Foodventure to Santa Barbara

This week we got out of town for a few days to have some great food and wine in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley.

Our first night (Wednesday) we had dinner at Bouchon in Downtown Santa Babara (the original Bouchon in CA by the way)…Bouchon has been doing local farm-to-table cuisine since before it was popular…and boy do they do it right. I think we would both agree that this was one of the best meals we have had in the US. It certainly did not hurt that the service was perfect, our waiter Byron helped us pair each of our courses with some great central coast wines.

Kathleen started with Pacific Mushrooms & Roots Farms Carrots – black truffle potato gnocchi frisée & truffle salad, carrot purée.

I had the Bouchon Four Onion Soup.

For our main courses, Kathleen had Maple-Glazed California Duck Breast & Confit of Thigh (Medium) succotash of sweet corn, fava beans, applewood-smoked bacon and Windrose Farms butternut squash, port-thyme demiglace.

I had Braised Kurobuta Pork Shank market bean trio, braised Domingo Farms collard greens, pancetta, apple, cider pan jus.

For dessert I had white chocolate bread pudding and kathleen had a duo of sorbets (Passionfruit and Blackberry).

Tuesday morning we had an incredible wine tour at Clos Pepe. Steve Pepe toured us threw the vineyards and then his incredible home. It was a great time.

Steve then directed us to a terrific little restaurant named Sissy’s in Lompoc for lunch. After lunch we did some wine tasting in the Lompoc wine ghetto. The wine ghetto is a series of wine tasting rooms (18) and production felicities located directly behind a home depot – and its actually an amazing place to taste some great wines!

For dinner we went to Zagat’s highest rated restaurant in Santa Barbara – Downey’s. I have to say, we were underwhelmed throughout the evening. The service was below average, the starters were just okay. The main courses were definitely very good as was the dessert. For our appetizers I had prosciutto and caramelized pears and Kathleen had curried mussels. For her main dish, Kathleen had duck two ways, while I had Downey’s Christmas Goose and exotic grains. For dessert we shared a white chocolate-raspberry cake.

Before leaving Santa Barbara we stopped for lunch at the Famous Brophy Brother’s Seafood. Yummmmmmmm. We shared clam chowder and Garlic Baked Clams to start. Then Kathleen had the Cioppino and I had Fish and Chips. What a great trip!


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