Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Montecito Memories

Don's birthday is early in the year and we celebrated while we were in Santa Barbara, California. The last post I referenced a lucky celebrity sighting. I'll get to that soon!
We had been to San Ysidro Ranch and Bacara Resort and Spa that afternoon on our tour of the area. We shopped, explored the homes on the coast and ate at  
Pierre La Fond Market and Deli. This market and deli is across the street from the San Ysidro Pharmacy, also a good place to dine for breakfast and lunch. Great food and we will be returning! 
We were blessed to be given a generous gift certificate to another restaurant named Lucky's.  I made reservations for us the night of Don's birthday. Click on the link and you will see some of the celebrities that have dined there, along with menus and a gallery. It was constructed in 1926 close to the original Pacific Coast Highway or PCH! Several businesses had occupied the establishment and had failed until the early 90's when the current proprietor took over the business and gave it the love it deserved. It is now referred to as "Montecito's second living room."
The wine we had that evening with our dinner was a Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a bold Cabernet with "dark and dense magenta hues." It's loaded with intense aromas of cassis, mission figs, plums and enhanced with cedar and leather scents." It is delicious and sells for about $50!  We visited their winery and tasting room July 2012.
Oh, so you want to know the celebrity we saw while dining at Lucky's? Oprah Winfrey was sitting with a group of friends a table away from us. Don could see her the whole time we were there. She was pretty casual that night and Don wanted so badly to meet her. But the waiter thought it wasn't a good idea. She left the restaurant and everyone waved at her and she waved back. Very friendly but stay back! She's just an ordinary woman eating at her favorite restaurant before retiring to her "Promised Land", a 42 acre estate with ocean and mountain views! She's worked hard for it! You go girl!

Until next time......Life is too short to drink cheap wine!