101 North Food Photo Journal

While I was in the midst of final exams a few months ago I suggested an “after I turn in my final project” trip north to celebrate with the girls. My cousin and brother live in San Francisco and my aunt lives half-way in Cambria. The plan was eat good food, drink wine and catch up. This is pretty much how it went down:
Padaro Beach GrillThe journey north begins at the Padaro Beach Grill right outside Santa Barbara. Every trip up the coast involves lunch at this beachfront spot because of the awesome picnic area and the delicious food (though they do have a small problem with overly aggressive seagulls). Grubbed on this California Burger before we continued on to Cambria.

Padaro Beach GrillOur next stop was the picturesque central coast beach town, Cambria. My aunt lives there, so our first night included home cooked chicken pot pie, homegrown heirloom tomatoes, angel food cake, and lots of wine.

Chicken Pot PieChicken Pot PieP1030164P1030176P1030182A morning Cambria cliff walk to work up an appetite for our last dinner before continuing up the coast.


CambriaCambriaIMG_1968We arrived in the bay area just in time for a home cooked dinner with our hosts. Nice wine, farmers market produce and tender, grilled beef.

ProseccoIMG_1982IMG_1984We spent the next day wandering the Embarcadero of San Francisco. But first, a walk down to the Rockridge Market Hall for breakfast. Highwire Coffee House macchiato and a fresh baked cinnamon sugar morning bun.


IMG_1989Highwire CafeMorning BunThe San Francisco skyline and cookies & creme gelato at Ciao Bella in the Ferry Building.

SF SkylineCiao Bella Gelato

Dinner at Cafe Claude in San Francisco. Melon and prosciutto salad with marcona almonds and creme fraiche and dill dressing. Arctic Char over tomato, corn and frisee salad.

Cafe ClaudeCafe ClaudeCafe ClaudeThat’s it. A fabulous trip with good food and even better people.