Even though school has started for many, the Summer lingers on all year long for adults who live by the seashore. My friend Robin recently moved and I went down past the "Orange Curtain" to see her new place and to spend a day by the pool. One of her friends is living on the beach for the month of August, and as the sun set, we decided to go get dinner. Even though I know and love many places in Laguna, like Sapphire and 230 Forest, I'm always happy to try new places suggested by locals.
and both my friends literally swiveled their heads and said, "Let's go
to Mare"! Since they both thought it was a better place than the other
options they had suggested, we pulled into the one remaining parking
spot behind the Holiday Inn. Ok,
I admit, going to a hotel restaurant, especially a Holiday Inn hotel
restaurant, is not normally my choice for dinner, but when two local food
lovers literally decide in chorus that it is the best idea, I put my
skepticism aside and enjoyed the journey.
space is absolutely lovely with flickering candle lights and a wall of
warmth. Triangular canopies provide shade in the day but add a nice
architectural feel at night. The style is casually elegant with wrought
iron railings and a modern interior. Definitely sit outside if there is a
table and wait if there isn't a table.
The first taste
of this bright garlic, olive oil, and parsley dip for the bread was
addictive. We ate it so fast we asked for a second plate before we even
ordered our appetizers.
A wonderful night ended with the sight of a full moon as we walked out of the restaurant :)