Beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara is officially one of my favorite places in California! It was pretty tough leaving after just a day and a half…

Our Airbnb hosts made and hung this homey Santa Barbara guide in our bedroom!

Our Airbnb hosts made and hung this homey Santa Barbara guide in our bedroom!

La Arcada, a sweet spot smack dab in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara full of great restaurants and brunch spots

La Arcada, a sweet spot smack dab in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara full of great restaurants and brunch spots

First thing you see down this charming alley way is a fountain full of fish

First thing you see down this charming alley way is a fountain full of fish

State and Fig came so highly recommended we had to stop there for brunch our 1st morning, and I can't rave about it enough! Click on this pic for my Yelp review

State and Fig came so highly recommended we had to stop there for brunch our 1st morning, and I can’t rave about it enough! Click on this pic for my Yelp review

It's a little corny, but one of the cutest things about La Arcada and downtown Santa Barbara were all the statues of little critters

It’s a little corny, but one of the cutest things about La Arcada and downtown Santa Barbara were all the statues of little critters

We saw these sweet electric buses driving around downtown!

We saw these sweet electric buses driving around downtown!

We found this little house used for Japanese tea ceremonies in the heart of the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

We found this little house used for Japanese tea ceremonies in the heart of the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens

Can you see the goldfish?

Can you see the goldfish?

We decided to wander around downtown and look for dinner when our Airbnb hosts' recommendations ended up being too busy, and ended up trying Brazilian food for the 1st time. In short: big success! This pic is linked to my Yelp review too.

We decided to wander around downtown and look for dinner when our Airbnb hosts’ recommendations ended up being too busy, and ended up trying Brazilian food for the 1st time. In short: big success! This pic is linked to my Yelp review too.

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The Cool Kid’s Quick Guide to the Bay Area


I’m coming home for a nice, week-long business trip next week and showing my bosses around, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compile a handy  little guide for all my international friends who want to know what locals like ;D

Here’s the loot, in no particular order:

  1. In n’ Out Burger. Californians’ pride and joy. A must see, and must taste ;D

    California’s best burger! Well, until…

  2. Five Guy’s. It recently (as in within the last 6 months) replaced In n’ Out as California’s best burger. Worth a try, no? You get a BIG burger, can choose tons of toppings (I like avocado and A1 sauce =3) and unlimited peanuts!

    Decisions, decisions…

  3. Google. Do you know someone who works at Google? Odds are you do. A LOT of people work there. Take them out to lunch and talk them into giving you a tour so you can check out those ping pong tables and try out the Google Earth mini-room yourself ❤

    Wouldn’t you like to have lunch there?

  4. Santana Row in San Jose. Cool shops (Japanese stuff, The Container Store, etc.). Tons of stores (shopping!). And Yard House. If you’ve never heard of Yard house, make sure you go there! They have more beers than you’ve ever seen on a single menu, and all their food is local and organic. You can thank me later =]

    Told you it’s awesome

    PS: get there early. It gets VERY packed.

  5. Verde Tea Cafe. THE best milk tea you will ever have! Don’t know what milk tea is? All the more reason to go! I recommend the brown sugar or red bean, and do let them know if you only want 1/2 or 1/4 sugar ❤

    Om nom nom

  6. Ray’s Sushi. Great quality sushi at an affordable price. What else could you ask for? You’ll probably need a car to get there though, so get a rental or convince a kind tourist to help you out ;D

    Just seeing makes me really really want to go back ASAP!

  7. Frozen Yogurt. In case you haven’t noticed, there are A LOT of Asians in the Silicon Valley, hence the milk tea. Another yummy food they’ve converted Nor Californians to is frozen yogurt. I recommend Yogurtland.

    Did I forget to mention the really cute Tokidoki cups?

  8. Japanese Friendship Gardenin San Jose. I like this park because it’s always bright and sunny, it’s usually relatively quiet and peaceful, and it’s just beautiful =]

    So beautiful ^^

  9. Santa Cruz. Drive over there (or take the 17 bus from San Jose) and stare at the hippies, pot heads and surfers (oh, stereotypes!)… or walk around the beautiful city for a nice, relaxing afternoon in the sun.

    Didn’t I tell you it’s a gorgeous city to visit?

  10. Last but not least, check out Haight-Ashbury. It’s one of San Francisco’s young, quixotic streets. You’ll find lots of very California things there: tattoo and piercing parlors, marijuana shops, and even cookies shaped like genitals! Did I mention my generation’s veeeeery open-minded?

    The Haight in all its glory

Now go off and enjoy your trip! Let me know what you liked and share your pictures ❤

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