October 31, 2014
Have a Spooky Hallowe'en!

Have a Spooky Hallowe'en!

October 31, 2014


I'm not particularly fond of Hallowe'en. Witches, zombies and blood are not my cup of tea. Being born in Spain I never went trick or treating or celebrated this festivity in any way. 
October 29, 2014
Pacific Grove, California

Pacific Grove, California

October 29, 2014
pacific grove california

pacific grove california


I left my heart in San Francisco, just like the song says.
October 27, 2014
Mondays We Cook: Chocolate Cake with Fresh Berries

Mondays We Cook: Chocolate Cake with Fresh Berries

October 27, 2014
chocolate cake with fresh berries recipe


A new week has started! Sending you lots of energy to get through it :)
October 22, 2014
Carmel-by-the-Sea: A Fairy Tale City

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A Fairy Tale City

October 22, 2014

carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming town vacation roadtrip
UPDATED AUGUST 2019
Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle are two of my favorite places in California. Its cute little houses make you feel as if you were in a fairy tale. Carmel has inspired artists, sparked romances, and attracted celebrities for decades. Rated a top-10 destination in the U.S. year after year, Carmel is an amazing, European-style village nestled above a picturesque white-sand beach.

Carmel is a great place for a weekend getaway if you are in California or a must-stop on a road trip. Words like rest, relax, unwind and happiness come to mind when I think of this coastal town. Every time I've been to California, I have visited Carmel, I'll never be tired of it.

This guide to Carmel-by-the-Sea is perfect for first-time visitors. You can get an overall idea of what to find, things you have to do, trips to nearby cities, some hotels to stay and restaurants worth trying out.
carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming townThere are some interesting facts that make this city unique:
  • There are no street addresses.
  • Selling and eating ice-cream in the streets is prohibited.
  • You need a permit to wear high heels.
  • There are no fast food or chain restaurants.
carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming town
WHERE TO STAY
There are few places with more charming hotels than Carmel. Picture yourself staying in one of these fairytale houses, sounds wonderful, right? 


carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming town
carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming town
THINGS TO DO
Apart from wandering the streets of Carmel in search of the prettiest houses you can do the following:

  • In downtown Carmel you will find many local stores with treasures to take back home from your trip. 
  • Shop at Carmel Plaza and grab a bite at one of their restaurants.
  • Get some Vitamin Sea at Carmel beach.
  • Take a scenic drive down 17 Mile Drive and see mansions such as the ones on Big Little Lies or view points like Pebble Beach.
  • Visit the Carmel Mission to learn more about the town's history.

More charming towns:

  • Monterey city is nearby and well worth a visit. Stroll on Cannery Row to get a full experience of the city. I also recommend the Monterey Aquarium if you have time. 
  • Pacific Grove  has been called “Butterfly Town U.S.A.”, “The Most Romantic City in the U.S.”, “A Dreamy California Destination”. I think that sums up pretty well what this place is like.

carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming town
carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming town
RESTAURANTS
From 1986 to 1988 Clint Eastwood was the major of this town. He owns a restaurant called Hog's Breath Inn which is a must if you are visiting the city. If you are a fun of the actor you'll find tons of memorabilia decorating the walls. From the menu, I recommend you try the burgers, they are scrumptious.

Other restaurants and cafes worth trying:
Portabella: local fresh cuisine in a charming environment. 
Brophy's Tavern: one of Carmels’ iconic restaurants serves your all-America favorites.
La Bicyclette: features European Country Cuisine using local ingredients.
carmel downtown houses fairytale california seaside charming town
Need more? Read the following to help you plan your trip:
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October 20, 2014
Mondays We Cook: Best Recipes I've Seen Lately

Mondays We Cook: Best Recipes I've Seen Lately

October 20, 2014

Happy Monday!! Here's a round-up of the best recipes I've found on the net lately. They are on my "must-cook" list. What recipes are on yours?
October 17, 2014
Zurich by Night

Zurich by Night

October 17, 2014
zurich switzerland at night

When you travel, don't forget to visit the city by night. You will feel like you are in a totally different place.
October 15, 2014
Pumpkin Fest at Half Moon Bay

Pumpkin Fest at Half Moon Bay

October 15, 2014


If you have followed me since the begining you probably know why this blog is called Memories of the Pacific. However, lately it looks more like Memories of Switzerland. So I was thinking that a California post was long due!
October 13, 2014
Mondays We Cook: Plum Cake

Mondays We Cook: Plum Cake

October 13, 2014

Happy Monday my dear readers! Here's a new recipe to start the week with a lot of energy. Today we are cooking a plum cake. It's basically a sponge cake with raisins and nuts.


Withouth further ado, here's the recipe.

This is what you will need:
250 gr. of butter
4 eggs
2 teaspoons of baking powder
250 gr. of sugar
2 teaspoons of rum
1/2 lemon juice
a pinch of salt
150 gr. of raisins
375 gr. of flour

Directions:
  • Melt butter together with the raisins in a pan. Let cool down.
  • Mix all in ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pre-heat oven at 180ºC for 10 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into a mold.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 180ºC.
Voilà!
You can find other cake recipes here.
Enjoy,
Cristina xo

October 8, 2014
Mysterious House in Zurich

Mysterious House in Zurich

October 8, 2014

I like architecture and home decor. In other words, I like houses (a lot). When I see a beautiful home, I imagine what it looks like inside, how many rooms it has, who lives there and a whole story behind it.
October 6, 2014
A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty

October 6, 2014

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever" - John Keats

October 3, 2014
Shopping Abroad

Shopping Abroad

October 3, 2014

When I travel I like to shop for special things. Things I can't find home or that are typical from the country I'm visiting. For instance high-quality souvenirs, craftsmanship or vintage objects. Well, anything pretty basically ;)

Unfortunately, this is becoming more and more difficult due to globalization. So shopping aboroad becomes like a treasure hunt. The picture above is from one of those finds, a cute little underground shop in Bern, Switzerland. A little gem beneath the ground. You can't make a better use of space!

Enjoy the weekend,
Cristina xo 
October 1, 2014
An Evening With Mr. Follett

An Evening With Mr. Follett

October 1, 2014

You don't get the opportunity every day to meet your favorite writer. In many cases the author of your most cherished book has either passed away or lives in a land far far away. So when I heard that Ken Follett was coming to Madrid, I knew I had to be there.