Last weekend BF and I had an impromptu trip to Santa Barbara. We stayed in Solvang, a little Danish town about 150 miles north of Orange County. It was very relaxing and romantic. We ate like pigs, walked around town and tasted various types of wine. If there was a hiccup in the whole trip it was the drive there (slightly over 3 hours) and back (almost 4 hours) that almost killed us. Bless BF's little heart, he drove both ways, didn't even make a peep and kept me entertained all the while.
We stayed at Hotel Corque which was newly renovated and I just fell in adoration with these oversize chairs. It's a Danish thing, I think.
We visited various winery on Saturday and Sunday and had more tasting than we should.....
We discovered Syrah, and Grenache didn't make our favorite varietal list. I don't know if it's the varietal or the winery. We adore Riesling, and Pinot. Although for this trip, we didn't find anything we like very much. We bought a couple bottles of Riesling and something by Ken Brown which we loved after the tasting. I liked Napa wine tasting experience much more!
We had diner at Root 246 and it was wonderful. I enjoyed every last bite. The interior of the restaurant was very elegant, all set in beige tone. I ordered Caesar salad topped with a Quail egg and halibut and lobster with sweet corn chowder. The foamy looking thing is actually paprika flavor foam.
BF ordered seafood frites and a super yummy steak with onion rings. Did I ever mention I adore onion rings?
Of course we can't leave the place without sharing a dessert. This is a version of banana split.
For lunch, we decided to try something Danish. We ordered Danish meatball and sausage. I don't know if this is what they really eat in Denmark. I think it is a tourist thing.
Of course, I hear about this Aebleskiver thing which is a must try in Solvang. It is pancake balls with raspberry jam and powder sugar. Surprisingly the texture is very light, despite the size (a little over 2 inches in diameter).
Overall, the weekend was a success and BF got several brownie points from this unexpected trip. What is your favorite or recent little weekend getaway?
***All the unclear food pictures are taken by me while the clear ones are by BF. My excuse is he has a kickass camera while I don't and I am sticking to the story.