It's been a year since our last vacation. Between my culinary school and Tom's job it's been really difficult to get away. We're finally away. We're in Santa Barbara for a week, and we're on an epicurean adventure!
Today we went to the tourist information center and asked their staff about farmer's markets and butcher shops and fish mongers. He gave a funny pause but then continued to give us information… which we didn't quite follow. Distracted by Santa Barbara's many wine tasting rooms, we ended up sampling a handful of wines at Kalyra Winery, which happened to be right next door to the Harbor Meat and Seafood Market.
It's sort of an industrial restaurant supplier. It was quite an awesome, strange experience. They had no retail front. It was like walking into the back door of a butcher. We climbed the steps of their loading dock, noticing their signs marked Carniceria to the left and Pescadoria to the right. We went right because the butcher side had just closed. The floors were recently hosed down. The tanks were full of crab. They had a white-board with all their fish and prices posted.
We took the receipt upstairs. Paid cash. And came away with a pound of amazing swordfish steaks cut straight off the big 3-ft chunk. Came back to our rented cottage and grilled it with red onions in a lime-juice marinade, along with a green salad. This is just amazing, it's an awesome beginning of our journey.