Sadly, we could spend only one night in Cambria (our room was only available that one night), so we decided to drive a little closer to home so we wouldn't have so far to travel tomorrow morning. Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County fit the bill.
We drove back toward Hwy 101 in Paso Robles and stopped at Sycamore Farms to see what plants they had for sale. Lone Madrone has a tasting room there, but the new addition there is a Kenneth Volk tasting room. And Ken Volk was actually there pouring! What fun!
I belonged to the Wild Horse wine club for many years while Ken was the owner/winemaker, and he always used some unusual varietals in making his wines. I like "unusual" in both food and wine, so this really appeals to me.
We tasted all of the white wines on the tasting list and then a few of the reds. There is a $10 tasting fee, but you do get to take home the lovely large tasting glasses. We joined the wine club while we were there and were not charged for the tasting. Best of all, though, we got to pick Ken Volk's brain about winemaking.
After that, a short stop at Albertson's in Paso Robles. They have a really good selection of local wines, some of them on sale. It is about the best place to stop in Paso in lieu of going to individual wineries.
OK, back on 101 we go thru SLO and Santa Maria to the little motel that Shannon and I stayed in during Slow Bowl this past February, Skyview Motel. Certainly not fancy, just a bare bones place to stay right next to the freeway and within walking distance of a fantastic restaurant, Full of Life Flatbread. I blogged about the place back in February.
We checked into the Skyview and went to the community room to watch a little bit of the US Open on ESPN. Then about 5 p.m. we walked down to the Flatbread restaurant. We wanted to get there early, before the crowds arrive.
The bar area was empty, so we elected to sit at a nice little table in the corner of the bar.
They had a bunch of interesting specials on the menu, so we ordered from there.
Bill had Fried Green Tomatoes with Burrata Mozzarella:
I had Crunchy Roasted Potato & Arugula Salad with Bottarga & Toasted Almonds:
We had a half-n-half of the two pizza specials - Rutiz Farms "Calabreze" Sprouting Broccoli with Black Olives & Burrata and Rinconada Farms Roasted Chicken with Bacon, Sage & Garlic:
Los Alamos S'Mores:
Their proprietary wine - 2006 Flatbread Red "Marisa's Cuvee" by Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat:
What a yummy meal to end our trip!