You'll be fighting about the same things the last day you're married as you did on the first if you don't look at each other and say, "This is who you are and this is who I am, and this is what makes me mad, and this is what gets you irritated."
-Jonathan Frank

Cocktail Corner: Central Coast Wine Classic Celebrates 31 Years of Delicious Indulgence

by lesliedinaberg on June 27, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Archie McLaren‘s enthusiastic zest for food, wine, art and philanthropy is infectious! The Founder and Chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic and I recently discussed his plans for this year’s impressive event, which takes place Aug. 10-14, and spans the Central Coast from San Simeon through Paso […]

Cocktail Corner: Fess Parker’s New Spot to Sip by the Sea

by lesliedinaberg on June 25, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg There’s a great new addition to Santa Barbara’s waterfront area: Fess Parker Properties now has a tasting room right inside of the beachfront hotel, The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. Opening its doors last night, the new venue features a a rotating selection of 16 […]

Local Lowdown: Page Turners

by lesliedinaberg on June 23, 2016

By Leslie Dinaberg Summer is the perfect time to pull up a lounge chair, a hammock, or a perfect spot in the sand and dig into one of these great reads by local authors. From contemporary novels and memoirs, to playfully illustrated children’s books, to juicy airplane reads, and delicious cookbooks, to lurid crime and […]

J. Wilkes Wines Served to Global Leaders at the U.S. Department of State

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2016

It’s always exciting to hear about a local winery’s success. Santa Barbara County wines are definitely being served in high places. For the second time this year, Santa Maria Valley’s J.Wilkes wines were selected to be served at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.  Last month Nordic Leaders from five countries enjoyed J. Wilkes […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Wine Festival Gets Better With Age

by lesliedinaberg on June 17, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Santa Barbara Wine Festival—the first festival of its kind on the Central Coast—returns for the 29th year, hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2559 Puesta Del Sol Rd.) on Saturday, June 25 from 2-5 p.m. The beautiful grounds of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural […]

Style File: Scintillating Scents to Suit Every Mood

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2016

I know a lot of women swear by a signature scent, but for me fragrance is all about setting the mood. And my moods tend to, well, change—a lot! Luckily there are always new perfumes to try out.   Here a few I’ve been enjoying recently. Feeling sweet Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a refreshing floral […]

Summer Editor’s Pick: Music Academy of the West’s Summer Music Festival

by lesliedinaberg on June 13, 2016

Music Academy of the West’s Summer Music Festival brings eight weeks of world-class classical music making to town Jun. 13–Aug. 6. Highlights include recitals by pianist Jeremy Denk (Jul. 18, 21), flutist Emmanuel Pahud (Jul. 20), Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony conducted by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert (Jul. 16), a west coast opera premiere by Matthew Aucoin (Jun. 28), a new production of […]

Cocktail Corner: South African Wine Safari

by lesliedinaberg on June 13, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Unfortunately, no passport was involved in my recent trip to South Africa’s wine country, but it was an exciting journey nonetheless. Last weekend I had the good fortune to attend “South Africa in Santa Barbara Day” at Les Marchands, alongside a slew of our region’s top wine […]

Fiesta Ranchera

by lesliedinaberg on June 13, 2016

Come celebrate Fiesta in June at the always fun Fiesta Ranchera party! Truly a great night out for locals, this is an awesome way to get into the spirit of Fiesta, Goleta style! On June 16, Fiesta Ranchera opens the Fiesta summer season with the help of Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society for an unforgettable […]

Style File: Mixed Chicks Hair Tricks

by lesliedinaberg on June 8, 2016

I’ve got hair that’s a little bit curly, a little bit wavy, a little bit frizzy and even a little bit straight in places … so as you can imagine, finding the “just right” hair products can be kind of tricky. Then I found  Mixed Chicks. This innovative haircare company describes itself as, “Finally, a curl-defining […]