Monday, June 30, 2008

California Vacations III - San Juan Capistrano (1)

San Juan Capistrano is a city in the southern part of OC. Is about 23 miles from Santa Ana. The city was created around Mission San Juan Capistrano, and many of the homes and strip malls there resemble the Spanish architecture. Famous for their beautiful gardens and it is also the spring home for thousands of Cliff Swallows that annually migrate from Argentina to the Mission SanJuan Capistrano on March 19th, Saint Joseph's Day. For more information click here

Look at the hanging grapes!!!
I wish I can have some :)
After all the walking we had lunch at this little restaurant called Ramos House
We had Hush Puppies in pepper sauce
Sweet potatoes fries with dip
Mushroom Scramble
The very few orange trees left in Orange Country

to be continue.....

Thursday, June 26, 2008

California Vacations II

We woke up really early the next day around 3.00am. I guess it's the change of time and also we missed our bed and pillows. We were trying so hard to get some sleep. Finally we got up and make ourselves some coffee, go online and also watch some TV. It's another fun and easy day for us. We decided to visit the Orange County Market Place at Costa Mesa. Orange County Market place is the biggest swap meet in the County. It is in the parking lot of the Orange County Fair grounds. More than 1,100 vendors selling everything from fresh produce to homemade jewelry to thing you have seen on TV. It is so fun to walk up and down the aisles looking at the all wares. The admission price is just $2.00 and this place only open Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm.

This place is huge and you need the whole day just to cover everything. We used to come here every 2-3 month to stock up our toiletries, perfume and also fresh produce. We even got ourselves a cart as there is no way we are able to carry everything in our hand and trying to cover the whole place. I wish to have this kind of market in PA.

Here are some random shots I took when we were there.
This is what we came here for. Carlos bought so many bottle of Paco & Cool Water

This guy sounds like Nat King Cole

Undergarments, anyone?
They even had a booth to register aspiring actors and models.

All kinds of apron for the chef

Smart car, anyone?
What about pets?
What about a Porsche. That is Carlos dream car. He used to own one of this a long time ago :)

What about a House?

I was in heaven looking at all these fresh strawberries. Dirt cheap too!! We paid $3.99 for a box

This is for $7.99 a box. How can you beat that?

After that we went for our favorite juicy burger at 'Carl's Jr'