Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people. If you're good, you can fill up those openings with something positive. Maybe … combat some of the ugliness in the world.
-Goldie Hawn

If these walls could talk: The hallowed history of La Casa de Maria’s stone house

by lesliedinaberg on June 29, 2014

In the Montecito hills, off of El Bosque Road, sits a bastion of peace and serenity in today’s busy world. Heading up the oak tree-lined driveway to the grand stone house at the center of La Casa de Maria, one can’t help but be overcome with feelings of calm and tranquility, as if driving into […]

Cocktail Corner: Barbecue Delights

by lesliedinaberg on June 27, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Time to fire up the coals (or gas up the grills). Barbecue season is here, along with a wealth of winning wine options to pair with your favorite foods. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, but the 2012 Ruthven Napa […]

Best Seat for Solstice Parade may be at the Granada Theatre

by lesliedinaberg on June 23, 2014

Here’s your chance to support a great cause and avoid fighting the parade crowds too! “Parades at The Granada Theatre” offers an opportunity to experience Santa Barbara’s State street parades from seats right in front of the theater. As part of the Santa Barbara Center for Performing Arts’ Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement, contributors to the SBCPA Annual […]

Cocktail Corner: Sublime Summer Sips

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Sublime Summer Sips are on the menu with a variety of opportunities to wine down on those long summer days. Pony up for Happy Hour at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The club now welcomes visitors to take in the excitement of world-class polo […]

Cocktail Corner: Miró’s—and Nanette’s—Ticket to Paradise

by lesliedinaberg on June 13, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Five years ago, Miró restaurant bartender Nanette Rapuzzi came with big dreams from her native Peru—where she trained at the front desk of another five-star resort—to work at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. “I love working with people. I always have. People on vacation, or […]

Cocktail Corner: Intermezzo’s New Lineup of Handcrafted Cocktails

by lesliedinaberg on June 9, 2014

  A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Those clever mixologists at Intermezzo are at it again with a new lineup of handcrafted cocktails. Check out the new Tangerine Falls, made with Coruba Dark Rum, muddled tangerine, lemon, and Regan’s Orange Bitters. It pairs perfectly with long summer nights on the patio—why not try […]