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Sunday, 22 December 2013



looks like a nice road trip!


It was Kat!


IGAs are fascinating markets, we always try to stop to see what's the 'unique' section of a store. The bakery looks wonderful! It's so nice to be able to avoid crowds and shop more like a local.


I am from Santa Barbara.....was just there last Friday. Very familiar with the traffic challenge getting there. My in-laws live in Santa Ynez and El Rancho is where I shop for groceries when I visit. Awesome small town service and a great variety of quality products. Check out Los Olivos if you are ever back in area. A good home base while wine tasting in the valley.


Hi Cathy - We really enjoyed El Rancho, they truly embody the IGA spirit. It was nice walking around Solvang sans the crowds.....

Hi Jon - Thanks for taking the time out to comment! We're thinking about Los Olivos, though for Olive Oil you think that would be worthwhile?


Solvang must be nice when the tourists aren't there, eh. There's so many bakeries there, it's hard to choose just a few to visit. I wanted to go to all of them during our last vacation, haha.

On another note, I went to my first IGA store the other day (Foodland in CV, aka the Old Seafood City). I didn't know about the roll of stamps you get (one stamp for each dollar spent). Did they give you those IGA stamps at El Rancho?


I miss Solvang and the beautiful weather.


Hi CC - No they didn't,when we shop at Foodland, I usually give my stamps to the person in back of me in line since we hardly shop there. Solvang seemed so lovely and charming on this day.....

Hi Billy - I hope you get to visit soon!


I love that Market--love to get stuff for lunch on the road at their deli counter. Pies are best commercial pies I've had. Almond Croissants?--oh my! They have opened another California Fresh Mkt in the old Scolari's Mkt in Pismo Coast Plaza at 4th St & 101 in Pismo Beach. Wish they had more organic produce though. McConnell's ice cream and fresh made sushi too. I've used the wheat mill--they have hard Montana wheat for bread, and also soft wheat for whole wheat pastry flour! doesn't get any fresher.


Happy Holidays Sue! Yes, we really loved the place.... The bakery did look wonderful.


So cute!


Hi Lynnea - It was! Happy New Year!

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