Good Eats Part 3: Best Sushi In Town

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.

Go check this places out if you’re into sushi as much as I am!


Pool Daze

There’s nothing better than hopping from a steaming jacuzzi to a cooler pool, or vice versa. Thats why spending a good portion of my spring break by the pool was absolutely amazing. My friends and I got in the spirit by swimming around and soakin up that vitamin D.



Being able to transition from the hot weather, to the snow, and back again was soo fun for this break. My friends and I are so lucky we have access to this opportunity, and we were able to totally make the most of our break. I barely found myself sitting not preoccupied  at home, or having no idea of what to do with friends.



My friends and I made the most of one of our afternoons by kicking it off with a friendly soccer match and hopping into the pool as soon as we got hot from the exercise. The whole situation is just fun and ideal for spring break and summer coming up.



I hope to have countless days like these once school is out for good. Being able to relax and be stress free while having a good time with my friends is what I live for. This type of environment can provide me with just that, and makes for a good time for everyone there. Go hop in the water and get active!



Vail, Colorado

This spring break I made the trip to Vail, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains and hit the slopes with a couple of friends. Seeing the snow was a great change compared to the constant sun and beach weather (not that I’m complaining) in SB. I hadn’t gone on a ski trip in 3 years, since the seventh grade, so I had been looking forward to this trip for an incredibly long time. The mountain ranges in Colorado are so beautiful so snapping pictures throughout my trip was absolutely necessary.


The journey there is an easy 2 hour flight from LAX to the Vail airport, about a 45 minute drive from the ski slopes, and as soon as we unpacked our ski gear and bought our lift tickets we were good to go.


The mountain is HUGE, and we spent most of our time exploring the back bowls to avoid the crowds and find the best snow.

By the end of each of the three days we skied, we were all exhausted and sore, but this didn’t make us any more ready to leave. Skiing is such an amazing sport that is a great time for everyone. Once you’re there, saying goodbye to the snow is a very hard thing to do.


Photo by Maddy Rotman

On the last day of the trip we were gifted with at least eight inches of beautiful fresh powder, that just sealed the deal on the most amazing trip possible. All of us were sad to leave but can’t wait to make the trip again in years to come.

Here’s a track from the movie Art of Flight that I just have to leave with you because you can’t do skiing without it.