Bringing A Taste of Buellton to You
Bringing A Taste of Buellton to You
From the original recipe to make Andersen’s Pea Soup in your home kitchen, to edible decorating kits to keep the kids busy while you participate in a virtual wine tasting. We’ve pulled together some fun ways to bring a taste of Buellton to you!
A Buellton Original - Andersen's Pea Soup
Anton and Juliette Andersen opened a restaurant in 1924 called the Electrical Café in Buellton, CA; named for the brand new electric appliances found in the kitchen. Juliette brought with her from her native France a recipe for pea soup, and decided to serve it as a special in the Café one day. It became such a hit with diners and highway travelers that it became a staple on the menu, and influenced a name change for the restaurant to Pea Soup Andersen's.
Over the years, whole generations have grown to love our heart warming Split Pea Soup. That’s why Pea Soup Andersen’s restaurant in Buellton has been a favorite of salesmen, tourists and truck drivers since 1924.
One of the most popular handouts in the official Buellton Visitors Center on Avenue of Flags is a printed recipe card from Pea Soup Andersen’s for their delicious Split Pea Soup. We know it can’t replace the experience of stopping in for a smile and some delicious Andersen’s home cooking while in-restaurant dining is restricted. But we hope sharing this original recipe for you to prepare in your own home helps bring some of that decades-perfected, heartwarming Andersen’s comfort to you and your loved ones while we all work together to flatten the curve.
Mussel Time with Chef Jeff
Chef Jeff Olsson of Industrial Eats recently took to Instagram to share one of his favorite dishes to prepare: Saffron Mussels. Jeff has made many different mussel dishes for his loyal fans over the years, and this saffron version is his favorite. He cooks them in a wood fired stove, but you can easily improvise with your bbq or stove.
For locals, you can place an order for your Industrial Eats favorites including ready to bake cookie dough and fresh produce boxes. Then just swing by for curbside to go!
Make Sweet Memories with The Solvang Bakery Decorating Kits
The Solvang Bakery, famous for their intricate gingerbread creations, has recently launched brand new cookie decorating kits! Each kit includes a dozen themed cookies (four each of three different shapes), three bags of colorful buttercream frosting and multiple containers of themed sprinkles. Choose from: Mermaid, Unicorn, Sports, Birthday, Furry Friends, Spring and “Be Happy!”
They also have a pre-assembled Quarantine Gingerbread House kits perfectly designed for a family-friendly #SaferAtHome activity. Order one for your home or send it to your favorite house with little ones so they can make sweet memories together.
Go Nuts for God’s Country Provisions Doughnuts
Looking for a tasty way to start the day? Order one of God’s Country Provisions’ Doughnut Arts & Crafts kits! Made fresh and shipped on Wednesdays throughout the state of California, each kit includes two four-packs of plain raised doughnuts, chocolate and vanilla frosting, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips and gummy worms. They sell out each week so be sure to get your order in early!
A Virtual Wine Tasting Through Santa Barbara Wine Country
Santa Barbara Vintners is hosting free virtual tasting events with local winemakers every Monday and Thursday at 6pm on Instagram Live. Each participating winery is offering a special three-bottle bundle for purchase if you want to taste along. Check out their site for the full schedule and links to order wine!
You Had Me At Cookies & Wine (& Beer)
Does staying home have you missing out on the fun adventures you encounter when exploring wine country? Well thanks to The Cookie Vixen, one of our most popular tasting experiences can come to you in the form of your very own cookies and wine or beer pairing! With perfectly curated shortbread boxes you can host your very own tasting experience from the comfort of your home - or order extras to go to your friends and family and host a virtual tasting experience with one of our fun Zoom backgrounds!
Explore their assorted cookie boxes designed to be paired with your favorite: red wines, white wines, mixed red and white wines, champagne and sparkling wines, and beers. Just add your favorite beverages and enjoy! Helpful tip: For a full list of shortbread flavors and pairing recommendations, click here and scroll down to the bottom. Look for the header “Full Menu”. For the full Buellton experience, pair these tasty treats with wine from Loring Wine Company.
At Home Wine Tasting Kits with McClain Cellars
With the Coronavirus forcing all of us to stay close to home, the team at McClain Cellars created a "wine tasting package" for our further away fans to enjoy in the privacy of your own home! Explore their current 1oz and 2oz packages here, and have some of Buellton's best new wines shipped right to your door. Coordinate with your friends and family in other areas, and plan a virtual tasting with the McClain's team for a real Tasting Room experience from your couch!
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Discover More Virtual Buellton Fun
Color Your Way Through Buellton - We turned some of our favorite photos into coloring pages so you could have a little mental vacation while learning something new about a few of our favorite spots. From family favorites like Ostrichland USA and Santa Barbara Blueberries, to popular adult hangouts like Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. and Buscador Winery, there are options for every age and ability.
Host Your Next Virtual Hangout from Iconic Buellton Locations - If you want to hide your living room backdrop or are just itching for a change of scenery for your next virtual hangout, we’ve compiled a collection of virtual backdrops from some of our most popular and iconic locations for you to use the next time you “Zoom”!
Discover Buellton’s Virtual Experiences - We’ve compiled these videos to help you explore our charming town from the comfort of your home. Some are short glimpses into beautiful outdoor locations, and some will help you get to know a few of the unique offerings our community provides. Plus we’ll continue to add to this list as new videos become available.