Nacho Ordinary Wedding Weekend

The short story is we eat nachos 3 times in 2.5 days and I wanted to make a bad pun out of it. The longer story is that we had an amazing weekend, and I really didn’t want to leave on Sunday!

You know how sometimes vacations are fun, but you are happy to be home? Well this was a super-fun-I-wish-we-were-still-there kind of weekend and we are now (as we do every time we are on the Central Coast) making grand plans to move down there in the next five years. Of course there is a possibility that this will never happen, but every single time we leave we spend the drive home planning the move, so you never know.

So, for starters, Sarah gets a gold star for picking this weekend to get married because it was a great weekend to get the heck out of Sacramento!

We drove down Friday morning and really took our time. It’s a 5 hour drive but we probably stretched it out to about 7 hours by the time we did our traditional road trip stop at In-n-Out Burger for lettuce wraps and then a little perusal at our favorite bookstore in the Bay Area. We rolled into town at about 5ish and after stretching our legs and unpacking our stuff in the apartment we had rented, we headed downtown to get some coffee. Afterward we drove about 10 minutes south and met up with the bride and groom at the Avila Beach Farmers Market.

Avila is a darling little beach town and they have a cute Farmers Market on the promenade on Friday nights that is full of live music and good food and lots of energy.
Dude, it's January

There is also a long pier that Garrett and I always like to walk down — He likes to walk down it because he is always hoping to see something crazy. I like to walk down it because it is relaxing.

This time Garrett got his wish because we saw a fisherman catch a Tiger Shark.



After that we had some drinks, and obviously some ice cream — this is what you must do in Avila, have ice cream on the promenade — and then Garrett and I let the bride and groom go get their beauty rest and we headed over to Sycamore Mineral Springs to soak in one of their hot tubs.

This is also something you MUST do. There are a ton of private springs nestled on the side of a hill and you get to sit and soak all of your stresses away for over an hour. It feels amazing when you are through and we do it every single time!
mineral springs
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On the way home we may have picked up some nachos. :) FOURTH MEAL!

Saturday was the wedding, and we spent the morning relaxing and heading out to breakfast. I ordered Breakfast Nachos, and I’m just going to tell you right now that the best food concept ever invented EVER is the breakfast nacho. You heard it here first. On our way home to get ready we did a little shopping downtown and because I am crazy, I impulse bought a dress that I ended up wearing to the wedding that afternoon. Yay for new dresses! Here it is (see also: THE BRIDE! YAY!):


The wedding and reception were awesome, and wouldn’t you know it, the cocktail hour included a nacho bar. BRILLIANT, I tell you. Brilliant! Also, it included champagne.
@sunnydaze805 makes the party!

The bride’s sister approved…as you would.

It was a great day and we were super happy for Sarah. Lots of love in that venue!
Practicing our fish faces. I think we've got them nailed.
I ❤ the bride cc: @sarahh336photo

Reluctantly on Sunday we headed home, although not before stopping at our favorite donut place. Look, I am not made of wood and these donuts are REALLY FREAKING AWESOME. We weren’t really hungry, but we picked up a box because we thought they might sound good on the (FIVE HOUR) drive home. I had kind of forgotten about them when we stopped to get gas. Garrett looked at me when we pulled into the station and said “Hey, do YOU mind pumping gas?” which seemed kind of weird because he was driving. But when I got back into the car, I realized why:
I leave the car for one second...


We rode that sugar high home the entire way. :)

I guess I am a little glad to be back to my real life — we decided to start a Whole 30 Lite yesterday. We are basically Whole 30-ing all of our meals that we eat for the next 30 days except for the ones that we are eating at the homes of others. We have a few things planned over the next month and I just didn’t want to be Those People — too much stress right now — but we are going to Whole 30 it at home. I’m anticipating it will feel great, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. You know I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

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13 comments to Nacho Ordinary Wedding Weekend

  • Bree
    June 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Breakfast nachos!? Please describe! We have a place here that does breakfast quesadillas which are AMAZING! But I’d love to hear about the nachos!

  • sizzle
    June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Um, that sounds like an awesome weekend. Hot tubbing? NACHOS? Fun with friends? Donuts? LOVELY.

  • sizzle
    June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

    P.S. That dress is super cute!

  • Erin
    June 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Breakfast nachos?! Recreation on the blog, please? Sounds amazing!

  • Stephanie
    June 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I love the Whole 30 lite idea. I find it super easy to do at home but out traveling is rough so we do what we can. Life is all about compromise right?

  • Emily
    June 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm


    That is all.

    (Seriously. TAKE ME WITH YOU NEXT TIME.)

  • Allison B
    June 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing weekend!

  • Mary@Takes Guts
    June 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Love the picture of the shark. That would have been the highlight of the weekend for me. Over the doughnuts – seriously. Maybe I need help.

  • Meghann
    June 12, 2013 at 2:59 am

    LOVE the idea of a Whole30 lite. I went off the rails after my last (100%) compliant Whole30, and have found it hard to get back on, but I like the ideas of rules and guidelines. Plus, with two kids, we don’t eat out a lot so it’s likely I’ll pretty much do a Whole30 anyway. And…love the new dress!

  • Amelia
    June 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Love the Whole 30 lite idea. May have to steal it. Your new dress is adorable and you guys looked like you had a blast. I am so jealous of the hot springs. I love everything water-related, especially when it involves sitting around in deliciously steamy baths (I take a regular old bath several times a week).

    Your friend looked gorgeous in her wedding gown. Loved it! I had one similar, but tea-length and not as fancy.

  • noblepower
    June 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Sarah looks lovely (is she still wearing that dress? I’d be considering it, it’s so beautiful!), everyone looks happy & like they’re having a terrific time and your new dress is totally cute.

    To echo several others – um, hello, MORE ON THE BREAKFAST NACHOS.

  • Maureen
    June 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    What a wonderful weekend, and you and Garrett look so happy!





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