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Diana Basehart Foundation Gets Donation from Silverhorn Jewelers

by lesliedinaberg on December 28, 2013

Visitors to Silverhorn are often greeted by the store’s mascot, a six-year-old Shiba Inu dog named Ruby.  The friendly pup is a mainstay of the iconic Coast Village Road jewelry store owned for 30 years by Carole and Michael Ridding, longtime generous supporters of area nonprofits. The Ridding’s team shares their love of animals, and recognize the […]

Les Marchands Presents New Year’s Eve With Pierre Péters Champagne & Raw Bar Extravaganza

by lesliedinaberg on December 27, 2013

Looking for something elegant to do this New Year’s Eve? As the ball drops, the bubbles rise. when Master Sommelier Brian McClintic and Sommelier Eric Railsback, managing partners of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant (131 Anacapa St. in the Funk Zone), showcase the best in Champagne and include a Santa Barbara seafood feast to ring in 2014. The stars of the 2013 […]

Cocktail Corner: Notable News

by lesliedinaberg on December 27, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | Winemaker Doug Margerum‘s first release from his new brand, BARDEN came out earlier this month. Margerum says, “The BARDEN collaboration is the pairing of my dream to make the ultimate expression of Santa Barbara County grapes and winemaker Jason Barrette’s acute craftsmanship and skill. BARDEN showcases a […]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Light Up A Life Stars Available Through December

by lesliedinaberg on December 23, 2013

  Looking for a special way to honor a loved one this holiday season? Hospice of Santa Barbara—an organization that “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to more than 700 children and adults every month who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one—recently hosted […]

Cocktail Corner: Cocktails and Cookies for Santa

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | Maybe your Santa Claus drinks milk with his cookies … but after a long night’s journey up and down chimneys delivering gifts, mine prefers a good stiff adult beverage. Here are just a few of Santa’s favorite Christmas Eve cocktails (click on drink names for links to […]

Cocktail Corner: Holiday Gift Guide

by lesliedinaberg on December 14, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | From cocktail kits to barware, here are some of our favorite gift ideas for anyone who loves cocktails. 1. Julibox Membership Fruit of the month clubs are great, but wouldn’t the drinkers in your life prefer a cocktail of the month instead? Enter Julibox, where each […]

Share the Gift of an Experience

by lesliedinaberg on December 14, 2013

Nothing beats the gift of a memorable experience…except perhaps one that you can share with your loved ones. Here are some holiday gift suggestions that can be appreciated together. Santa Barbara Beautiful When it comes to enjoying our gorgeous city, the options truly are endless. One of the best ways to soak in the soul […]

Best Dressed Monk Brings a Fresh New Style to Coast Village Road

by lesliedinaberg on December 13, 2013

Fashion-forward men have a new place to shop in Montecito with the opening of Best Dressed Monk last week (1275 Coast Village Rd., 805/324-4600, bestdressedmonk.com). Santa Barbarans turned out in full force to welcome this dapper new addition to the chic Coast Village strip. Founded by owners Allen and Kira Gold, Best Dressed Monk is a premium men’s […]

Cocktail Corner: Ocean Vodka Makes a Splash With Great Taste, Organic Practices

by lesliedinaberg on December 7, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg | A little bit of the ocean came with my family to the desert last week, when I brought a bottle of Ocean Vodka on vacation to Palm Springs. This craft distillery—which recently announced its expansion into rums, whiskies, bourbons and organic liqueurs and is sold locally at […]

New Greeting Cards Support Santa Barbara High VADA Students

by lesliedinaberg on December 5, 2013

The Visual and Arts Design Academy (VADA) students at Santa Barbara High School are actively participating in raising funds for their Academy by launching a new line of greeting cards to show off their talents and raise money at the same time. This effort includes Holiday cards, Santa Barbara Landmark cards and Thank you cards. […]