All of us struggle to be the best we can be. All of us wonder at times whether what lies ahead is too difficult or too challenging. In truth, sometimes our most fearsome competitor is ourself, as we face our own doubts and fears on the way to reaching our potential.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton

Local Lowdown: Frankland’s Crab & Co.

by lesliedinaberg on September 25, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg The first of three new dining experiences coming to Montecito Inn (1295 Coast Village Rd.) this fall from the renowned Scratch Restaurant team is Frankland’s Crab & Co., a modern-day casual seafood shack inspired by chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s childhood memories of good times with loved ones accompanied by seaside meals of […]

Lila Downs

by lesliedinaberg on September 25, 2017

  The Los Angeles Times describes Lila Downs as, “A renowned Mexican balladeer known for her wild outfits, wide range and powerful voice, a goose-bump-inducing instrument that can go from playful to grave from one note to the next.” “Few alternative artists have the dynamic power and range of this bilingual warrior-woman,” states NPR. Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American […]

Cocktail Corner: California Brew Festival

by lesliedinaberg on September 22, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As a winemaker friend once told me, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” So I guess that means that bringing the California Brew Festival here to wine country is long overdue.  More than 40 breweries will come together to pour hundreds of craft brews […]

Local Lowdown: Beyond Borders

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2017

The Latin America-Southern California Connection: Pacific Standard Time By Leslie Dinaberg An ambitious artistic celebration of the vibrant cultural linkages between Southern California and Latin America takes place across the state this fall, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and beyond. Backed by more than $16 million in grants from the […]

Cocktail Corner: Kings Carey Wines

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg No matter how many times I’m reminded that you can’t judge a book by its cover, I’m still a sucker for an interesting wine label, so I was particularly intrigued by the samples I recently received from Kings Carey Wine, the new label by Liquid Farm […]

Local Dish: A Flavorful Feast at Finch & Fork

by lesliedinaberg on September 15, 2017

Some good news for Goleta: longtime Finch & Fork Executive Chef James Siao has taken on the dual role as Executive Chef of the Canary Hotel‘s sister property, Outpost at the Goodland. For the past five years, Siao has done an excellent job creating elevated comfort food at Finch & Fork. Our recent meal was no […]

Cocktail Corner: A Taste of Italy with DoctorWine

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As far as I’m concerned, one of the only things more fun than enjoying a great wine and food pairing is enjoying it with smart people who are willing to share their knowledge and make the experience even more delicious. When DoctorWine himself, Daniele Cernilli—a highly […]

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: 7th Annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years, but the 7th  Annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival (SBFF) is coming up this weekend and it looks like it’s going to be even better than ever. For those of you who’ve never attended, SBFF is an annual gathering […]

House of Clues is a Great Escape From the Ordinary

by lesliedinaberg on August 30, 2017

Escape room games are super popular and Santa Barbara finally has its own one-of-a-kind venue: the House of Clues, 629 N. Salsipuedes St., 805/229-9179, TheHouseofClues.net. Co-owners Assel Abdrakhmanova and Oscar Zevalos (they also have a third partner, Whitman Heining) were designing props and sets for themed events and escape rooms for outside clients when they decided to create their […]