Courage is not the towering oak, that sees storms come and go, it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
-Alice MacKenzie Seale

First & Oak is a Perfect Pairing

by lesliedinaberg on August 30, 2016

A plethora of perfect bites can be found at Solvang‘s new restaurant, First & Oak. We enjoyed every bit of our meal, from our first taste to the last bite of the exquisite summer menu created by executive chef Steven Snook with owner and sommelier Jonathan Rosenson’s carefully selected pairings of Coquelicot wines. That menu, with an […]

iSurf 3rd Annual Block Party

by lesliedinaberg on August 29, 2016

Don’t miss iSurf’s 3rd Annual Block Party at Casa De La Guerra on Sept. 3. This is always a really fun event, and it benefits a really great cause: the Watergirl Fund (a program of the Surf Like a Girl Foundation!)—a nonprofit community surf program that provides needs-based surf programming to underserved girls in the Santa […]

Cocktail Corner: Fermentation Festival Kicks Off With a Mule of a Competition

by lesliedinaberg on August 26, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg The 6th annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival is coming up on Sept. 11, but first up is a pre-festival event called the Year of the Mule Cocktail Competition, from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 30, at The Good Lion (1212 State St.). In celebration of the 75th anniversary of […]

Nell Campbell: Images of Cuba

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2016

Photographer Nell Campell has a new show—Images of Cuba—on view at Jared Dawson Gallery (4646 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 805/318-1066) from Aug. 19 to Sept. 17. There will be an opening reception on Sat., Aug. 20 from 3-6 p.m.. Campbell will also give an artist talk on Wed., Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The gallery is […]

Local Dish: Les Marchands Expands Food Offerings

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2016

Best known for having an impressive variety of wines and exceptional wine education classes and special events, Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant has expanded its menu options to include an everyday lunch menu created by Chef Weston Richards.  The lunch menu includes snacks like Pastrami Fries and Cheddar-Herb Fries with Dill Crème Fraiche. Also available is a Couscous and Tomato Salad with feta, olives, avocado and […]

Bryan Babcock Vineyard Talk on Revolutionary Farming

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2016

Local wine lovers will have the remarkable opportunity to learn about Bryan Babcock‘s revolutionary farming methods from the master himself on Aug. 27, when he will lead a group on a tour of his vineyards to see his innovative trellis system, followed by a lovely lunch with a sample of his delicious wines. Babcock is one of the most illustrious winemakers in Santa […]

Cocktail Corner: Celebrate National Rum Day

by lesliedinaberg on August 15, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg I’ll take any excuse to celebrate with cocktails, and National Rum Day is a pretty darn good one. This annual holiday takes place on August 16, celebrating the sweet flavor and tropical spice tanginess of all things rum-related. Rum is the quintessential summer spirit, and these cocktail […]

The Carbs Have Landed! Helena Avenue Bakery Opens in the Funk Zone

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2016

It seems like there’s always something new and fun happening in the Funk Zone, including the recent opening of Helena Avenue Bakery, an artisan bakery offering rustic, wholesome breads and handmade seasonal pastries. Located in the historic Castagnola warehouse (131 Anacapa St.)  in the rear manufacturing space that opens up to Helena Avenue just off the […]