As I mentioned, husband and I drove up to Santa Barbara yesterday to visit my younger brother. After the last week at work, this was a welcome break and I'm now feeling 10x more relaxed than I did when I left. Santa Barbara is possibly one of the most quiet and relaxing places I've been. Everything up there is so pretty - after all, it's not often that I'm sitting in the car waiting for somebody to grab cash at an ATM and inspired to take a picture of the bank (no, I wasn't casing the joint)!
Harbor View Inn, which is a great location right across from the water. Last night we had a chance to chow down and try some of his new cocktails at the restaurant there, plus an excellent meal finished off with a delicious Creme Brulee that had berries both on top and underneath! If anything is going to send you over the edge and into a food coma, that might do it.
This morning, my brother popped some pizza dough in his bread maker, and then we headed out to the local Farmer's Market and the grocery store to get toppings.
For toppings, we had decided on the following:
- Onion (sauteed)
- Red and yellow bell pepper (sauteed)
- Fresh tomato
- LOTS of cheese
First we rolled out the dough, into rather "unconventional" shapes that I called deformed, but my brother called "rustic". We brushed each with olive oil then popped them into the oven for 3 or 4 minutes to crisp up a little bit.