"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined."
This quote from Thoreau can be found on many a journal or magnet in Borders or the like. My mother gave me a magnet with this quote on it when I was younger and I feel that right now, in my late twenties, I am starting to get it. I am slowly starting to realize that humans, every human, has it within themselves the power to change things in their lives...for the better or for the worse.
Monday was Valentine's day and since my Valentine is currently living in a beautiful, snowy town right now, I went out to celebrate with Caroline. No fancy candlelit dinner for us...just burgers and beer. Trying to remember where one can get a good burger in Santa Barbara we realized that we had not tried Union Ale's burger and with their plethora of beers on tap, we did not hesitate another second. Greasy and tasty, this was a fine burger. Side of sweet potato fries and all was well. The meat was perfectly cooked medium rare and tasted fresh and tender. To accompany said burger - Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Awesome. A few games of pool and filling up the jukebox with sappy/angry/funny love songs at another local pub, Dargans, our night was complete.
On Wednesday we ventured out to Wine Country through one of the many tour companies found in Santa Barbara, Coastal Concierge. With Kevin as our guide/driver, we visited three wineries and ate lunch at the Los Olivos Cafe. I enjoyed a smoked sturgeon salad which was lovely, but there was too much bread and not enough salad. We drank a 2010 Palmina Pinot Grigio.
Our first winery had been Foley, which is just too much for my palate. Too much fruit, too much alcohol. Even their Steel Chardonnay manages to be too much. Lovely location though. Dierberg/Star Lane's tasting room is gorgeous and located all by itself between hills and vines. Beckmen also is in a great location and though the tasting room isn't all that fabulous, the grounds are.