Over spring break I was able to go out to eat at two out of three of my favorite restaurants in town. All three of these happen to be Japanese cuisine, by far one of the best types of food. On Friday night I went out to eat at Arigato, a sushi restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. What I looove about Arigato is the huge menu, so I can always switch it up when I’m there. On Friday I ordered the Eskimo roll, with salmon, asparagus, avocado, red onion, and spicy sauce. I highly recommend it. You can find a copy of the menu here.
Arigato is on State Street between Victoria and Anapamu.
The second Japanese restaurant I visited this past week was Kyoto, on Saturday night. I came here with friends for a birthday dinner. What I love about this restaurant is how authentic it is to japanese culture. You are able to reserve private tatami rooms for bigger parties, where you even have to take off your shoes! The tatami rooms are closed off by sliding doors, and inside you sit on the floor with your feet on the ground underneath an extremely low table. The whole atmosphere is super fun and interesting, and the private room makes for a perfect birthday party or other celebration. You can find the website with the menu and more here.
The pic above shows the inside of the restaurant, with the normal tables on the left and tatami rooms on the right. Kyoto is on upper State street.
The last Japanese restaurant that’s my fave is Sakana, in Montecito. This is the usual place I go if I want sushi but unfortunately I wasn’t able to go over break 😦 Beware though this place is pretty pricy, although its soo worth it.
As I was sitting in my living room this afternoon brainstorming a possible topic for my second weekly blog post, my eyes were drawn to the many magazines on my coffee table. On the top of the stack was none other than Santa Barbara Magazine, which immediately caught my attention. I have never read the magazine before so I started flipping through the pages, skimming through the different ads and articles. The magazine I soon learned, covers a wide topic of the local styles, foods and wine, entertainment, home decor, gardening, health, beauty, and children. The magazine is released quarterly, as I discovered from the two issues that I own.
This is a photo I took of my mom enjoying some light reading cozied up with my dog on the couch before bed. The latest issue that has been released is the Winter 2014, shortly after the Best of 2014 issue was released. The friendly writing and layout of this magazine makes for a very enjoyable read. The photography draws me in and gives me a different perspective on various spots here in SB.
The two spreads show above are from the food and kids sections of the magazine, respectively. Something that I especially love about these articles is that they include where to find everything pictured, and specifically in the “Get Moving” page, there are details of various fun work out activies that can be found in SB. The inclusion of these intimate spots lets the reader know that they are coming from a true local, and therefore gives off much less of a touristy feel.
More in depth details about the magazine can be found on its website, here.