I received a massage from Nicky for my birthday, and after an unknown amount of time in massage bliss, we went out for a small dinner afterwards at Petit Valentien.
PV was one of the first restaurants in town to make small plates central to their dining experience, and one of the first places that indulged me in my small plate obsession in Santa Barbara. I wish I could go here more often, but their limited weekend lunch hours make it difficult. But evenings on the weekend are very doable, like this evening.
We simply needed to nourish our bodies with good fish and vegetables and shared three small dishes.
We had a simple salad, with mixed greens and green beans. Then cold blanched haricots vert with onion and tomato – a favorite of the night. Finally, a small plate of smoked salmon, capers and red onion with baguette.
We also had great parking karma this evening, with a space just outside La Arcada. That’s good birthday steez for ya. ;)