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Enjoy the Holidays at Loquita

by lesliedinaberg on December 19, 2016

Executive Chef Peter Lee of LOQUITA and POQUITA—the new hot spots Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone—has special celebratory menus for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking these restaurants out yet, the holidays are a perfect time to do so. In addition to the complete menu that Loquita has made popular with bold flavored Mediterranean dishes […]

Cocktail Corner: World of Pinot Noir Makes a Delicious Gift

by lesliedinaberg on December 17, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  If you’re looking to splurge on a gift for that special someone, who happens to be a wine lover, why not plan your Pinot Noir adventure together and take them to the World of Pinot! I get to go to a LOT of wine festivals […]

Seasons Greetings: AwesomeBox = A Great Gift

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2016

It’s always tough to find affordable, creative gifts for loved ones—especially during the holiday season—but the AwesomeBox ( is something unique and well, ahem, awesome. More than a simple photo album or personalized photo gift (both of which are also great for the holidays), AwesomeBox allows users to build a customized box of memories, stories and photos […]

Seasons Greetings: Reusable Wrapeez

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2016

There’s nothing better than a holiday product that keeps on giving, except perhaps one that also saves you time.  There’s a new invention called Wrapeez, a reusable stretch fabric gift wrap! That’s right, now, you can have a nicely wrapped gift in less than 20 seconds.  Just stretch it, wrap it, and reuse it. No scissors or […]

Cocktail Corner: Mussel Madness in Montecito

by lesliedinaberg on December 9, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  Mussels—which pair well with everything from wine and beer to G & T’s and Martinis—are in season year-round in California, and, in a nod to this bounty, Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore‘s new Executive Chef Marco Fossati has introduced an all new Mussel Madness Menu at Ty […]

Help Secure Isla Vista Youth Projects Forever

by lesliedinaberg on December 9, 2016

I had the opportunity to visit the Isla Vista Youth Projects Children’s Center site yesterday on a Women’s Fund site visit and was so impressed by what I saw. For the 2015-16 grant cycle, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara granted them $75,000 to help them get one step closer to completing the purchase of the Children’s Center, […]

Style File: Yes To Shampoos and Conditioners

by lesliedinaberg on December 6, 2016

I try to get my fruits and veggies in wherever I can, and the Yes To line of shampoos, conditioners and skin care products are super clean, widely available, inexpensively priced, top notch natural beauty products.  I recently tried—and really liked—the Yes To Ultra Moisture Coconut & Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. The coconut contains hydrating fatty acids […]

Cavalia’s Odysseo is One Wild Ride

by lesliedinaberg on December 6, 2016

If you’re looking for a perfect way to entertain the whole family this holiday season, Cavalia‘s new Odysseo show is just the ticket. This magical spectacle blends jaw-dropping equestrian artistry with Cirque du Soleil level acrobatics and music, as well as beautiful costumes and incredible set design. It’s really quite a magical experience, and well […]

Cocktail Corner: Champagne Tasting at First & Oak

by lesliedinaberg on December 2, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  Any event at Solvang’s First & Oak is sure to be a treat, and they’re upping their game even further for the holidays with a special Champagne Tasting event on December 10. The event, which runs from 1-3 p.m., includes tastes of ten sparkling wines and champagnes, and light hors d’oeuvres carefully-crafted by […]