Friday, June 6, 2008

Santa Barbara - The Wedding

We drove up with Justin on Friday morning to Santa Barbara. We met up with Kim and Pete at the White Jasmine Inn Bed & Breakfast where we stayed for the weekend. Chad and I were in the Santa Ynez room, Justin in the Hideaway, and Kim & Pete in the Nouveau Suite. It was a quaint, relaxing place with a great breakfast delivered to our room each morning. A perfect location to the heart of down town Santa Barbara, so we headed out to State St for some lunch. We went to Madison's where the food was mediocre, but I had a good Bloody Mary. We then headed back to get ready for the wedding. The wedding was on Summerland Beach. It was s spectacular day with crystal clear blue skies and a gorgeous location. Captain Don officiated the ceremony, which was short and sweet. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Alvarez!
After the ceremony, we popped open a few bottles of bubbly and enjoyed the beautiful views of the ocean. It was then off to a wonderful dinner at Ca'Dario, a fantastic Italian trattoria. To start off we had CARCIOFO RIPIENO - Cold steamed artichoke, stuffed with artichoke hearts and bread, topped with chopped tomatoes, garlic and basil. Yummy! Our wine selection was Pinot Noir, Laetitia, Arroyo Grande Valley. I had the shrimp and scallop risotto special which was amazing! Chad and Pete both had the SPAGHETTINI CON FASOLARI - Thin spaghetti with fresh clams, garlic, chili flakes, parsley and white wine. Then Tiramisu for dessert. I would definitely recommend this great little bistro.

We finished off the night with several more bottles of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne.


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