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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

93453, Santa Margarita

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Moonrise over the barn

Dear ——–,

As the sun set over Santa Margarita Ranch, I thought the lush, rolling hills would fit right into one of those “Happy cows come from California” commercials. Leah and Neal picked a beautiful setting for their wedding, saying their vows under a sprawling oak tree. They held the reception in a stone-lined barn, where glowing guests kept the chill away. (There was some pretty raucous dancing.) Pots of thyme, rosemary and basil decorated the tables. The food was exquisite — arugula salad with a roasted red pepper vinaigrette, lavender-scented lamb and halibut bundled in parchment paper with meyer lemon, fennel and kalamata olives. The halibut was so good Bryan downed three packages of it — after making sure, of course, that everyone else at the table had had their fill. One of the best parts was seeing a table full of old family wedding pictures in the reception hall. They were reassuring good-luck talismans.


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

One thought on “93453, Santa Margarita

  1. i will just clarify that those “three packages” were only about half a portion each. ish. so i only had one and a half portions. right? 🙂 🙂 🙂

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