… so it wasn’t quite like the hit early 90’s, Saturday morning sitcom – a favorite in the Rebori household – but we can’t all be in a band and live in a cool beach house. Am I right? 🙂

Sidenote: please tell me you all know what show I’m talking about? My husband sure didn’t.

But I digress, because a week(ish) ago we headed across the country to sunny (albeit chilly) southern California! And in a shocking turn of events, I took a LOT of photos. Surfer's Knol Ventura BeachAnd lucky for you, I’m sharing some of my favorites! Luck’s the word, right? 😉 Santa Barbara 1 Santa Barbara 4 Santa Barbara 3We were actually there for Jeff’s cousin’s wedding, but since we arrived a few days early, we got a little extra time to explore.

I’m so glad we started in Santa Barbara, because if the pictures (↑) didn’t give it away – it’s stunningly beautiful.

Thankfully, I had a co-worker who went to school there – a far cry from my college experience in central Iowa – and he gave us plenty of tips for what to see and do. Santa Barbara 5Naturally, we decided to fill our day visiting the food and drink options suggested to us … and as fate would have it, a winery wasn’t too far away. ↓ Santa Barbara Winery 1 Santa Barbara Winery 2You know me and wineries – if they build it, I will come.

If you find yourself in Santa Barbara, you should check out French Press, Lilly’s Tacos, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company and Santa Barbara Winery. Aside from feeling tired (that might have been the beer and wine talking) and full, we thoroughly enjoyed them all.

Since we were staying in Ventura Beach, we were in a good location to visit a few different places, so the next day we headed south to a little town called L.A.

It was there we basked in the tourist trap that is Grauman’s Chinese Theater for approximately ten minutes … Hollywood… just long enough to snap a few photos of my freshly manicured toes and ever-so-stylish Teva’s (don’t hate, you know you love them too).

They just so happened to come in handy as were climbing the hill to the Griffith Observatory. ↓ Griffith Observatory 1jpgIt was definitely worth the climb (it really wasn’t that bad, I just like to complain), because the 360 degree views were stunning. Griffith Observatory 1 LA 1 Griffith Observatory 3And don’t let him fool you, he loves to have his picture taken. 🙂

But thankfully for Jeff, we had to make our way to Koreatown for a Korean BBQ rehearsal dinner – a nod to the bride’s heritage. Korean BBQ Los AngelesSpoiler alert: it was delicious. After all, we did both come from red-meat-loving states, so I was fairly confident Jeff and I wouldn’t hate it.

If you’re in L.A., I would recommend Dream Korean BBQ. The food was great, and thankfully the service was very helpful for a novice BBQ goer like myself.

It was a such a fun evening, ahead of the beautiful wedding the next day … Wedding at Surfer's Knol… officiated by none other than my funny, outgoing father-in-law (he’s been known to MC a good rehearsal dinner too). He offered to do this for his nephew Steve, and Steve’s beautiful new wife Terry – who clearly have no taste when it comes to choosing a good wedding backdrop. 😉

In all seriousness, the ceremony and reception were stunning. We had a great time celebrating the newly married couple! California 2California, you’re beautiful! Thanks for being such a kind host.

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