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A Coastal Drive and Chicken Parmesan

Yesterday evening the sun was shining so gloriously that I simply had to be out and about, soaking it in.

My friend Jon has been raving about a little Italian place in town called the Torre Cafe. Run by a lovely Italian couple so sweet you want to adopt them on the spot, it was just the place to dine on a sunny Autumn evening. I sipped Sparkling Orange San Pellegrino (my favorite!!) while we chatted.

Then we dug into salads topped with walnuts and shaves of hard cheese, and big plates of Chicken Parmesan. Delicious!! The homemade salad dressing and marinara sauce were divine – simple, unfussy and absolutely scrumptious.

After that great meal, good visit and a stroll through town, I bid farewell to Jon and decided to enjoy the last rays of sun with a drive along the coast. Window down I couldn’t help but smile at the shrieking gulls, sun glistening on the water, and salty ocean breezes.

I drove down Chuckanut Drive, a beautiful stretch of road that winds and dips along the rocky coastline.  The setting sun glimmered through the trees setting the dark forest aglow. It was magical. For a while I just drove, pulling off when I felt like it, before finally finding a bend in the road with some perfect sitting rocks where I could perch and watch the sunlight dance over the waves.

It was a wonderful end to an exhausting day.

Do you have a favorite place to drive when you just need to get away for a while?

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Chaya - How do your photos get more beautiful than the ones before? I enjoy coming here, so much. This is always a stop to contemplate and enjoy. Thanks.

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Zita - You live in a beautiful place Krista!!! I wish I could visit one day!

5 Star Foodie - The pictures are just gorgeous! And the chicken parmesan looks delish here!

lequan@luvtoeat - Hi Krista,

The Chicken Parmesan looks fantastic 😛
Beautiful photos you took along your drive. There’s just something so peaceful about the light from the setting sun glistening off a lake isn’t there? I wish I had a place like this closer to me to drive to. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!

Anna Johnston - Krista, your gorgeous photos are doing my head in 🙂 I’ve got this unnatural need to hop in the car and head for the coast, its been one long long grey old winter in this part of Oz, finally the sun is shining and spring is here…, its hard to wait for the weekend. Sounded like an awesome day you had.

Barbara - What magnificent photos! And the color of the tomato sauce is something to behold!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron - Looked like a great place to dine! That open sandwich with marinara sauce is divine. What a beautiful you had there!

William H. Stoneman - Very comfortable!! Thanks for sharing.

Tracy - Fortifying day. What a beautiful view.

RamblingTart - Isn’t it gorgeous, Duchess?! It delighted me no end. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Jen! 🙂 I’ve never been to Toronto but I’d really like to one day. 🙂 Hope you have a great day too! 🙂

Duchess - That tomato sauce look so vibrant! Yummy!

Jen Cheung - you sure do have lovely pictures in each post 🙂 I wish there was this many beautiful places in Toronto. But nope.

Btw, I haven’t had chicken parmasen for quite sometime now. miss it 🙁

have a wonderful day !!!
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

RamblingTart - I’m so glad they relaxed you, Mary! 🙂 I love country drives too, so much, and will have to do that very soon. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Monet! I’m delighted you stopped by and will visit your blog today. 🙂

MaryMoh - Beautiful pictures….makes me relaxed to see it instead of feeling hungry looking only at food pictures…haha. I love to drive through country road and enjoy the beautiful sceneries.

Monet - What a lovely blog you have! I just stumbled upon it this morning…and what a great way to start my day! I loved seeing the photographs from your lovely drive…and your chicken parmesan looked just about perfect!

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