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REVIEW w/ pics: Road Trip from LA to SF with Food Stops Along the Way


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REVIEW w/ pics: Road Trip from LA to SF with Food Stops Along the Way

pleasurepalate | | Oct 2, 2011 10:57 AM

A couple of months ago, a friend and I took a road trip from LA to SF to meet up with some friends and of course, we decided to make some food stops along the way. Our first official road trip stop was at D'Angelo Pastry and Bread Shop in Santa Barbara.

This is actually my second visit with to D'Angelo and just like before, we went there for a specific dish. Awhile back, my friend saw a dish called "Eggs" Rose featured on a Food Network Show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and knew she had to try it.

An "Eggs" Rose is made up of two poached eggs on Kalamata olive toast with Mediterranean artichoke spread. With my first bite, I knew that the "Eggs" Rose was definitely one of the best things I ever ate and the same was true for the second time around. The richness of the yolk cuts into the slight saltiness from the olive bread while the warm artichoke spread was like a warm hug on bread.

For good measure, we also shared a Cafe Mocha and an Almond Croissant sprinkled with Powdered Sugar. The croissant, by the way, was nice and flaky and I loved how they didn't skimp on the almonds.

An hour and half later, we went from breakfast to dessert as we made our second stop at Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab in Arroyo Grande. It's an ice cream shop where all the ice cream is made in-house for both humans AND even canines. They refer to themselves as the only nostalgic ice cream parlor in the Central Coast and I like that they present their ice cream in old-fashioned glassware plus an extra bonus is that they make all their own waffle cones.

Around the perimeter of the two rooms in the ice cream parlor, there's also a model train that makes it way through tunnels and bridges. While we were there we also got a mini tour to check out their ice cream making machine and refrigerator. Finally, we sat down to enjoy a Mud Pie on a Stick and a Merlot Raspberry Trufflce Ice Cream Sundae with Caramel. Note to self, wine ice cream and caramel aren't a good match, but separately, they put a smile on my face.

So what should come after ice cream? Well, our vote was for clam chowder and not just any clam chowder, but the best I've ever had. Off we went to Pismo Beach to the Splash Cafe. This was actually my second time experiencing Splash Cafe's clam chowder. Since that first time which was a few years ago, I hadn't found a clam chowder even close to being as good. That day, it was even better since it was topped with fresh crab. I just loved the creaminess and richness of this soup. It was also chock full of clams and potatoes and the crusty bread bowl was the cherry on the sundae.

By the way, during our stop at Pismo Beach, there was actually a strange round light emanating from the sky. It felt very "War of the Worlds". You can see what I mean if you click my blog post below.

From clam chowder and strange lights, we walked next door to Hot Lix for a type of food that many may consider a "Bizarre Foods" show topic. At Hot Lix, it's all about the bugs. How about a snack of scorpions, grubs and grasshoppers? Maybe, you're more into chocolate covered bugs? What about bug lollipops? I personally went for the chocolate covered grasshoppers and while not my normal choice for a sweet treat, it wasn't too bad.

Believe it or not, we actually made one more stop before arriving in San Francisco and it was in King City at Tacos La Potranca de Jalisco. There my friend and I shared an Al Pastor Sope. I found it a tad greasy, but the meat had a good flavor and it was a nice way to end our road trip.

Overall, this was a great way to start our trip and there's definitely more foodie adventures I'll be sharing with you, so stay tuned

D'Angelo's Bakery
5 W Gutierrez St
Santa Barbara, CA 93190
(805) 962-5466

Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab
114 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 474-4068

Splash Cafe
197 Pomeroy Ave
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-4653

Hot Lix
179 Pomeroy St
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-1942

Tacos La Potranca de Jalisco
201 Broadway St
King City, CA 93930
(831) 385-7500

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