We decided to take a mini trip to Santa Barbara for my sister's Birthday. My sister wanted to get away and frankly since my new hubby and I, haven't gone on a honeymoon yet, I was all for it! I haven't been to Santa Barbara for quite some time. It was nice to go somewhere and just relax. The town was surprisingly very quiet and no one was rushing to get anywhere which was a nice change of pace. Since we had a 2 year old toddler with us, we were somewhat limited and didn't really do any wine tasting or fancy dinners. Instead we visited the zoo, the beaches, and ate in more casual settings, which I really enjoyed.
I must say the Santa Barbara Zoo is super cute. It is a much smaller Zoo, but still houses so many amazing animals. We saw lions, giraffes, elephants, penguins, flamingos, an anteater, and so much more. I think the highlight for me was feeding the giraffes. Also watching my nephew marvel at all the Zoo animals was an extra bonus.
For our first lunch stop, we decided to check out the Public Market. They have a nice variety, which makes it easy to fulfill everyones cravings. I ate at Empty Bowl, the noodles were decent and it seemed to be the most popular. I guess for an asian, I have higher standards haha.
Our first dinner we ate at Moby Dick on the pier. I wanted to try the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, but it was pretty busy so we opted for next door. It was fun to sit next to the window and see the water in a very relaxed environment. We also feasted, I ordered the lobster tail and my sister got king crab.
We ate at two great breakfast spots during this trip: D' Angelos Bakery and Dawn Patrol. Both were good but I'd probably recommend Dawn Patrol of the two. D' Angelos is way overpriced but very quaint. I really liked Dawn Patrol's build your own hash option which was delicious.
We had BBQ at Wildwood Kitchen located in the Mill, a cute little plaza with a brewery and small winery. The decor was really cool and I loved the area. For BBQ, there is plenty better to be had but it sufficed for a bunch of hungry kids.
As far as Ice cream, McConnells is a must. I've had their ice cream before at grand central market in LA but the creamery was founded in SB and it's great to try it from it's original shop!
I guess you could say, I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to food.