A few items to address:
1. Have been having visions of a Jane and Michael Stern-esque journey down the coast of Cali-between San Francisco and Los Angeles- when I visit a friend next week, but having lived on the opposite end of the country for most of my life I need a bit of guidance to fulfill this fantasy.
The trip will most likely include a stop at San Simeon and an overnight stay in Santa Barbara. And my vision is not limited to frozen-custard and fried-everything-else, we are equally intruiged by the more highbrow, dare i admit?, even healthy options that are on or off the road.
2. Since I will be in SF for several days before departing on said culinary-car-cruise I would absolutely adore any advice on great summer spots or unmissable nibbles in and around the bay. I know on my must do list already are cupcakes at that divine place in the ferry building (mirabelle?) after a snack at Taylor's Refresher, and having a mini picnic near the De Young museum.
Your advice is anticipated and appreciated!
with many thanks in advance,