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Category Archives: food

Local Dish: Santa Barbara Author Pens “A Visitor’s Guide to Mexico City Street Food”

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2017

Richard Lambert, the local chef behind the beloved (and now gone) Santa Barbara Tamales To Go, has turned his culinary talents toward Mexico City’s colorful street food scene with a new book, A Visitor’s Guide to Mexico City Street Food, that turns the spotlight on the world’s number one travel destination (New York Times). Lambert lived […]

Local Dish: Angel Oak Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary

by lesliedinaberg on June 21, 2017

Believe it or not, it was about a year that Angel Oak first opened its doors, offering a unique twist on the traditional steak and seafood concept—not to mention that killer ocean view!  The signature restaurant of Bacara Resort & Spa celebrates its one-year anniversary with a community party on June 25. To showcase Angel Oak’s appreciation […]

Local Dish: Carrots and Curry and Cocktails at Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2017

  By Leslie Dinaberg It’s officially summer time, and the seasonal offerings at Outpost are designed to savor during those warm, lazy summer nights. We recently enjoyed a terrific tasting of Chef Nick Bajal‘s latest menu. Here are some of the highlights: I started off the evening with fun new cocktail, Rabbit Season, which features […]

Local Lowdown: The Dish on Santa Ynez Valley’s New Eateries

by lesliedinaberg on June 15, 2017

From refined ranch cooking to gourmet burgers and creative couplings of unexpected ingredients to upscale wine country cuisine, the Santa Ynez Valley has a host of terrific new places to dine out and indulge in this summer. By Leslie Dinaberg Beer & (Big) Bites in Buellton “The Kitchen” at FigMtnBrew is now open and, as […]

Cocktail Corner: Eureka!

by lesliedinaberg on June 12, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Conveniently situated just a hop, skim and jump away from our office, Eureka! (located at 601 Paseo Nuevo in the downtown mall) is one of my go-to places to grab a quick drink after work, and a slew of new menu items make it an even better […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival

by lesliedinaberg on June 2, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History‘s beloved wine festival, and they are commemorating the event with a new name—the Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival—which more accurately reflects the bounty of sips and bites found at this signature fundraiser. […]

Local Dish: Finch & Fork’s New Flavors of the Season

by lesliedinaberg on May 26, 2017

Never one to rest on his laurels, Finch & Fork Chef James Siao and his culinary team have added new items to the dinner menu, and diners are in for a treat. We started our meal with a bright and flavorful new appetizer, Asparagus & Mascarpone Toast with marinated asparagus, whipped lemon mascarpone, mint pesto, and […]

Local Dish: The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn

by lesliedinaberg on May 24, 2017

The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn is the new restaurant concept from Chef Budi Kazali, who has owned the property with his wife Chris Kazali since 2004. Ballard Inn has always been highly regarded for its romantic ambiance and award-winning cuisine, but the new restaurant and decor offers a much more fun, casual and inviting experience. Rather than a […]

Cocktail Corner: Pairing Wine and Sushi

by lesliedinaberg on May 15, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Wine and sushi were a match made in Happy Canyon heaven—I’m still dreaming about a once-in-a-lifetime amazing meal I shared recently at Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards. The Dierberg family-owned wineries teamed up with Japan’s sushi master Chef Kiminari Togawa of  Sushi Karaku of Ginza Tokyo, winemaker Tyler Thomas and two impressive […]

Cocktail Corner: New Luna Terraza at The Biltmore

by lesliedinaberg on April 29, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   One of the swankiest spots in town, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, got even more wow-worthy with the recently opened Luna Terraza, which offers an exclusive and intimate outdoor private space just outside of the recently renovated Ty Lounge. Lucky me, I got to try […]