The principal difference between childhood and the stages of life into which it invariably dissolves is that as children we occupy a limitless present.
-Alastair Reed

Cocktail Corner: Oh Hanukkah!

by lesliedinaberg on December 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg The first night of Hanukkah is December 12, and that night also kicks off an awesome edible Hanukkah collaboration between two Santa Ynez Valley Chefs—PICO’s Drew Terp and Brooke Stockwell of K’Syrah Catering & Events—on an eight-day foodie fest building up to a final eight-course, seated dinner […]

Cocktail Corner: National Apple Cider Day

by lesliedinaberg on November 20, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Saturday November 18 is National Apple Cider Day. In honor of this auspicious holiday, we’ve got a tasty recipe for Ginger Whiskey Cider, courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer. I’m a big fan on using this new super spicy ginger beer in Moscow Mules—and they have […]

Cocktail Corner: Cheers to Fall Cocktails at S.Y. Kitchen

by lesliedinaberg on November 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Autumn is such a beautiful time of year in the Santa Ynez Valley. Why not toast the season with one of General Manager and Mixologist Alberto Battaglini‘s delicious and creative new fall cocktails at S.Y. Kitchen! Now available are five new fall cocktails inspired by autumn’s seasonal […]

Cocktail Corner: Sukari Spirits

by lesliedinaberg on October 27, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Vodka is one of the most versatile spirits around, so it always fun to try out a new bottle. Sukari Spirits has created an ultra-premium vodka that’s infused with super fruit flavors of natural dragon fruit, pear, pineapple and blood orange.  The fruit flavors are subtle but […]

Cocktail Corner: New Lead Mixologist Brings Creative Concoctions to Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Mary Valdez has taken the helm of the renowned bar program at Outpost at the Goodland, bringing a host of fun and creative new items to the already stellar menu.  We checked out the first in what will be a series of seasonal beverage menus  last week, […]

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 […]

Cocktail Corner: Surf and Swizzle

by lesliedinaberg on January 4, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  We’ll be taking off for the holiday season until January, but don’t worry, we plan to do lots of cocktail research between now and then.  Meanwhile, here are ten fun libation links to send you into the weekend ready for some fun. Wine and Book Pairings […]

Cocktail Corner: Tasty Tidbits

by lesliedinaberg on September 2, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg I can’t believe that summer is almost over. There’s been a lot of news on the bar beat the last few months. Here are some highlights:                 One of Santa’s Barbara’s favorite dining destinations, The Lark (131 Anacapa St.), was recognized by […]

CPK Celebrates 25 Years in SB

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Santa Barbara’s Paseo Nuevo this week (located at 652 Paseo Nuevo, http://paseonuevoshopping.com/directory/california-pizza-kitchen/, 805/962-4648). For those of us who remember Piccadilly Square being where the mall now is, it’s hard to believe that the family-friendly favorite restaurant is actually a quarter of […]