Yesterday, New Year's Day, was one of those amazing winter days in Southern California that seem to thumb their noses at the rest of the world, as far as weather goes. It was probably 80 degrees, sunny and sparkling.
I started and ended the day in Laguna Beach, as did thousands of others, judging by the dicey parking situation. In the morning, I went to yoga class there, then home, but by evening, I was back for a feast hosted by R and M at their apartment at the beach.
Braving the crowds, we parked at a meter, and made our way to their house, where the holiday spirit still held. We were treated to delicious tamales, Spanish rice, black beans, and salad, with the humble contribution of my own cranberry upside down cake and chantilly cream.
We had a terrific evening of conversation and delicious food, topped off by a bit of Bailey's Irish Cream. Yum.
It is shaping up to be an interesting year thus far.