We can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.
-Claude Bernard

Local Dish: Finch & Fork’s New Flavors of the Season

by lesliedinaberg on May 26, 2017

Never one to rest on his laurels, Finch & Fork Chef James Siao and his culinary team have added new items to the dinner menu, and diners are in for a treat. We started our meal with a bright and flavorful new appetizer, Asparagus & Mascarpone Toast with marinated asparagus, whipped lemon mascarpone, mint pesto, and […]

Cocktail Corner: Easter Dining and a Toast to Spring!

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Spring is in the air, so what better time to sample some of the lovely new libations at our local watering holes. Hop on over and give these spring cocktails and dining options a taste: Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has […]

Cocktail Corner: Brunch at Finch & Fork

by lesliedinaberg on February 21, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   While nothing says “bloody good brunch” like a Bloody Mary, Finch & Fork bartender Joe Dohany has bumped it up a notch with some cocktails designed especially for day drinking. New to the menu is Dohany’s Breakfast of Champions, a bold drink with bacon–washed bourbon, pecan syrup […]

Cocktail Corner: In the Mood for Love

by lesliedinaberg on February 3, 2017

  A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  Love is in the air this month, with Valentine’s Day cocktail specials from some of our favorite mixologists. Want to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day?  Try Inconceivable! from Joe Dohany of Finch & Fork (31 W. Carrillo St. in the Canary Hotel). “A beautiful […]

Local Dish: Fall Desserts at Finch & Fork and Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on November 17, 2016

There’s something about this cooler weather that makes sweets taste even sweeter. Lucky for us, our local chefs have some new treats to share this fall. At Outpost at the Goodland  (5650 Calle Real, Goleta) Chef Nick Bajal has added a few new things to the dessert menu, including Rice Flour Cake Tres Leche (with Puffed Black Rice and Yuzu […]

Cocktail Corner: Welcoming Fall With Finch & Fork’s Joe Dohany

by lesliedinaberg on October 14, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  The spirits of fall are in the air, and Finch & Fork has a friendly new face behind the bar with an autumnal-inspired new menu. Joe Dohany—who most recently was a craft bartender at Shaker & Spear and Pennyroyal at Kimpton‘s Seattle property, The Palladian—is bringing a creative approach to […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Wine Festival Gets Better With Age

by lesliedinaberg on June 17, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Santa Barbara Wine Festival—the first festival of its kind on the Central Coast—returns for the 29th year, hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2559 Puesta Del Sol Rd.) on Saturday, June 25 from 2-5 p.m. The beautiful grounds of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural […]

Cocktail Corner: Swirl & Sip Series on the Canary Rooftop

by lesliedinaberg on May 28, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg I jump at any opportunity to hang out at the rooftop at the Canary Hotel, which is one of the most exquisite—and exclusive—360-degree views of Santa Barbara. The scenery alone is enough to make me leap at any invitation to visit the roof, add in some terrific […]

Cocktail Corner: 2016 Live Downtown Art & Wine Tour

by lesliedinaberg on May 14, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Art and wine are always an excellent pair, and this year’s 2016 Downtown LIVE Art & Wine Tour is adding a fun new twist to the mix: Live Art! Each of the participating venues north of Carrillo Street—including 10 West Gallery, Bella Rosa Galleries, Churchill Jewelers, Distinctive Art Gallery, Engel & […]

Cocktail Corner: Sip and Savor Valentine’s Day

by lesliedinaberg on February 6, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love, or a true friend, our local watering holes and restaurants are working overtime to make the holiday a memorable one. Here are a few ideas: A Classic Valentine Weekend at Finch & Fork Finch & Fork […]