Introducing Molly

My parents adopted a new puppy last month from the SPCA. While I was home, my dad asked if I could take a few pictures of him and the new fur baby.

Meet Molly, the newest member of the family {and my dad's new BFF}:
- She LOVES to lick.. {I think she may be part lizard}
- She likes to play catch
- She likes to steal anything and everything
- She's a little cuddle bug

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Hong Kong

481 E 7th Street | Hanford, California 93230 | Menu

If you want some really great Chinese food, you should pop in to Hong Kong. For all the Boston locals, I'm not talking about the Hong Kong here - I'm talking about Hong Kong in Hanford, California. 

appetizer plate; hong kong; hanford, california

While I was home, I had four places to stop on my list - and Hong Kong was one of them. We ordered a couple favorites then I got to choose one dish while my dad chose another. I decided to go with the chicken teriyaki because it's my favorite. My dad chose the appetizer dish. We also ordered a plate of wontons, the chow mein - hong kong style, and sweet & sour pork. 

wonton, hong kong, hanford, california, bri rinehart
teriyaki chicken; hong kong; hanford; california

I personally think anything you choose from Hong Kong is delicious. A little scoop of everything goes a long way. I had quite a few wontons {because I can't seem to find them at most restaurants on the east coast!}, a big scoop of the chow mein and teriyaki chicken. I always stick to my basics, but sometimes branch out a bit. Everyone who works here is so friendly.

Central Coast Views

While I was in California, one day needed to be set aside to visit the beach. If you can't tell from my Instagram, the beach is my happy place. In Massachusetts, I would never go to the beach in the winter - in fact I'm basically in hibernation mode during the winter. However, in California I would go to the beach whenever. I went to the Central Coast for the day with my mom, dad and brother. We stopped in Cambria, Morro Bay and Pismo Beach. I brought my trusty camera along and snapped a few pictures - take a look below for some of my favorites:

cambria; california; bri rinehart
bri rinehart; cambria; california; photography
cambria; california; bri rinehart; photography
bri rinehart; photography; cambria; california
bri rinehart; cambria; california; photography
bri rinehart; cambria; california; photography
bri rinehart; cambria; california; photography
bri rinehart; morro bay; california; photography
bri rinehart; morro bay; california; photography
pismo beach; california; bri rinehart; photography
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cambria; california; bri rinehart; photography
cambria; california; bri rinehart; photography
bri rinehart; photography; cambria; california
bri rinehart; photography; california; cambria
bri rinehart; cambria; california; photography
cambria; california; bri rinehart; photography
bri rinehart; photography; cambria; california
bri rinehart; photography; morro bay; california
bri rinehart; photography; pismo beach; california
bri rinehart; california; pismo beach; photography

Jack Ranch Café

19215 CA-46 | Cholame, California

Whenever my family headed to the coast, we would always pass by Jack Ranch Café. My siblings and I would ask our parents if we could stop there and eat. We always wanted to check it out and it's the only place to stop for food between Kettleman City and Paso Robles. We were always rejected and were told we would eat once we got to our campsite or the coast {if we were just going for the day}. My parents stopped in a few months ago and told us that it was a good restaurant. So, while my brother and I were visiting, my mom said we could eat breakfast at home before going or we could stop at Jack Ranch Café. We obviously jumped at the chance to eat at the small restaurant we had always wanted to go to.

jack ranch cafe; bri rinehart; brunch

Since the restaurant is off the side of the highway leading to the coast, it's often not too busy. We went on a Monday and arrived around 9:00 - we were the only people in the diner. The menu had it's basics: omelettes, burritos, eggs + ham, eggs + bacon, pancakes, etc. I was not sure what I wanted to eat. Did I want a breakfast sandwich? Did I want a breakfast burrito? Did I want an omelette? Could I order all three? I would never be able to eat all that food, but I wanted a sampler of all of it. I find myself always wanting a sampler of brunch food - I would be so happy if this were a thing.

egg and cheese omelette; bri rinehart; jack ranch cafe

I decided to order the ham + cheese omelette. It came with toast and home fries. My brother ordered the eggs + hash, my dad ordered the biscuit + gravy, my mom ordered the egg + sausage sandwich. I enjoyed the omelette - the home fries not so much. Which isn't a surprise since I'm not a huge fan of home fries. I didn't think I would be able to eat the whole omelette, but I was hungrier than I thought and ate all of it. Everyone enjoyed their dishes.

james dean memorial; cholame; california; bri rinehart

Jack Ranch Café is located next to the James Dean Memorial - he passed a way a few miles up the road from the restaurant. Tourists often stop here to see the memorial.

Overall, Jack Ranch Café was worth the {very} long wait. If you're ever driving to the Central Coast along highway 46, pop in for a bite to eat.  

Worden Hall 2.0

22 West Broadway | South Boston, Massachusetts | 02127 | Menu

When there are brunch spots that are really great, you have to go back. I went to Worden Hall about a year or so ago and enjoyed their grilled bacon apple cheddar croque. This time, I went back with a few friends and tried something new {even though I kind of wanted to get the croque again!}.

bri rinehart; mimosa grande; worden hall

Because brunch is not the same without a mimosa, I ordered the Mimosa Grande. I thought this would be a normal mimosa with another liquor mixed in - which it was, but it also came in a large glass. I was not expecting such a large drink - even though grande is literally in it's name. While we were waiting for our friend to join us, we ordered donut holes as a little appetizer. They came out a little burnt, but were still really good. 

bri rinehart; donut holes, worden hall

After much debate about trying to decide what to order, I chose to try the chicken and waffles. I really love chicken and waffles. It's a great brunch item, in my opinion. My friends ordered the huevos rancheros tacos, country fried steak and eggs, and the Southie omelette.

bri rinehart; chicken and waffles; worden hall

When the food arrived, we all dug in and enjoyed the meal. The best presentation of how the meal looked was the country fried steak and eggs. It looked so fancy when it came out. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I'm glad I decided to try something different instead of ordering the croque again - although my friend did point out that I like to order chicken and waffles. I can't help it. Chicken and waffles are so, so good that I usually order them if I see them on the menu.

The only minor things we noticed while eating were that the waffle and tortillas of the huevos rancheros tacos were a little "soggy" when we received our order. We think that maybe they were waiting for all of our food to be ready before bringing out our plates - which is fine. We still ate our meals because we were hungry.

bri rinehart; worden hall; country fried steak and eggs

I love the atmosphere of Worden Hall, the service, and of course, their brunch menu! It's directly across from the Broadway T-stop which is great when it's cold out and don't want to walk too far.