Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Road Trip: Pismo Beach, SLO & Morro Bay

Hubs and I took a road trip to Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay during the Labor Day weekend. I wanted to do something low key during the holiday since we're traveling quite a bit in the next 30 days (more on that later).

Our first stop was at Pismo Beach. It was roughly a 2 hour drive from my in-laws place in Delano, CA (Hubs hometown). The only place worth noting in Pismo Beach is Splash Cafe. I was told it was the best place to get clam chowder. It was crazy hot last weekend but fortunately it was surprisingly cool near the coast. A nice 73 degrees. Cool enough to wear a jacket.

Anyways, as we drove up to Splash Cafe, there was a LONG line that snaked around the corner of the cafe. From then on, I knew this was the place to be. After a 45 minute wait, we ordered 2 clam chowders and fish and chips. I wasn't sure I wanted the bread bowl but I figured the chowder would photograph better in the bread bowl. After a short wait, our food arrived.

The fish and chips weren't good at all. Sorry, I've had better. FAIL.

Ahh, the star of the show, the famous...clam chowder. It definitely lived up to the hype. I don't usually get bread bowls for soups but this bread bowl was actually pretty darn good. It was a sourdough bowl but it didn't have that hard outer crust that is usually inedible. I liked how we were given the inside and the lid of the bowl PLUS it was buttered up and grilled to perfection. It was great for dipping into the chowder. I believe the ultimate indulgence is to request for the seafood topping on top of the chowder for an extra $1. I think I'll try that the next time we're in the area. Otherwise if I get a chowder craving, I'll order it from their website. The chowder is supposedly sold frozen at select Costco stores in the area but I have yet to find it.

After our chowder fix, we dropped by a local bakery to pick up two freshly made cinnamon rolls to bring along to Morro Bay. As we were leaving the area, we dropped by downtown San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly where Hubs once went to school (he ended up finishing at Cal Poly Pomona). The campus was smaller than what I expected but the buildings for its Engineering school were new and quite large.

Finally, our last destination was Morro Bay. Morro Bay is not only known for a large rock in the middle of the bay (Morro Rock) but it was also the place where the first Filipinos immigrated into the U.S. from the Philippines.

Cinnamon Rolls topped with Candied Pecans from Old West Cinnamon Rolls

Next to this huge rock was a beach where Hubs and I decided to dig into our cinnamon rolls. I loved how the cream cheese frosting was spilling over the bun. It tasted pretty awesome as well.


We're leaving to Europe in less than 30 days PLUS I may tag along with Hubs to...


After that (about a week later), I leave to Chicago. I landed reservations at both Alinea and L20. Oh, I also landed lunch reservations at Joel Robuchon in Monte Carlo during our trip to Europe. Very exciting and expensive dining adventures are coming soon.


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