Hope everyone had a nice fourth. As for me, I decided to do a last minute day trip to Santa Barbara. I woke up with about two and a half hours of sleep that morning to catch the train. Zombie mode central.
I arrived to Fullerton Metrolink Train Station around 7:30. Of course, I was hungry. I was un-caffeinated. And I can’t adult until coffee. As I was trying to find Yelp reviews about this train station, Faye’s review was first to pop up. Faye is actually my first Yelp friend, if you didn’t know. Back when I started yelping and blogging in 2013, I had zero friends and was trying to use Yelp to drive some traffic to my blog. She was one of the first to be led to my blog through Yelp and we’ve been following each others’ blogs since.
The breakfast burrito sounded good. And it was….in my starvation mode. It was warm and hearty. But when taste buds revived after the first few bites, I tasted it for what it really was, -overpriced and mediocre. And I also got a latte. It was bland and tasted watered down. But it was better than nothing at the time.
The train arrived at 8:16. I was bummed that there wasn’t any seating available on the side where the ocean was going to be.
There was a large group of teenagers invading much of the oceanview side. I assume they were traveling for band camp? Church youth group summer fun camp? Sports competition? One group of them seemed to be having too much fun playing cards. I can see that some of them had met each other for the first time, as they asked one another where they’re from and what their names were. It brought back memories of back when my mom used to send me away on these trips with large groups. And I mostly hated it. I’ve never been a fan of traveling in large groups. I still have nightmares about waiting in line to use the bathroom, the sleeptalking roommie I had to bunk with for three weeks, the horrid food we had to live on, the stupid activities we had to suffer through, etc.
We rode through the town and watched the scenery change from one town to the other.
We arrived at the Santa Barbara Amtrak Station a little past noon. It’s right by the beach and there’s many places to visit. No Uber or Lyft was needed for this trip.
The Santa Barbara Shellfish Company is located all the way down towards the end of the pier. The wait time is ridiculous, but it’s been on my Yelp bookmark for a while, so I couldn’t leave without trying it out.
When signing up for a table, you have the option to put inside or outside. I don’t know why anyone would not want to sit outside. Well, okay….there are effing pigeons flying around that don’t seem to be afraid of coming near humans. And I have a huge phobia of birds. So that was one downside.
Sea urchin on scallops. I love urchin. Back when I was a kid, I’d see my parents eat these. They told me I wouldn’t like them until I got older. I tried it anyways. And I spit it out. I couldn’t understand why anyone would eat them. It was a nasty taste to erase from my taste memory. It wouldn’t be until years and years later I’d try them again and then acquiring a taste for them.
Cioppino – it was meh. I wished the bread bowl was toasted. The flavor or the soup lacked depth. I could’ve made it at home for way cheaper and tastier.
This was the first time visiting Santa Barbara in years. I wished I could have had more time to explore the town further. But unmentioned/unfortunate circumstances had to cut my trip short. I was able to squeeze in a little wine tasting time, however. Next time, I hope to visit some museums, check out vineyards, and more restaurants.
And this was the first time in years that I had actually gone out to watch fireworks. I usually don’t bother going. No matter where you go, it gets so darn crowded and I can’t stand crowded places. I just usually watch the works from afar, where ever I am at. But this year, I actually went out, back in my hometown.