Salads in Santa Cruz

This weekend C and I took a day trip to SC which is the only vacation I’ve had so far, but I’m planning another trip there at the end of the month! As usual, I was behaving like the bad blogger I am and missed two avocado photo moments. I’ll explain later.

I should've gotten a slice just to try all of these spices

I should've gotten a slice just to try all of these spices

Once we picked M up from UC Santa Cruz, we drove to the downtown area and immediately I was beckoned by entire streets of booths selling vintage clothing and antiques! The SC antique fair is only held once a month and of course with our karmic powers combined, we stumbled upon it! I wanted to go at once but M and C didn’t eat breakfast so they wanted nourishment or some rubbish like that. Now I remember why I shouldn’t have children, or pets, or plants.
So we went to the chain Pizza My Heart which has a cute name but obnoxious Hollisteresque vibe inside. Where are the hearts and disgustingly cute decor, I kept wondering. I wasn’t that hungry but the salad was under four dollars so I had to get it.

your standard greek (3.75) with olives, feta, onions, artichokes

your standard greek (3.75) with olives, feta, onions, artichokes

As the day went on I realized most food in SC is insanely cheap compared to SF. I chose a honey mustard dressing because I felt rebellious. I never get that one but it was delicious and I possibly saved it to use later in the day. I carry around my own salad dressings/toppings, ok?
based on lack of remarks i'm guessing it was unremarkable

based on lack of remarks i'm guessing it was unremarkable

Then I got a Nutcracker iced coffee at the SC Brewing Company and it was the most delicious hazelnutty, cinamonny coffee I’ve ever had. As the weather gets hotter, I’m cultivating a bad iced coffee addiction but finding nothing as good here in Berkeley.
I’m not rating the food I ate in SC because it was too sporadic, but I do give their antique fair the guacamole. Not too big, not too small, cheap, and all the vendors had impeccable taste. I loved every single stall.
who cares what all this stuff is. it is cute

who cares what all this stuff is. it is cute

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why didn't i get this again?

why didn't i get this again?

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I left four dollars poorer and with a gorgeous woven purse and cigar box. The clothes were nice but I’m in a style rut currently. Anyway, moving on to food!
boring salad with cilantro lime dressing

boring salad (5) with cilantro lime dressing at Saturn Cafe

I know, I was craving more salad. I will soon lose all my readers but at least I will have my roughage. Why am I a disgrace to blogging? Because I added my own avocado and also my leftover dressing from “lunch” on top of this salad and didn’t even take a picture. It was totally justifiable to whip out an avocado from my purse because they had NO avocado in the establishment.  This place really was like Saturn. But for the most part, SC has a great variety of vegan/veg restaurants. I was also saving myself for this cute food stand in downtown called Alfresco that had an amazing vegan menu with customizable wraps, grain bowls, etc. When we got there for dinner, it was closed 😦 so I got dinner at a fancy grocery store. It may or may not have been salad…

While eating outside, some hippie sitting behind us was snacking on a plain avocado with a spoon. Strike two – I didn’t ask to get a picture of him or take out my own avocado so we could have a moment. This is 55% why I’m going back again to do it right. Next time there will be more avocado, Alfresco and coffee!