Yesterday the Central Coast Traveler asked you to identify this mystery building. It’s a classic mid-century modern gem in downtown San Luis Obispo: the 1956 Kundert Medical Building on Pacific Street, designed by the iconic modern architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright is known for his residences, since he created some of the first “open concept” homes, a style that’s so in-demand today.
The Central Coast Traveler loves Linn’s pies. Linn’s is one of the best things about Cambria. After having a Linn’s pie, I’m often disappointed by other pies, because they’re not Linn’s. If the trip to Cambria is too far and you’d like to sample their amazing baked goods, their online store sells many of their product selections nationwide. The online pies are shipped frozen and ready to bake. You may ask: “can a frozen pie really be that great?” The Traveler, purely in the interests of good journalism, has tested both for you.
The Fresh Linn’s Pie
$15 at their storefront in Cambria. 56 ounces (1.6kg) of heaven. Perfect flaky crust, and dense fruit filling with just the right hint of sweetness from sugar and cinnamon.
The Frozen Linn’s Pie
$12 for one at my local grocery store, but the minimum online order is two pies for $76 within California. Elsewhere in the US shipping charges will be higher because they’re packed in dry ice and sent via 2-day air.
Out of the box, the pie looked expertly crafted. Be sure to follow the package directions and brush the crust with a whole beaten egg to enable perfect browning.
An hour later…
It was just as good as the fresh version. Rich, dense filling, and that amazing flaky crust. You’d be proud to serve this to guests. If you can’t make it to Cambria, bring a little Cambria home with you by ordering a Linn’s pie.
I love the accidental stop motion effect in this photo. We were enjoying a perfect afternoon at Nepenthe in Big Sur. It’s one of the few places I don’t mind waiting an hour for a table.
Here’s one of the Traveler’s favorite places: Eldwayen Ocean Park in Shell Beach. Just one block off Highway 101 is a beautiful pocket park with a manicured lawn, barbecue grills, stairs down to a tiny beach, and endless views.
Piedras Blancas, a few miles north of Cambria, is one of several Victorian-era lighthouses built along the Central Coast in the late 19th century. Before radar and GPS, ships in these waters often came to grief on the rocky, fog-bound shores. Other beautiful examples of this style can be found near Avila Beach (Point San Luis) and Big Sur (Point Sur).
These condiments enjoy one of the best views on Earth, at Nepenthe in Big Sur.