Tacos, Ice Cream, & Coffee | California

California Snapshots

California Snapshots

“Oh, but California; California, I’m coming home;
I’m going to see the folks I dig.”
Joni Mitchell | California

I was born and raised in Sunny Southern California. Even though Austin and I are currently living on the road and our home changes on a month-by-month basis, I have been fortunate to be able to travel back to the glorious Golden State and spend time with my family and friends over the summer. Along with adventures hiking to Knapp’s Castle and delicious acai bowl excursions, we also spent a day taking a mini California Road Trip from Los Angeles to Malibu and Santa Barbara.

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Our first stop was Neptune’s Net. Picnic tables with an ocean view and the best fish tacos I’ve ever tasted make this iconic Malibu spot a must-visit whenever I’m back in California.

California Snapshots

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They write songs about California girls for a reason. -Sarah Mlynowski

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#SassyTacoFace

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After we were full and happy and all tacos had been properly vanquished, we loaded back into the car and made our way to Santa Barbara.

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Oh, McConnell’s, how I love thee. (It’s no secret that McConnell’s is my favorite ice cream in the Whole-Wide-World.) I hadn’t been to McConnell’s since my California Road Trip earlier this year and this was a delightful homecoming. It was a Double Scoop Kind of Day.

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Outfit Details: Orange Crush Tee – Camp Brand Goods | Black Jeans – Levi’s Made in the USA |
Arizona Sandals – Birkenstock

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Eureka Lemon & Marionberries ALWAYS. It’s my all-time fave. This time I also got a scoop of Wiskey & Pecan Pralines just because I could. It’s the perfect California-Meets-Kentucky Combination that was pretty much the epitome of my summer living in Lexington.

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Tacos. Check. Ice Cream. Check. Next we embarked upon our search for coffee.

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Our hunt brought us to Handlebar Coffee Roasters in Downtown Santa Barbara.

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As former professional cyclists, two wheels paved the way to many great opportunities. From racing in Europe, meeting each other, to arriving in Santa Barbara and calling it home. We switched gears in 2011 and directed our focus to roasting some of the best coffees in the world and offering them to you. Our goal is to link our appreciation for the coffee farmers to you, through each fresh roasted bag.

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California Snapshots

California Snapshots

California Snapshots

California Snapshots

Our day trip of road tripping along  was filled with tacos, ice cream, and coffee. California isn’t perfect (but really, what state is?) but it feels like home and it has the best food in the nation, bar none.

Do you have a favorite California spot?

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  • You definitely find some of the coolest spots to visit! My favorite California spots are in Orange County and one is The Wedge, which is a lonely beach spot and the other is Alta Coffee. It’s so small that you can leave your mug there for use but it’s so cute!

  • Mmmm those fish tacos look awesome and that coffee shop look great! I’ve only been to Ca a couple times and have only been to visit family not really venture around. I’d love to go and explore the next time.

  • I haven’t tried McConnell’s. I will have to swing by when I am in SB again. Neptune’s Net is always a fantastic choice for delicious fish tacos.

  • I’m going to be in Santa Barbara next weekend and McConnell’s is on my list! Can’t wait for some tasty ice cream!

  • Nicole Parise

    I have a lot of family in California and all your photos take me right back! Those tacos are making me jelous. Looks like so much fun!
    xx Nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

  • I used to live in Malibu so Neptunes Net is one of my fav! Your pictures make me miss it so!

  • Leah Hall

    Looks like a lovely trip! I always love following your adventures!

  • We ate so much ice cream while we were in California! I think Laguna Beach is my favorite spot in California. For now at least!

  • Katherine Turro

    I love your recommendations! That ice cream looks incredible!

  • This looks like so much fun! My husband and I just moved to Southern California earlier this month and so far we’re loving it. We’re from Maine so this is a huge change for us haha we hope to be here long term so I’ll definitely have to check out Malibu and Santa Barbara.

    xo, Keating | Mimosas and Manicures
    http://www.mimosasandmanciures.com

  • Ahh I LOVE fish tacos. The best ones I’ve ever had were in Flagstaff, surprisingly! They were to die for. Next time I’m in SoCal I’ll have to check those out though. And same with McConnell’s!

  • That ice cream look so good! (It doesn’t hurt that it’s warm today and I’d love something to cool me down!)

  • Emily K

    Sounds like a pretty perfect day. And gosh, those fish tacos look amazing.

  • We did that drive last summer with our munchkins and LOVED it. This makes me want to head back. Such a gorgeous drive + great food along the way!!