Left alone in Santa Barbara for a couple of days, what're a Mom and daughter to do?? Why eat, shop and take in the local sights, of course! Dropping my son at UCSB for orientation, Liv and I made the quaint Upham Hotel (see our review) our home base and took on the town.
Centrally located and just a block and a half off of State Street, the Upham allowed us to leave the car and simply get out and walk. With camera in hand we set out for our first stop of the day, the Mission Santa Barbara.
|The Queen of Missions - Santa Barbara|
Making a field trip out of the project, my dad took me and my family from our Northern California home down to Santa Barbara so I could see my mission in person, and then we returned home to build a replica out of sugar cubes.
Today, more than 200 years after its establishment, the Santa Barbara Mission continues to be a cultural and historical site. A beautiful church with a large and active parish, the mission also hosts a museum, gift shop, cemetery, mausoleum, and ten acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Known as the Queen of Missions, the Santa Barbara Mission is well worth a visit when you are in town.
For a complete history of the Mission visit the
Hungry after our trek to and around the Mission, Liv surprised me with a restaurant suggestion. Not one to usually research ahead of time, my interest piqued as she described a cafe "that I know you will love Mom... I read about organic salads and awesome wraps. I think it's going to be great!".
After about a 10 minute walk through the lovely streets of Santa Barbara we found Liv's cafe suggestion. Crushcakes Cafe, that is. Now fully understanding her interest, I smiled at she explained she had seen Crushcakes on Foodnetwork's Cupcake Wars and it seemed to be a must try. She was right.
Walking through the decadent cupcake shop we made our way to the cafe (lunch before dessert...), where Crushcakes features locally grown produce - indeed organic when possible. Serving breakfast all day, the Peace, Love and Granola (
|Crushcakes and Cafe (Get the coconut!!!)|
|The Lucky Llama - Carpenteria, CA|
|Mango and Avocado Acai Bowls to go...|
|Storke Tower... University of California at Santa Barbara|