Taste the sun-splashed delights of the American Riviera

My wife and I broke the two-hour drive from L.A. to Santa Barbara with a stop in oceanside Ventura, home to vast strawberry fields, orange groves and, of course, wineries and good eateries. Breakfast of ham-and-cheese puff pastries and salad at Sunflowers on the Square is whipped up by Nancy Pedersen, who used to work at Bon Appetit magazine. To work up an appetite for lunch, we paddle kayaks from Venture Boat Rentals at Ventura Harbor Village before taking a table at Paradise Pantry, a side-by-side resto and cheese-and-wine shop for a cheese platter and the weekly special of killer gourmet mac ’n’ cheese. More>>