually arriving back at our hotel to sip some wine, sample some cheese and watch the glorious (not black & white) sunset over the Pacific.

Time to get dressed for dinner.

Indigo Moon Restaurant - Cheese & Wine Shop
1980 Main Street
Cambria, CA 93428

Friday, February 22, 2019



With the black & white sunset over and dressed for dinner, we went into town for our anniversary dinner at Madeline's.  

It was a cool, cloudy night, but the moon was out.  A good omen.  Anthony Newley's Littlechap words kept repeating in my head...  "35 years, Evie...  35 years!"

As many of you know, I'm rather schizophrenic when it comes to food.  I love diner food: burgers, grilled cheese, tuna melts, corned beef on rye w/ Russian dressing, and I'm still searching for the perfect cheeseburger... BUT, I also love fine dining.  Tonight was definitely a fine dining night.

As we studied the menu...

... we decided to go with the Chef's Tasting Menu w/ wine pairing.  

Our first course was a Cayucos Red Abalone, panko crusted arugula salad, topped with lemon... I couldn't even wait to take the picture - I had to have a bite.  Totally delicious.

Oscar, our very knowledgeable waiter, poured a 2016 Andrew Adam pinot gris which had a long, buttery taste for a pinot gris.  I'm not normally a pinot gris fan, but I really loved this wine.

Next was another salad course of local greens, golden beets, radish, red onion, crispy sunchokes w/ a sherry vinaigrette.  Perfect way to transition from the abalone to the fish course.

New course - new glass - new wine.  A 2015 Baker and Brain Gruner Veltliner from Austrian grapes.  Crisp, clean - a palate cleanser.

Ever attentive Oscar cleared the table as we sipped our wine, then he headed to the kitchen to find  our fish course.

The fish of the day was a pan seared white fish with capers topped with compound butter over creamy risotto with wilted greens (kale and Swiss shard).  Sadly, (well, not sadly because it was so good) we finished the dish, forgetting to take a picture.

A 2016 Alban Viognier was the wine pairing.  It was by far my favorite wine of the evening.  Oscar gave us a second pouring, then left the bottle on the table... just in case.

To finish off the entrees was a slow cooked short rib croquet, roasted garlic and tarragon bread pudding served with seasonal vegetables, drizzled with chili oil.

The wine, a local from a Cambria boy, Aaron Estates petite syrah.  Sorry, no picture...

By the time dessert arrived  - creme brulee for me with raspberries - and  chocolate truffle cake for Richard...

...  the restaurant's owner and executive chef had shown up, too, David Stoothoff, who was off that night but dropped into the restaurant to meet us (Oscar gave him a call when Richard told him I wanted to write about the restaurant).  Not on the tasting menu, David brought out two after dinner ports for us to sample.  Quinta Da Vallado, a 20 year port and Olde Shandon, a Paso Robles syrah port. 

A perfect ending to a perfect anniversary, fine dining experience.  If you're ever in Cambria, Madeline's is a must.

Madeline's Restaurant
788 Main Street
Cambria, Calif.  93428
805-927-4175 (restaurant)
805-927-0990 (wine shop & tasting room)