Yesterday I had the privilege to explore a new culinary gem of Santa Barbara, The Santa Barbara Public Market.
SBPM creates a space, representing the best of the best in the Santa Barbara culinary world. Anything, and everything, to do with handcrafted, regionally sourced and sustainably made food and wine can be found in this sustenance haven. With their 15 purveyors who provide products that range from basic pantry essentials to fresh, handmade pasta, to wine and beer, to artisan ice cream and much much more, you will never leave without a full, happy tummy, and if you wish, a bag full of goodies for your own culinary adventures at home.
You can learn about each purveyor more extensively on their website: http://sbpublicmarket.com/purveyors/
As you enter, you're welcomed by the Foragers Pantry, which offers a variety of wholesome foods and organic produce and even housewares, from artisanal dinnerware to to eco-friendly cleansers.
On the other side, you're greeted by cases full of some of the most beautiful pasta you will ever encounter. The Pasta Shoppe hand-crafts each batch of homemade dough and sauces based off family recipes. The gourmet pastas vary from sun-dried tomato, to olive, to squid ink, to edible pressed flower, herb leafed & specked and many more.
Beside lies The Culture Counter, selling cheeses and salumi from all across the globe. Pick up one of their handy little "cones" for a perfect snack as you browse.
Your delectable meats and cheeses can accompany you across the way to Wine + Beer, offering the finest wines, handcrafted ales and beers for tasting experiences as well as retail sales.
Belcampo Meat Co. offers sustainably and humanely-raised meats, poultry, and gourmet sausages to take home and prepare as well as sandwiches and other products to nosh on while shopping.
This account doesn't even cover half of the fantastic shops available. In your culinary stroll you'll start to wonder how many compartments your stomach has, as the scents from each storefront waft through your nostrils, calling to your tastebuds.
And just when you think there can't possibly be any more room for anything else in your stomach, you reach Rori's Artisanal Creamery. And once you have your coveted scoop of salted caramel ice cream, you then can walk out the door, tummy full, and smile from one ear to the other.
But you know you'll soon have to return soon, for that plate of potstickers from Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar and Enjoy Cupcake's mini chocolate blackberry syrah cupcake that just couldn't fit.