Mendocino Anniversary Trip: MacCallum House, Cafe Beaujolais, Mendocino Cafe, Living Light Cafe and More

Lisa and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Mendocino, my favorite tourist destination of all time. Great scenery, great food, lots to do. This time, we stayed at the MacCallum House right in town, which turned out to be a disappointment. See my Epinions review of our stay at the MacCallum House. Read my other reviews about Mendocino:

* Mendocino Overview

* Mendocino Headlands State Park

* Russian Gulch State Park

* Jughandle State Reserve

* Hendy Woods State Park

* Montgomery Woods State Reserve

This trip we tried Cafe Beaujolais for the first time. It doesn’t try hard to cater much to vegetarians, so I wouldn’t recommend it on that basis. However, the two options we found were both excellent. The bread was terrific too. We went for lunch, and I think that’s a much better value than dinner. Two odd facts: (1) the floor noticeably slopes, so it’s like eating in a mystery house; (2) at our lunch, we were the youngest couple there by at least a decade–at my age, this doesn’t happen very often any more.

We also went back to Mendocino Cafe, one of my all-time favorite restaurants. I like it because it’s casual and fun with terrific food. However, I was disappointed to learn that some of the putatively vegetarian dishes have undisclosed fish sauce in them. Ask before you order!

Finally, we were blown away to discover the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, which bills itself as “the premier organic raw vegan school in the world.” Who knew that Fort Bragg could support a major raw foods cooking school? They have a cafe as part of the school, so we were thrilled to try it out. I’m usually not a big fan of raw foods restaurants; I find them overpriced and typically not very tasty. This place definitely wasn’t cheap, but I thought it served the best raw food dishes I’ve had. I thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried. I think Fort Bragg gets unfairly overshadowed by Mendocino, but the Living Light Cafe is yet another reason to spend some time there.

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