Tuesday, May 29, 2012

santa barbara - day trip

woke up sunday morning no worse for wear, so we decided to take an impromptu road trip to santa barbara for the day! besides, ernie was clamoring to get out of the house, so we took him along and it the road...

picked up an amazing almond croissant as well as some macarons at renaud's patisserie, before stopping by for brunch at the charming scarlett begonia - heidi had the brioche french toast and i the curry chicken salad w/blueberry walnut sourdough - on state street.

we did a bit of shopping to burn off our meal, then opted to head about ten blocks down to the beach, where i had never been. it reminded me a bit of the santa monica pier, but with a nicer backdrop and with less transients.

strolling the pier
awaiting a beer at union ale

we opted to stick around and have dinner as well, so we hit up le petit valentien - we tried going once last year and it was closed due to a holiday - and settled into a wonderful prix fixe menu that consisted of: frisée w/potatoes lyonnaise, opah w/watermelon two ways, duck leg w/lentils & apricots, and finally peanut butter truffles w/concord grape jam.

chimay blue
stay out!
cuddling up to ben franklin
getting frisky w/the window washer

since we were right next to andersen's danish bakery and they were still open, we stopped in for a few marzipan treats to go: a slice of their delectable butter ring and a small box of pretty petit fours. what a great day... and we still had all day monday off!

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