Category Archive: travel

The Minty’s Best 2017 Meals

  In 2017, I had a lot of wonderful meals. Some so memorable, I want to build a time machine to go back to that meal. Here’s a list of my faves this… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Dinner and Drinks at The Lark

  We went to the Lark for my birthday dinner in Santa Barbara. It’s in the busy Funk Zone area of Santa Barbara. I loved that they offered us popcorn while we perused… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Apple Pie Liqueur at Cutler’s Artisan Spirits

  While walking around the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara, I came across Cutler’s Artisan Spirits. It was a tiny tasting room where you can view the distillery via a window off to… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Ascendant Spirits in Buellton

  I’m quite familiar with Ascendant Spirits from their whiskey to their vodka in cocktails at bars across Los Angeles. My favorite is the Semper Fi corn whiskey. I was then quite excited… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Chinese Dinner at Lucky Dragon Goleta

  On my last night in Santa Barbara, we felt like Chinese food. I’ve been into spicy Sichuan lately so I looked for that style. I knew once I read the menu and… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Bloody Marys and Brunch at Brophy Bros.

  Last year I went to Santa Barbara for a day and fell in love with simple but good food at On the Alley, the casual shop and sister stand to Brophy Bros.… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Quick Noodles at Empty Bowl Gourmet

  On my last day in Santa Barbara, we headed to the Santa Public Market. The Market is like Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market. Though it is smaller food hall, there was the… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Hot Chicken Bao and Drinks at Sama Sama

  After bar hopping along State Street in Santa Barbara, we checked out Sama Sama Kitchen for a snack and nightcap. I wasn’t too happy about our sushi dinner earlier in the evening… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Barhopping from Hotels to Tiki Bars

  I took the train up to Santa Barbara for my birthday trip. It was supposed to be a pleasant two hour ride. Instead, there were delays. Someone had jumped in front of… Continue reading

Chicago: Dinner at Avec

  My favorite meal in Chicago this year was at Avec. We had one more night to really go all out and a Chicago bartender friend said Avec was his fave spot. I’ve… Continue reading