|Goodbye, little hypertension pill!|
After my doc visit and my haircut, Tom and I headed down to Orange County, where we were picking up Tom's editing deck from our friend Erik. While chatting with him briefly, he mentioned a restaurant he'd been to that he thought we might like. I believe he said "you'll find it at The Camp with a bunch of other hippie stores." This is amusing if you know Erik, as he is not a hippie in any sense of the word. But he does know that we are borderline-granola, so his recommendation was an excellent one!
We went into this situation blind - we had no idea what he meant by "The Camp." So, hello, Adventure Wednesday! We were on our way.
It turns out to be the country's first eco-friendly mall, featuring unique architecture, rooftop plants to reduce energy useage, and other nontraditional retail elements. One rarely feels compelled to photograph a shopping center - even an open-air one - but I loved it, and was a total shutterbug.
|The Camp has such a unique, rustic feel - you almost forget you're in a mall.|
Thanks to my out-of-whack electrolytes (sorry, Nurse Sarah, I should have listened to you when you said "they're going to take a lot of blood, so you should drink some smartwater after") we headed straight for the restaurant Erik recommended. Native Foods is a vegan cafe with a range of clean-food options.
|I thought their beverage coolers looked refreshing!|
|So I had an iced tea while we waited for our dinner. It was described as hibiscus-berry, but it turned out to be |
heavier on the berry than the hibiscus, alas. (I love me some hibiscus.) Still tasty, though.
|Tom had the Ensalada Azteca, with avocado, cucumber, jicama, quinoa, lettuce, and mango-lime vinaigrette.|
|I had the Portobello "Sausage Burger," which is neither a sausage nor a burger. Discuss.|
(It was actually seitan with mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic, and pomodoro.)
Delicious... but more "clean/unprocessed" healthy than "portion size" healthy.
|Neither of us had the cupcakes in the cooler, but they looked so well-frosted that I had to show you.|
|From there we headed out to explore the rest of The Camp. Check out that cool tree sculpture!|
|Even the trash was well-themed. Like a Disneyland trash can, but more succulent(s).|
|The stairs to a Bikram yoga center had a to-do list that sounded kind of peaceful.|
|The wine bar sported this excellent upcycled chandelier out front.|
|There was a fresh veggie garden among the stores.|
|Plus there were several places to relax, including a hammock, and this little sheltered nook.|
|View of the nook's roof, complete with natural soda bottle chandelier. (Mm, Boylan's.)|
|Loved these light fixtures outside of the Italian restaurant...|
|...and these bench seats, which may or may not be from tractors?|
|A store called Purre had beautiful displays! They were very kind about my photographing.|
|Another neat Purre display.|
|I loved the glass jug being used for a headband display!|
|Another awesome store, Seed People's Market, had this very cool vending machine with plantable seeds.|
|The sign on top of the vending machine made us laugh.|
|They have a strict no-photo policy for the original arts/crafts they sell, but I snagged a picture of their book display.|
|A succulent florist operates out of a retro trailer. I wanted to take everything home!|
|Especially this pot of tiny succulents.|
I leave you with these sentiments - good advice courtesy of The Camp parking lot.