Found: River Cafe in Santa Cruz

Hidden away in a small parking lot shaded by tall trees of changing colors lies the River Cafe in Santa Cruz.  In my usual last-minute fashion, Katy and I decided to head there for breakfast just days before the Groupon I'd had for year was set to expire.  It's a tiny, oddly-shaped building lacking nothing in the charm department and serves breakfast and lunch composed of all fresh, organic ingredients.  The sweet, imperfect details of the place made me feel as comfortable as if I was eating breakfast in my own home.

I had the house made granola topped with Strauss Family yogurt, fresh berries, and a drizzle of honey with a soy chai tea latte.  The food is served on mismatched antique dishes and there's plenty of room on the decking around the café to enjoy the morning light.

Delish.

Found: Tarpy's Roadhouse

Picking Cheryl and Rob up from the Monterey airport a few weeks ago gave us a great excuse to swing by my favorite lunch spot just down the street... Tarpy's Roadhouse.  It's in an old building just off the Monterey Salinas Highway named after an Irish immigrant that settled in the area back in 1851, Matt Tarpy.  It's history is only part of the charm... check out the beautiful patio!

Oh yea, about the food.  Let's just say they know how to plate a great meal.  That's a burger under the giant pile of delicious goodies...