Savor Santa Barbara

After a good night’s rest we were up and out ready to take part in something we had looked forward for for ages – a food tour! Not being content with eating one meal at each key dining point in the day we opted for an experience which would ensure we got as many as we could.

We took a ride into town and Russ watched me blatantly get hit on by the driver but it didn’t stand in his desire for food and so he loyally said nowt. After meeting our tour guide the lovely claire, and the other participants Barb and Greg who were celebrating their 40th anniversary (and who were also lovely) we were off! First stop  Rudy’s Mexican restaurant, a Santa Barbara institution and a family run business. We had beef tacos in a ‘taster size’ they were awesome and clearly huge. image After that it was onto the brew house where we tried different beers including an apricot wheat beer which was lovely. Then onto the Enterprise Fish Company where we had the most incredible lobster bisque. The highlight of the tour for sureimage   

It was amazing. Not having had enough and having already started on the bubbles due to our double celebration we were off wine tasting. Russ got to grips with white wine while I fell in love with the local Pinot Noir. After that we tried to get healthy and had some acai berry bowls jam packed full of gorgeous fruit and goodness image Then we were off to a french restaurant for cheese and finally to Mconnells ice cream parlour – hands down the best ice cream I have had in a LONG time. 

We rolled our way home after possibly stopping to sample some more local drinks. Were they alcoholic you ask? I will leave it to you to decide. imageWe wandered home in the sunshine along the beach taking in the laid back vibe of a genuinely pretty seaside town. 

More Mexican for dinner where I ordered a soup the size of my face imageYou’ll be pleased to know I didn’t eat it all – we are conscious that we need to fit into our seats on the flight home (though not too worried we are flying business class after all)

So it’s goodbye to Santa Barbara – it was brief but fabulous. And it’s cheers to the open road and our next stop Carmel by the sea.image


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