There are some men who lift the age they inhabit, till all men walk on higher ground in that lifetime.
-Maxwell Anderson

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 […]

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 […]

Cocktail Corner: Central Coast Wine Classic

by lesliedinaberg on August 23, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg This week brings the 32nd Annual Central Coast Wine Classic, as well as the 75th birthday celebration of its Founder & Chairman Archie McLaren. A benefit for the Talley Winery Fund for Vineyard & Farm Workers, the Friends of Hearst Castle and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing […]

Cocktail Corner: Wine & Fire Weekend

by lesliedinaberg on August 18, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance hosts the annual Wine & Fire Weekend Aug. 18-20. In addition to special events and tastings throughout the weekend at member wineries, there is also a Barn Party at Dierberg Star Lane on Friday Aug. 18, where member wineries will share their […]