Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July Santa Barbara Style

It's been a long time since I've had the 4th off. Since it may be the last time I get to feel extra proud to be an American in Santa Barbara, I figured I'd go all out like I always do. When it comes to celebrating Independence day in SB, the locals prefer the Endless Summer Bar and Grill. Perched in the corner of the Santa Barbara Harbor, my friends and I enjoyed great drinks and an incredible view of the night's fireworks.

7:03 p.m. After a couple Firestone Pale Ales - a staple for Santa Barbarans - I decided to delve into my hobby of sampling restaurant's specialty drinks. The cucumber jalapeno margarita, which left a nice hint of spice on my lips, was a nice way to kick start the evening. The Planter's Punch, a blend of Myer's dark rums grapefruit and polynesian juices, was a disguising refreshing prior to wine toasting.

7:59 p.m. Our party decides that throwing popcorn into Derek's mouth is the best way to pass the time.

8:30 p.m. My room mate, co-worker and friend saved a bottle of our chef's wine, the Cecchini Bianco, a blend of Tocai, Malvasia and Arneis for the night's festivities. The refreshing white, Italian blend makes for the perfect summer wine.

9:05 p.m. Fireworks!

9:43 p.m. On our stumble to Longboard's Bar and Grill on the pier, my friends and I were blessed to come across the Olive Street Truck. Winner of The Santa Barbara Independent's Summer Grill Off, Liz Bradley and her pork bahn mi sandwich left my taste buds in awe. The sweet, spicy, smoky, pulled pork served on a roll with fresh cucumber is proof that good, pardon me, great food can be found after hours and on wheels.

9:50 p.m. We arrive at Longboard's Grill and Bar for a few Mean Tai's. This blend of six different rums, almond liquer and pineapple juice is one bad motha.

1:15 a.m. Catch a late night cab to Statemynt to meet up with my hombres for a few shots of Tequila.

1:30 a.m. Still proud to be an American.

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