Good scientists, like good artists, must let their minds roam playfully or they will not discover new facts, new patterns, new relationships. At the same time they must be able to … concentrate their minds on developing and realizing the few that are promising. Shifting from one of these poles to the other is important also in relationships. For a relationship to work, is essential to listen to the other person, to try to imagine why she says what she says, what she feels, how she sees the world. Yet it is just as important to remain in touch with our own beliefs and perspectives.
-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Cocktail Corner: Local Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator’s Top Honors

by lesliedinaberg on July 14, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As if there were any doubt that Santa Barbara County is Wine Country, Wine Spectator recently honored 20 local restaurants with their highest honors for excellence. “Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to […]

Local Dish: Angel Oak Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary

by lesliedinaberg on June 21, 2017

Believe it or not, it was about a year that Angel Oak first opened its doors, offering a unique twist on the traditional steak and seafood concept—not to mention that killer ocean view!  The signature restaurant of Bacara Resort & Spa celebrates its one-year anniversary with a community party on June 25. To showcase Angel Oak’s appreciation […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   If your ideal weekend involves food, wine and philanthropy in a beautiful setting, then the 4th Annual Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend April 7-9 at the Bacara Resort & Spa is the spring event for you. Sponsored by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the […]

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 […]

Dreaming Big: Congregation B’nai B’rith’s 90 Year Celebration

by lesliedinaberg on February 21, 2017

Honoring yesterday, today and tomorrow, supporters of Congregation B’nai B’rith (CBB) recently gathered at Bacara Resort & Spa in tribute to the founding families who had the vision to create the home for Santa Barbara’s Jewish community in 1927. This festive, elegant celebration was packed to the gills with 450 guests to mark the 90th […]

Congregation B’Nai B’Rith Celebrates 90 Years

by lesliedinaberg on January 9, 2017

  Cantor Mark Childs to be Honored at Dreamers Ball on Jan. 22  Congregation B’nai B’rith celebrates its 90th anniversary at a Chagall-inspired Dreamers Ball to be held at the Bacara Resort on January 22. The dreamers theme—which honors yesterday, today and tomorrow—pays homage to the 14 founding families who had a vision to build a […]

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 […]

Style File: Natura Bissé’s Pure Air = Pure Bliss

by lesliedinaberg on November 14, 2016

Bacara Resort & Spa (8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta) recently added Spanish cosmetics brand Natura Bissé to its world-class 42,000-square-foot Spa and Wellness Center, and as a special treat, had a pop-up appearance of Natura Bissé’s infamous Bubble Pure Air last week. I was one of the lucky ones who got to be the “girl in the plastic bubble,” and my […]

Angel Oak at the Bacara

by lesliedinaberg on October 4, 2016

Angel Oak, which recently opened at Bacara Resort & Spa, is a heavenly new addition to the local fine dining scene. First of all, the restaurant is beautiful. The open-air design takes full advantage of the oceanfront views, with each of the 162 seats from the dining room and bar ensured a view of the Pacific Ocean. The […]

Warren Beatty to Receive SBIFF’s Kirk Douglas Award

by lesliedinaberg on September 21, 2016

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Warren Beatty with the 11th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Bacara Resort & Spa on December 1, with all funds raised supporting SBIFF’s free year-round educational programs. Known for his iconic roles in films such as Bonnie and Clyde, […]