Happiness does not consist in things themselves but in the relish we have in them …
-Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld

Cocktail Corner: Cool New Cocktails at Finch & Fork

by lesliedinaberg on May 30, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Finch & Fork Restaurant at the Canary Hotel is right in the neighborhood (31 W. Carrillo St.) and one of my favorite places for happy hour, wine tastings on the roof and even to meet people for interviews (the bar couches are particularly cushiony and comfortable). Now they  have a […]

Cocktail Corner: Burbank Ranch … in Paso Robles!

by lesliedinaberg on May 23, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Yes, you read that headline correctly, and no, my GPS has not gone crazy. The new Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro is actually north of Santa Barbara in downtown Paso Robles. The new restaurant is a dream come true for proprietors Fred and Melody Burbank, whose lifelong passion for balanced […]

Nonprofits Wow and Woo at Fast Pitch SB

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2014

Organizers from Social Venture Partners say inaugural event will become an annual opportunity for local nonprofits to gain exposure, refine messages and win money. Thursday night’s inaugural Fast Pitch SB—a Shark Tank style competition for nonprofits to make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and a live audience for cash awards was an exciting, successful event […]

Amgen Tour of California Blazes Through Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2014

The excitement buzzed down Cabrillo Boulevard this week when BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney (Boulder, CO) whizzed to a solo victory 12 seconds ahead of the peloton to capture his first Amgen Tour of California stage win in a 107.4-mile ride from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara. Phinney is one of the biggest cyclists in this year’s Amgen […]

Honoring Moms at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s Mother’s Day Luncheon

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2014

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) hosted its 13th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon last week at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Each year the nonprofit organization honors two mothers—one living and one in memory—and celebrates their lives and acknowledges their contributions to the community. This year’s luncheon raised a record sum—nearly $350,000—which will directly benefit VNHC’s mission to provide […]

Cocktail Corner: The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail “Summer Celebration”

by lesliedinaberg on May 16, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg It sure feels like summer with the weather we’ve had this week! The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail will  keep the warm summer vibe going with three toast-worthy events over one wine-filled weekend, May 30 – June 1. Dubbed the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail “Summer Celebration,” […]

Local Chefs Pay it Forward for SBCC Culinary Arts School

by lesliedinaberg on May 13, 2014

If last weekend’s show of support at the launch party for SANTA BARBARA CULINARY ARTS A Taste of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Bounty,a new cookbook featuring 62 recipes from Santa Barbara County chefs, caterers and food purveyors, is any indication, our towns’ future chefs will be graduating into a very welcoming culinary community. Local chefs were out […]

Cocktail Corner: Downtown Art & Wine Tour

by lesliedinaberg on May 12, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Great art & wonderful wine make excellent bedfellows, especially when you add in fabulous food (which they do) at the 2014 Downtown Art & Wine Tour, which takes place on Thursday, May 22 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Stroll along State Street with fellow art lovers. Each venue is paired […]

Amgen Tour of California—Editor’s Pick for Spring

by lesliedinaberg on May 12, 2014

Santa Barbara once again hosts the Stage 5 finish of the Amgen Tour of California, a challenging route that the world’s top cyclists travel for more than 700 miles during America’s premier professional cycling race. Riders start the day in Pismo Beach before ending in Santa Barbara, which hosts the race for the second consecutive […]

Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour—Editor’s Pick for Spring

by lesliedinaberg on May 12, 2014

Several George Washington Smith-designed homes in Montecito take center stage in the annual Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour. Between 1918 and his death in 1930, George Washington Smith designed more than 60 residential and non-residential structures, mostly in Santa Barbara, including a home originally designed for renowned violinist and composer Henry Eichheim, which is […]