Ian Filippini Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, Travel

Ian Filippini Explores Stearns Wharf

Ian Filippini Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf

Anyone who has lived in, or been to Santa Barbara knows that Stearns Wharf is the place to go for food and fun. Stearns Wharf is located at 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, 93109 (www.stearnswharf.org). If you follow State Street to the ocean, you will find it! Ian Filippini is a frequent visitor of Stearns Wharf and can tell us all about it.
Stearns Wharf is named after the man who built it, John P. Stearns. The wharf was built in 1872 and served both commercial shipping and passenger vessel needs for over 25 years. More information about the history of Stearns Wharf can be found at http://www.stearnswharf.org/history.php.

Ian Filippini knows that there are so many fun activities to do at the wharf, and he talks about some of them here. Ian loves that you can take a ride on a water taxi around the Santa Barbara Harbor. It is a great way to see the coastline and hopefully see some local sea life!

Another way Ian loves to see the Santa Barbara sea life is to visit the Sea Center, also on the wharf. There are some great educational opportunities there, and also a lot of fun to be had. If you want to get even more up close and personal to some sea life, you can go to Stearns Wharf bait and tackle and do some fishing right off the pier!

Of course while you are having all of this fun, you may work up an appetite; this is why Mr. Filippini recommends visiting any of the wonderful restaurants on the wharf. There is Moby Dick’s (www.mobydicksb.com), Longboard’s Grill (www.longboardsgrillsb.com), as well as the Harbor Restaurant (www.harborsb.com).

On the wharf there are also souvenir shops, ice cream and a wonderful candy store. If you are a local, or just visiting Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf is a great place to go spend the day to experience a variety of fun activities!

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Ian Filippini, Restaurants, Santa Barbara

Ian Filippini Visits Pickles & Swiss Restaurant

Ian Filippini Visits Pickles & Swiss

The other day my friend and I were in Santa Barbara region and we were in the mood for sandwiches. I have heard about Pickles & Swiss but I never visited it so we decided to give it a try. Located in an outdoor shopping complex, the first thing that impressed me were the fresh ingredients on display. Also, the staff there explained that they use fresh produce and bread everyday. Therefore, there are no fillers, transfat, artificial flavours, nitrates foods. In fact, the restaurant is very strict about serving gluten-free fresh foods and keeping deep-fried and frozen foods at bay. What’s more, I have been told that the premium meats and cheeses are sourced locally too.

I ordered a grill turkey sandwich, which came with a side of one of the best tasting pickles I ever had in my life! I am not exaggerating here but the pickle was that good! I tried the cold coffee here and it was delicious too. What’s more, the prices were really reasonable. My friend has celiac disease therefore she was more than happy to try dining out at a gluten-free joint like this one. She really loved her veg sandwich and said that it’s the best gluten free sandwich she had in the recent times! Thus, it wouldn’t be exaggeration if I summarize the place as one offering ‘killer’ sandwiches.

The staff at Pickles & Swiss are really friendly too, which is another reason that makes this deli outlet a favorite amongst shoppers. In fact, I would certainly recommend it to a friend. It is one of the best places for a quick lunch in Santa Barbara region. The outdoor seating or al fresco dining experience here is also something that is enjoyed by many. All in all, it is definitely a restaurant that I would like to go back to.

Link: http://www.picklesandswiss.com
Address: 811 State St Ste E, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3266

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