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The Weekly Whisk

September 19th, 2017 | No comments

Musings from a foodie…

As my long-term readers know, food and the elements of service are among the hallmarks of my critiques of restaurants from around the world.  My travels over the last week have taken me from a three burger day (hamburgers at each of three meals) in rural – no, remote – Nebraska to the little “find” I was introduced to in Santa Barbara.  If you are ever near Santa Barbara, I would most definitely recommend a stop at The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch [* * * * *].  Our evening dinner there was the hallmark of a long week of travel.  Now, at the outset, I’ll let you know that they lost one star for a very simple (even forgivable) error.  As always, I was dressed in black as was one of my compadres at the table.  She received a black napkin but, I did not!  The horror 🙂   The rest of us had simple cream colored napkins.  But the star was not lost for that reason.  The reason was that of the six people at the table, I was the only one that was forgotten when they served the bread.  I had to make a special request.  Again, the horror 🙂  So – one star down, The Stonehouse did a wonderful job thereafter.  The highlight of the appetizers was the Hudson Valley Foie Gras accompanied with Pickled Rainier Cherries, Red Veined Sorrel, Toasted Pistachios and a wonderful Vanilla Bean Sauce.  It was outrageous!!  For the main course, I had the Pan Crusted Halibut accompanied with Gnocchi (one of life’s most wonderful experiences, if done properly – and, they were) with Artichoke Hearts, Asparagus, Lacques Olives and a Basil Sauce.  But, the  pièce de résistance, was the Chocolate Soufflé.  As one member of the group described the dinner, it was “…sublime sufficiency.”  Truer words were never spoken.  The Stonehouse is ranked as one of America’s Top 100 Restaurants and the #1 Hotel in America.  It’s where John and Jackie Kennedy stayed for their honeymoon.  I can see why…  So, you should definitely consider The Stonehouse – San Ysidro Ranch – 900 San Ysidro Lane – Santa Barbara, CA  93108 – (800) 368-6788 – F&Badmin@sanysidroranch.comGo for it!  You will not be disappointed…


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