Month: December 2015

Albona Ristorante Istriano

Not only can Albona boast the right of being the first AND only Istrian restaurant on the West Coast, but it is also deemed as one of the “The Best Ethnic Restaurants in the Bay Area” and has been included in the S.F. Chronicle’s “The Bay Area’s Top 100 Restaurants” for eight consecutive years.

This restaurant gets its name from Albona, Istria, a town that overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

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Stuffed Squid

What is Istrian food, you ask?
It’s a mix of Italian, Croatian, and Slovenian food! (more…)

The Lark

In Santa Barbara and looking for some New American food? Go to The Lark!

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They give you complimentary seasoned popcorn to have while you wait for your meal (pictured on the lower left). They have an assortment of beer, wine, and cocktails you could choose from.

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Strawberry Beet Salad

The portion looks small but there are actually a lot of beets hiding under everything!

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Charcuterie Board (1/2 order)

Their charcuterie board is my favorite from their menu because they don’t skimp on the meat (might I add that this is only a half order?).

Spanish Octopus Salad

Spanish Octopus Salad

The octopus was really tender, but I wish they had given more of it because the ratio of octopus to vegetables was 1:5 (le sigh). Also, they over-seasoned the sauce, so there were too many things going on with the sweetness and saltiness.

Pomegranate Pork Chop

Pomegranate Pork Chop

The pork chop was quite tender too, but again, the sauce was too strong. The sauces for the octopus and the pork chop actually tasted very similar! Maybe they were even the same?? (more…)