Comfort with a view

Sunday brunch took place at the famed Nepenthe restaurant in Big Sur.


While we waited for our giant table, I made the rounds to admire the view, which was only slightly tempered by the cloudy day:



Allie and I also moseyed down to the gift shop. I wanted to buy all of the dishes, but I did not.


I also wanted to eat this cake, but I restrained myself since it wasn’t actually edible:


When our table was ready, we made our way back up to the top deck, passing by some exciting alternate seating options that I will have to investigate if I ever find myself in Big Sur again.

Fire pit:


Pillow-chair benches:


Our table was located inside a giant log cabin of sorts with plenty of window space all around to facilitate view admiration.


I ordered a pot of Earl Grey and got excited about the pot and its mechanics:



The menu had some serious standout options, so Allie and I decided to share a bit with each other to maximize taste variety.

Allie ordered the pecan-topped goat cheese with slow-roasted Gilroy garlic and toasted baguette slices as her meal. It came with an entire head of roasted local garlic:


She made three little toasties for me like so:


I was freezing (as usual) and needed some comfort food stat. I ordered the soup and salad combo:


I chose the garbanzo and kidney bean salad, and soup of the day was one of my all-time favorite cloudy day flavors: tomato-basil-cheddar.


I shared half with Allie and inhaled the rest.

We hung around a bit longer to admire the view some more:


From Nepenthe, Allie and I hopped back in her car to begin the next leg of our journey and embark on part three of my bed-hopping west coast extravaganza.

What are your top three cloudy, chilly day comfort foods/beverages? Mine are earl grey tea with milk and honey, oatmeal, and tomato soup. I was three for three on Sunday, and all before noon! 😀

9 thoughts on “Comfort with a view

  1. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says:

    OMG I’m just catching up on your wedding posts and it was well worth it! Your tales of baby snatching and cake overflowery were HIGHLY entertaining. I’m usually too bashful to ask for baby privileges, but my cake consumption is a little more stealth. 🙂

    Looks like it was a wonderful family weekend!!!


  2. Hallie says:

    You are making me want to take a trip to Nor Cal so bad! (well, central Cal really). My brother just graduated UC Santa Cruz so I don’t really have an excuse. As far as cold-weather comfort foods, I love soup/chili and coffee with milk and sweetener. And oatmeal…but I don’t get enough cold weather in San Diego to really enjoy these foods!


  3. Kristie says:

    Hahah that’s awesome. I’m a fan of the pillow chairs.

    Hmmm chilly day stuff? Coffee/hot chocolate mixture, grilled cheese and probably some kind of soup. A big plate of roasted veg would be up there too!


  4. kelsey @ kelseytoney says:

    rainy/cold day food of choice is my husband’s Taco Soup…

    It is sooooooooooooooo good. Can’t… even… talk… about… it.


    I’ve been craving those biscotti bites, by the way…. mmmmm, jasmine tea… gotta attempt them at some point.


  5. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    wooo!!! where are you sweetie? sounds like a old town! How could you restrain yourself from those antique dishes and yummy cake?
    rainy day fav= oatmeal, kabocha and tea!


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