Julia Child is beloved for many reasons. For some, it's her recipes, which are classic and still cited often. For others, it was her attitude toward food that made her an icon in their eyes. She famously loved all sorts of food, from the fancy to the everyday. Now, a new food guide is highlighting some of her favorite spots so you can walk for a while in her footsteps.
The Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation, created Julia Child's Guide To Santa Barbara County, which is a map that points out all of the places where Julia loved to eat in the area.
Some of the entries on the map will not be a surprise, like the Farmer's Market in Santa Barbara, where she could find delicious ingredients for her recipes, or Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, where she spent time sipping wine with her friends.
But there is something for every Julia fan on the list, as places like Costco and In-N-Out also made the cut (she loved their hot dogs and fries respectively). There are about 30 entries on the list, spanning from Santa Ynez Valley to Carpinteria, where the chef summered as a child. You can enjoy everything from candy to martinis on the food trail.
The guide can be downloaded for free but is also part of the first-ever Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, which will take place this March, from the 13th to the 15th. It's a celebration of the area's best food and wine. If you're interested in that specifically, you can enjoy Julia-themed events, as well as cooking classes and panels with local food industry experts and chefs.
If nothing else, the next time you eat a Costco hot dog, you'll be sure to think of Julia!
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