Mar Vista Cottages

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Recipes from the Friends of Mar Vista

A Posting by Erin in the Plan to Eat Blog

Sometimes I think of vacation as time away from things–a vacation from laundry, from changing diapers, from mopping floors. Among the things that some folks might like to vacation from is cooking. I thought I wanted that, too. But recently the Sweetie Pie and I had the best vacation of our lives (not an exaggeration), and it was a vacation for cooking. And it was delightful.

The Sweetie Pie and I decided that we were long overdue for a weekend trip together. We hadn’t had a vacation without children in well over five years. So even though one’s thirteenth wedding anniversary might seem an odd choice to celebrate in a big way, we decided we’d celebrate it anyway. But where to go? I insisted on some place beautiful, but not cliche; romantic, but not saccharine; interesting, but not so much that we would feel guilty if we didn’t feel like going out; a place I could cook my food, but not be weighed down by it; sunny, but not blazing hot; a beach, but no string bikinis. I am nothing if not specific.
I eventually remembered seeing Mar Vista Cottages in Sunset magazine years ago. The moment I saw it, I knew I wanted to be there. It was kind of a splurge, but we figured if we’d waited five years for this trip we were going to make it good. We booked a cottage, and began to dream of shorelines, chickens, and gardens.
I was a little concerned that Mar Vista wouldn’t live up to everything we wanted it to be. I really shouldn’t have worried. Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets (how is it that they get both??), fresh eggs hanging by our door, fruitful gardens ripe for the picking (in December!), adorable animal friends wandering around, and the friendliest host and hostess a guest could ask for.

Check out Plan to Eat for the actual recipe
(It is a blog that you might want to keep an eye on in the future.)