Via Kenny’s stepmom Lynn: Julia Mozvin of the New York Times tests the old theory that says you should never cook with a wine that you wouldn’t drink. Her conclusion? Cheap wine works great, sometimes even better than the expensive stuff.
Kenny and I snuck away from the family for two days to go taste wines and be tourists in Santa Barbara. I hadn’t spent much time there since a trip with the girls for Spring Break during my senior year of college.
- Santa Barbara wineries: recommended, especially for the scenery. We really liked Bridlewood. Not that we even tasted the wine, but the grounds were gorgeous.
- Old Yacht Club Inn: not recommended. Kenny even felt inspired to write a TripAdvisor review warning other tourists about our unpleasant stay there.
- Opal Restaurant and Bar: it came highly recommended by the host at our B&B. We thought it was somewhat over-hyped and over-priced. The food was good but not great.
- Being a tourist on the wharf, State Street, and the courthouse: highly recommended.
- Ostrich Land: we didn’t make it on this trip, but from past experience, it’s worth a visit if you’re nearby. I need to find and post my old ostrich photos.