Since parenting so often feels like one long exercise in humiliation, in which you think you know everything until your children arrive to prove you wrong, I guess I shouldn't be surprised to find myself reconsidering my deepest beliefs about girls and their dolls, in the face of a merchandising watershed. ("The Secret of Barbie's Rivals")
-Nancy Gibbs

Category Archives: Television

Her Kitchen Rules

by lesliedinaberg on January 19, 2017

Iron Chef and Santa Barbara local Cat Cora is certainly on a roll! Her new burger joint, Mesa Burger, is constantly packed with locals craving the award-winning chef’s crave-worthy burger creations. So far, my favorites are the Montecito (made with griddled goat cheese/bourbon glazed mushrooms/house onion ring/truffle aioli/arugula/grilled onions) and the Goodland (with double cheddar/sliced […]

Cocktail Corner: A Toast to Downton Abbey

by lesliedinaberg on January 23, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg One of my favorite television shows recently had a wonderful plot twist: Downton Abbey, the wonderful British period drama which returned this month to PBS, now has its own wine label, believe it or not! Available at and as well as select retailers, […]

Cocktail Corner: Everything You Need to Know About Molecular Mixology

by lesliedinaberg on January 16, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Want to know about Molecular Mixology? Here’s the real lowdown from Parks & Recreation. And by the way, this hilarious show just started its final season. (Pawnee drinking game, anyone?) Cheers! Click here for more cocktail corner columns. Published in Santa Barbara Seasons on January 16, 2015. […]

John Hodgman on Starring as John Hodgman

by lesliedinaberg on March 18, 2014

UCSB Student Appreciation Event Puts the Real John Hodgman Front and Center in Comedy Show I Stole Your Dad By Leslie Dinaberg Talking on the phone with John Hodgman while he’s on the set of The Daily Show is a bit surreal. The guy who usually trades witty bon mots with Jon Stewart is now […]

Paul Reiser is the Perfect Date for Valentine’s Day

by lesliedinaberg on February 7, 2014

It turns out that stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Paul Reiser isn’t just funny on TV and movie screen or on stage, he’s equally funny via email. He’ll be appearing at the Lobero Theatre  (33 E. Canon Perdido St.) on Friday, February 14. Reiser is probably best known as the star and co-creator of the […]

“The Bachelor” Wedding Comes to The Biltmore Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on January 16, 2014

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara will be live in primetime on January 26, when “THE BACHELOR: SEAN AND CATHERINE’S WEDDING,” airs, featuring former Bachelor Sean Lowe and fiancée Catherine Giudici in a live telecast of their nuptials. The program airs live on Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. on ABC. This will mark the first […]

In a lather

by lesliedinaberg on October 31, 2013

I have a really, really, really embarrassing confession to make. I hope you won’t think less of me, but I’m trying to come to terms with something I’ve kept hidden for far too long. I’m addicted to teen soap operas. “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “Privileged,” I’ve got the whole CW oeuvre on my DVR. […]

The Roar of the Cougar

by lesliedinaberg on October 30, 2009

Watching “Cougar Town” makes me feel dirty-and not in a good way. I really wanted to like this show. Despite the high concept potential for disaster, when I heard about it I had high hopes. The star, Courtney Cox, was my third favorite “Friends” actress and her last series, the short-lived “Dirt,” was delightfully trashy. […]

I Like to Watch

by lesliedinaberg on August 14, 2009

I have a confession to make. I like to watch people play with exotic tools like drizzlesticks, poach pods, mincers and mandolins. I find the sight of a grown man rubbing naked chickens down with butter dangerously alluring. In fact, I’d rather have Duff Goldman whisk my eggs and Bobby Flay pinch my salt than […]

Reality Bites

by lesliedinaberg on April 3, 2009

Am I the last person in America who hates reality TV? My head starts to throb every time I flip through the channels and I feel my brain’s gray matter transform into a gelatinous oozy substance, perfect for the aliens to come take it over. I’ve got 900 channels and most of them are filled […]