Solvang, California

Hi from London! I can’t wait to share all the photos we’ve had so far on this European vacation, but I wanted to share some photographs from a little trip we took a few weeks ago to the charming city of Solvang, California. Solvang is probably thirty minutes from Santa Barbara downtown. We were only there for 24 hours but had such a great time, we are already planning our next trip back!
So for dinner the first night, Mr. Feather and I ate at a yummy restaurant called The Hitching Post that we happened to drive by – the steak was so delicious as was the grilled artichoke. We didn’t realize it as both of us have never seen the movie, but apparently it’s where some of Sideways was filmed. We soon realized after sitting down that probably 75% of the patrons were there because of Sideways, all the convos around us were about the movie:
Restaurant eater: “So…this is where Sideways was filmed?”
Waitress: “Yes, it is.”
Restaurant eater: “Was it cool…..having Sideways here?”
Waitress: “Yes…”
Nonstop! But I guess the staff is used to it.
So the next morning, Mr. Feather and I went to go try out one of the “best pancake places in Southern California.” He was freaked out that there would be a wait so he dragged my grumpy butt here at 7:30 AM in the morning. 7:30!!
Girl making fresh squeezed OJ in the machine
Ohhhhhhh the breakfast was so good. I had seconds of the pancakes! I never have seconds. AMAZING. They were very thin, almost like crepes, with fresh fruit on top. If you are in the area I highly recommend Paula’s Pancakes!
So on the way back from Paula’s I saw this sign below…and I had to go. I animals and adore visiting zoos wherever I am. Ostrich Land? STOP THE CAR!
It was $6 for each person for entrance and a bowl of feed for the ostriches and emus.
I was scared! They were all taller than me and the sign said they liked to bite…I closed my eyes when I got close..not sure what I thought that would accomplish. It was also raining.
It was so fun though! I LOVED feeding the ostriches. Such a fantastic experience…and I have to be honest, I may not ever be able to get an ostrich bag now…. Ostrich Land has made me grow a conscience for these birds.
We had such a fabulous time in Solvang and I would heartedly recommend the lovely city to anybody. Have a great Friday, everyone!

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  • Melissa
    June 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Wow, that looks like it was a fantastic time, I'm so jealous! And the food pics are making me way hungry.

    Also, I have to say that I love these fun and candid pictures of you when you're just relaxed and having fun. You look beautiful! Your smile is so nice and you look truly happy. I'm so happy for you!

    Enjoy the rest of London!


  • Annette
    June 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Oh my, ostriches! I don't think I've ever seen an ostrich in person. I'm actually just here for pancakes. I'd probably have THIRDS of that if I could, it looks so delicious…

  • homestilo
    June 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    That breakfast looks amazing…I could go for some eggs benedict right about now

  • Cindii
    June 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Hehe, I would be scared too!! You're so brave.

    Yum artichoke. Looks like a fun place to visit.

  • DSK Steph
    June 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm


  • DSK Steph
    June 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    lol and I added an extra "r" because they're THAT COOL! It's so amazing you got to be that up close and personal with them!

  • amy b.s.
    June 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    looks like such a great trip!

  • Tangled In Texas
    June 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    How fun! You are so pretty!

    I love weekend roadtrips. Rach from California Pretty was just talking about Solvang the other day!

    The food looks delish! I'll take some of those pancakes, please!

  • Julia
    June 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Love the grilled artichoke. I never had one…

  • questforfashionsense
    June 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    LOL re: loving animals and going to Ostrich Land. Kat, you've got to check this blog out: My husband just shared it with me; it's dedicated to the food in Game of Thrones!!!

  • Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    this might be the stupidest comment ever, but I think you look gorgeously fabulous sans sunglasses and would love to see it more often with your outfits!

  • mew mew
    June 18, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Hahahaha Ostrich Land! That's freaking amazing, haha. I love this post, those pancakes look scrumptous and that Sideways bit is too funny. Also, I have to agree with everyone above, you're so pretty and you should show us that pretty face more often! If you feel comfortable doing so, that is. 🙂

    mew mew

  • Finley
    June 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

    OMG – I'm waiting on dinner to be ready and all this food looks so good!! Dying. I could never be that close to ostriches! Ahhhh!!!

    And BTW – I agree with everyone. You look good without sunglasses and should do more outfit posts without them! :))

    Have a safe trip back!

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  • audrinajulia
    June 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

    The breakfast looks delicious and makes me hungry.:) The ostrich is kind of scary, they're so tall! but looks fun too! Haha just looking at your photo closing your eyes makes me know your feelings to that experienced.

  • ang3lina33
    June 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    You're absolutely gorgeous! I hardly see you without your sunglasses and you're always so far away in your pics. Your face is beautiful and you have a great smile…

    More close-ups please! I read your blog evryday religiously..

  • The Fashionable ESQ
    June 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    HAHAH! You're hilarious! The picture of you with your eyes closed, cowering in fear is so funny!!
    I love your little jean cut-offs! Fashionable even amongst Emus & Ostriches!

  • Katherine
    June 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm


    omg I have to check this out when I'm back in the US, thank you!!

    Everybody thank you so much for the kind comments, I am shy and all the sweet words really made my day 🙂 I will try to do more photos without sunglasses…it will save me from looking ridiculous wearing indoors for photographs sometimes!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I'm hungry just looking at the photos! Have a wonderful time in London. The weather's looking up so hopefully, you won't get drenched as I'd been for the past week!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I'm hungry just looking at the photos! Have a wonderful time in London. The weather's looking up so hopefully, you won't get drenched as I'd been for the past week!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    June 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I'm hungry just looking at the photos! Have a wonderful time in London. The weather's looking up so hopefully, you won't get drenched as I'd been for the past week!

  • Fashion Is Passion by Poison
    June 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Yummy! The pancakes look delicious!


  • Kristina
    June 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    omgosh – solvang is such a little jem! we always stop by this town on our way home from SLO.


  • newpetite
    June 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    hahaha… I close my eyes too when Im scared and stuff! Dont know why but thats just how it is n get teased a lot for that!!! That Breakfast looks yummy!

  • Lisa
    June 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    OMGOSH kat you look so adorable holding the pan to feed the ostrich's hahahahha. can't wait to see your europe photos!!!

  • Tara @ Haute Lunch
    June 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    What a fun trip! The food looks so yummy, and feeding the ostriches and emus is definitely a unique experience!

  • Sydney
    June 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Haha, I LOLed at your having your eyes closed and not sure what that would accomplish. Ummm… maybe so you don't have to see them in case they come and bite your face off? 🙂

  • Samantha
    June 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    You are too cute with the eye closing and the ostriches! But they DO bite and go for shiny objects so I would have been nervous myself too!!

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