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Cocktail Corner:’s Excellent Libations

by lesliedinaberg on September 27, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Traditionally, devotes the entire month of October to celebrating the best of Santa Barbara’s cuisine with a bountiful menu of foodie fun.  This year’s epicurean excitement truly has something for everyone; including this lovely line-up of libation-related events and activities. If you haven’t had a […]

Legacies: They Can, We Can, iCAN

by lesliedinaberg on September 24, 2013

The Incredible Children’s Art Network Picks Up Speed By Leslie Dinaberg in-cred-i-ble: [in-kred-uh-buhl] adjective 1. so extraordinary as to seem impossible: incredible speed. 2. not credible; hard to believe; unbelievable: The plot of the book is incredible. Flying mostly under the radar until recently, the art-minded philanthropy of the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) has […]

Cocktail Corner: The Bourbon Room

by lesliedinaberg on September 21, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg I’ve never been a big fan of cherries, even covered in chocolate, they’re just not my thing. But cherries soaked in bourbon are another story entirely. Cherries soaked in bourbon—at least the way The Bourbon Room does them—are truly a nectar for the gods. I’m […]

Party With Foley Food and Wine Society and Support Scholarships

by lesliedinaberg on September 20, 2013

  We were so excited when the Bacara’s tasting room opened that we wrote a Cocktail Corner column about it and made it an editor’s pick in the fall issue of Santa Barbara SEASONS. Well guess what? Now they’re having an “official” launch party featuring a select portfolio of Foley Family Wines and, as if […]

Savoring the Central Coast

by lesliedinaberg on September 20, 2013

By Leslie Dinaberg Spend a gorgeous September weekend sampling the best of the best from winemakers, celebrity chefs, brew masters, fishermen and artisanal food producers who call the Central Coast home. Not to mention two nights in the beautiful Seacrest oceanfront hotel in Pismo Beach. It’s a tough job, but somebody had to do it, […]

You Go Girls! Opening Tonight: The Project-Fine Art Zone

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2013

Talk about girl power! Creative Director Tracy Smith Reed and I got a sneak peak at The Project-Fine Art Zone yesterday and came out wishing we could be a part of this powerhouse of talent.  You’ll definitely want to check out the opening during tonight’s First Thursday celebration in downtown Santa Barbara. Nine very talented […]

Chef’s Counter at the Wine Cask a Culinary Treat

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2013

I had my first encounter with the Chef’s Counter at the Wine Cask this week and my tastebuds are still dancing with delight. For those of you who haven’t heard, every Monday through Thursday night Chef Brandon Hughes is now offering a special Farmer’s Market fresh tasting menu paired with local wines, for an all […]

Cocktail Corner: Green Drinks

by lesliedinaberg on September 14, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg “Meet Drink Talk Think” is certainly an idea worth toasting. It’s also the slogan for Green Drinks, a fun monthly networking group that combines merriment and making the world a greener (better) place. This month’s soiree, on Tuesday, September 17 from 6–8 p.m. in the […]

A moan to Lisa

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2013

I never thought I’d see the day, but it’s finally happened: Lisa is on the endangered species list. I knew so many Lisa’s growing up that it’s one of the few names that doesn’t conjure up any specific imagery for me–other than a girl who’s about my age. There are lots and lots of 40-something […]

Cocktail Corner: Tailgate Time

by lesliedinaberg on September 6, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Though the air in Santa Barbara feels more like Indian Summer than fall,  football season is upon us, which means it’s tailgate time. Toast the kickoff with these Super (punch) Bowl worthy libations: On Bruin game days, we had beer for breakfast; it was cold, […]