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you can have a full meal or just a small bite, a quick snack or leisurely drink.” Rousseau is the rare restaurateur who doesn’t mind if customers linger. In fact, he encourages it. At a nearby booth, a website designer often works for hours, thanks to free Wi-Fi; he’s begun to bring along other work-at-home friends. After school, a mom brings in the kids, who do homework while she has a glass of wine. There are board games and magazines near the comfy sofas. Dogs are welcome outside on the patio. Café Stella’s food is also based in Rousseau’s French roots. “It is comfort food,” he says with a smile. “It is simple and classic.”

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firsts The French dishes include boeuf bourguignon, crepes, and salad nicoise. American classics are burgers (chicken, lamb, beef, salmon or veggie), grilled ahi tuna salad, and prime rib. Breakfast is served all day. French onion soup is the only food item Café Stella shares with Stelle Mare, the upscale French bistro overlooking the Bird Refuge, owned by Rousseau, his wife Kim, and Eva Ein for the past 16 years. The soup is one of many “Nibbles,” small plates reasonably priced, such as sweet potato fries, lamb sliders, macaroni and cheese, fried artichokes, sautéed shrimp, beer-steamed mussels, a cheese plate, among others. The daily Happy Hour isn’t limited to the bar. “Sit anywhere you like!,” exclaims Rousseau, reinforcing Cafe Stella’s welcoming atmosphere. —Julia McHugh Café Stella Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 3302 McCaw Avenue, 569-7698,

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Foxen Al Fresco The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail experience By David Baum It’s just past noon on a glorious October day as we motor north on Foxen Canyon Road. The road stretches ahead like a warm promise, as the country estates surrounding Los Olivos give way to an untroubled backcountry of high meadows, majestic oaks and well-tended vineyards. We’re here to slow down a pace—to explore the backroads, tune in to the distant screech of the red-tailed hawks, and savor the subtle aromas of a few fine syrahs. The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is the locus of some of Santa Barbara County’s best wines, from the hot-


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Provisions for the Trail Most wineries have picnic facilities, and there are some superb places to pick up gourmet provisions before you start up the Trail. If you are traveling from Santa Barbara via highway 154, consider a stop at Los Olivos Grocery to purchase deli sandwiches and a variety of complimentary delicacies. Proprietor Zaher Darghaliz purchased the “Valley Store” last year and has continued the tradition of offering gourmet and specialty foods. With a wine department that favors local varieties from Santa Barbara County, an amazing cheese department, gourmet coffee, and a tantalizing variety of hot and cold specialty sandwiches.

Panino, located near the flagpole in Los Olivos, is another good choice for freshly prepared sandwiches. For lighter fare try the Panino Caprese—layers of buffalo mozzarella, sliced tomato and fresh basil, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and organic greens. If you prefer a salad, try the Curried Chicken—tossed with apple, sun-dried cranberries, pine nuts and honey mustard over a bed of greens, accented by balsamic vinaigrette. At the north end of the trail, a wonderful spot for a leisurely outdoor picnic is Rancho Sisquoc Winery, a historic ranch with a timeless ambiance, with picnic tables on the terrace and (continued on page 42) w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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painting was the result of an assignment for an Art Academy course. “I painted an interior of one of the restaurants my husband and I have been to many times in Paris, Le Fregate along the Seine,” she recalls. “I loved the painting and other people responded to the subject.” Raised in Europe, Stratton was used to the café lifestyle. Her focus on waiters and restaurants, she says, “all fell into place naturally.” Her mother was a gourmet cook, and Stratton admits to being a “fanatic food junkie.” John, a graduate of the California Culinary Institute with a Cordon Bleu certificate, has worked at some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants and is poised to open his own eatery in Santa Cruz next year. He has been saving recipes for several years. A collaboration between aunt and nephew seemed a perfect pairing. Most of the dishes reflect the Strattons’ Mediterranean roots. A favorite of Thalia’s is roasted leg of lamb with orzo, tomatoes, and white wine, which is paired with her painting of an interior of Bistro St. German in tones of delicate browns, greens, and blues. Wine poached salmon with shallot, brandy and black truffle sauce faces a portrait of a waiter balancing three laden plates, the white of his shirt gleaming against a black background. At seven inches square, “The Art of Dining, Epicurean Delights” is a small platform for Thalia Stratton’s striking artworks, but makes them no less rich. Full sized pieces are on view at Waterhouse Gallery starting October 1; others can be seen at — Julia McHugh Waterhouse Gallery, 1114 State Street, 962-8885,

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What’s not to like about tacos? Ah, those scrumptious tortilla “cakes” wrapped around all your favorite fillings – I could eat them every day for the rest of my life and never tire of them! They’ve become a staple around our house and my fish taco recipe has a very special place in our hearts. It’s super easy to make and calls for local white seabass, which really isn’t a bass at all – it’s a member of the croaker family! Don’t worry if you can’t find any local white sea bass – try the local rock cod or halibut. It really doesn’t matter if the fish is delicate or firm because you’re going to break it up in the pan anyway. The Santa Barbara Fish Market always has a great selection of fresh fish to choose from and the staff is very helpful. Give yourself free rein to experiment – as I’ve always said, it isn’t rocket science! Part of the fun is just getting into the kitchen and letting your creativity flow. So, what are you waiting for? Get your taco on…

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Mango Avocado Salsa Prep Time: 10 minutes Inactive Time: 25 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 2 ripe mangos, pitted, peeled and diced 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and diced 1/2 medium red onion, diced 1 red jalapeño, seeded and minced 3 T cilantro leaves, chopped One lime, juiced Pinch of salt Preparation Gently mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill while preparing tacos. Can also be made ahead of time.

Pan-Fried Fish Tacos Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 1/4 C canola oil 1/2 medium red onion, chopped 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped 1 anaheim pepper, seeded and chopped 1 red jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 1-pound local white seabass fillet 5 large garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp anejo chili powder 1/2 tsp oregano leaf 1/2 tsp ground savory One lemon or lime, juiced Salt and pepper Flour, corn or rice tortillas, warmed Hot sauce Note: grocery stores often label poblano peppers as “pasilla” peppers. Preparation Sauté onions and chili peppers in oil on mediumhigh heat, about 3-4 minutes. Move onion-pepper mixture to sides of pan and place fish in the center of pan. Rub garlic and spices on exposed side of fish, and cook uncovered 3-4 minutes. Turn fish with a spatula and cook another 3-4 minutes. Pour citrus juice over fish and break fish into bite-size pieces. Add salt and pepper if desired. Stir onionpepper mixture in with the fish until everything is coated with the spices. Remove from heat and let sit approximately 2-3 minutes. Spoon mixture onto warm tortillas and top with Mango Avocado Salsa. If you like lots of pep, add your choice of hot sauce. Enjoy! w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

Smooth customer For a tasty fall twist, give the avocado smoothie a whirl. Shakes and blended drinks with avocado & condensed sweetened milk are popular is Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam; most parts of South East Asia. This is a healthier version that is just delicious. 1 ripe banana ¼ of a cucumber; peeled 1/3 of a ripe avocado ½ cup yogurt 1 tbl. Honey Handful of ice Blend well and serve over a bit of ice. —Lynette La Mere is the proprietor of Pure Joy Catering Inc.,

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Did you know that oil pressed from the fruit of an avocado is one of the healthiest oils you can use? True! It’s rich in Vitamin E, high in monounsaturated fats, and like olive oil, is one of the few vegetable oils not derived from seeds; it’s pressed from the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit. But unlike olive oil, it has a very high smoking point, which makes it a very attractive option in the kitchen when searing meats or fish. Give it a try! —RB. Available for sale and sample at il Fustino. 3401 State St. 805-845-3521.

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What do fava beans, peregrine falcons and Rudolf Steiner have to do with winemaking? Each represents an aspect of earth-friendly viticulture that is being embraced by an expanding number of wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. The sustainable practices of local vineyards— ranging from organic methods to biodynamic farming to low-impact packaging—may be healthier for the planet and for wine-lovers, but how do green vintages measure up on quality? According to Bob Wesley, proprietor of The Winehound, not all sustainable wines are equal. “Don’t assume that organic wines are better by definition,” he warns. “I’ve tasted some that were just plain bad and others that spoiled without sulfites to preserve them. Three local wineries that I’d recommend are Alma Rosa, ampelos and Beckmen.” Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards (http:// began farming organically in 1983, and was the first wine grower in Santa Barbara County to become certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers, in 1999. In their 100+ acres in Santa Ynez’s St. Rita Hills, owners Richard and Thekla Sanford substitute chemical herbicides and pesticides with mechanical weed control, beneficial insects and rodent-controlling peregrine falcons. Also in Sta. Rita Hills is ampelos cellars, founded in 2001 by Peter and Rebecca Work. This vineyard was the first in Santa Barbara County and among the first in the United States to be certified sustainable, organic and biodynamic. On its website (, ampelos distinguishes the three designations: Sustainability “develops economically viable ecosystems and enhances the quality of the environment, so that farmlands remain productive indefinitely.” Organic Farming is the “‘zero impact’ process of producing food naturally by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and harmful chemicals to influence the growth of crops.” Biodynamics “takes the notion of ‘organic’ further by holistically treating the entire vineyard as a living ecological, self-sustaining system [while] harnessing the earth’s cycles in accordance with moon phases and gravitational forces to enhance fruit flavor, production and heartiness.” ampelos incorporates other environmental practices that enhance its sustainability, such as: w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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Winter squash by Lynette La Mere Pure Joy Catering Executive Chef

Lynette La Mere is the proprietor of Pure Joy Catering Inc. (www. and a freelance writer who lives in Santa Barbara. Shopping hints: All ingredients used in these recipes can be found at Farmer’s Market, Whole Foods, Tri County Produce.


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utumn colors in Santa Barbara show up first in the Farmer’s Market: purple grapes and eggplant, bright red, orange and yellow tomatoes, and the earth tones of the sweet winter squash abound. Children are back in school, the days get shorter, and the urge to provide comfort food for our families and friends draws us back into the kitchen. During the fall I like to start using an assortment of winter squash in my cooking. (This group of vegetables is named after the Naraganset Indian word askutasquash.) Included in this category are green acorn, the ribbed Gold Nugget sugar pumpkin, the smooth calabazas, the striped turban, the Blue Hubbard, and a personal favorite, the butternut squash. Butternut squash, with its sweet, earthy flavor, its smooth texture, and high vitamin content has been a favorite with my children since they started eating solid food. Simmering the peeled golden chunks in a little lightly salted spring water, just enough to cover, and pureeing them in the food processor is still a favorite dish alongside grilled meat and a green salad. Sprinkle it with fresh parsley or thyme and it’s gorgeous as well as delicious. There are some other very simple ways to use butternut squash that almost don’t need a recipe. Following are a couple of suggestions for that, as well as a few more complex recipes for infusing your fall with flavor, color and style!

Roasted Fall Vegetables

(Serves 8 as a side dish, 4 as a main course) These are terrific served with grilled chicken breasts (marinated first in olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs and a spoon or two of mustard), or as a main course over brown rice or couscous. 2 red peppers, seeded and cut in 1-1/2” squares 2 red onions, peeled and cut in 1” cubes 1 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cut in 1” cubes 6 small red or white boiling potatoes, cut in 1” cubes 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 3 T. olive oil 2 tsp. dried thyme

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the vegetables, olive oil and thyme together. Spread out on an oiled metal half sheet pan and place in the oven. After 20 minutes, stir and loosen with spatula. Vegetables are done after 35 to 45 minutes of baking.

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C OO K I N G AT HO M E 1-2 T. safflower or light olive oil 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced 1 leek, white part only, cleaned and sliced 3 cloves garlic 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger (peeled first, of course) 1-1/2 lbs. winter squash 2 tart apples (such as Granny Smith) peeled and chopped 1/4 cup white rice 1 quart chicken stock or vegetable stock Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium heat and sauté the leek and onion until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté another 3 minutes. Put the squash, apple chunks and rice into the mixture and cover with stock. Simmer covered for 40 minutes or until the squash and apple chunks are tender. Puréee in batches in the blender. This freezes well for up to three months, or keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. Heat through to serve, adding a spoon of cream or a dollop of yogurt.

Pumpkin, Prosciuto and Red Pepper Lasagna

(Serves 12) This is a party dish. It’s delicious, unusual and can be assembled ahead and baked an hour before serving. To make this lighter and quicker, 4 cups of prepared marinara sauce, mixed with a cup of light cream could be a substituted for the creamy cheese sauce in this recipe. Serve with crusty Italian bread, heated for five minutes at 350 degrees and then sliced, and a crisp salad. Filling: 4 T. unsalted butter 2 yellow onions, diced 6 cups peeled, diced cooking pumpkin or butternut squash 3 red peppers, seeded, cut into 1-inch squares 3 T. olive oil salt and pepper

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Prepare the filling: 1) Toss the squash and pepper with olive oil and roast on a sheet pan for about 30 minutes. Set aside. 2) Sauté onion in butter over medium heat until very tender, stirring as necessary to keep from burning, about 15 minutes. Toss with squash, season with salt and pepper. Reset oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the sauce: 1) Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add stock, 1/2 cup at a time, whisking and cooking as you add it. Add the cream and cook until thick and smooth. Stir in Parmesan, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Assemble: 1) Line the bottom of the pan with noodles. Sprinkle with half the diced Prosciutto and 1/3 of the sauce. Scatter with mozzarella cheese and sage leaves. Cover with more noodles, then all the vegetable filling, more cheese, and a cup of Parmesan. Make another layer of noodles and top with the remaining ham, another 1/3 sauce and the remaining sage. The final layer has noodles, sauce and all the remaining cheeses. Bake the lasagna 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting.

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Lentil Soup with Vegetables and Pasta

(Serves 6—8) This soup is even better made ahead. Serve it as a main course with salad and bread, making a hearty, nutritious dinner. 1 cup lentils, rinsed and picked over for pebbles 2 cups thinly sliced savoy cabbage 1 cup cauliflower florets 1 cup peeled, diced (half inch) butternut squash 1 large yellow onion, peeled and cut into half inch dice 1 large red pepper, seeded and cut in half inch dice 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced 1 rib celery, thinly sliced 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese 10 cups water 1 cup small shell pasta 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley Place all vegetables, water and 1/4 cup cheese in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer the soup, covered for 40 minutes. All vegetables should be soft and tender. Add the pasta, and cook until al dente (meaning tender yet still firm to the tooth), another 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the olive oil and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, passing the remaining cheese.

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By Laurence Hauben

“I first want my food to be inviting,” says Brandon Hughes, Executive Chef at the Wine Cask. “I am not into molecular gastronomy. It’s kind of funny, because I studied chemistry before deciding that cooking was my true passion, but that approach is just

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too cold and scientific. There is no love there. For me cooking is not so much about technique as it is about energy, about passion. It is about the final product; you have to feel every dish, look at how it is going to feel to the people who receive it. Dining is a very social thing, and I want my dishes to reflect that.” Hughes likes his food to be “rustic,” but this simplicity is actually the result of a lot of thought. He has been studying the classics, reading Escoffier, and he and his team are constantly discussing food, reexamining traditional cuisines, experimenting, pushing each other to excel. “I’m in the kitchen 16 hours a day,” he jokes. “I just love the camaraderie of it.”

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Counter gives Hughes the freedom to introduce dishes that might be too adventurous for the main menu, like meaty, garlicky snails stewed in wine, “a traditional meal of workers in the field,” or succulent seared Cornish game hens brushed with onion and hot pepper jelly, served with amazingly sweet little ears of baby corn, Donna Tamai’s tender pattypan squash, and pan juices scented with sweet marjoram. Guests sit at the oversize bar, a modern twist on a community table. It’s the kind of food you want to eat with your fingers, dishes inspired by what your mother might have cooked in late summer if you had the good fortune of growing up on a farm and Mom

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verybody’s got to eat. We get hungry, we grab a bite, we “refuel,” problem solved. Maybe it is a hastily thrown together meal at the end of a long work day, leftovers popped in the microwave, or something from the deli counter at the supermarket. This kind of eating may quiet the stomach for a while, but it sure doesn’t feed the soul. Dining is something else entirely. Only humans do it. It doesn’t just fill the belly, it restores you. From the moment you enter the dining room and sit at a carefully set table, the hurried pace of the day slows down. Gleaming silverware, sparkling glasses, a carefully written menu that plays the dishes in your head before you order. Relaxation sets in. The cares of the world recede. Someone is going to take care of you. You listen to the specials. You peruse the menu over a glass of wine or specialty mixed drink, or maybe you just surrender to the chef’s choice, tell the server you would like whatever the chef is happiest with. An appetizer arrives, tantalizingly pretty. You take the time to savor the colors, to analyze the play of textures, the flavors, how they interact with each other and with the wine you chose to pair. You smile at your dining partner. This is fun. Life doesn’t feel as stressful as it did before you sat down. You converse, the exchange deepening as the courses ensue. It is a chance to discover a new friend, or to reconnect with old ones. Maybe the mood turns to romance, maybe to celebration. Perhaps it is a time to confide, to explore new ideas, or just to enjoy each other’s company. Especially in difficult times, dining opens a space where life can be shared and enjoyed, and that it something to treasure. The following 25 selections is a great way to start. Enjoy! —Laurence Hauben

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Bouchon—Maple-Glazed California Duck Breast & Confit of Thigh. Served with a succotash of sweet corn, fava beans, apple wood-smoked bacon •and1.Windrose Farms butternut squash, port-thyme demi glace. 805-730-1160. • 2. Wine Cask—Seared Sea Scallops. Very fresh and served medium rare with sweet pea risotto, beet ‘carpaccio’, sautéed pea tendrils and carrot vinaigrette. Local farmers are involved and the flavors are amazing! 805-966-9463. • 3. Sly’s—Grilled Dover Sole sautéed in butter and herbs. Chef James considers Dover the king of all fish and suggests the dish be paired with fresh broccoli and a crisp Chardonnay. Who could refuse? • 4. Arnoldi’s—Spaghetti Alla Bolognese. A classic dish from a classic SB eatery. The meatballs are housemade, as is the traditional ragu sauce. Enjoy with a local Syrah and a game of bocce ball in the back. 805-962-5394. • 5. Opal—Pan Seared Scallops, citrus, herbs and fresh greens. Opal Restaurant and Bar is well known for infusing an eclectic California cuisine with creative influences from around the world. This dish is a great example. 805-966-9676. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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6. Louie’s at the Upham—Grilled Scottish Salmon. A house favorite, the dish is prepared with an orangepear chutney and lemon beurre blanc over a redcurry mashed potato and mixed fresh vegetables. 805-963-7003.

8. Paradise Café— 12oz Double-cut Pork Chop. Grilled perfectly over Santa Maria live oak wood, the smoky flavors of the pork pair well with garlic mash potato, tart lingonberry and Dijon mustard sauce and a dollop of cinnamon applesauce. 805-962-4416.


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7. Chase—12oz (bone in) veal chop. Pan seared hot and then finished in the oven, the dish comes with a side of fettuccine Carbonara, bacon peas and onion. 805-965-4351.



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9. Julienne—Crispy Kurobuta pork belly harvested from Niman Ranch. Pan seared, then slow roasted in the oven and finished with a Taleggio Cheese cream sauce. Sides and garnish will vary depending on the season.

Pork Tenderloin. A full flavored dish, pan seared, roasted in the oven and served with a Mission Fig and red wine reduction, savory mash potato and fresh daily greens. Pairs great with Babcock Pinot Noir. 805-966-0222.


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11. Fishouse— Shrimp Tacos. Your choice of grilled or sautéed, the fresh shrimp are served Baja style, complete with pico de gallo, garlic, avocado, beans, tortillas and a secret house sauce. 805966-2112.

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12. Ca Dario—Costata alla fiorentina. 16-ounce grilled and seared rib eye steak served with stewed white beans and sage. A local favorite! 13. Emilio’s—Cioppino. A dramatic, yet classical •presentation of fresh fish, crab, prawns, Diver Scal~Examples from our daily changing menu~

lop, calamari, and clams, all wonderfully stewed in a house-made saffron tomato broth. Enjoy with a local Chardonnay. 805-966-4426.

with Asparagus, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives & Basil

14. Roy—Classic Chicken Marsala. Pan sautéed •in Marsala wine and fresh basil. Served with organic

with Fresh Mango Chutney & Ginger Sauce

vegetables from Tutti Fruitti Farms, fresh mushrooms and roasted potato cakes.

15. Arts and Letters—Crispy Salmon. Chef Avery Hardin presents his house favorite seafood dish, served with a celery root- leek puree, preserved lemon, nicoise olive relish, arugula, radish and crispy capers. 805-730-1463.


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Aldo’s—Salmon Cilantro. A house favorite, •the16.salmon is pan seared prepared with
Lemon juice, wine, cilantro pesto, pine nuts, and tomatoes; served with fusilli pomodoro. 805-963-6687.

• 17. Palace Grill—Pecan Chicken Picatta. Free range chicken, sautéed in Creole lemon butter and topped with pecans. A classic dish with a great Cajun twist. 805-963-5000. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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18. Downey’s—Grilled Duck. Prepared with Cabernet Sauce, B.D.’s Baby White Turnips & Fresh Tarragon. A simple, but elegant dish from the local founder of all things California. Pairs well with a Jaffurs Syrah, Verna’s Vineyard 2008. 805-966-5006.


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19. Stella Mare—Seared Scallops. A truly •French country dish prepared with butternut

Baked Sea bass. As •fresh20.asHoldren’s—Local it gets, the local dish is topped with sau-

squash flan, poached lobster, roasted asparagus, carrot and pea shoot salad, presented with a savory lobster Cognac sauce. By the bird refuge. 805-969-6705.

téed mushrooms, roasted artichoke hearts, grilled asparagus and finished with a Dijon Cream sauce. 805-685-8900.

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21. Blue Agave—Ligurian Fish Stew. Shrimp and fresh fish of the day are prepared in a robust tomato and porcini mushroom stew with grilled country bread. Pairs great with beer. 805-899-4694.


22. Olio e limone— •Pesce Spada Con Caponata Alla Siciliana (Swordfish with Sicilian Ratatouille) In Sicily, restaurant patrons are welcomed with brightly colored ceramic dishes filled with Capotata. Typically, this dish is prepared with tomato paste as an ingredient. Olio e Limone’s version is a bit lighter and allows the fish and other ingredients to be tasted. 805-899-2699.

Salmon—Fresh King Salmon is slowly poached to the perfect temperature by Chef Robert Perez and then served with boudin noir (sausage), parsnip sudachi puree, English peas, Niçoise olive vinaigrette, pink grapefruit, salmon roe and basil oil. Champagne pairs well. 805-963-1012.

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24. Meun Fan Thai— Green Curry Shrimp Soup. Shrimp, zucchini squash, coconut meat, bamboo shoots, bell pepper and sweet basil steep slowly in a rich green curry broth. Served with rice and as spicy as you request. 805-882-9244.


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Vinaigrette. Sushi grade tuna is quickly chard, then sliced and served rare over sautéed garlic spinach. Chef Leonard Schwartz recommends pairing dish with Champagne. 805565-7540.

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Housed in Santa Barbara’s “upscale” Upham Hotel, a “quiet” Victorian with “lots of history”, this “hidden gem” offers “creative”, “up-to-date” Californian cuisine and “spot on” service in a “bistro”-like space with “wooden floors” and a “nice porch”; a few find the menu “limited”, but “excellent specials”, a “choice” selection of wines and “romantic” ambiance contribute to a “wonderful dining experience.”

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—Zagat 2008 Louie’s, located inside the 130-year-old Hotel Upham, reflects the charm and tradition of its location, with a jazzy, comfortable feel all its own. A small but well-stocked wine bar is at the entry, and guests are served extra ordinary fresh seafood, pastas, filet mignon and a changing menu of specialties. There are cozy tables and booths inside or on an old-fashioned heated verandah outside. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am - 2pm Wine & Beer Dinner: Sun-Thur 6 – 9 pm Casual Dress Fri & Sat 6 - 10 pm Visa, MC, Amex Accepted

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Down to Business Seasoned wine tasters suggest visiting just two or three wineries on an afternoon jaunt. Today our focus is Foxen Winery & Vineyard, founded by Bill Wathen and Dick Doré at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic vineyard. The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick’s great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800s. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive anchor as his ranch cattle brand, which has become a trademark of the winery. This classic balance is evident in just about every Foxen wine. One of the standouts on this warm afternoon is the 2009 Chardonnay from Bien Nacido Vineyard. “For the last four or five years we have been ‘unstylizing’ this wine – letting it be what it is so the true character of the fruit comes through,” Wathen says. Secondary fermentation is discouraged in this tight, well structured food wine, which is fondly known as “the lemon drop” to reflect its natural acidity—only slightly mellowed by an eight-month stint in new French oak barrels. Another perennial favorite is Foxen’s 2009 Pinot Noir from the coveted Sea Smoke Vineyard. A portion of each vintage is fermented in new oak barrels, removed when dry, and then placed in new oak barrels for another 16 months or so. “It’s almost like 200 percent oak,” Wathen says. Meeting the winemakers is one of the joys of touring the boutique wineries in this historic area. Many of them are on hand to answer questions. “Younger wines are more forward—they taste more fruity initially,” explains Felipe Hernandez, part owner of Koehler Winery, who also manages five prominent vineyards in the Foxen Canyon area and makes wine under his own label, Feliz Noche. “Older wines don’t jump at you—they linger,” he adds. “There is much more subtlety in the finish.” That’s essential knowledge for novice wine tasters, who tend to favor young, acidic, fruit-forward wines during a casual tasting, then are disappointed when they open the same wine over a meal. We took the advice of Eric Mohseni at Zaca Mesa Winery, who recommended the Zaca Mesa 2008 Estate Grown chardonnay to accompany our picnic, which included a splendid assortment of Kalamata and Sicilian olives, Brie de Meaux cheese, marcona almonds, Genoa salami, and a Tuscan Treasure sandwich, all from Los Olivos Grocery. We came to the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail for total immersion, a quintessential country experience. We weren’t disappointed. While autumn is a lovely time to visit, every season offers unique delights, from the wildflowers of spring to the golden hills of summer to the clear, piercing days of winter, when snow often graces the mountain peaks. So what are you waiting for? David Baum is a freelance writer who covers innovative businesses, emerging technologies, and compelling lifestyles for a variety of print and online media. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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ushing to dinner at the Wine Cask or to an opening at the Lobero it is easy to zip by Float Luxury Spa, one of Santa Barbara’s great bliss zones, without knowing it’s there. Located at 18 East Canon Perdido, the popular venue offers a milieu of healthful and relaxing treatments and services that live up to the literal meaning of its name. Following treatments at this peaceful and beautifully designed sanctuary it is likely you will begin feeling as detached as a leaf drifting in the calm current of a peaceful lake. The first thing that strikes visitors when entering Float is the quiet atmosphere, the second is the strikingly beautiful design of the facility, and third the cleanliness throughout. Natalie Rowe and her partner Stephanie Phelan have left no stone unturned to create their vision of spa bliss at Float. The three



story building has an extremely deceptive exterior, and actually is quite spacious within, offering separate dressing rooms with showers for men and women, as well as a bevy of unique treatment rooms and a comfortably chic waiting area, where healthy tea and snacks are served. The interiors showcase clean graceful lines and are done in beige, white and blue. Everything at Float is easy on the eyes and restful to the spirit. There is a private garden with a pond available for special wedding parties and groups visiting the spa that is simply the most beautiful ‘secret garden’ venue for a group spa day experience, and Float will arrange for catered lunches if a guest requests it. The treatments here were designed to provide visitors with a de-stress experience, an opportunity to find balance, feel light and just float. Their menu features a variety

of facial and massage treatments, as well as special ritual packages that combine facial and body treatments. Couples can enjoy a massage together in rooms designed with side-by-side tables, and during my visit I saw two couples relaxing in the lounge looking fairly blissed out. The Pacific Paradise, a delightful Papaya Pineapple exfoliating body scrub followed with a mist of passion fruit and coconut emulsion was my pleasure of the day. The sensational ending for the ritual is a full body massage with warm coconut & Kukui Nut oil, given at the clients desired pressure level. Simply Outstanding! Float also offers a Champagne treatment that seems rather intriguing, and visitors are encouraged to ask about it. Their facial menu has you covered with everything from pigment balancing to gel peels and the ultimate in nurturing treatments

for women and men of all ages. The Collagen Boost facial is done with rich vitamin serums and left my skin ‘glowing’ according to friends who saw me later. The therapist was a skilled skin specialist who knew how to thoroughly hydrate my skin, leaving it soft and vibrant. The items available in the Float shop include the best in fine skin care products, including a new skin care line for men called Jack Black. Epicuren, SkinCeuticals and Dr. Dennis Gross are just a few of the quality products for women available for home use or as gifts. Float also offers gift certificates that can be purchased online. Clearly, a day of floating is a gift worth giving to yourself or anyone you care about. For menu and pricing information visit FLOAT 18 East Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 845-7777.

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gious Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and has been offering his expertise and specialized skills to the Santa Barbara community for more than twenty years. He introduced the IntraLase™ laser to Sansum Clinic patients which allows a flap to be made in the cornea without a blade and is the only such device in the area. He also uses the DSEK laser which is the most popular procedure among refractive surgeons in the United States. Dr. Katsev enjoys discussing the rapidly advancing field of eye surgery and the expanding range of options he is now able to offer his patients.



Q:  What are some of the basics to understanding laser eye surgery? A:  Most people are familiar with the term LASIK, an acronym for laser-assisted intrastromal in-situkeratomileusis. LASIK is a way of reshaping the cornea using a laser so light rays can focus more precisely on the retina, improving vision. Q:  Who can benefit from LASIK? A:  Just about everyone can benefit - especially those with nearsightedness, farsightedness and those with astigmatism. Also people that find they cannot read if they have successfully used monovision contact lenses can have LASIK to read without glasses. It is preferred that patients are at least twenty years-old, have a stable refraction, and are not pregnant, although each case is different. I corrected both of my daughters at ages less than 18 because of special needs for sports activities.   Q:  Is there an alternative for people with a cataract? A:  Yes, the intraocular lens.  With the newer lens available, we can remove the cataractous lens and replace it with intraocular lens that corrects the patient’s vision at the same time. Lenses have improved such that you can correct them so they see both distance and near. Most patients can read and drive without glasses which most people are excited about.  It is called a multi-focal lens and I put one in my on mother about six years ago and she has been very happy but it does cost extra.    Q:  What is IntraLase®? A:  It is a computer-guided, bladeless laser used to achieve precision before we do

the laser procedure to reshape the cornea. It makes the flap, which is very important for quick recovery of vision without scarring. Surprisingly some people in our progressive town still use the blade to do this important part of the procedure.  I have used Intralase for seven years and have had great success .  Patients can drive the next day and do not have to miss work or more important their favorite activities.  Safety and stability are improved with Intralase   Q:  I understand you have a new procedure for cornea transplants. A:  I am the only surgeon in our area currently performing the DSEK procedure for cornea transplants. With it, I have typically seen my patients’ vision return within 6 weeks versus 6 months with traditional techniques. Q:  What is the DSEK technique?  A:  DSEK, or Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty, is a cuttingedge procedure for a cornea transplant in which only the innermost layer of cells in the cornea is replaced and swelling is reduced which leads to clearer vision. The procedure is completed through a smaller incision with fewer stitches, which decreases recovery time and lessens the risks associated with the procedure.  Q: Is there anything else new in cornea transplants? A: There is a new procedure called the big bubble that can be used during corneal transplant. It essentially allows the surgeon to not replace the whole cornea, which we presently do, but only remove the diseased part and preserve the part that is useful. It allows for quicker recovery and a better post-operative refractive result. Q: What makes you unique? A: I speak at events across the United States and abroad on laser surgery, which allows me to be current on what is going on in laser refractive surgery. Companies come to me first to evaluate new ideas, equipment and procedures. We are able to bring things to Santa Barbara quickly and instead of following the lead, we are in the forefront of the industry, applying the best technologies available. Also, I like to operate in the evenings, because afterwards, it is good to close your eyes for about twelve hours and let things heal. This way, people can leave the surgery, go to sleep and wake up healed the next morning. They do not have to miss work and can enjoy a quick recovery.

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ike many trainers, Mikki Reilly derives her sense of purpose from helping people get fit, and she is very good at it. The former Iron Maiden Body Building champion and award-winning coach definitely does her homework, and her research has developed into a training approach using HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and Metabolic Resistance Training to burn fat while gaining muscle and improving cardio fitness. She believes that the quality of foods consumed on a daily basis is the largest determining factor in what we look like, what we feel like, and how long we live. Her book Your Primal Body: Lean, Fit and Pain-free at Any Age is due out later this year. For more information, go to —Victoria Woodard Harvey What gets you out of bed in the morning? My 6 a.m. clients. Ever been less than fit? Not really. I grew up with two brothers in New Jersey, played hard and never stopped. Breakfast today? I had my usual, grass-fed beef and plant foods: zucchini, carrots, broccoli, green beans. with coconut oil and avocado. Ideal meal plan? The high-protein, low-carb diet of our Paleolithic hunter/gatherer ancestors was whole foods found in nature, like wild game, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts. It’s an excellent model. What’s your “beef”? Wild game was naturally grass-fed and organic, high in omega-3, the anti-inflammatory fatty acid, and low in omega-6, the pro-inflammatory fatty acid. Look at what kept early humans functioning opti-

5 Tips for Eating Paleo: 1. Focus your meals on high quality animal protein foods from natural sources, such as fresh meat, fish, and poultry. Whenever possible consume local, grass-fed, free-range, organic, antibiotic, pesticide and hormone-free meat, which has a healthier fat profile. 2. Eat an abundance of plant food, such as brightly colored vegetables, berries and low glycemic fruit which are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients 3. Include fresh, raw nuts in your diet, including walnuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, pecans, filberts, Brazil nuts, and pistachios. 50


4. Eliminate all grains and legumes (beans) Grains and legumes are a source of anti-nutrients, such as lectins and saponins, which wreak havoc with hormonal and immune systems and increase intestinal permeability, raising the risk of inflammatory diseases, such as celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. 5. Avoid vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil, corn oil and peanut oil, as well as mayonnaise, margarine and shortening. Increase omega-3 fatty acids, especially from fish.

mally for millions of years. If we returned to the dietary needs and physical activities dictated by our DNA, we could eliminate many cancers, Alzheimer’s, obesity, poor metabolism, low stamina. Nightmare job? Anything sedentary. Greatest fallacy in fitness training? That doing a ton of cardio is the way to get fit. Nothing could be further from the truth. Any pet peeves? The lack of standardization in fitness training is just crazy. Anyone looking for a trainer should know whether the trainer has a science degree or just got an online certificate in a weekend. One thing you can’t live without? Kettlebells. I’ve weightlifted for 20 years, but kettlebells put me in the best shape in my life. I recently completed the RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) certification training. Qualifying means snatching 35-lb kettlebells overhead 100 times in under 5 minutes. Pavel was sending home very buff Navy guys— it was austere. Most underrated fitness tool? The foam roller. I’ve seen clients increase range of motion and improve mobility in less than five minutes. Selfmyofascial release is more than just “mushing out” adhesions in muscle, it signals the brain from tiny sensors in joints and muscle to regulate the amount of tension in tissue. I can take anyone to a pain-free state in 99% of my cases. It is truly amazing. Gyms of the future? I imagine more functional training including foot-based primal movement patterns, using fast twitch muscles, with plyometrics, cable machines and medicine balls. Any vices? This cup of coffee.

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itamin D has come a long way in a short time. When I was a medical student in the 1970s, all that was known about this nutrient was that it helped to absorb dietary calcium. It was necessary for forming bones, and lack of the vitamin gave rise to the bone diseases of rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Both conditions cause bones to hurt, bend, and break. We now know that every cell in our bodies contain receptors for vitamin D and that vitamin D modifies the activity of about 10,000 genes, or about one third of the human genome. Vitamin D, it seems, does an enormous amount of work in our bodies. Once it was thought that vitamin C helped prevent everything from the common cold to cancer. That notion was largely eminence-based: the eminent Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes (chemistry in 1954, for discovering the molecular structure of vitamin C; a peace prize in 1962) widely promoted this idea.  Today in this era of evidence-based medi-

cine, good evidence supports the idea that vitamin D not only boosts the immune system, helping to prevent colds and flu, but also helps regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, protect from many of the most common forms of cancer, and even possibly to help fight depression. And it still helps to make bones and muscles stronger, probably accounting for its proven role in helping prevent falls in the elderly, an often devastating and sometimes deadly problem. Indeed, a recent study showed that lower vitamin D levels are associated with higher death rates in the elderly. Many surveys have documented the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in people who live in more northern locations and in people with darker skin. Indeed, pale skin allows the body to make more vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, the reason why vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin. Our skin makes vitamin D when it’s exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun. Unfortunately, north of Atlanta, the ultraviolet light is filtered out by the atmosphere during the winter, and, as a result, vitamin D levels tend

to drop as one heads north. The deficiency increases in people with dark skin, which protects from the sun’s harmful effects such as wrinkles and skin cancer, but at the same time reduces our skin’s production of vitamin D. Few foods naturally contain vitamin D, although it’s added to some foods including milk and some brands of orange juice. Other sources include small fish eaten whole, such as anchovies and sardines, and cod liver oil. I’m a major advocate for vitamin D supplements. While moderate sun exposure certainly

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Manscaping The Final Frontier


en used to be able to bask and revel in all their hairy masculinity, with furriness reaching it’s zenith in the 1970’s. Not anymore!  Countless men are now holding themselves to a higher beauty standard, just like the ladies. The Final Frontier in new grooming regimens for men is called Manscaping. It takes on many forms, but one of the most effective technological revolutions for Manscaping is Laser Hair Removal.   The media is constantly broadcasting the well-groomed man, free from hair on their backs, chests and well, nether regions.   Men are getting on board and visiting Medical Spas in droves to achieve the slick and glossy finish of the male models in the magazines.  Many men who are dramatically endeavoring to attain this look shave their chest and back, but the prickly porcupine feel is not the most desirous of Manscapes.  And don’t even think about waxing!   Ouch!  Not all women love the lustrous, creamy, skin palette of a silky smooth man, but for those who do, Laser Hair Removal is the golden ticket.   To be properly Manscaped, a series of 5 - 10 laser treatments are required with time and cost varying by the size of the area to be treated and the thickness and color of the hair. Dr. Kathleen Griffin, Medical Director of The G Spa says, “We use the revolutionary Elos technology by Syneron which uses a combination of Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Light Energies that targets and destroys hair follicles. Hair removal is one of the most popular uses of laser for patients of all ages: young adults love hair-free upper and lower bodies, men love to be less hairy in general, and older women need it for those unwanted dark hairs that appear after menopause.  Although hair removal is never guaranteed to be complete or permanent, it comes close enough to both,  to be appreciated by anyone who is willing to give it a try.” The great news for all the hairy bears out there is that this service is available to you, so if you are one of those men who want the velvety, shaven look and feel for your Manscape, Laser Hair Removal may just be your golden ticket to freedom from shaving and waxing. —Cynthia Grancourt Cynthia Grancourt is a freelance health writer and manager for the G Spa in Santa Barbara.

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stepped off the Island Packers ferry onto the sturdy dock at Prisoners Harbor, primed for a hilly, 13-mile trail run back to my kayak and campsite at Scorpion Anchorage located at the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island. The largest of California’s Channel Islands at over 60,000 acres and part of Channel Islands National Park, the mountainous island is also the most unique with flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. I was running then paddling in what is also known as “the Galapagos Islands of the north,” a archipelago that’s close to the mainland of teaming Southern California, yet worlds apart in biodiversity and population — only about 80,000 people a year set foot on the islands, and most of those land at Scorpion Anchorage. Once I reached the narrow spine of Montanon Ridge my legs were burning, the ocean beckoning three miles below. The island’s highest peaks rise more than 2000 feet. I opened up my stride and followed an old, rutted ranching road descending swiftly into the broad mouth of Scorpion Canyon. Clever ravens croaked and a peregrine falcon buzzed the cliffs scattering flocks of western gulls into hysteria. A tiny, housecat-sized island fox had beat me to the kayaks and foraged through the empty boats for food. It was time to cool down. A quick dunk in the cobalt blue water and I was off paddling in and out of the honeycombed cliffs of Santa Cruz, sampling the many sea grottos along the wavebattered coastline.

San Miguel Channel ‘Tossing’ Sitting just off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, the volcanic island chain is one of the best kayaking locales in the world, with sea caves aplenty and beautiful camp spots, and traversed by winding trails that invite hikers and runners to explore. I was in the midst of a 10-day solo circumnavigation of the four northern islands of the five islands in the national park — Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel, often referred to as the outer islands, and Anacapa, closest to the mainland. The fifth, tiny Santa Barbara Island is isolated many ocean miles to the south, off the coast of 56


Malibu, closer to Catalina Island. After three balmy days on windswept San Miguel Island, which sticks furthest out into the Pacific, I made a dash for Santa Rosa Island, paddling three miles eastward aided by 25-knot northwest winds whipping up the channel. (Santa Rosa is 32 miles off Santa Barbara.) Swell was building from the south and steady wind swell bumped up out of the northwest, colliding in the channel like mighty titans, enhanced by those perpetual winds sweeping down off Point Conception on the mainland north of Santa Barbara. Halfway across the turbulent channel, the seas grew larger and the winds intensified, and before reaching the safety of an anchored down kelp forest I capsized in the frothing cold water. A yard sale ensued as some of my gear bobbed in the chop while I scrambled back into my sit-on-top kayak. After retrieving my last dry bag I made a beeline for the dense canopy of kelp extending off Santa Rosa. It forced the wind to lie down, a much needed reprieve from the challenging sea conditions.

Anacapa Showdown Anacapa Island, closest to the mainland, possesses some of the best paddling within the entire national park. The small, narrow island actually consists of three tiny islets (East, Middle and West Islands) nearly five miles long. The island has several breathtaking arches to paddle under, an array of sea caves to explore, and spindly pinnacles of volcanic rock jutting 20 feet high, where brown pelicans and Brandt’s cormorants perch and preen and black oystercatchers forage at their base. There are also a couple thousand raucous California sea lions congregating around the southeast end. Normally you don’t see too many big sea lion bulls at Anacapa. You’ll find them brawling over females and territory on remote sections of Santa Barbara and San Miguel Islands. But on this occasion, near the end of my 10day solo circumnavigation of the islands, there was one big brute sharing a crag with some western gulls and cormorants in Cathedral Cove. Territorial bulls will challenge intruders if their space has been breached. Most charges are of the bluff variety, but this was no bluff. I envisioned it breaching and landing on the bow of my kayak catapulting me and my gear into the water, leaving me exposed to gnashing teeth and its thumping girth, my precious gear sinking to the bottom. I quickly stashed the camera away in my dry bag.

Gratefully, the hotheaded bull was defused when a pair of female sea lions entered the fray, quickly diverting his attention away from me. A deep sigh of relief, several quick strokes, one look over my shoulder, and I could’ve sworn one of those females winked at me. Chuck Graham is a freelance writer and photographer based in Carpinteria, and leads kayak tours at the Channel Islands National Park. His stories and photos have appeared in Canoe & Kayak, Sea Kayaker, Trail Runner, Backpacker, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer and The Surfer’s Journal.

Channel Islands National Park Getting There: Island Packers is the boat concessionaire to all five islands in the national park. Call (805) 642-1393, or go to www. Camping: A campsite on any of the five islands goes for $15 per night. Go to for reservations. Kayaking: For kayak tours, contact Channel Islands Outfitters, or call (805) 899-4925, ext. 1.


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Venues & Private Dining Condor Cruises Party and dinner cruises aboard the Condor Express— a high speed catamaran that is perfect for corporate events, family outings, wedding, or fund raisers— either on the coast or at the islands. The vessel is certified for up to 149 passengers, but is also perfect for smaller groups that want the amenities that only a vessel this size can provide. SEA Landing, 301 Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara (805) 882-0088, Cork Room at Bouchon The Cork room is a private dining room for groups of up to 20 guests. Corporate and private parties are welcome. You will find an excellent array of wine country cuisine paired with local Santa Barbara wines for truly wonderful and unique dining experience. 9 West Victoria St., 805-703-1160,

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Cucina Room at Olio e Limone The Cucina Room is the ideal venue for your group of up to 40 people. Perfect for business dinners and life events when you desire the exclusivity and privacy of your very own Olio e Limone dining experience. Enter and you will find an attentive service staff, beautifully set table and complimentary printed menus. We have created five dinner menus named after some of our favorite Italian wine regions to help in the decision-making process. A luncheon menu is also available for lunchtime events. Private dining is also available at the Terrazza Room at Olio Pizzeria for up to 22 guests. 11 & 17 West Victoria Street, 805-899-2699, Events by Stella Mare’s Events by Stella Mare’s, a full service private restaurant, is centrally located in uptown Santa Barbara near historic State Street, with beautiful views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The décor is French Provencial meets Santa Barbara style, typifying the term “casual elegance”. Events by Stella Mare’s is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, as well as corporate seminars, holiday celebrations, luncheon and dinner events from 40-300 guests. With three versatile rooms, a full service bar, an outdoor terrace, and majestic views, Events by Stella Mare’s can be used for intimate social gatherings or meetings or large-

scale events. 3302 McCaw Avenue, Santa Barbara, (805) 969-3415, Louie’s at the Upham Hotel Louie’s features two elegant rooms, one for large groups of up to 50 people and the other for smaller parties of six to 15. Custom menus are available with the emphasis being on California cuisine using the freshest available produce and local wines. The setting is inside the historic Upham Hotel which offers state of the art audio visual equipment for all levels of social and corporate presentations. For more information call 805-963-7003 or visit Opal Restaurant and Bar Opal Restaurant and Bar can accommodate in-house parties from 10-120, and we have extensive experience in serving corporate functions, birthdays, wedding rehearsal dinners or wedding celebrations, weekly luncheons, and private parties of all sorts. Whether it is an on-site banquet or off-site catering, our highly effective system of service enables us to handle all events from the most casual birthday bash to the most exacting and formal affair, with a smooth and flawless style that anticipates every situation and creates a great experience for you and your guests. 1325 State Street, Santa Barbara, (805) 966-9676, Roosterfish Room at Seagrass The Roosterfish Room is designed to provide a memorable private restaurant experience. Comfortably accommodating up to 22 guests this room offers it’s own private heating, air conditioning and music controls, providing guests with the ultimate in comfort. A streamlined version of the Seagrass dinner menu is exceptional, and gives a restaurant-quality experience in a private environment. 30 East Ortega St., 805-963-1012, www.

Catering Pure Joy Catering, Inc. Pure Joy offers full service catering for the Santa Barbara Tri-County Areas. Flawless event planning, friendly service and unbelievably delicious handmade fare— Pure Joy will bring your vision to life. 111 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, (805) 963-5766,

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Eat Well & Stay Well Sansum Clinic Celebrates 90 Years Sansum Clinic celebrates 90 years with Eat Well & Stay Well, an afternoon of elegant cuisine prepared by renowned local chefs and personal interaction with some of Santa Barbara’s finest physicians. Event co-chairs Julie Nadel and Bobbie Rosenblatt join the Board of Trustees and physicians of Sansum Clinic to host this unique affair on Saturday, October 22 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Isla Mar, the private and historic estate of Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack in Hope Ranch. At each course of the lunch, guests will have an opportunity to speak with a different Sansum Clinic healthcare professional who will discuss the latest advancements in his or her specialty. Wine Cask Executive Chef Brandon Hughes will prepare the first course. San Ysidro Ranch Chef Jamie West, will prepare the entrée. Alberto Morello, chef/owner of Olio e Limone Ristorante, will prepare dessert. All courses will be paired with fine wine from Rusack Vineyards, personally selected by Geoffrey Claflin Rusack. A boutique live auction of just a few distinctive items will include sideline tickets to Super Bowl XLVI and the “Ultimate Dinner Party” with Wolfgang Puck cooking dinner for 16 guests in the winning bidder’s home. There is an opportunity for guests to fund a need, including the commu-

nity flu shot program, Camp Wheez for kids with asthma, and diagnostic testing for those without the means to pay. “Sansum Clinic is so fortunate to have the energy and enthusiasm of Julie Nadel and Bobbie Rosenblatt to create an event like Eat Well & Stay Well. I haven’t heard of another occasion that brings together our local celebrity chefs and our community’s leading physicians – at one of the most picturesque estates in California – to inform guests about the latest advancements in medical care,” said Dr. Kurt Ransohoff, CEO and President. Sansum Clinic is leading the way into the next 90 years with a commitment to deliver the best healthcare and services to our patients and our entire community. “Our longevity is due to our ongoing investment in the latest equipment and technology and our recruitment of the best and the brightest physicians from across the country and around the globe,” continued Dr. Ransohoff. “We have always worked to stay out in front of the community’s needs, advancing care in addition to responding to the challenges of the day.” Montecito Bank & Trust is this year’s title sponsor of the event. For tickets or more information, please contact Carmody Cutter at or (805) 681-7762.

Chowder Down! The second annual Santa Barbara Chowder Festival sponsored by food & home magazine to benefit Legal Aid of Santa Barbara, promises to be bigger and better than last year. Over 30 restaurants will be competing in two categories, traditional clam chowder and open recipe, to see who is chowder champ for 2011. The Boathouse will be back to defend its title for best overall chowder in 2010, as will Willows at the Chumash Casino, Marmalade Café, Opal, and SBCC Culinary Department, who took runner-up honors last year. Plenty of beer and wine will be flowing, plus music, prizes and a raffle for a years supply of local wine. All this will take place Sunday, October 23 from 1-4pm at the Montecito County Club. For ticket information and group specials go to or call 805-563-6780. 66

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Food & Home Magazine - Fall 2011  

The Lifestyle Magazine of Santa Barbara—with dining, food news, home news, recipes and more!

Food & Home Magazine - Fall 2011  

The Lifestyle Magazine of Santa Barbara—with dining, food news, home news, recipes and more!