9.02.2014

Carmel By The Sea and Try this Soup

Cindy Hattersley invited us to come for a visit to their ranch near Carmel, California.  

 First, we met them in Carmel for little sight seeing and a relaxing and delicious lunch at the charming Casanova Restaurant.
Even the fire station is pretty.
  We toured a quaint antique shop called Forget Me Not.

 

 

Another store called Jan de Luz has the most amazing monogrammed linens.

White sand and crystal clear water...so lovely!
 On the way out of town, we stopped at one of Cindy's favorite haunts...Tancredi and Morgen.
I loved all the French goods.



 Awesome soup bowls...speaking of which, try this easy Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup that I made last week.  The BACON BITS ARE DRIZZLED WITH HONEY.  Did that get your attention :) 
I used an immersion blender instead of a regular blender.  This is easy enough for a weeknight.

What a great day in Carmel! I will have some snippets of 
Cindy's beautiful Monterey Colonial home in my next post.


28 comments:

  1. Grew up there...your photos make me homesick!

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    1. It's so pretty, Diane...what a wonderful place to be a child!

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  2. Its nice to think of 2 of my blogger friends having a good time together. One day, who knows, maybe I'll cross the seas to join you! X Sharon

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  3. I love reading your blog! We visited Carmel and San Francisco last summer from Indiana, and I enjoy reliving our trip via your posts.

    I have recently started a blog myself at apaintedhousedesigns.com and would love new visitors!

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  4. Forget Me Not is my all time favorite little shop! We go there often!

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  5. WOW....I wish I was lying on that beach right this minute! So beautiful....but then it is Carmel! The restaurant has such European charm and I love the little shops you explored. And yes, the "honey glazed bacon" did get my attention....I'll have to make that soup! What kind of potatoes did you use, russets?
    Can't wait to see Cindy's home....I know it's going to be gorgeous!
    Ciao...xo Gail

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  6. We rented a car while in San fran and visited Carmel many many years ago. I would love to visit again. Can't wait to see more.

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  7. For several years I had wanted to go see Carmel, and my husband and I just got there for our first time last fall. We both fell in love! I've been kind of jonesing for the place, so your pretty photos are very much appreciated. We hope to go back next year.

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  8. Mary Ann, I love Carmel and it has been such a long time since visiting! Seeing Cindy must have been so fun! The French Shop with those gorgeous linens, wow I would get in trouble there for sure!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  9. We stayed at the Cypress Inn in Carmel a few years back and brought our (large) dog since they allow pets...such a dog friendly town. What a blast we had, including Roxy! One of my favorite trips of all time. We talk about going back quite often.

    Can't wait to see the pics of Cindy's home, I'm sure it's beautiful if it is anything like the other ones you have featured.

    Linda in S.D.

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  10. My sister in law lived there for many years, just a block from the beach...yes, how gorgeous! Especially on a sunny day it is all so pretty and almost too picture perfect!!!!

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  11. You visited my favorite spot in the whole world, of any of the places we have been this is my favorite. We visit as often as we can. Tancredi and Morgan is always on my must see places to visit while there. So glad you had such a wonderful day in my favorite part of Calif. and the world, Okay Paris is a close second, LOL

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  12. Mary Ann forgot to mention, did you see Heather Bullards post on Tancredi and Morgan? here is the link if you are interested,.......http://heatherbullard.com/2014/09/shop-visit-tancredi-morgen/#comment-39669

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  13. Wow, I've never been to Carmel! No wonder Cindy is always inspired, so many gorgeous things to see in her town, even the fire station! Glad you had a great time, and that soup looks fabulous! You had me at the bacon photo! LOL!

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  14. One of our favorite places! Beautiful photos and how fun to get to hang out with Cindy!

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  15. Love Jan de Luz! Thanks for taking me back to such a gorgeous and memorable place.

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  16. I rode my bicycle through Carmel on my west coast trip. Loved it! So quaint.

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  17. I love Carmel and how fun that how and Cindy got to hang out together! I'm sure that you two got into all sorts of shopping trouble together :)

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  18. Hi Mary Ann, I am looking forward to trying this soup! Mmmm I love Carmel too... A romantic little spot with the best restaurants Its a one of my favorite areas next to the wine country!
    Happy Autumn*
    xo,
    Gail

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  19. My hubby and I are going to go to Carmel hopefully next month...I'm going to write down the name of these shops and go and visit them...thanks Mary Ann!

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  20. How fun was that?!! I adore Cindy and her beautiful blog…can't wait to see her ranch. We went to Carmel many years ago. Think I'm needing another trip…

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  21. I live in Carmel too… unfortunately, not the one by-the-sea :( . The beach and the shops look lovely. I need to get out there someday. Thanks for the recipe… I like any soup that's easy enough for a weeknight!

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  22. Hey there!
    We had so much fun with you guys! Next trip Paso!! We can meet you in the city anytime as well! We have to continue the celebration!!

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  23. hurry! i can't wait to see cindy's house!!!!!! :-) !!!!!

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  24. carmel is on my list of places i have to visit - i NEEED to go there even more now!!!

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  25. Amazing linens....I am a sucker for old linens. I have always wanted to go to Carmel .....such a quaint little town!

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