The Long Drive Home

by jenna on July 21, 2012

Okay, so the drive was supposed to only be two hours home from Carmel. But…..we made a few stops!

Two stops in Castroville for fried artichokes and farm fresh produce, one stop in Gilroy for sugary fuel (sour patch kids) and another stop in Gilroy at the factory outlets. So all in all, it ended up being a long drive home.

I kept telling mom this was just a Book Tour road trip trial run. In September we will be in the car together for about a week and a half! Good thing there are plenty of factory outlets and roadside stands down South. More on that to come soon!

{all photos taken using Camera + and Instagram on my shattered Iphone}

{we really love artichokes}

{mom is SO EXCITED to spend over a week in the car with me during September. especially when I sing in my michael buble voice}

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Mo July 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

Can’t wait to find out where you are going for your book tour! Have a wonderful day!


Jennifer July 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

I want to hear your Michael Buble voice!


Emily July 21, 2012 at 5:19 am

I love those wedges! Nice find :)


Gabby (Quest for Delicious) July 21, 2012 at 5:36 am

Your shoes totally are ridiculously cute! I’d want to wear them right away too. I need an outlet mall in my life!


Rob jones July 21, 2012 at 6:49 am



Urban Wife July 21, 2012 at 5:43 am

Love all your pics especially the first one! Can’t wait to see where your book tour will lead you. Maybe Austin?? :)


jenna July 21, 2012 at 5:56 am

oh my fried artichokes?? how delicious! lovin your hair gorgeous!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 21, 2012 at 6:27 am

I love your $15 wedges Jenna! And that’s so exciting that your mom is joining you on the book tour. I’d be up for going on any roadtrip if it meant stopping at the odd factory outlet along the way! :)


Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 21, 2012 at 7:05 am

Ha, I’m expecting a Vlog post now with that Michael Buble voice!!


Jenn July 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

I’m so excited to find out where you’ll be going on your book tour! I’m crossing my fingers for Richmond, VA or somewhere close!!


Jenn July 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

P.S. – There are outlets an hour away from Richmond in Williamsburg, VA.


Denise @ Creative Kitchen July 21, 2012 at 7:20 am

Excited to hear if you’ll have any stops in South Florida!! 😉 Hope so!


Mel July 21, 2012 at 7:25 am

My Mom and I stopped at the In N’ Out Burger in Gilroy across the street from those outlet stores! J.Crew, Loft, Banana Republic- it was torture since I was trying to save money at the time. I loved that stretch of freeway from SF to Big Sur, so much great produce! We stopped in Salinas to go to the Steinbeck Center too. Fried artichokes sound amazing. So happy you had a lovely trip!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

Maybe I should shatter my iPhone too because those photos are gorgeous–crystal clear!!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

Oh my…looooove that first photograph. You look like a model from a vintage advertisement. Fabulous!
And $15 Banana Republic wedges. What a find!


Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

The shoes are quite a find – gorgeous AND ridiculously cheap!


Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

I LOVE artichokes, and those wedges are awesome :)


Mallory July 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

Those shoes! Those artichokes! That coast line! I am swooning over here…and yes, trips with the mom are the best.


Melissa July 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

Love the pics! I really hope my Maggie wants to hang out with me when she is old and moved away. She is 4 now and wants me to go to college with her and get matching belly button rings. Not sure how that will look on a 50 year old.


Averie @ Averie Cooks July 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

The pictures are gorgeous, Jenna! Love that you had this time with your mama, too :)


Liz @ iheartvegetables July 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

Bahhh I need to go to a banana republic outlet! Those shoes are so cute!


dragonfly180 July 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

wow, carmel is beauiful. i’d seen the pic on instagram and wondered where you were.


Soma the mexigarian July 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

We usually stop by the whole enchilada in moss landing when we are in the area. Good Mexican food and a great produce stand next door too. You can even get some fresh fish from the oats on the docks nearby.

Great find on those wedges. Soooo cute. Looking forward to hearing out the book tour. :)


Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

Holy yum! Fried artichokes?! Mmmmm!


Genet July 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

You didn’t pick up any elephant garlic in Gilroy? The hubby and I made that drive from San Francisco to Carmel many moons ago and stocked up on artichokes and garlic. Would love to get back there! Thanks for sharing your adventure and your great finds!


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Artichoke heaven! I’ve only just begun to dive into the fresh artichoke pool. Yum! Must go to CA to really enjoy it!


Nathalie July 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Is that first pic for real??!! It’s gorgeous! It looks like a vintage ad!
So lovely to read about your mom+daughter trip!


Molly @ RDexposed July 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Still can’t get over that nail polish color!
Love posts like these.


Aggie July 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I hope you’re coming to Florida! :)

Love the shoes & the artichoke love! And the beautiful pup :)


luv what you do July 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I’ve never had an artichoke but the person behind me at Costco was buying some. I bet they are amazing from beach carts. Love your new shoes!


Liz July 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Bahahaha we have those tsunami warning signs on the beach trail that I run on where I live in south Orange County. Whenever I see them I just imagine myself as that little stick person trying to outrun the tsunami up a giant mountain. For some reason I have always found those signs to be HI-larious.


The Healthy Apple July 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

You are too cute; what a fun trip. Love the new shoes; what a great deal! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!


Lindsay July 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

What a wonderful getaway! And i’ve got to try fried artichoke….but first things first….do you happen to know the brand and color of your nail polish? I’ve been trying to find a color just like that. LOVE!!


jenna July 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

It’s “blue-my” by color club!! I love it.


Kim July 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I love the camera+ pics! I need to get that app. It looks like a super fun trip and makes me miss Northern California!


Ashley L July 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Have you been to Gilroy during the Garlic Festivel? So much fun!


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 22, 2012 at 1:52 am

Fried artichokes sound amazing! I may have to recreate my own just so I can have them and not share :)


Jan July 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

Cute new shoes! Love the photos. That area looks gorgeous!


kyla July 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

Jenna, I made your Hello Dolly bars for my graduation party. Total hit! Your GG knew what was up. Thanks for sharing that amazing recipe!


JulieD July 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

So excited for you!!! :)


Stephanie July 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

when do we get to find out where you will be on your book tour??? Come to Seattle!!! Puuuleeeezze!


Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen July 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Love the pictures!


Emily July 24, 2012 at 5:29 am

My feet never look that good when I try to take pictures of my shoes from above! What am I doing wrong?! Haha


Erin July 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

Can’t go wrong with prety shoes at an even prettier price!



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