Yesterday morning the hus’s birthday weekend started off with brunch at The Ramos House Café in San Juan Capistrano.
I love this place – it’s a little pricey but such a unique joint with a cool story and history.
We met Katie and Merrick there along with Katie’s two sisters Sarah and Claire.
Merrick had a Bloody Mary with pickled beans, shrimp and a fried quail egg – basically an entire day’s worth of food for LeAnn Rimes.
I had the spicy crab cake salad, nothing like a good breakfast salad. It was really good but a little too much dressing for my picky tastes.
After eating we had a little time before boarding the Amtrak train so we wandered over to an antique store in SJC where some good finds were discovered….
Katie and Co. waiting for the train in their cute horse race hats.
I didn’t have a hat so I borrowed my man’s fedora for the day. I also brought a dress that I changed into in the afternoon when it got a little warmer.
The weather yesterday was pretty much perfect – low 70s and sunny but never too hot.
The whole group at the train station.
Katie is great about taking lots of pictures; if you’re a lazy blogger, you need a friend like this to basically document your life for you. Thanks Katie for the pics!
Train riding with one creepy birthday boy looking on:
Once we arrived in Solana Beach about 45 minutes later, we boarded the free double decker shuttle bus that took us to the Del Mar race track a couple miles away.
I felt so English on the double decker that I started telling people I medaled in the Olympics… in photogenic-ness.
Nothing like a good teeth-gritting, neck vein-popping pose.
Entering the track; it costs $6 per person to watch all 8 races that started at 4pm and went off every 30 minutes.
The track is so tiny!
Just kidding. That’s where the horses come out of for pictures and walk to the track.
That’s the real track behind Katie and Merrick. I think it’s a mile long.
We stayed for 7 of the races and lost money on every one. No, scratch that, I think the boys won a few bucks on a few races but ended up in the hole overall. Oh well, it was only our life savings.
Katie, Sarah and Claire
After eating at Pizza Nova for dinner, we took the 9:50pm train back home. It was a long day and I was tired by then but it was fun. Sometimes it’s so much fun to do something totally different than you normally do, you know?
I’m off to get a little cardio in; good thing I carbed up last night by trying to eat an entire pizza myself. I definitely gave it a valiant effort.
Ever been to a horse race?