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-Thomas Edison

Spring Break With Java Boy

by lesliedinaberg on July 29, 2013

Ah, that rich, strong aroma of coffee. Its anticipation is the only thing that makes getting out of bed worthwhile most of the time. I understand the attraction to coffee and why some might call it an addiction. I really do. Not that I’m addicted. I can quit anytime I want to. I quit when […]

Cocktail Corner: Bacon & Barrels

by lesliedinaberg on July 26, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg My bacon-phile colleagues and I were living high on the hog last weekend at the first annual Bacon & Barrels Festival at Saarloos + Sons‘ wine field in Los Olivos. To label this sold-out event decadent would be an understatement. The festivities included creative bacon […]

A Day Without Sarcasm

by lesliedinaberg on July 23, 2013

My first attempt at a sarcasm-free day lasted 15 minutes. That was in 1994. My quest to go a day without sarcasm has continued for years, but this time I just knew it was going to be different. This time I was going to write about it. I had to make it, otherwise I’d have […]

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

by lesliedinaberg on July 16, 2013

I’m not one to mess around when it comes to my son’s safety, so I was a little taken aback the other day when we met some friends to go scootering at a local elementary school. He was the only one that wasn’t wearing a helmet. A couple of the kids were in full body […]

Making friends is hard work

by lesliedinaberg on July 16, 2013

To attain the next level of friendship, you’ve really got to apply yourself I appreciate alone time with my husband as much as the next gal, but as lovely as that table for two is, sometimes we need a larger audience to fully appreciate us. That’s where couple friends come in. Finding a companionable couple […]

Cocktail Corner: BarNotes Creative Cocktail App

by lesliedinaberg on July 12, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Cocktail conversations (i.e. conversations about cocktails and conversations over cocktails) are all the rage around here, so we were excited to find BarNotes, a fun and informative tool available for free in the app store. While there are plenty of cocktail recipe apps out there, […]

Cocktail Corner: Simmering Sangria

by lesliedinaberg on July 1, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Sangria is one of my favorite warm weather libations, but until our recent uber cold front (quite unusual for Santa Barbara) I had never thought about serving it warm. But I was recently gifted with a bottle of the new Eppa SuperFruit Sangria (available at […]

Cocktail Corner: Joe’s Cafe

by lesliedinaberg on July 1, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg I had my first legal drink at Joe’s. It was something called a Brain Tumor, and while I can still appreciate the architecture of this layered, brain-like concoction, it’s definitely a cocktail that only a 21-year-old could love. Made of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Peach Schnapps […]

Cocktail Corner: The Heat of Passion at Alcazar

by lesliedinaberg on July 1, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!   By Leslie Dinaberg The sultry Heat of Passion is sweet, hot and spicy and certainly my favorite cocktail at the moment. Alcazar (a great little hole-in-the-wall tapas place on the Mesa) makes this Habanero Chile-infused Tequila concoction with fresh passion fruit puree, lime, sweet & sour and […]

Cocktail Corner: National Hot Toddy Day

by lesliedinaberg on July 1, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Today (January 11) is National Hot Toddy Day. How cool is that? FYI, a “hot toddy” is a warmth-inducing yummy drink made with honey, lemon, hot water, and the spirit of your choice (usually whiskey, brandy, or rum). Hot Toddies are a perfect way to warm […]