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I had a great time this weekend. I hung out with friends from out-of-town on Sunday.
We went to the Old San Luis Rey mission in Oceanside for a Dia De Los Muertos festival.
I had not been there in more years than I can count.
That day I realized that I am sitting in the midst of a beautiful and culturally diverse community that I have not utilized for many years. Lucky me and yet, stupid me, for not checking things out sooner.
With Madi growing and learning this is not the time to be remiss on this fact, but to pay attention to the treasure amongst my place of habitat.
I am always amazed at how much more it means to me at my age than when I visited as a child.
This beautiful lady posed with children and adults in 90 degree weather.
The Dia De los Muertos Festival was amazing. With food, yay!
I ate pork and cheese pupusas with curtido and salsa roja, from El Salvador. Recipe links in the titles. I did blend the salsa roja with a little water and then cook again adding salt and pepper, when cooler stirring in the cilantro to make it more like the traditional sauces I have had.
A pupusa is a stuffed corn dumpling or flat bread of sorts served with cabbage slaw(curtido) and red sauce(salsa roja). This is my new favorite thing to eat and I found a great recipe online, above links, totally gluten-free. I have my Sandy Camp committee and San Diego Guild member, Pat, to thank for this wonderful introduction to Pupusas. She is so kind to always look out for me and my choice to eat gluten-free.
I made it with masa harina but now I want to learn how to make fresh masa because the difference in taste is amazing. Still very good with the corn flour(masa harina) but a 100 times better with fresh masa.
There were also many Spanish and Mexican crafts and vendors, a car show, music, dancing, and beautiful colors everywhere. I want to go back next year and spend the whole there. A couple of hours is in no way enough for all the sights and sounds.
This mission is beautiful and well-kept, I have to go back and take Madi for a tour, there is all kinds of history there.
This is one.
Old adobe bricks.
I didn't have time to stop and really read and take pictures and ask questions because we were on the way out to Encinitas to meet others for a coffee at Swami's.
I believe I made the pictures bigger for the plaques so you can click on them to read them.
This was right next to my car when we were leaving.
(the laundry; the laundromat).
Loved the old adobe archway, it was very inviting, on a schedule, snapped more pics. I am going back to see this.
I also bought this incredible shirt.
I have to look for the card, they have no website.
See that Key, Kathy Davis made that for me. Thank you Kathy, I adore it!
We then went to Swami's cafe in Encinitas, a juice bar, coffee shop and good food, I mean good for you food that tastes great. You can look at the menu here
Yum, yum, yum!!
I found this on the flower shop next to Swami's and thought it might be a profound rule for life! LOL!!
Then we walked across the street to the gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship Temple there right on the coast. They have a garden off of K Street and we walked over to check it out.
I have lived in this area all of my life and I have never been there. WOW! I loved it. It is not a big place but it jammed packed with beauty. Now I want to go on the Temple grounds too. I bet is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.
Beautiful plants and rocks.
I cannot even capture in words the beauty in this small space.
If you come here or live near here you should go and visit.
Wicked cool tree with low crooked branches.
More beautiful flowers.
I think this might just be my favorite picture of the whole day. The fog rolling in.
Cactus mouths! or tentacles.
And very friendly too. I think they thought we were going to feed them.
Again he peeks through.
Thanks for visiting with me and if you come here you should go see this treasure and visit Swami's cafe.
I had a blast.
I live in an amazing place!