Spotlight: Eat This, Shoot That

 Guest Blogger Alert! Mrs. Archer from Weddingbee shares her Eat This, Shoot That experience exclusively with Wanderable!

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Mr. & Mrs. Archer from Weddingbee.com

We Archers were lucky enough to experience first hand that the best things in life are not things, but adventures with the one you love! (Duh).  Through Wanderable, (our new obsession, where was this when we were getting married?!) we were able to go on an amazing date night in beautiful Santa Barbara. We ultimately decided to go with Eat This, Shoot That for our experience, which combines mini photo lessons and a food tour,  starting near the beach and moving to different restaurants, wine bars, brew houses and distilleries. We were able to sample some of Santa Barbara’s best seafood (ceviche!), gourmet fried chicken, and local wines.  We spent the most of our time in the hip Funk Zone area (more on this later) and got to savor some great food while picking up a lot of tips for how to take better photographs (but I still can’t take a selfie). 

Wanderable also made booking a breeze. Once my booking was confirmed, my  tickets arrived in my email along with parking and meet-up instructions- so easy! Now, onto the fun part…

It was a gorgeous day in Santa Barbara!

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We met up with our ETST guide and headed straight to Deep Sea Winery to begin the afternoon with a little wine-tasting.   We enjoyed wine, sunshine, and a new friend on the balcony. We then strolled along the water; headed to munch on fresh rockfish ceviche at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. I’m ceviche-obsessed, and this batch was deliciously prepared and super fresh, so I was a happy girl.

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And with a view like that, I know y’all can’t blame me for conning Mr. Archer into an awkward selfie session.  Too bad I cropped out the view- I’m terrible at selfies.

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Selfie Attempt #1

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Selfie Attempt #2

Next, we headed into the Funk Zone area, Santa Barbara’s hip and quickly gentrifying area.  We visited the courtyard at Lucky Penny and enjoyed a lovely alfresco pizza with chorizo and potatoes and a runny egg…Yum. 

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing welcomed us for beer tasting next. I’m not a big beer girl, but found a Wheat I enjoyed, and Mr. Archer loved tasting the different varieties. They had an awesome bluegrass band performing that afternoon, and I couldn’t help dancing along.

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We kept the party going at Cutlers Artisan Spirits, where an onsite still helps them distill a variety of small batch spirits. Normally no fan of gin, I was impressed by the floral/herbal blend, and the apple pie moonshine based off the owner’s family recipe was so amazing, I had seconds! 

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We extended cocktail hour at  Riverbench winery to taste an assortment of sparkling wines. Bubbly is my favorite, and once they sweetened the deal, literally, with delish treats from  Koval confections, it was game on. and I couldn’t help cracking up when i discovered an upright piano in the ladies room. 

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Seven bar+kitchen, inspired by the seven deadly sins, was the last stop.  Gluttony will always be my vice, including the scrumptious chicken and waffle we indulged in. As a southern girl, I hold my fried chicken to a high standard, and this one made the grade.

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With our tummies full and tour complete, we walked back along the water to the car, and snapped a few pics before starting the drive back to Los Angeles.  

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Though we typically are off-the-beaten-path rather than tour kind of people, but we really enjoyed this. A cool guide and only one other couple made for a fun and friendly experience. We’re obsessed with Eat This, Shoot That and would recommend it to any of our other friends looking for a fun and cool date night experience. And honestly, it was the best thing ever to just be able to go and have fun and have all of the organizing and planning be someone else’s problem for once. With Wanderable curating from their experience network, you just have to click and add.  I can totally see this making honeymoon planning super easy-  extra nice when there’s already enough to deal with wedding planning.

 

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California Dreamin’: Enter to Win Wanderable Credit!

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Good morning, dreamers & adventure seekers! Today we woke up and realized something: there is always an excuse NOT to do something, right? Well, now there’s NOT, because we’re giving away $100 Wanderable Credit for you to use on one of our California Partners.  We know you’ve been eyeing all those amazing experiences on our homepage, so now it’s time to take the plunge and actually go experience life. Don’t have time to make it to Cali? Don’t worry: you can use the Wanderable Credit on any Wanderable experience of your choice. Pretty sweet, huh?

Some of these California experiences include:

  • Hot-air balloon rides
  • Custom perfume-making classes
  • Tequila & tacos tasting
  • Wine tasting and food paring
  • Much, MUCH more!

All you have to do is enter now (details are also on our Facebook). Come on, it’s Monday. Go big or go home.

 

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Go Gypsy: The Ultimate Silverlake Guide

Go Gypsy: Road trip down to Silverlake for the ultimate “gypset” oasis.

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We admit it: whenever we’re in LA, we skip Santa Monica & Beverly Hills and head east. We can’t get enough of Silverlake, Los Feliz, & Echo Park, the trifecta of perfect hipness, and we have to share some of our secrets. Et voilà, below we reveal the key to unlocking a refreshing rock & roll-inspired day trip. This is your ultimate guide to Silverlake:

1. Breakfast at Sqirl: for health nuts & hungover hooligans alike. Try the Kokuho Rose Brown Rice Bowl. HEAVEN.

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2. Trinkets at Reform School...this place has no shortage of artisan goodness like geometric earrings, vintage clothes, and rosemary-scented lotions.

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3. Iced coffee & people-watching at Intelligentsia: we know it’s not the only Intelli, but it’s the best one.

4. Shopping on Hyperion…check out “OK” for marvelous & quirky gifts including great androgynous/unisex items.

5. Dinner at Café Stella where you’ll feel like you’re half in LA, half in Paris.

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6. Cocktails at Bar Stella (baby sister of Café Stella). Try to make new friends while you’re there, and see if you can spot cult celebrities like we do every time we go.

Silverlake is the sultry, fascinating lovechild of two cultures in conversation: the older Hispanic family neighborhoods blending with newer hipster enclaves to create an exotically chic, only-in-LA experience. The perfect example of this melding is the achingly cool Cafecito Organico. We don’t blame you if you come back braless or rocking a man bun. Go ahead, embrace your inner bohemian.

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Wanderable’s Favorite Local Flavors

One of our favorite parts of traveling is eating the local cuisine, and from what we can tell most Wanderable users agree. Food can inspire travel (we have a friend who went on a 10 week trip to Asia after reading an article in the New York Times about Malaysian cuisine), can help us better understand a culture, and can remind us of places we’ve visited. Here are some of our favorite dishes from some of our favorite places to travel.

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Gallo Pinto, Costa Rica.  This Costa Rican mix of rice and beans is a breakfast mainstay in the land of pura vida. We love it most with salsa Linzano, a side of sweet plantains and a bit of natilla (sour cream).

Frites, Belgium. According to some Belgium is the real home of pommes frites or french fries.  We don’t mind where they’re from, as long as we have an excuse to eat them. Belgians eat their frites from paper cones with a side of mayonnaise.

Steak with Chimmichurri, Argentina. The steak from Argentina might be some of the best in the world. And when paired with the herbaceous, garlicy, chimmichurri and a full bodied Malbec, you have a memorable feast.

Phad Thai, Thailand. No matter how many times we ate it, we couldn’t get enough of this Thai classic. We ate it from streets stands off of Koh San Road, at beach stalls in Koh Samui, and up north in Chiang Mai, where we learned to make it at cooking school. We like it phet phet, spicy with lots of dried chile.

Ceviche, Peru. One of the highlights of Peru’s culinary scene is its ceviche. We love the scene at Lima’s cevecherias on Sundays, where everyone is recovering from their Saturday nights over ceviche and beer. Sea food may seem like a bad idea after a hangover but thousands of Peruvians can’t be wrong.

Croque Monsieur, France. We won’t lie, we love a grilled cheese, and the French do them devilishly well.  Combined with a gorgeous green salad and a cheeky glass of wine, this is one of our favorite things to order while eating lunch at a Parisian street-side cafe.
What meals are you looking forward to on your honeymoon?