Weekend cooking: Eating LA-San Diego-Santa Barbara

That’s quite a bit of driving, especially with a 19 month old in the car seat. But somehow we made it on our longest road trip yet! Especially that long 6 plus hour stretch on the first day… luckily leaving the house early and having the clocks turn back when daylight savings ended meant that we got to Pasadena in good time. And headed for Din Tai Fung (there are only 3 branches in the US, two of which are within walking distance in LA) at 3pm. DTF is all over Singapore but it’s been a while since I’ve eaten there so was dying for some XLB. Despite the rather early time slot (or were people there for teatime?), there was a wait for tables – at both branches!
And that was pretty much the only Asian food we ate this trip. Somehow our tendencies were towards western foods, like that really yummy German food we had in Santa Barbara, and some amazing breakfasts and desserts that were the highlight of the trip. Cuban-style patisserie Azucar in Ocean Beach had the most delicious tiramisu ever. I’m not sure if it was the rum or the Cuban espresso or that delicious chocolate biscuit spoon, but oh it was heavenly. The croissants at Renaud’s in Santa Barbara were gorgeously buttery and flakey, and their macarons were simply lovely. And the homemade granola parfait at San Diego’s Bread & Cie made me want to eat that every morning!
Oh yes, we didn’t just eat. There were things to see, a good friend to meet. Seaworld was enjoyably empty and wee reader clapped and laughed his way through the Shamu shows. The husband had a wonderful time on the USS Midway aircraft carrier. And I really liked walking around Balboa Park. Erm plus all that eating. We had a wonderful 6 days on the road!

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13 thoughts on “Weekend cooking: Eating LA-San Diego-Santa Barbara

    1. I’m sorry to hear that! My town doesn’t have that many good places to eat either, but I guess we’re not too far from SF and the wine country so there’s plenty of restaurants albeit expensive.

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  1. The food alone would make that trip memorable – so glad there were other lovely things, too! Thanks for sharing your food photos (I’m drooling now).

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