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Point Reyes, Tomales Bay and Lunch at Nick’s Cove

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I just had the most lovely Saturday afternoon with my mom.

We left San Francisco around 11 am and headed north about 50 miles up highway 1.
Rain, shine, dusk or dawn, this drive never fails to leave me breathless.
My FAVorite part of the drive was seeing all the big beautiful black cows up against the bright green rolling hills. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of them

It happened to be a very stormy and cloudy day, but I think that the thick white clouds made the hills and view all the more beautiful, and somewhat magical looking.

Pacific Ocean

I need to learn to like oysters!

We enjoyed lunch at Nick’s Cove, right on the water

View From or Table at Nick’s Cove
We treated ourselves to all the fried food our hearts desired- hey, every once in awhile it’s ok, right?!

My Mom and I are suckers for fried calamari. Anywhere we go, if it’s on the menu, it’s going to end up on our table.
We were not huge fans of the calamari here, unfortunately.

Crab Louie
And while we’re at it, Fried Fish and Chips, Please

Bon Appetit Momma
A view and me…
My Mom talking about Facebook, how she doesn’t understand it, and the”millions” of suggested friends she gets (who are friends of mine from elementary school)
A little rain wont ruin our parade

To put into perspective… Point Reyes is the purple and Tomales Bay is at northern tip
My Favorite Cheese comes from here: Point Reyes Blue


More than just clogs and bikes… it’s Holland!

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Holland is full of Turks- who would’ve thought!?
I recently spent a few weeks in Holland where I was very well aquatinted with what seemed like every Turkish person in town.  
Turkish people are so welcoming and inviting, and really make any guest feel at home.
I do love Holland for more than the friendly Turks they have to offer though…
I love how the entire country rides their bicycles, which is good for your health, the enviornment and your wallet.  
What else? Everyone has style, the architecture is beautiful (and to Western standards, ancient), the streets are cobble stone, the air is cold but the people are warm, on a Monday night you’re bound to find a cafe open til 2am, the food is fresh and the portion sizes just right, the streets are clean and the public transportation system is fantastic.
Sounds tempting to move right?

Someday I will write about Dutch recipes, but for today we’re sticking to Turkish Delights!
Muruvvet’s Sarmas and Lentil Soup recipes
More pictures of Holland:
Beautiful town of Utrecht

House on a river that runs all the way from the Swiss Alps
My favorite Turk walking through town
Complimentary cookies with our cafe
CHEESE stand at the out door market
3 pieces for 5 euro!
French Fries with Mayo, onions and Peanut Butter- 
don’t ask- gross I know!
Fried Food Machines