Lunch at The Kitchen at Discretion, Santa Cruz

The Bridges road trip continued through California, with Ming’s itinerary leading the way. Ming made sure we drove through Pebble Beach to look at The Lone Cypress, a famous attraction which is apparently the most photographed tree in the world.

THE MOST FAMOUS TREE IN THE WORLD.

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It was such a pretty stop.

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Love a obligatory tourist shot!

The thing is, all you need are a few minutes and few photos, then you’re good to go. Where to? Santa Cruz. Just for lunch though, because apparently that’s how we do it. I searched some places and the winner was The Kitchen at Discretion Brewing, for some great beer and farm-to-table food (everywhere in Cali seems to be obsessed with the term farm-to-table).

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A book corner, so cute!

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They also had a great outdoor area.

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Now I’m not so much a beer girl, but every now and again when it’s sunny and I’m in the mood, I’ll get a pint.

I wasn’t short of options here.

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But a pint wasn’t what I was after this time. It was the taster list.

Six mini-beers, here I come!

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They were served in a cupcake tray – so hipster.

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These were my choices…

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I ordered a range because I wasn’t exactly sure what I liked.

The Lark was my favourite. I bought a growler (never knew what they were before this trip!) and filled up with The Lark to give the Boy. I wasn’t sure if the beer would last until I saw him, but the growler was super cool anyway! (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of it, so here’s another of the beer…)

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Dad was driving, so he armed himself with a Daily Refresher – Live earth farm albion strawberries and thai basil.

More beer for me, then.

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And then the reason we arrived… the food.

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It was actually the Chicken & Waffles that initially struck me on Instagram. But since I’m a veggie, all I could do was opt for the rest and hoped they looked as good!

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Oh, it did. (But for the record, the chicken & waffle looked excellent).

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These beautiful little fingers are actually Cornbread – with serranos and honey lavender butter.

Delicious, but the butter was a little difficult to spread on the cornbread! I guess I’ll just pop a whole lump on.

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Dad immediately eyed up the Ploughman’s Lunch for the table – pt. reyes blue, crostini, dijon mustard, loquat & balsamic marmalade, boiled egg and pickles.

Mmmmmm.

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To get a little green on the table, the Caesar Salad – local green leaf lettuce, garlic croutons, herbs and parmesan.

HEALTH I KNOW RIGHT.

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My eyes immediately hit up the Kimchi Toast, which was with fresh farm egg, pickles, cilantro and chilli oil.

I loveeeeee everything in that dish, so what’s not to like?

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What topped it all off was the Roasted Purple Cauliflower.

Deeeeeelicious.

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Great stop for some beer tasting and snacks. Santa Cruz, I wish I could stay longer!

2 Comments

  1. Hannah
    June 30, 2016 / 2:23 am

    I’m loving these back-to-back USA posts! PS. Congrats on graduating Bianca

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