Preserving memory does not steal from the present. Rather, the past, left alone, accumulates to create all that is now.
-Martha McPhee

Cocktail Corner: A New Chapter in Cool Cocktails at CPK

by lesliedinaberg on June 29, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Trust me, I do realize that cool cocktails are not the first thing you think of when you think of California Pizza Kitchen, but a recent foray to check out their updated decor and menu (both of which are swell) yielded some surprisingly creative and […]

A Passion for Business Innovation

by lesliedinaberg on June 28, 2015

The Manzo-McKaig Melting Pot  By Leslie Dinaberg Like many immigrant families, the Manzo-McKaig patriarch came to the U.S. to pursue the American Dream. Mission accomplished. From the Italian Store to the Pan-American Market chain, Enrico’s Deli and Casa Flores Tortillas, to their current successes in entrepreneurial ventures, hard work—and a love of food and family—run […]

Tamales & Tequila at the Bacara

by lesliedinaberg on June 23, 2015

Want to learn how to make delicious tamales? Expert tamale chef Richard Lambert of Santa Barbara Tamales to Go teaches an interactive class on how to make traditional tamales from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the Bacara Resort & Spa (8301 Hollister Ave.). In what’s sure to be a fun—and tasty—afternoon, Lambert teaches the techniques he uses to […]

Editor’s Pick: Casa del Herrero Celebrates 90 Years

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2015

George Fox Steedman and his wife Carrie moved into their new home on June 29, 1925. Now we have a chance to celebrate “father of Santa Barbara style” George Washington Smith’s architectural legacy with a special garden party. Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Rd., Montecito. June 28, 4–7 p.m. 805/565-5653, casadelherrero.com. Originally published in […]

Editor’s Pick: Santa Barbara Wine Festival

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2015

A beloved fundraiser for Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Wine Festival on June 27 is a wonderful way to appreciate being out in nature underneath the oaks along Mission Creek, while enjoying more than 50 tantalizing wines from the Central Coast’s premier wineries complemented by fitting pairings from local chefs. Santa Barbara Museum […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Wine Festival

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg The beautiful grounds of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History are a wonderful spot to appreciate being out in nature, and what better way to enjoy a summer weekend than sipping wine underneath the oaks along Mission Creek? Especially when the proceeds go to support the work […]

A Day Away: Catalina Island

by lesliedinaberg on June 19, 2015

Living in a world-class vacation destination like Santa Barbara has a bounty of blissful benefits, but sometimes it’s still nice to get out of town for a bit. Here are a few favorite spots that are less than a day away from home. Catalina Island This beautiful getaway—just 22 miles off the coast of Southern […]

PizzaRev Revs up in Paseo Nuevo

by lesliedinaberg on June 19, 2015

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be anything new under the sun in the world of pizza, Santa Barbara has an addition to the local menu with a truly inspired idea: at the new(ish) PizzaRev in Paseo Nuevo, each pizza, no matter how many ingredients are selected, costs $8.25. That’s right, no more agonizing over […]

The Art of Getting People Back to Nature | Yarnbomber Stephen Duneier

by lesliedinaberg on June 17, 2015

By Leslie Dinaberg Artists often use their work to provoke discussion or emotion, but Yarnbomber Stephen Duneier’s colorful creations are site-specific installations designed to get people out to the middle of nowhere. In this case, “the middle of nowhere” is Santa Barbara County’s plethora of hiking trails. Duneier’s seven projects to date include creating an […]

A Day Away: King of the Road

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2015

Roger Miller sang about “trailers for sale or rent,” but if he were writing that old ditty today, “King of the Road” would surely include a chorus about the Bowlus Road Chief. Billed as “the world’s most advanced luxury travel trailer,” the Bowlus Road Chief was engineered by Hawley Bowlus in the 1930s (the same […]