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food&home Santa Barbara Fish Market owner Brian Colgate offers up some live local rock crab. Photo by Eliot Crowley.

Plus: Super Bowl Party Recipes Cielito Chef Ramon Velazquez

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Contact Information P.O. Box 20025, Santa Barbara, CA 93120 (805) 563-6780, (805) 563-6790 FAX,– SUCCULENT SUNDAY WINEMAKER DINNERS A pairing of Chef Ramon’s creations paired and presented by a different vineyard each month. Responding to popular demand from our locals, CIELITO IS EXTENDING HAPPY HOUR Hora Alegre - until 7:00 every night. DINNER STARTS AT 5:00pm FOR EARLY BIRDS Chef Ramon is creating a Late Night menu featuring some of his favorite Peruvian Japanese small bites from the Raw Bar and AWARD winning Antojitos.

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Cielito Shines

Chef Ramon’s passion for authentic Mexican cuisine

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hef Ramon Velazquez remembers his grandmother making tortillas “the old way” – from corn grown by his grandfather, ground in a stone mortar, then flattened in a handmade press and cooked on a large clay griddle over a wood fire. “I would take one of these huge tortillas, and eat it with only some cream and salt, maybe some tomatoes , chilies and garlic smashed in the mortar ” he says, “and it was my most favorite thing in the world. The marriage of the flavors – just my favorite thing.” Chef Ramon grew up in Guadalajara, the eldest of seven, and from an early age, he was involved in feeding his family. It is clear that much of his inspiration in the kitchen comes from these early experiences and flavors. “Everything we ate then, and every dish we do here at Cielito, has a ‘why,’ a connection,” he says. “It’s not a product. It’s a connection to the culture and the people involved.” Chef Ramon is sitting in the towering dining room of Cielito, the restaurant in downtown’s La Arcada that he opened with Gordon Hardey,

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whose family owns the Jeannine’s restaurants, and Karen Phillips, a long time friend of the Hardeys. The room seems aglow: original tin ceilings, recently restored, gleam high overhead; golden curtains cascade downwards; and a majestic oak bar, rescued from storage in the building’s basement, covers one entire wall under softly shining antique light fixtures. “Ramon grew up eating food that was seasonal, local, and fresh,” Karen says, “which is exactly what we are continuing here.” Ensalada de Betabel is a good example. Bright red hibiscuspomegranate sauce splashes dramatically across the plate, next to deep green frisee topped with roasted beets, oranges, candied pepitas, and burrata cheese. “This is fresh, good, delicious food,” says Ramon. “It’s the way I like to eat, and how I interpret food for my customers.” He is quite picky about his ingredients, Karen points out, laughing. “I have to be!” he exclaims. “A guajillo chili, for example. They are grown in different places, in Chile, in Peru, and in Mexico. (continued) food & home


firsts The soil is different in each place! You can taste the difference.” Karen, Gordon and Ramon toured Mexico for a week while planning the menu. “Ate our way through is more like it,” cracks Karen. “We wanted to make sure we were thinking the same things about the food. We were and still are!” “As an adult and a chef, I have been back many times to tour and study and learn. Not all the dishes here are from home, some I discovered myself,” adds Ramon. Cazuela de Chorizo con Rajas comes to the table, a bubbling mixture of house-made chorizo, roasted poblano rajas, tomato broth, and three cheeses: Sonoma jack, Manchego and queso cotija. It is obviously a favorite. “The goal is to have the best food, not just Mexican food,” says Ramon as he dips a fresh tortilla into the flavorful dish. At Cielito, they actually make two chorizos: the traditional and chorizo verde, a specialty of Toluca, near Mexico City, which is paired with grilled octopus in Pulpo a la Plancha. It is one of several antojitos – small dishes or “cravings,” meant to be shared. After Ramon’s father left to work in Santa Ynez in 1980, his mother opened a “fonda,” or neighborhood food stand, where Ramon worked. At age 16 he joined his father in the U.S., completed his education, and began his career in restaurants. Most recently, Ramon was head sushi chef at popular Arigato, and that influence is evident at Cielito’s Raw Bar, which features beautifully designed dishes made with sashimi-grade fish, sustainable oysters and other shellfish. Three different ceviches are offered, and local fish specials are on the menu each Friday night. That connection between food and people that Chef Ramon speaks of is evident when the Pollo en Mole Negro is served. “I was used to simple food, so the first time I went to Oaxaca and tasted black mole, I fell in love,” he recalls. “My mother made mole with maybe 14 ingredients – there are 28 in black mole, including different chilies and different chocolate.” It takes six hours to make. “There’s a point where it comes together and you say ‘this is it – this is why people do this!,’” Ramon laughs. “It’s meant to be a celebration dish, for when people have a birthday or the holidays, but here we have it every day.” At Cielito, the celebration is daily, as Chef Ramon and his staff make food filled with passion, great skill, and personal connections. “If I could eat only one dish, maybe my last meal on Earth, it would be black mole on my grandmother’s tortillas,” he adds with a smile. —Julia McHugh Cielito In La Arcada Courtyard, 1114 State Street 965-4770, Open Tuesday – Sunday Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner from 5 p.m. to closing. 12

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Eureka! A California experience


y now you’ve had many burgers in your lifetime.  You’ve had them fast, you’ve grilled your own, and you might have tested your palette against the latest gourmet burger rage.   But creating the perfect burger isn’t about piling on the toppings and the additional price.  It’s about doing your research, studying ingredients that work together to create a mouthwatering sensation that keeps each bite tasting like the first.   We as Californian’s have a passion about where our food comes from and how it’s sourced.  That’s why Eureka! has made its number one rule of thumb to select only the best in regional, organic crops and meats to ensure the very best in natural taste and compatibility.  ‘Eat, drink American’ is not only their slogan, it’s something they practice everyday.  From utilizing local breweries specific to each of their seven locations in California, to their small batch whiskey and bourbon selections.   It’s proven that the pairing of your craft beer and prohibition style distillers is just as important as the food that you order with.

Eureka! Santa Barbara is the latest in answering this California culinary need.  From the custom designed Santa Barbara Kale Salad with farmer’s market kale, cabbage, roasted garlic, toasted walnuts, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette with parmesan shavings to the unique flavor combinations like the Maui Wowi Burger served with pineapple, jalapeno relish, Havarti cheese, crispy bacon and topped with fresh aloha aioli and citric soy sauce.   If the food is any indication of the type of experience you will have at Eureka!, it’s becomes immediately visible as soon as you walk in the door.   The warm modern-yet rustic repurposed woods, the throwback lighting fixtures that drape over the bar, and the seating arrangements are perfect for singles, couples, large groups or outdoor sunset salutations. – By Paige Nelson Eureka Santa Barbara is open MondaySaturday 11am - 12 am, Sunday 10 am - 12 am. 601 Paseo Nuevo. 805-618-3388. www. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m


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Super party food Bowl time recipes for every fan By Lynette La Mere, Pure Joy Catering


uper Bowl Parties are stress free, unfussy and an easy way to enjoy January with friends. When it comes to the buffet at these bashes it’s no holds barred, guests expect to eat super delicious food so why let them down with shoddy take away fare? These are all made ahead and excellent at room temperature grazed on throughout the game so you can set out the food & join the party! Whether you’re hosting Super Bowl this year or looking for something to take along, here are a few guaranteed winners.

Toasted Pecans

1 egg white 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 4 cups whole shelled fat fresh pecans Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a large sheet pan with vegetable oil. Whisk the egg white until foamy add the rest of the ingredients and toss to coat. Spread evenly on the sheet pan and bake 6 minutes. Pull out and flip them around with a spatula, bake again until fragrant and toasted. Hold them in an air tight jar or Ziploc bag unrefrigerated.

Bacon & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

65 pieces These are addictive; I can’t tell you how many people say “I don’t like mushrooms but these are amazing!”

heap the filling, it won’t melt out. Put them on a rimmed sheet pan. You can hold them here at this point one or two days refrigerated & bake them later if you want. When needed, bake them at 350 degrees uncovered with a couple spoons of water in the pan to keep them moist during cooking until the cheese is colored just a bit, about 15 minutes.

Sweet Potato Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette Serve 12 Utterly delicious. 3 lb. red sweet potatoes (yams) 1/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup pecan halves 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1.5 bunch green onions

2 1/2 lb medium sized mushrooms 1 lb bacon, crisped and crumbled 1/2 lb soft goat cheese (room temperature) 2 bunches of fresh chives (reserve a fat pinch of them for garnish) 1/2 lb cream cheese (room temperature) shot Worcestershire sauce pinch cayenne pepper

For the vinaigrette whisk together; 6 oz. canned chipotle chilies, fork mashed into a coarse paste 1.5 cup vegetable oil 2 shallot, chopped fine juice of 2 limes 2 T. honey 2 T. balsamic vinegar 1 T. molasses 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine 1 bunch fresh chives for garnish

Wipe mushrooms clean and pop off the stems. Gently blend all of the ingredients. Fill mushroom caps with a small scoop each, it’s ok to

Slice the potatoes 1 /4 inch thick and toss with olive oil salt & pepper and roast them on vegetable sprayed sheet pan at 375 degrees for

20 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly. Make the vinaigrette and toss with the remaining ingredients, garnish with chopped chives.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Serves 12 Oh yea! This is worth every calorie.

1.5 lb. macaroni, boiled in salted water till tender, drained & rinsed with cold water to stop the cooking 4 oz. butter 1 small onion, diced “Shy” cup flour (take off about 2 Tb.) Salt & pepper to taste 1/2 gal. milk, hot 4 pinches nutmeg 2 tsp. dry mustard powder 2 dash Tabasco sauce 2 lb. grated good cheese (gruyere, cheddar, etc.) For the Topping blend together: 3 oz. melted butter 2 2/3 cups bread crumbs 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley Melt the butter & over medium heat cook the (continued on page 58)


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Lunch at Opal Eclectic, Californian and oh so good! By Leslie A. Westbrook


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roblem: You and your office mates (or a pal) want to go out for lunch, but can’t seem to agree on the type of cuisine. Jack wants a pizza, Ray is in the mood for a bowl of homemade soup, Beth is thinking about salmon or a Cobb salad and Marty is pushing for an Asian-style dish. What to do? Consider the menu (not to mention the large portions and great atmosphere) at longtime Santa Barbara favorite dinner and lunch spot, Opal. The prices are reasonable, especially considering the fact that everything is made from scratch – from the basket of impossible to resist multi grain and Parmesan foccacia breads quickly placed on the table, to the list of specials that change daily. With close to 40 dishes to choose from on the menu on any given day, even the most persnickety diner will find something that tantalizes. I recently dove into a steaming, textured and absolutely delicious and satisfying winter entree of Arborio risotto with sautéed wild mushrooms, fresh asparagus, artichokes and toasted walnuts in a rich, Parmigiano Reggiano cream and truffle oil sauce ($12.95). But I could only make it halfway through the bowl, so I brought the remainder home to reheat for dinner. Just a few choices on the menu include the opal Chinese chicken salad; phyllo-wrapped Tiger Prawns flash fried with a Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce and a Prime Rib French Dip sandwich. There’s a simple bowl of the daily special soup, such as the popular cream of roasted corn, potato and pancetta chowder (die-hard fans are notified when it’s on the menu) or the grilled hamburger on a foccacia roll with homemade chipotle aioli, smoked cheddar, all the fixings and homemade fries (10.95). Did I mention the selection of gourmet pizzas from the wood burning pizza oven? Dedicated business partners Richard Yates and Tina Tanaka, along with their longtime, dedicated staff – from Executive Chef Felipe Barajas, who has been at opal for more than 20 years to their 33 employees (some who have worked at opal for 6, 16 and 22 years), make sure their customers always comes first. On a one-hour lunch break? No problem. Want an order of sautéed scallops or chicken on that risotto? Done. Need the side dining room for a business luncheon meeting or birthday party? It’s all yours. If you desire a glass of wine to pair with your meal, there are 40 wines by the glass to choose from. And the chocolate ganache cake for two could easily serve 4.

Should you want to channel your inner Picasso (or do some table top calculating), you can scribble on the butcher paper table “cloths” (lunch only, evening switches to linens) in the attractive dining room that resembles a French-style bistro. Oh, and one insider tip: ask nicely about discounted wines by the bottle. Richard might just have something in their stash that is on sale. Opal restaurant and bar, 1325 State Street, (805) 966-9676. Check the menus on the website in the event you want to phone your order in ahead of time…or just need to entice your lunch mates. www. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m



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brief survey of local chefs and kitchens found that by a landslide margin the-local 11am 6pmsea bass is the easiest fish to pair with local wine. It offers light, clean flavors and can be baked, broiled, sautéed or poached whichExtended offers options galore when Hours choosing your favorite grape. Try the following recipe - Saturday with Margerum SybariteThursday Sauvignon Blanc. 11am - 8pm Local White Sea bass with Raspberry Chipotle Sherry Cream Sauce
 4-6oz grilled local White Sea bass
 3oz fresh raspberries
 1oz chipotle pepper
 1oz diced shallots
 2oz sherry
 3oz heavy cream
 1oz unsalted butter   Place shallots and butter in a sauté pan brown shallots add sherry cook off alcohol add raspberry and chipotle on medium heat cook for two minutes add cream let reduce to about half and run through a strainer   Candied Local Spaghetti Squash
 one squash split in half roast in oven covered for 20 min at 350 degrees remove let cool 2 cups orange juice half cup brown sugar 2oz chopped pecans let simmer on medium heat reduce to about half until thick take a fork and separate the squash from shell into spaghetti strands in a bowl toss with juice   Fingerling Potatoes with Local Fresh Herbs
 take potatoes and pan roast with 2oz olive oil on medium heat for 5 minutes add 2oz julienne white onion and 1oz chopped garlic and brown them off add fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, oregano, chives)   Recipe courtesy of Louie Ortiz, Whole Foods Market Seafood Team Leader w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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Wine for the Sea

Seven fantastic fish pairings


he next time you’re planning to serve up offerings from the deep blue, stop for a moment and consider your wine selection. It needs to have a fresh, clean finish that won’t overpower the likes of a delicately baked Dover Sole, while at the same time offer enough pop to enhance the flavors of a hearty salmon chowder. The following is the short list of what to add to your cellar when serving fish. Scharffenberger Brut. Bright aromas of green apple and lime lead to vibrant, layered flavors of citrus, anise and creamy vanilla in this sparkler. 90 Points Wine Spectator Jaffurs Viognier.  Rich, lush and inviting, it offers up attractive scents of orange marmalade, honeysuckle, apricots, white flowers and mint. Hilliard Bruce 2009 Chard. The 2009 Chardonnay comes across as quite elegant in its layered fruit. White peaches, lime, lemon and subtle French oak frame the finish in this exquisite, refined Chardonnay built on elegance rather than power Margerum Sybarite. Juicy, ripe peach and tangerine flavors are very appealing, with a refreshing acidity and fresh floral, herb and spice notes. The texture is smooth and juicy, with a lingering finish.” 90 Points Wine Spectator Lieu Dit Sauv Blanc. The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, a pretty, crisp white, shows the brighter side of Sauvignon Blanc. The grassy aromas and flavors are very much Loire-inspired, an approach that works beautifully. Hints of lime and white flowers linger on the finish. This is a fabulous wine in every way. Wine Advocate 91 points Pali Huntington Pinot Noir.  a siren of cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate and vanilla. It melts in the mouth. It fills the palate with sumptuous fruit, supple tannins, [and] lovely oak that weaves through the flavors and acidity for backbone.

Ojai Red. A multi-vintage blend of Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir. Versitle with food due to is terrific balance, you’ll find loads of red plum and black pepper. An amazing value. Tasting notes by Bob Wesley, owner of the Winehound Wine Shop, 3849 State St. in La Cumbre Plaza, Santa Barbara. 805-845-5247. 18

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ith assistance from the friendly staff at the Santa Barbara Fish Market and the kitchen of Marina Delio, the following as a great start to your seafood recipe catalog. Keep in mind that you can have your fish trimmed and cut to size – a great service the SB Fish Market offers that allows for shorter prep time in your kitchen! Enjoy!

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Santa Barbara Halibut Stew This comforting dish is a delicious way to use our local halibut. Serve with warm crusty rolls. Serves 4 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 leek, chopped (white and light green parts only) 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium red or yellow potatoes ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup white wine 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices 2 cups vegetable broth ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley, plus more for garnish 1 pound halibut, cut into 2-inch chunks 1 tablespoon capers, drained Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the leek and sauté until softened. Add the garlic, potatoes, red pepper flakes and salt, and sauté another minute. Add the wine and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth and parsley and bring to a simmer. Stir in the halibut and simmer until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in capers. Garnish with parsley. Maple Spiced Salmon The warm flavors of nutmeg, ginger, and maple make it perfect for winter. Roasted carrots and turnips make a delicious and healthy side dish. A sprinkling of micro-greens adds a pop of color and freshness. Serves 4 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper 4 (4-ounce) salmon filets Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large baking dish, whisk together coconut oil, syrup, nutmeg, ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Marinate salmon for 30 minutes. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until salmon is just cooked through. Southampton by Wood-Mode.

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1 cup thinly sliced fennel 1 cup cherry tomatoes, or diced red tomatoes 4 cloves garlic, minced   1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 pounds live mussels 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley In a large pot or Dutch oven set over medium high heat, bring stock, butter, fennel, tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper, to a simmer. Add mussels, toss with the broth mixture, and cover. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, until the shells open.

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small tomatoes 5 cloves garlic, peeled 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/4 teaspoon salt  Pinch red pepper flakes  8 oz. cappellini  1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts  1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese  ¾ pound large peeled deveined shrimp 1 tablespoon minced garlic Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, wine, salt, and red pepper flakes in a large Dutch oven or oven-safe pot. Roast for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, cook cappellini in salted water according to package directions. Drain and add to the pot of roasted tomatoes. Add basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan and toss to combine. Coat shrimp with 1 tablespoon extra olive oil and 1 tablespoon minced garlic. Coat a skillet with cooking oil and set over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook until pink and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Serve the shrimp over the roasted tomato spaghetti. Garnish with additional basil.

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Crab Cobb Salad Cups   Picking your own Rock Crabs from the Saturday Fisherman’s market is always a fun adventure. Steam whole rock crabs in salted water for about 15-20 minutes. These cute cups are perfect for parties. Makes about 15 1 package of 15 mini fillo shells (such as Athens brand found in the freezer section) 1 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced and cut into bitesized pieces 8 cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup micro greens 1/2 cup cooked crab meat (steam 1 Rock Crab) 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 2 tablespoons crumbled Blue cheese   Thaw fillo shells by leaving them at room temperature for 20 minutes. Place a small piece of avocado, half a cherry tomato, and a pinch of greens inside each cup. Fill with crab meat and top with a pinch of crumbled bacon and blue cheese. Marina Delio is a food blogger, photographer and mom living in Santa Barbara. Her blog is 24

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FISH FEST! 25 local favorites from the deep blue

Intro by Leslie A. Westbrook

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Photos by Ashley Renee, Shelly Vinson, Mehosh Dziazzio, Michael Brown, Bill Boyd, Scott Gibson.

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often joke that I am on a seafood diet. I see food, I eat it—especially if it’s fish. Leaving what I refer to as “the holy cow” in the dust (I gave up beef years ago), seafood —wild Alaska salmon or locally caught black cod in particular— is my omega-3 of choice. We’ve come a long way from the fish sticks of my youth. Santa Barbara boasts a bounty of treasures from the sea, whether you select from an array on display at many markets, or from delectable entrees served at our finedining establishments. Does your heart go pitter-pat over a bowl of steaming mussels or clams? Do you salivate at the sight of Hope Ranch oysters on the half shell, lobster from Maine or spiny lobster from our shore? Whether you savor fresh sea urchin (uni), sashimi, hearty fish stews or just a fine piece of grilled swordfish or a whole steamed snapper, there are as many ways to prepare seafood, as there are species. Delve into Asian-style entrees or fish tacos; French bouillabaisse or Italian inspired cioppino, or a just a simply grilled or broiled piece of fish served with lemon, butter and a sprig of parsley. All satisfy. The “buy local, sustainable food” movement is alive and well in our very own Santa Barbara Harbor. With over 1,100 boats, the marina has always been home to a working commercial fishing fleet. On any given day, sea bass, swordfish, sea urchin, shark, crab, and lobster are swung from decks of boats into trucks for delivery to local chefs. Some are even flown halfway around the globe. Brian Colgate, of Santa Barbara Fish Market has been selling sea-totable fish from our waters in his cozy retail space near the waterfront docks for 12 years. The fish market’s smoked black cod is a favorite. Ask nicely for a sample of any of the smoked fishes they sell and I guarantee you will add a chunk to your purchase. “We have a really unique, small harbor and a very tight knit fishing community that is respectful of the resources and practices sustainable fishing. There is a strong awareness of how important it is to maintain our fish population for the future,” notes Brian. The market provides a direct outlet to the public for commercial fisherman and whatever local fish is caught, from spot prawns to halibut, comes right though their doors. The list of choices is long and includes fish from other waters as well. I counted eight types of salmon – food & home



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from Alaskan Wild Coho to Scottish, scallops, calamari and even shark jerky! Did you know that you can pick out a piece of fresh local or imported fish, such as branzino from Greece, at the seafood counter at Whole Foods Market (they buy from SB Fishmarket) that catches your eye and they will grill, sauté or steam it for you with a choice of seasonings or marinades, free of charge? They will also shuck your oysters on the spot and peel and devain shrimp. Decades ago, an annual Fishermen’s Festival featured a “Blessing of the Fleet” and a parade of fishing boats covered in flowers and streamers. Eventually, this tradition was replaced by an annual fundraising Harbor Festival that benefited a home for unwed mothers. The festival fell on hard times in the late 1990s and was absent from the waterfront for two years until it was reinvented in 2002. The festivities were moved from spring to fall and altered to celebrate local fisheries. Today, the annual Harbor and Seafood Festival, held on the second Saturday in October, draws thousands of people to the waterfront to enjoy succulent seafood like fresh lobsters and barbequed albacore, plus a host of other seafood treats and marinerelated information and demonstrations. Lucky for us, Santa Barbara is like a year round seafood festival – whether you throw a line off of Stearns Wharf and catch your own dinner, buy a piece of fish and barbecue it at home or dig in at a restaurant. Traditions should be expanded upon, don’t you think? The following is the short list of what’s available to savor, explore and enjoy!

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1 The famous baked rockfish and vegetables from Chef Alex Castillo at El Paseo Restaurant
813 Anacapa St (805) 962-6050.


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2 Local baked Sea Bass with vegetables in a Dijon cream sauce from Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood
512 State St, (805) 9653363.

3 Oakwood fired and grilled prawns and salsa from Paradise Cafe
702 Anacapa St, (805) 9624416.

4 Chef Justin West skillfully prepares a local halibut for that day’s menu. Julienne
138 E. Canon Perdido St, (805) 845-6488.

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5 Grilled Dover Sole sautéed in butter and herbs from Sly’s
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6 Arctic char and vegetables from Seagrass
30 E. Ortega St, (805) 963-1012.

7 Classic Cioppino from Aldo’s Italian Restaurant
1031 State St, (805) 963-6687.

8 Sesame crusted Ahi on warm spinach salad from Chuck’s Waterfront Grill
113 Harbor Way, (805) 564-1200.

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9 Owner Brian Colgate showcases a fresh catch of local rock crab straight off the boat from Santa Barbara Fish Market 117 Harbor Way. (805) 965-9564. 10 Parmesan crusted Halibut over sautéed spinach and bacon from Enterprise Fish Company
225 State St, (805) 962-3313. 11 Charred rare Ahi with Japanese vinaigrette from Lucky’s
1270 Coast Village Rd, Montecito
 (805) 5657540. 12 Pan roasted local Corvina with rock shrimp from bouchon
9 W. Victoria St, (805) 730-1160. 13 Sesame seed crusted Hamachi (Seared Rare) over warm edamame, pickled carrot & sea bean salad from Wine Cask
813 Anacapa St, (805) 966-9463. 14 Linguini with grilled shrimp, spinach, Kalamata olives, tomatoes and feta cheese from Louie’s at the Upham Hotel
1404 De La Vina St, (805) 963-7003. 15 Swordfish with Sicilian Ratatouille from Olio E Limone Ristorante
11 W. Victoria St, (805) 899-2699. 16 Fish platter of Cajun salmon, soft-shelled crab, jumbo shrimp and vegetables from Palace Grill
8 E. Cota St, (805) 963-5000.

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17 Crab stuffed fresh sole with fava bean, clams, tomato and lemon salad, a lobster potato croquette and salmon cream sauce from Stella Mare’s
50 Los Patos Way, Montecito
 (805) 969-6705. 18 Skewered grilled shrimp and vegetables from FisHouse
101 E. Cabrillo Blvd, (805) 966-2112. 19 Filetto di Salmone all Agrumolio con Risotto al Limone from Via Maestra 42
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20 Seared Ahi over Brussels sprouts and butternut squash puree from Arts & Letters Cafe
7 E. Anapamu St, (805) 730-1463. 21 Award winning Panang shrimp chowder from Museum Cafe
1130 State St (805) 884-6487.


22 Shrimp and grits with paprika sausage, cipollini onions and poached eggs from Scarlett Begonia
11 W. Victoria St, (805) 770-2143.


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23 Sake marinated Local Black Cod and New Zealand Green Mussels in a soy-ginger broth from Petit Valentien
1114 State St, (805) 966-0222.

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Lobster and angel hair pasta salad with sundried tomatoes, black olives and asparagus from Downey’s
1305 State St, (805) 966-5006. 25

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Classic Downtown Dining By Leslie A. Westbrook Photo by Eliot Crowley


ho knew that Reeds Floors & Interiors in Carpinteria rivals any Los Angeles designer showroom for flooring, custom window covering, bedding and upholstery needs? Savvy Santa Barbara, and even Los Angeles, interior designers, who have discovered the one-stop design shop that has undergone an exciting and expansive transformation, is definitely in the know. Romain Doussineau, President and CEO of Reed Floors & Interiors located on Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria, discovered a need in our area for such a business. Three years ago, Romain, accompanied by his wife and two children, 16 and 21, rode into town on his white horse bringing with him a sophisticated sense of style and joie de vivre to our region’s design market. After studying the marketplace for a year, he purchased Reed Floors and then adding Affordable Fabrics/Draperies By Renga, located next door last spring. He has combined and expanded the two businesses that enjoyed loyal followings, into one. Working hard to enhance the quality and customer service level, Romain add his own stamp, which includes representing many lines exclusive to our area. “The idea behind is for us to become a design resource for people who work and live here,” notes Romain, who having remodeled and flipped a number of houses in the south of France, knows only too well the design challenges involved in such undertakings. Designers and others are flocking to Reeds, not only because of the range of offerings (which I will get to in a moment), but also due to the dedication and talent of the team who works with this clever and charming Frenchman. “I am bringing what people want and like to this area,” noted the native of France. Indeed he has—with literally hundreds, if not thousands, of floor covering, fabric samples and window treatments to choose from. The showroom caters to the public as well as the design trade and the team works closely, developing and maintaining working relationships with designers, contractors, real estate agents and all customers.

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In-house designer Christine Craig, Allied ASID, assists designers and retail customers alike in creative brainstorming and narrowing choices among the hundreds of fabric sample books and swatches on hand that include Duralee, Fabricut, Beacon Hill, Scalamandre, Robert Allen and Hunter Douglas, to name a few. Christine reports that some of the hottest fabric looks at the moment feature bold colors and patterns ranging from chevron and Ikat designs to animal prints and mohair. Fabric mixes, such as silk and chenille, metallics and pairing masculine with feminine styles add interest to a space. “There’s lot more eclectic and whimsical choices being made and Moroccan, tribal and ethic patterns are also popular,” she said, emphasizing, “We want to help bring a fresh look to your surroundings that you will love for years to come.” With services including re-upholstery, custom window treatments, pillows, bedding and more, Reeds offers one-stop shopping for those interior design needs. They are also in the process of creating both custom soft furnishings and children’s lines. “I always over-deliver and no job is too small,” says Romain, “We leave things spotless after an installation and I offer fair prices. I spend time with my customers and want them to be happy. Many customers become my friends.” (I can vouch for this, as many folks stopped to chat with Romain during our lunch interview at Garden Market). Romain and his design team welcome any size design challenge. Recent projects have been as wide ranging as providing vinyl flooring for a small kitchen in a mobile home, 13,000 square feet of flooring for a Santa Ynez school, 4,000 square feet of reclaimed wood flooring for a Montecito manse and replacing the bed canopies in each of the 40 cottages at the San Ysidro Ranch. Word-of-mouth has driven the business to date – and by going the extra mile to make certain customers are happy, not only by standing behind their products, but developing relationships with suppliers and customers, success is guaranteed. Reed Floors & Interiors, 3821 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria. Phone: (805) 684.758. www.reedfloors. com w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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here’s no denying that hardwood floors are beautiful. But they are expensive and can take effort to maintain. Imagine a floor that has no maintenance. That needs no sanding or staining. That will never fade, chip or scratch, and that’s waterproof. Now, imagine that this floor looks like real wood. “All you need is a mop,” says Tileco’s Gina Flint, in revealing their new line of Italian tiles, which mimic the look of wood, without the drawbacks. In some ways, the porcelain tiles improve upon Mother Nature, as a huge variety of colors, textures – some not found in “real wood” – are available. Some are very rustic, looking roughhewn or weathered like the outside of an old barn. Others are modern, with metallic sheens and contemporary-looking lines. There are traditional looking options, some appearing crosscut to reveal the rings, and other nuances to make them appear natural. “Every tile is different,” says Gina. “They are really an artistic expression of the tile-makers. No two are alike.” Gina and her parents Mike and Margaret Burchiere make buying trips to Italy every few years to see the new trends and visit manufacturers. It was on one of these trips that Mike first saw the wood-inspired tiles, which are made using ink-jet technology. Now, they import them from several Italian factories. “Customers tell us it is less expensive than hardwood,” she says, noting a price of $3 to $7 per square-foot. Gina is also impressed with the variety. “There must be thirty factories, each making three or four tile lines, with five or six options for sizes and patterns within each line,” she says. Large 18-inch squares are very popular, she notes, as are wide 12inch by 24-inch planks. Too many choices? Not a problem. Tileco offers free in-home design consultation, and has showrooms in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Santa Maria. “We help figure out what is best for the customer’s lifestyle,” Gina says. She points out that the tile is a great solution for people who have dogs and kids, or who have high traffic. Being waterproof also makes this pseudo-wood tile a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms. “It can also be used outside for decking or near hot tubs,” she adds. Just add mop.


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loyd Sigler Contemporary Furniture is a new line of furniture that is as much art as it is furniture…a beautiful balance of art and functional form providing a unique visual experience. The designer, using only hand-selected solid hardwoods, handcrafts each piece. No hidden particleboard, no plywood, and no paper-thin veneers…just beautiful, solid hardwood tables that showcase the humanistic scale and beauty of the designer’s vision for generations. Each table is signed and numbered. There are a variety of stunning designs in occasional tables, cocktail tables and dining tables. Each design is available in a variety of hardwoods. Surprisingly, prices are competitive with ‘manufactured’ furniture. Lloyd Sigler Contemporary Furniture is available locally at MichaelKate Interiors, 132 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, 805-963-1411.

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Thinking of Remodeling? It May Not Be Just About Your Return on Investment.


ne of the most common concerns that homeowners have when considering a remodel is whether or not they will be able to recover their investment if they had to sell. This concern has increased since the housing downturn, and rightly so. Though remodeling ROI is important, it is by no means a comprehensive way of determining whe ther or not to do a project. I believe that a more holistic approach is to determine what the best value for any given remodeling project is. For example, indoor air quality, a determiner of the health of a building, is difficult to value in terms of dollars and cents, but it may be critically important for a family with young children. Other considerations, such as how you feel about the home, how comfortable it is, or how well it is utilized/underutilized, should also be considered. According to a recent Houzz to Home


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survey from, 86% of homeowners planning a project over the next few years cite improving the look and feel of the space as an important driver, compared to 47% who site increasing the home’s value. So where do you start? I recommend generating two lists. The first is a list of projects that you want to do around your home. This should be relatively straight forward…more space, upgrade the kitchen, add a master bath, etc. The second is a list of priorities that are important to you about where and how you live. Essentially this is a list of why you may want to remodel. This list is a little tougher and rarely thought through. This list might include items such as increasing the comfort, health or efficiency, modernizing, curb appeal, or entertaining. I cannot stress the importance of focusing on the ‘Why’. In fact, if you just focused on

the second list, you may be better off. The purpose of these lists is that when you meet with your design and construction team, you will be able to better communicate what you want to do and why you want to do it. With this information, a good team of professionals can work with you to put the highest value package together that fit within your budget. The team, working together, can find opportunities that you could not find on your own. The focus on total project value, instead of just ROI, or any other singular directive for that matter, creates opportunities that would not exist otherwise. As someone who is regularly involved in this process, I have found that this approach to a project results in the highest homeowner satisfaction. –By Bryan Henson, President Allen Associates Builders. 805884-8777. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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ucculents and Cacti are, by definition, plants that store water in their leaves, stems or roots. As there are literally thousands of varieties to choose from in every color, shape and size and the fact that these versatile members of the plant world are the ultimate in drought tolerance and low-maintenance, succulents have become quite popular and rightly so. Nothing is easier to grow or maintain. The question one might ask is what is the difference between Cacti and Succulents? Keep reading for the answer, all will be revealed in the end. These water-saving flora range in size from the giant Dracaena Draco (Dragon Tree), Yucca and Agave to the diminutive sedum with tiny rice-sized leaves. Coming in an awe-inspiring array of forms and hues and bloom they can be used as accent plants or can be used as the main course of a garden. Use their blooms for a splash of color. For example, winter-blooming Aloe with its bright spires of red, orange, brown and yellow will brighten any winter garden. Succulents lend themselves beautifully to container gardening and here anything goes. I have seen succulents growing out of an old toaster, planted in a child’s toy truck and tucked into the crevasses in a rock wall. Get the idea? This is an area where you can literally let your creativity go wild. When growing them in containers it is ideal to use a special succulent or cacti potting mix (one that is one-third to onehalf pumice or sponge rock) as these fellows don’t like “wet feet”. When choosing a container for your succulents, keep in mind design basics like repetition, scale and contrast. Think in terms of contrasting colors, shapes, textures and designs. Deep magenta succulents in yellow glazed pots, yellow flowering plants in a blue pot, or red-tipped succulents with grey-green foliage in a red container all make for excellent contrasts. Simplicity is best when going for a dramatic effect, that’s when you use repetition of color and plant choice. Another aspect to succulents that makes these plants a favorite is the fact that they are self-perpetuating. Once you have succulents in your garden, you can propagate them by the harvesting of “babies” off the mother plant, as in the case of the Agave, or by taking cuttings to make a new plant as with Senecio. My go-to resource for anything of the succulent nature is Debra Lee Baldwin. Her books, Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens (published by Timber Press) are chock full of design ideas and ways to incorporate succulents into any garden. So what is the difference between Cacti and Succulents? Botanically, Cacti are Succulents but not all Succulents are Cacti. What define true Cacti are areoles. Areoles are what spines, branches and flowers sprout from, and all cacti have them, while succulents do not. Areoles look like small, fluffy, cotton-like lumps on the body of the cactus. Look closely a Cactus next time and you’ll see them. And now you know the difference between Cacti and Succulents (and can impress your friends with your knowledge)! Lisa Cullen, landscape designer and organic gardener owns Montecito Landscape with her husband, Chris. She can be reached at 805.969.3984 or Follow her blog at www.gardengossipsb. and listen to Garden Gossip radio show on AM1290, Fridays at 11am and 9pm and Saturdays at 11am.


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Dawn Sherry, Architect The inspiration of great design Interview by Leslie A. Westbrook

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Talented and gorgeous California girl Dawn Sherry, A.I.A., grew up in Camarillo. She attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree and moved to Santa Barbara in 1990, shortly after graduating, opening her practice, Sherry And Associates, in 1991. Her firm tackles both residential and commercial design projects and has designed a number of restaurants and bars in town including Blush, Brophy Brothers’ Clam Bar, Dargan’s Pub, Joe’s Café, Palazzio and the Wildcat Lounge. Although the 47-year-old lives on a yacht with her husband – which would have been my preferred setting for our interview – she was about to embark on an African safari. So we “met” and communicated via the phone wires and cyberspace.


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The energy efficiency and other design criteria have been met, if not exceeded, say the owners of the house. The combination of concrete, glass, bamboo, walnut, stainless steel and stone gives the house the clean, minimal look the couple had envisioned and creates a functional, inviting and open space for their young family.

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When did you know you wanted to be an architect and what inspired you? I’m pretty sure it was when I started drawing house plans that I decided I wanted to be an architect. I was about ten years old and I used to draw floor plans on my dad’s green engineering paper for designs of houses. I always drew a lot and my mom was always really creative and “crafty”. What is your design philosophy? That’s a pretty big question. Design is a process for me, the goal being the best solution for each particular instance. The beauty is that there usually is a best solution somewhere—you just have to be patient and diligent enough to get to it. I think that’s what sets good designers apart, having the passion to search for it. What inspires you? Good design inspires good design. That can be anything. Nature is inspiring to me. Tell us about the house featured on these pages, built after the Tea Fire. The house is the result of a program, a particular site and a desire by the clients for a simple and appropriate solution that addressed all of their needs. It’s simple form is a result of the structural system, Insulated Concrete Forms, that are basically a form of masonry, are extremely fireresistive and have significant insulating properties. The fire-resistant characteristic was important to the owners (Dante DeLucia and Ana Oneja) for obvious reasons. They were also fond of the concept of a pure form of architecture so this method of construction worked out very well for the project. Other systems that have been built into the home are a green roof, complete solar electric, thermal mass, radiant floor heating, high efficiency windows and doors, and bamboo cabinetry. The open plan allows the house to be relatively small, and still serving multiple functions. All of these features were requirements for the project. What were the challenges of building after the fire? To be honest, there weren’t too many challenges on this project. The


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design of the house came together very quickly and successfully. The best solutions presented themselves right away and the permitting process was seamless. A successful client/architect relationship does wonders for the success of a project and the owners (Dante, Ana, and Dante’s brother, Morgan De Lucia who built the house) were on board from the start in a forwardmoving direction. What were the advantages of starting “from scratch” yet dealing with a very emotional issue more than likely for your clients? Starting from scratch allowed us to utilize the site assets, as well as restrictions, to the fullest. The house evolved from the design parameters dictated by the materials, orientation, Zoning Ordinance constraints, slope, as well as the clients design sensibility and particular program requirements. You have done a lot of residential as well as commercial projects, including many popular restaurants in Santa Barbara. Do you prefer residential over commercial and can you talk about the differences or similarities between the two? I don’t have a preference. I enjoy both for different reasons. Residential projects are challenging because you are charged with creating spaces for clients that they are going to be living and breathing in, so you want to make the effort to really get to know them. Restaurants are interesting and challenging because you are creating a mood that has to be appropriate and perfect for the entire dining experience encompassing not only the food, but also all of the senses. They are gathering places and safe havens. Places you want to go to and be comfortable in. There are so many small details that can make that experience perfect and that need to be thought of. Anything we should know about what you do when you are not at the office? I’m in a local all-girl rock band. I play keyboards. I live on a boat in the Santa Barbara harbor with my husband, Paul, who is a boat captain, and my yellow lab, Lulu. We operate Santa Barbara Yacht Charters. We take guests out on the water and to the Channel Islands. It’s great to be able to show people our coast in a comfortable environment. The charter boat is a 60’, all wood Grand Banks motor yacht, built in 1969 in Hong Kong. We’ve restored her to her original condition. And yes, we love to travel – I’m on my way to Africa! Sherry and Associates, Architects 535 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara (805) 963-0986 Morgan De Lucia, contractor De Lucia Construction (805) 453-8195

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Tenderloin, Caramelized Onions and Blue-Veined Brie Sandwiches

Serves 12 You cannot just go buy anything like this. The onions can be caramelized up to three days before eaten and sautéed sliced Portobello mushrooms drizzled with a little balsamic make a delicious lighter or vegetarian alternative to this combination. Most whole beef tenderloins are about 8 pounds, For the caramelized onions; 3 lb. onions 1/3 cup olive oil 3 T. fresh thyme Couple splashes of red wine 12 sandwich rolls

4 lb. cold well seasoned roasted tenderloin, sliced thin 3 wedges blue veined brie cheese (Bla Blue or Cabonzola) Lettuce leaves or Arugula Mayo on the side Caramelize the onions; Peel, halve and slice the onions. Heat well a large heavy skillet over a medium flame. Add the oil and cook the onions tossing occasionally for about half an hour. Add the thyme and a few splashes of wine, let it cook down, add salt & pepper to taste and that’s it. To make the sandwiches divide your ingredients among the rolls, start with the brie on the bottom and salt & pepper the beef to taste. Set out a good mayo.

Walnut Brownies

I have tried all the brownie recipes you can imagine and these are still my favorite. 8 oz. butter 5 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate 2 1 /2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 “shy” cup flour (take out 1 Tbl.) 1 /4 tsp. salt 1 Tbl. Vanilla 1 /2 cup walnuts, toasted & chopped 3 /4 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 inch baking pan. Melt gently over low heat in a small sauce pan the butter and unsweetened chocolate cubes. Take off the heat and add the sugar, eggs flour, salt, vanilla, walnuts and the chocolate chips. Fold together with a rubber spatula and then scrape out into the prepared pan and bake till just pulling away from the sides of the pan, about 25-30 minutes. Lynette La Mere is the proprietor of Pure Joy Catering, Inc., 805 9635766 and a freelance writer who flourishes in Santa Barbara.

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Carpinteria Garden Market. Offering very tasty sandwiches, salads, smoothies and casual fare. Open Monday–Sunday 10am3pm. [L] $ (BW) 3811 Santa Claus Lane (805) 7455505 Sly’s. James Sly, formerly of Lucky’s in Montecito, is back to cooking the finest steaks anywhere. Sly’s is open daily for dinner from 5 pm, features a full bar and extended wine list. (LD) $$ (FB). Reservations are suggested. 686 Linden Ave. 805-684-6666.

Montecito CAVA. Experience the bold flavors of Spain, Mexico and Latin America in a romantic garden setting in the village of Montecito. Happy Hour 4-6, Weekend Brunch from 8am. [BLD] $$, (FB) 1212 Coast Village Road, 969-8500. Lucky’s. Montecito’s only premium steakhouse. Great wine list and martini selections. Great weekend brunch served 9am-3pm. [BrD] $$$, (FB) 1279 Coast Village Road, 565-7540. Stella Mare’s. Overlooking the Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara…a glass greenhouse, sofas by the fire, casual French décor and traditional French Country Cuisine. Full bar and extensive American & French wine list, great private rooms for your event needs and Live Jazz on Wednesdays. Closed on Mondays $$ [LDBr] (FB) 50 Los Patos Way. 969-6705. .Events by Stella Mare’s is located at 3302 McCaw Ave, on upper State The Stonehouse. Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, The Stonehouse features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with crackling fireplace and creekside views. Open for dinner from 6-10 p.m. daily.[D] $$$ (FB) 900 San Ysidro Lane (805) 5651700. The Montecito Café. Eclectic menu with great service. Desserts to die for! Open Daily from 11:30 (LD) $$ (FB) 1295 Coast Village Rd. 805-969-3392.

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Santa Barbara Aldo’s Italian Ristorante. Since 1986. Experience lunch in the sun or dine by candle light in their enchanting courtyard. Friendly servers deliver fresh Italian specialties and creative dishes with a California flair. [LD] $,B&W. 1031 State St., Blue Agave. Elegantly decorated two-story restaurant with a famous bar noted for its excellent martinis, mojitos, inventive cocktails and a wide range of tequilas and mescals served by a joyous staff. Blue Agave was voted by locals repeatedly the Most Romantic Restaurant in Santa Barbara. [BrD] $$ (FB)20 E. Cota St., 805-899-4694 Boathouse. The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is the newest venture of the owners of the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, which began on Stearn’s Wharf in 1980, and the Santa Barbara Fishouse. Enjoy stunning views and great seafood from a family run business that knows their fish! [BLD] $ (FB). 2981 Cliff Drive 805-898-2628, www. Bouchon. Restaurateur Mitchell Sjerven hosts the city’s first Wine Country Cuisine restaurant with more than 50 Santa Barbara and Central Coast wines offered by the glass to compliment bouchon’s “ingredient driven” and seasonal fresh menu. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list features exclusively Californian selections, paired with cuisine that is “creative without being over the top...”” (Wine Spectator, July 1999). Fresh Channel Island seafood, Santa Ynez and Ojai Valley game, and local farmer’s market produce predominate. Outdoor dining is available year-round on the heated, covered garden patio. Ask about private dining in the intimate Cork Room where up to 20 guests can be seated at the Grand Table. Open for dinner nightly from 5:30pm, reservations recommended. w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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[D] $$$, (B&W) 9 W. Victoria, 7301160. Ca’ Dario. Fine Italian dining with extensive Italian wine list. Excellent seafood and authentic cuisine. [LD] $$, (B&W) 37 E. Victoria, 8849419. Cajun Kitchen. Serving some of the best Cajun specialty breakfasts in town for over 20 years. [BL] $, (BW) 1924 De La Vina, Santa Barbara 687-8062; 6831 A. Hollister Ave, Goleta 571-1517; 901 Chapala St., 965-1004; 865 Linden, Carpinteria 684-6010. Chuck’s of Hawaii. A local favorite celebrating 36 years of excellence serving award-winning steaks, wines and seafood to Santa Barbarans and their guests. Chuck’s has been voted Best Steak in Santa Barbara and is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from The Wine Spectator annually since 1989. They also feature a nightly selection of fresh fish, from old favorites like Alaskan halibut and grilled salmon to ahi tuna (grilled medium rare). Dinner is served weekdays from 5:30 to 11pm, and until 11:30pm weekends. Full cocktail bar, featuring FirestoneWalker Double Barrel Ale on draft. Reservations welcome. [D] $$, (FB) 3888 State, 687-4417. Chuck’s Waterfront Grill. Chuck’s of Hawaii has expanded to a second location at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill; by the boats at the Santa Barbara Harbor. Same great food and service you already a setting that makes going out to dinner feel like a little vacation. Featuring Prime Grade Top Sirloin Steaks. “Chuck’s Style” Fresh Alaskan Halibut, Garlic Grilled Day Boat-Caught King Prawns , Grilled Sea Scallops, King Crab Legs, and Australian Lobster Tail. [LD] $$, (FB) 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, 564-1200 Cielito. Beautifully appointed interiors, expansive heated patio, private dining areas and a full bar accent a thoroughly authentic Mexican culinary experience. Located in the heart La Arcada, downtown. 1114 State St. 805-225-4488 Cold Spring Tavern. 100 years of tradition with true American cuisine only 15 minutes from Santa Barbara. Featuring the cuisine of chef Moises Bernal with selections of game and hearty entrées. Full bar & weekend breakfast. [LD] $$, (FB) 5995 Stagecoach Road, 967-0066 Downey’s. Chef John Downey has been serving Santa Barbara’s finest cuisine since the restaurant opened in 1982. Clearly defined tastes using the finest foods available and artful yet simple presentation have earned Downey’s top honors in the Zagat Survey for the past sixteen consecutive years. The dining room is in the capable hands of Liz Downey who will be happy to guide you through the mostly California wine list with a proud bias towards the extensive Santa Barbara County selections. Dinner served Tuesday

through Sunday from 5:30pm. [D] $$$, (B&W) Reservations: 9665006, 1305 State St., Endless Summer Bar-Cafe. Just upstairs from Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, this surf-inspired bar-cafe offers great harbor views. Featuring tasty burgers, fish tacos, fresh salads, popcorn shrimp, and “Pau Hana” (“Work is Done”) Happy Hour, with food and drink specials like the Endless Summer Blonde Ale. Feel like a steak? Chuck’s Waterfront menu is also available after 5 p.m. Large groups are welcome, and should call ahead for reservations at 5644666. [LD]. $, (FB) 113 Harbor Way, Second Floor, 564-1200. Enterprise Fish Co. The lively nautical atmosphere at the Enterprise will wet your appetite for great seafood. Fortunately, you’re in the right place. A variety of shellfish hors d’oeuvres is served at the oyster bar, and the dining room offers a selection of fresh seafood grilled over mesquite, including catch-of-the-day specials. Now offering a full liquor bar. [LD] $$, (FB) 225 State St 962.3313, The Harbor Restaurant. The Harbor is one of Santa Barbara’s finest restaurants, where fresh fish and steaks are specially prepared and served in an elegant maritime interior with stunning views of the harbor. [BrLD]. $$, (FB) 210 Stearns Wharf, 963-3311. Harry’s. Santa Barbara’s traditional locals restaurant. Steak, seafood, sandwiches and salads served in a family atmosphere. Excellent wine list and full bar. Banquet facilites available. Open daily for lunch and dinner. [LD] $, (FB) 3313-B State Street, 687-2800. Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood. Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood is elegant and timeless, featuring U.S.D.A. prime Midwestern corn fed beef, charbroiled over their mesquite grill. Try the “Cowboy Cut”–Holdren’s signature steak—a 20 oz. Prime bone-in rib chop served over spicy onion rings. Their fresh seafood selections include Bacon Wrapped BBQ Tiger Prawns, seared Hawaiian Ahi, and a shrimp Scampi like no other. Holdren’s offers an extensive wine and martini list and outdoor seating.. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m., and for dinner from 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday for dinner from 4:00 p.m. Now offering Sunday Brunch 9am-2pm. [BrLD] $$ (FB). 512 State Street, 805-9653363. In Goleta6920 Marketplace Dr. 805-685-8900 Hollister Brewing Company. Featuring hand crafted beers made on premise, an innovative, fresh menu with appetizers, pizzas, burgers, paninis, and salads. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. [LD] $ (FB), 6980 Marketplace Dr. Goleta, 805968-2810, Julienne. A progressive American restaurant serving fresh seasonal food. Serving Dinner Wednesday–Sunday w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

5pm to 10pm. Reservations Accepted. [D] $$ (BW) 138 E. Canon Perdido Street 805-845-6488 Longboard’s Grill. Upstairs from the Harbor Restaurant is an active, noisy bar & grill with a big TV, a surfer’s attitude and 360-degree views of the city & water. [LD] $$, (FB) 210 Stearns Wharf, 963-3311. Louie’s. Celebrate the taste of a Santa Barbara tradition in the historic Upham Hotel. Delicious California bistro fare in a wonderful downtown setting. [LD] $$, (B&W) 1404 De La Vina at Sola. 963-7003. Meun Fan Thai Cafe. Traditional Thai cuisine home cooked to perfection. Great take out and dine in on the Mesa next to Lazy acres. (LD) Open daily from 11:30. 1819 Cliff Dr. 805-882-9244. The Natural Café. The Natural Cafe is known for their homemade soups, hearty salads, delicious sandwiches, vegetarian entrees, pasta, chicken and seafood dishes, as well as a complete juice bar, microbrewed beers and local wines. [LD] $ (B&W), [LD] $, (B&W). Three locations in Santa Barbara: 508 State, 962-9494; 361 Hitchcock, 563-1163; 5892 Hollister, 692-2363. For other locations out of town see their website for details. Olio e Limone Ristorante. (“Oil and Lemon” in Italian) and Olio PizzeriaHusband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello rely on the integrity of their ingredients and the quality of preparation to offer Santa Barbara creative, authentic Zagat-rated Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. Visible in the ristorante through a glass wall is the dining room’s focal point, the wine cellar, which represents their 250-plus selection award-winning wine list. Private Dining in the Cucina Room is available for up to 40 guests. Pizza bar-salumi bar-wine bar-full bar next door at Olio Pizzeria, with private dining in the Terrazza Room for up to 24 guests. Olio pizzeria is open daily from 11:30am – close, including Sunday Lunch. For a look at the current menus go to [LD] $$, (FB) 17 West Victoria Street, 805-899-2699. Opal. A local’s favorite, Opal fuses creative influences from around the world with American Regional touches: from Chile-crusted Filet Mignon, to Fresh Pan-Seared Fish & Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas from their wood burning pizza oven, fresh baked Breads, deliciously imaginative Salads, & Homemade Desserts. Sophisticated yet comfortable, Opal radiates a warm, friendly atmosphere. Full bar, award winning wine list, private room for parties up to 60. 1325 State St., 966-9676. [LD] $$ (FB) Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner. The Palace Grill. The Palace is a contemporary American grill, with a lively, high-energy atmosphere, and fun, spontaneous events. Featuring fine grilled steaks and fresh seafood, delicious pastas, and select American Regional specialties, like Blackened Crawfish-stuffed Filet Mignon, and Louisiana Bread Pudding Soufflé. Cajun Martinis, unique beers, and a well selected wine list. Their unique “team Service” voted the Best in Town the last 16 years in a row. Rave reviews in Gourmet Magazine, Gault-Millau Travel Guide, Zagat, and Sunset Magazine. “Best on the West Coast” according to Los Angeles Magazine. Open 7 days: lunch 11:30am to 3pm; evenings from 5:30. [LD] $$, B&W. 8 E Cota 963-5000. Paradise Cafe. Santa Barbara’s favorite dining patio. Fresh fish, steaks, chops, chicken and their famous oak-grilled burger. Start with a drink at the street level bar, and work your way up. Open seven days a week. [BLD], $, FB. 702 Anacapa Street, 962-4416. Pierre Lafond Bistro. A local favorite since 1993, Pierre Lafond Bistro serves California fresh cuisine using local seasonal organic foods from family farms and food artisans, and homemade desserts. [BLD] $$ (B&W), 516 State Street 805-962-1455, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro. Specializing in a wide selection of authentic French pastries. [BL] $ (B&W), Located in Loreto Plaza, 3315 State St Santa Barbara, 805-569-2400, and In the Arlington Plaza downtown. www.renaudsbakery. com. Roy. Voted best late night dining spot in town. Bistro style Americana cuisine featuring steaks, seafood, chicken, salads, full bar and a great wine list. Menu changes with the seasons and features Farmers Market produce. Dinner w w w. f o o d – h o m e . c o m

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from 6pm till midnight daily. [D] $$, (FB) 7 West Carrillo, 966-5636. Saigon In and Out Vietnamese Restaurant. Serves the finest Vietnamese specialties at reasonable prices. [LD] $ Open Daily 11AM–9PM, Sat. & Fri. 11AM–10PM Sun. 11AM–9PM, 1230 State St. Unit A, 805-966-0909 or in 5-Points shopping center. Sambo’s. The original on the beach! Serving up the classic dining experience. [BLD] $, (B&W) 216 W. Cabrillo Blvd. 965-3269 Santa Barbara Fishouse. Great locally caught fresh fish prepared in a casual fun atmosphere. Terrific happy hour. Right across from East Beach. [LD], $$, FB. 101 East Cabrillo Blvd. 966-2112. S.B Shellfish Company. Established in 1979 as a buying station for local Santa Barbara shellfish and a place to sell crab, this casual spot has become a favorite destination for fresh seafood and views of the harbor and local mountains. [LD] $$ (B&W) 230 Stearns Wharf, 966-6676 Scarlett Begonia. 11 W. Victoria St. #10 $$ Preparing modern american food with local, organic, sustainable ingredients. Everything is scratch made, breads, pastries, even ketchup! Dog friendly patio seating. Serving Breakfast (all day) and lunch Wednesday-Sunday 8am-3pm, 805-7702143 all major credit cards accepted. Seagrass Restaurant. Seagrass Restaurant is Santa Barbara first modern fine dining seafood restaurant. Fresh Pacific Fish is their focus, along with Local Spiny Lobster, giant sea scallops, clams and prawns. They also offer a fantastic steak, a roasted half-chicken and a braised dish, such as lamb shanks. The wine list features whites from around the world that pair well with coastal cuisine as well as a large selection of Santa Barbara pinot noir. [D] $$$ (B&W), 30 E. Ortega St. (805) 963–1012, Sojourner Cafe. Renowned for its friendly, nurturing and energetic atmosphere, the Sojourner since 1978 has served up a variety of creative, internationally influenced vegetarian, chicken and seafood specials. [LD] $, (B&W) 134 E Canon Perdido, 965.7922. The Tee-Off. One of the town’s premier steak houses featuring succulent prime rib, fresh seafood, generous cocktails and, of course, quality steaks. [LD] $$, (FB) 3627 State, 687-1616. Tupelo Junction. At Tupelo Junction they make everything from scratch. They choose delicious recipes using only the freshest ingredients and the menu changes frequently depending on the season and product availability. [BLD] $$, (FB) 1212 State Street, (805) 899-3100. Via Maestra 42. Traditional Italian flavors come together in this deli/shop/café on upper State Street. Serving panini, insalate, antipasti, formaggi, salumi, dolci, caffè and delectable gelatos. [BLD] $$, 3343 State Street, 5696522. Zen Yai. Experience a new era of Thai cuisine, blending traditional dishes with a California nouveau flair. [LD] $$, (B&W) 425 State Street, 957-1193.



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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, 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.

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