Welcome back, my friends – today in Half Moon Bay Part 2, we’ll keep exploring this unique town and scenic oceanside area.
I’ve got lots more to share with you!
First stop: Half Moon Bakery – for some strong, freshly brewed coffee. and sweet morning pastries.
We also grabbed a loaf of a local specialty with enough substance to get us through the next few hours: Pesto Artichoke bread.
We headed off for a beach walk, but the morning mist got heavy enough to keep us in the car for a while.
No problem: we just kept tearing hunks off the Pesto Artichoke bread, finished our coffee and pastries, and watched the waves until the showers tailed off.
Since it was still chilly and damp, we opted to save our beach walk until later in the day, and headed a few miles inland instead to the area’s world-famous cluster of plant nurseries.
Each one specializes in a particular type of plant – the prices are great – and the people are extremely knowledgeable. There’s even a shop called Predatory Plants, with pitcher plants, Venus flytraps, and other bug-eating carnivores.
Our favorite overall, Half Moon Bay Lavender, offered all sorts of lavender-scented products in addition to live plants in several varieties and colors.
I not only love the soothing aroma of lavender, but I find it’s a fun, mysterious “secret ingredient” in all sorts of recipes.
The hunger pangs were starting to hit, so we beelined for Sushi Main Street, a sweet little Japanese place in the heart of quaint downtown that I’d been to several times before.
And after enjoying a couple of bento box-style lunch specials, a couple of extra sushi rolls, and some warm sake, we finally made our way to the beach for that long-delayed walk.
Join me next time, when I’ll bring you with me to two wonderful Italian restaurants – plus a winery named after the notorious Pacific fog.
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