Restaurant Reviews from International Students

by Patricia R. Davis

This week, we have a special addition to our On the Menu segment. A group of worldwide students from Professor Briana Westmacott’s Linguistics 12 direction has shared their neighborhood eating place reviews. Linguistics 12 is a writing direction for multilingual students. These global college students have highlighted their favorite eating places spanning from Isla Vista to downtown Santa Barbara. We wish the evaluations ship you to new ingesting spots and give you awesome tips on what to reserve.

Blackbird via Alex Su

Over the beyond 12 months of reading at UCSB, I’ve visited many well-known restaurants within the Santa Barbara vicinity. While there are some rapid and reasonably-priced restaurants in Isla Vista, Santa Barbara also has many extra steeply-priced and luxurious restaurants that offer top-rated reviews. My favorite is Blackbird, positioned right across the road from the pier in downtown Santa Barbara. Blackbird is an eating place within the Hotel Californian, that’s a highly-priced vicinity to stay. With that luxurious, its eating places are, of direction, a bit steeply-priced. However, I’d say that Blackbird offers satisfactory food and service even amongst others at a better price stage in Santa Barbara.

The layout of the eating place is fashionable and provides for a pricey feel. When you walk in, a host will greet you at the front door, take you to your seat and leave you with emblem-new menus. Blackbird has seasonal plates that fluctuate using a bit every day. The exceptional meals I’ve had there are duck breast and grilled red meat chop. The duck breast comes in a huge white bowl, and the pinkish duck is soaked in an excellent amount of uncommon sauce that fills the middle of the bowl. It became the fine issue I’ve ever had. The grilled red meat chop additionally hit me like a bomb. I am not a large fan of pork chops, but I only ordered it because I did not want cinnamon chicken — I wouldn’t say I like cinnamon. The porkchop definitely surprised me; I by no means thought that red meat might taste better than fowl or red meat.

I’ve additionally attempted grilled salmon, wagyu pork, octopus, lamb, and many different scrumptious dishes at Blackbird; they all amazed me. Like many different eating places, it has steak. This is well-prepared and tastes scrumptious, but it isn’t as mind-blowing as the alternative dishes. If I have been to present one tip for consuming at Blackbird, it would be to try something you’ve never had before; this restaurant will genuinely marvel you.

Lao Ma Tou Hot Pot employing Yitong Zhou

I am no longer picky about the food I eat. My mother and father understand this thoroughly. Thus, they haven’t been involved in approximately the meals I am ingesting in America. They believed I would grow to be aware of the meals right here speedy, and I did. Many of my buddies do no longer like to eat the meals in our eating commons, and that they even grew bored with the eating places in Santa Barbara. However, I actually have found a good spot that I love. After I got here to UCSB, I attempted almost every restaurant near the college. I even have also tried a few restaurants within the marketplace and downtown. The one I like the most is Lao Ma Tou, which’s located downtown.

Lao Ma Tou is a restaurant this is well-known for its warm pot, which is considered one of my preferred foods from China. One of the motives that I like is that it could supply me with a home feeling. Usually, whilst my family and I are having a hot pot, we sit around a table with the pot inside the center. This restaurant has the same format. Therefore, it’s miles very homey and gives me a warm feeling. Also, the hot pot is very much like what we’ve in conventional Chinese eating places. Thus, the taste is superb. Moreover, it has a proper carrier. All the waiters and waitresses are very type and devoted to serving each purchaser. As a result, because of the superb taste and service and the familiar feeling of home, Lao Ma Tou is a satisfactory restaurant in Santa Barbara.

Boba Anyone? By way of Tiffany Lagarde

People who recognize me nicely know that I love all varieties of meals. I continually carry snacks with me that I devour between each of my lessons or at some point in my education periods. I am obsessed with cooking; I often seek the net for brand new recipes or snack thoughts. Since I consume every day in my dorm cafeteria, I rarely exit to devour. I do not see the factor of ingesting some other place because I love the sort of picks the dorm offers buffet-style. When I first arrived at UCSB, my buddies added me to bubble .tea

I had never tasted it earlier than, and although I found the bubbles at the lowest of the drink rather ordinary, I gave it an attempt. From the primary sip, I knew it might grow to be my new favorite drink. Since that day, I usually order a slushy one with the bubbles on the lowest. I range the flavors: honeydew, passionfruit, mango, strawberry, lychee, or peach.

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