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-Anna Maxted

A Day Away: The Oaks at Ojai

by lesliedinaberg on March 31, 2017

Looking for a bit of spring cleaning for the mind, body and soul? The Oaks at Ojai (122 E. Ojai Ave.) is a great place to refresh and recharge your spirit any time of the year. I had a girlfriend getaway for a few days last fall and was pleasantly surprised and charmed at every […]

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Women of Inspiration Luncheon

by lesliedinaberg on March 31, 2017

Erica Ford, CEO and founder of LIFE Camp (Love Ignites Freedom through Education) and Peace is a Lifestyle, is the keynote speaker for Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Women of Inspiration luncheon on Monday, April 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Girls Inc. campus, 5315 Foothill Rd. in Carpinteria. Ford grew up in the high-crime […]

Cocktail Corner: Garagiste Wine Festival

by lesliedinaberg on March 25, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   April Fools’ Day is coming soon, and what better way to celebrate the lighter side of life than one of my favorite wine festivals: the 2017 Garagiste Wine Festival: Southern Exposure. The unique thing about this event is that it showcases micro-production wines made made by garagiste […]

Local Lowdown: Mesa Burger

by lesliedinaberg on March 20, 2017

Iron Chef and Santa Barbara local Cat Cora is certainly on a roll! Her new burger joint, Mesa Burger, is constantly packed with fans awaiting the award-winning chef’s crave-worthy burger creations. So far, my favorites are the Montecito (made with griddled goat cheese, bourbon glazed mushrooms, house onion ring, truffle aioli, arugula and grilled onions) and the […]

Local Lowdown: The Sun Rises on Somerset

by lesliedinaberg on March 18, 2017

An elegant addition to the downtown Santa Barbara restaurant scene, Somerset is an old world European style grand café created by Steve Hermann Hotels and Restaurants of Palm Springs’ acclaimed L’Horizon Resort and Spa fame. The impressive décor features deep chesterfield sofas, polished zinc tabletops, and 50’s modern vintage chairs and lighting, a swanky combination of […]

Local Lowdown: Alcazar Wins Official Drink of SB Bragging Rights

by lesliedinaberg on March 14, 2017

It was a heated contest, but Alcazar Tapas Bar’s Ginspiration Point came out the big winner in the 2017 “Official Drink of Santa Barbara” craft cocktail contest. An homage to Inspiration Point, one of the most famous—and famously beautiful—hiking trails in Santa Barbara’s foothills, this refreshing, citrus-forward cocktail features locally sourced ingredients—from the base spirit, […]

Santa Barbara Choral Society Spring Gala Journeys to Rockwood Abbey

by lesliedinaberg on March 13, 2017

Anglophiles and music fans will come together on May 20 for a wonderfully fun evening titled Rockwood Abbey, an homage to the beloved Downtown Abbey television series. Honorary Chairs “Lord” Brooks and “Lady” Kate Firestone invite guests to be transported to a posh evening reminiscent of days gone by, where white-gloved footmen attended the creme de la creme of English society […]

Cocktail Corner: Walt Wines

by lesliedinaberg on March 11, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   “Wines of a Place” was the theme for a recent media event put on by Walt Wines, and this place was certainly a beauty! We started the day boarding a shuttle at the Bacara Resort & Spa, which was all abuzz with World of Pinot Noir […]

Local Lowdown: Happy 50th to Chuck’s of Hawaii

by lesliedinaberg on March 9, 2017

Surprisingly little has changed since owner Larry Stone opened Chuck’s of Hawaii in 1967. The staff still wears Hawaiian shirts, the menus are still painted on Lancers wine bottles (Stone did the originals himself), the steaks and seafood are still solidly good, the Tiki Torches still burn brightly on upper State Street and the Mai-Tais are […]

Cocktail Corner: Beer and (Big) Bites in Buellton

by lesliedinaberg on March 6, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   The kitchen is now open at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company (45 Industrial Way, Buellton) and as Executive Chef Brian Champlin vowed, this place definitely has, as he modestly states, “under-promised and over-delivered!” Boy does Fig Mountain ever deliver, both in terms of high quality food that pairs perfectly […]