We didn’t go to the French countryside, but enjoyed a taste of French Country decor & cuisine all the same…I recently took my mother to brunch at the adorable Stella Mare’s restaurant in Santa Barbara, California. The house was originally build in 1872 and moved to its current site on the edge of the Santa Barbara Bird Refuge in 1962.
Stella Mare’s Victorian house is a designated historic landmark.
We dined in the Greenhouse, a lovely light and airy room with its fireplace and sofas.
Mussels…in white wine, braised leeks, shallots and cream sauce
California Eggs Benedict…on a biscuit with roasted tomato, spinach,
avocado and hollandaise with roasted potatoes
On a rainy day, the fire really adds to the room’s charm.
It’s been quite a month for my mother. She turned 77.
Retired from her job after 15 years at a prestigious CPA firm.
And started packing up her house for a move to Nevada.
Congratulations Ma! We are all excited for your next big adventure!
Across the street from Stella Mare’s is the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, a 42 acre saltwater marsh which includes a freshwater lake providing a refuge for migrating and resident wild birds. If your travels take you to Santa Barbara, this is an all around charming spot to visit!