Fancy Brunch

On our last day in Santa Barbara last weekend, we had brunch at the Biltmore hotel (where we stayed). This Sunday brunch is well known, the selection is huge and price tag is noteable ($72/person). It’s definitely not somewhere you would eat weekly, but it’s a nice splurge while on vacation.

Hubby and I went for a short run around the area before getting our bags packed and heading to brunch, we should have run 10 miles for all of the food we were about to indulge in.

We were seated outside, it was a little brisk out, but the heat lamps kept us plenty warm and it was actually the warmest day that we had while we were down there.

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We started things off right with some fresh squeezed orange juice and mimosas!

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The brunch selection was in a separate room off the main dining area and had several stations-an omelette station, salads, seafood, sushi, hot breakfast items (bacon, sausage, waffles, etc), a carving station and lastly a huge dessert spread.

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We started off with omelettes, here they are being prepared by the nice chef.

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This is plate #1 for me!

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I love seafood and love raw oysters, plate #2 was my seafood plate.

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When it came time for dessert, it was a little tough (Hubby and I gave up sweets for Lent, but did a little indulging while we were on vacation-we are sinners!). The selection of sweets was enormous. I finally settled on coffee cake and vanilla panna cotta, and shared Hubby’s dipping chocolate for my strawberry.

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The brunch was fabulous, we tried to eat enough to get our money’s worth and definitely had enough to eat to get us back to Seattle. But, the true highlight of the brunch was seeing Oprah!!!! I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt her brunch with Stedman and another couple of friends, but Hubby snapped a picture of her hugging another fan, wish it would have been me! She seemed really nice and spoke to people who came up to their table. I never see celebrities, so I was starstruck! Jerry Seinfeld was at the Biltmore on Friday, Hubby saw him but I didn’t. So….if you are ever at the Four Seasons Biltmore, enjoy the Sunday brunch and be on the lookout for the occasional celeb!

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On a fertility note-we had a consult with our RE yesterday, I’ll update soon.

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10 thoughts on “Fancy Brunch

  1. Upon first reading $72 per person, I almost died, but upon seeing the beautiful spread, I’ll say that if you brought your appetite, it might be a once in a lifetime kind of experience! The food sure looked beautiful! Hope you had a fun getaway with your husband!

  2. I LOVE fancy brunches! I laughed at your comment about trying to get your money’s worth – because we do the same thing when we “fancy brunch” and honestly – I don’t think we’re ever successful 😉 We usually eat really light the night before and try to wake up hungry, and then get full quickly! I haven’t had a fancy brunch like this in almost 2 years – but look forward to the next one just looking at your photos!

    How fun to see Oprah!

      • You did? Poor fancy brunch planning 😉

        Oh, I’m feeling just fine. So far, so good.

        I’m looking forward to your RE update 😉 I get excited when I see that you have some things to share 🙂

  3. I love, love, love brunches! especially nice fancy filling ones! this looks like a great place and worth the $$….seeing Oprah totally made it worth it! Great picture of her!! 🙂

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  5. I’d pay $72 just to see Oprah! Lucky girl! Also, I would like to set up camp in the dessert section of that buffet. It all looks amazing.

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