At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage.
-John Andrew Holmes

Style File: Chocolate & Roses

by lesliedinaberg on July 20, 2016

Chocolate and roses are two of my favorite things, and the Karin Herzog Swiss-made line of oxygen skincare products (reportedly favored by none-than supreme English rose herself, Duchess Kate Middleton) offers both—minus the thorns and the calories! Karin Herzog’s Rose Cream smells ever so sweet and combines the detoxifying and hydrating properties of 1% oxygen with […]

Summer Editor’s Pick: Central Coast Wine Classic

by lesliedinaberg on July 18, 2016

The Central Coast Wine Classic (Aug. 10–14) celebrates 31 years of excellent wine tastings, tours, symposiums, rare wine dinners and more, including a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Symposium and another highlighting Champagne Louis Roederer and Black River Caviar ( —Leslie Dinaberg This story originally appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.

Cocktail Corner: Wine Meets Cocktails—and Mocktails—With Stolen Fruit

by lesliedinaberg on July 15, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Winemakers have traditionally seduced delicious tastes from the vineyard and chefs blend verjus—the fresh pressed juice from green grapes, varietal grape juice, and grape skins—to bring flavor to the forefront of their creations. Now these same techniques have been used to craft a fun, new line of grape-based mixers: […]

Meet El Lugar and Clairborne & Churchill Winemaker Coby Parker Garcia

by lesliedinaberg on July 15, 2016

Inside Wine Santa Barbara—a fun and educational Meetup group which is open to the public—features winemaker Coby Parker Garcia at a special gathering on July 23, at 5:30 p.m., in the charming courtyard of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, 2559 Puesta Del Sol. Under the El Lugar label, Garcia creates small lot, vineyard designate Pinot Noir, defined […]

Style File: Mastey’s Environmentally Conscious Hair Products

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2016

You’ve got to love a hair care product line that can do the job without harsh chemicals, and Mastey‘s line of environmentally conscious products fits the bill. Designed especially for color-treated hair (mine isn’t colored, but I find that products for color-treated hair tend to be a bit gentler) to help you achieve longer lasting color while maintaining shine […]

CPK Celebrates 25 Years in SB

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Santa Barbara’s Paseo Nuevo this week (located at 652 Paseo Nuevo,, 805/962-4648). For those of us who remember Piccadilly Square being where the mall now is, it’s hard to believe that the family-friendly favorite restaurant is actually a quarter of […]

Summer Editor’s Pick: New Chefs in Town

by lesliedinaberg on July 11, 2016

I’m looking forward to tasting what two new executive chefs will bring to our region’s excellent foodie scene. Chef Peter McNee comes to Convivo restaurant and bar at the newly renovated and reopened Santa Barbara Inn (1029 Orilla Del Mar). Describing his style of food “Nomad Italian,” which “draws from different styles and traditions along the way,” […]

Cocktail Corner: Seek and Ye Shall Find

by lesliedinaberg on July 11, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg In search of a fun way to navigate Santa Barbara’s burgeoning craft beer scene? Last weekend we checked out the newly dubbed “Lagoon District” Lagoon Loop Craft Beer Trail with a package from Seeker (, and it was a surprisingly great way to do some beer tasting. […]

Style File: Give Your Lips a Drink

by lesliedinaberg on July 7, 2016

It’s important to stay hydrated during the warm summer months, and that mandate includes your lips. So what do you use when lipstick is a bit too much and Eos lip balm (as much as I love it!) is not quite enough color? I’ve been loving these Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balms with SPF 15. They’ve got just enough […]

Cocktail Corner: Americana Fest at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

by lesliedinaberg on July 1, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Get into the Independence Day spirit a little early this weekend, on Sunday, July 3, when Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in Buellton presents Americana Fest, featuring live music, craft beer, barbecue and baked goods. Sounds pretty all-American to me! Four Americana bands will play throughout […]