History of Manchester United Shirt

Season tickets at Old Trafford are now sold out for the 2014/15 season, so we feel very fortunate to have watched Man United play LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl (0-7 ManUTD). It was thrilling on many levels and the stadium was mostly filled with Reds. Playing throughout the game, the new History of Manchester United Shirt ad had everyone singing in their seats, on the way to the snack bar, and especially after the game. Our kids are still singing with robust. Martin also found this sing-a-long, Manchester United Theme Song, with lyrics included. Turn up the volume, it’s an engaging ad with a familiar and well-loved tune.

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Dinner at the Lark Santa Barbara

Located in the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building, the Lark is a must-see restaurant serving creative dishes with super-fresh ingredients as well as interesting cocktails. Adding to our rich experience,  the vibrant scene and passionate staff (especially our server Thalia). Here’s what arrived at our table… the-lark-club-car-collinsMy pick from the Handcrafted Cocktails menu was the Club Car Collins. With gin, St. Germain, lemon, and cucumber, I couldn’t go wrong. It was perfectly refreshing on the warm evening. Other cocktails on the table, starting at the top left: The Mule | John was disappointed they wouldn’t serve in a copper mug. Old Aztec | Martin liked the twist on the Old Fashioned with agave, orange and chocolate bitters. Rhubarb Greyhound Proper | Megan loved the flavors so much, she had two.

the-lark-charcuterieWe started with a couple of items from the Snacks menu, the charcuterie board (because I LOVE charcuterie) and housemade pimento cheese. The charcuterie had more pickled vegetables than your typical dish but increased the WOW-factor in every bite. I’m starting to rethink how I serve charcuterie. And what a beautiful arrangement on the serving plank, don’t you think?

the-lark-snacksThe pimento was tangy and had loads of addictive cheese flavors. Yummy!

the-lark-beet-saladFrom the Farm menu, we marveled at another lovely arrangement. The  roasted beets, burrata, and pluot salad was a hit.

the-lark-pork-bellyFrom the Ranch menu, we couldn’t resist the crispy smoked pork belly with peach, pickled okra (am loving everything pickled!), and chicharron. Dishes are meant to be shared. Really?!

the-lark-scallops From the Ocean menu, the herb roasted diver scallops with grapefruit, manila clams, and pickled fresno chilies was another good choice.

the-lark-plattersAnother one From the Ocean, was hidden in the Israeli couscous (grilled Spanish octopus). Our final savory dish, from Platters menu, was an apricot and bourbon glazed pork shank with ancho chile corn bread. Yes, it was another WOW.

the-lark-dessertsWe probably lounged longer than most but couldn’t resist tasting their dessert offering. There were five on the table but my shutter only had enough energy for the s’more-like pots de crème and ice cream sandwich. Next time you’re in Santa Barbara, stop by the Lark. You won’t be disappointed.

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Ocean to Table: Morning Catch

kids-fishingAfter two days of getting into a kayak and fishing off the coast of Miramar Beach, Devon finally caught something. It was a California Lizardfish that found the squid bait quite tasty. He was thrilled! Devon, not the fish.

gone-fishingMartin helped Devon scale his first fish before we all shared a morning snack.

ocean-to-tableThough the fish was small, it’s flavor was robust (helped by generous amounts of salt and butter). Thanks for the catch of the day!

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S’mores Ice Cream Cake


This is what we had for Audrey’s 9th birthday, Emily Luchetti’s S’mores Ice Cream Cake. Since this was a cake for kids, I skipped the coffee beans and cappuccino ice cream found in the recipe. However, with Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Cream, Scharffen Berger bittersweet chocolate, and crushed graham crackers, no one missed the coffee flavors.

smores-ice-cream-cake-meltingIce cream does not wait for pictures, melting but still delicious.


Finally, we added one birthday candle.

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Red White & Blue

4th-of-july-639x256Happy Fourth of July to you and your family!

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Union Jack Kicks for Kids

dr-martens-for-kidsUnion Jack Leather Boots, Dr Martens $52 (from $104)

union-jack-shoesCavaliers UK, Maa’s $86 (from $144)

kids-hackett-flip-flopsUnion Jack Flip-Flops, Hackett $32

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World Cup: Football Fashion for Kids

Even the youngest soccer fan needs to step it up this week and celebrate tomorrow’s World Cup opening with must-have gear. Here are my picks.
fred-perry-england-poloFred Perry and England, what’s not to love? Polo, Fred Perry


We’re also cheering for players on Team Spain, go Mata and Martinez! Cap, Hugo Boss


Penalty kicks aside, this is a cool jacket. Jacket, Italy National Football Team


No one wears black boots, the bolder the better. Boots, Puma


Thank you for hosting. Polo, Hugo Boss

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