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.
The farmer’s markets in SB are hosted on saturday mornings and tuesday afternoons. They’re a perfect opportunity to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the week, so this past tuesday I made the trip to downtown SB on State street for this. The roaming food shoppers are accompanied by the occasional music talent, playing guitar, harmonica, singing, drumming or a combination along the street. Walking through the farmer’s market is both entertaining and productive.
My favorite food stands here have to be the fresh fruit, especially the sweet grapes from the saturday morning farmer’s market on Cota street. The variety of healthy foods motivates me to try new things and lead a healthier lifestyle. Coming in a close second to the fruit stands is the home made honey stand. I can never resist snagging a few honey sticks as a pass.
The vibrant colors of the farmer’s market make for a great photography opportunity, and although this stop at the market was a short one, next time I visit I will definitely spend more time wandering through the stands a snapping a few photos.
This saturday in SB is going to be a rare rainy day, especially in this drought. I am thoroughly looking forward to spending my time inside snuggled up and watching movies, although unfortunately that means no Saturday morning farmer’s market for me. If there’s a local farmer’s market near you and you have yet to visit, I realllyyy recommend checking it out. The delicious foods are very worth it. I was not even able to stop at half the stands, and I know there are more consisting of baked goods, home made crafts, breads, fresh avocado, etc.