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Santa Barbara Explore wine country. Wine Tasting is everywhere - from downtown Santa Barbara to the scenic, country backroads of the Santa Ynez or Santa Maria Valleys. Over 100 wineries to choose from! Great wines, friendly people, and a beautiful, relaxed setting. What are you waiting for?
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Welcome to Paradise
n behalf of the staff, artists, photographers, designers, writers and others who have helped to make Passport Gateway Magazine the area’s most popular visitor guide since 1995, we invite you to join the millions of readers who have used our magazine to find the very best places to eat, shop and play in Paradise on the Pacific, where the unique east to west, southern facing coastal orientation creates the Mediterraneanlike abundance of sunshine, moderate temperatures and dazzling beauty that
attracts more than six million annual visitors to this seaside sanctuary commonly called the American Riviera. This is the place that was claimed by Spain in 1542, when the first European to set foot on the California coast was greeted by gift-bearing Chumash Indians who had thrived here for thousands of years and are today one of the region’s largest employers and philanthropists. This was the moviemaking capital of the world in the early 20th Century. This is where Charlie Chaplin built a hotel and Jimmy Cagney owned a wharf; where Laurence Olivier married Vivien Leigh and John & Jackie Kennedy honeymooned; where miles of palm lined beaches frame a moving canvass of white sailboats on crisp blue seas and magnificent sunsets silhouette the rich, red terra cotta rooflines that surround one of California’s most popular Spanish Missions; where you’re 92 miles north of Los Angeles,
332 miles south of San Francisco, and, hopefully, far enough from home to become accustomed to a more relaxed, carefree lifestyle as you explore the sun-drenched beaches, picturesque harbor, gourmet restaurants, shopping treasures, museums, galleries, awardwinning wineries and historical sites. This is also the place where you’ll find charming sidewalk cafes and worldclass restaurants; and, where you’ll enjoy shopping adventures at first-class national and international stores as well as our eclectic mix of locally owned shops, boutiques and galleries. This is the home of five Nobel Prize winners; media celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Laura Schlessinger
and Dennis Miller; entertainers Jeff Bridges, Carol Burnett, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Bo Derek, Kirk Douglas, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dennis Franz, Tab Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Michael Keaton, Cheryl Ladd, Christopher Lloyd, Rob Lowe, Eva Marie Saint and Jonathan Winters; singers and songwriters Jeff Barr y, Jackson Browne, Christopher Cross, David Crosby, Barry DeVorzon, Bruce Johnston, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Peter Noone and Glen Phillips; TV/film producers and directors Bruce Brown, Chris Carter, Tom Pollock, Ivan Reitman, Joel Schumacher, Dick Wolf and Robert Zemeckis; bestselling authors Jack Canfield, Barnaby Conrad and Sue Grafton; sports legends Jimmy Connors, Fred Couples, Tommy Curren and Andy Granatelli; business titans Gene Montesano, Charlie Munger, Paul Orfalea, Fred Siegal, Harold Simmons, Herb Simon and Ty Warner; and, all of the rest of us who live, work and play in one of the world’s favorite destinations. Welcome to paradise. We’re glad you’re here. - Betty Carroll 7
Volume 68 • Spring 2012 features
67th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show! With over 50 vendors, 70 displays of splendid orchids from around the world, a juried orchid themed fine art & photography show, culture lectures & featured special guests, this annual show is a longstanding Santa Barbara tradition. Earl Warren Showgrounds, March 16 - 18.
14 NATASHA Santa Barbara’s Favorite Women’s Boutique 18 AN ORCHIDELIC CELEBRATION! 67th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 22 QUI SI BELLA LUXURY ECO-WELLNESS SPA Beauty from Within 25 SANTA BARBARA ART GLASSBLOWING STUDIO A Santa Barbara Original 28 WORLD CLASS WHALE WATCHING Right here, right now, in the Santa Barbara Channel! 56 THE LAND SHARK Showing you Santa Barbara by land and sea! 60 WELCOME TO RANCHO SAN MARCOS Where the Golf Gods Play!
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33 JEWELS 814 State St., 957-9100
Locally owned, 33 Jewels is proud to feature a diverse collection of several Santa Barbara jewelry artists as well as international jewelers. This full service jeweler has an extensive collection of diamonds & colored stones and a variety of precious metals. 33 Jewels also offers a distinct & unique bridal selection, create your custom designs, repair work and service on fine watches. Their fine craftsmanship is heirloom quality â€“ handmade and symbolic, each a small wearable treasure. Open 11am-6pm daily, Noon-5pm Sunday. Closed Tuesdays.
ANGEL 1221 Coast Village Rd., Montecito 565-1599
Montecito boutique, Angel, reflects a mix Â12
of high fashion & casual beach elegance with luxe collections of jewelry, knitwear, denim, swimwear, separates & handbags. Angel prides itself on its unique local interpretation of fashion & individual approach to style, with many new lines from emerging & well-known designers arriving for the coming season. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm, Sun. 11am-6pm.
BIKINI FACTORY 2275 Ortega Rd., Summerland, 969-2887
A mainstay of the Santa Barbara shopping experience, Bikini Factory is only 5 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, nestled in the cozy artistic community of Summerland. Bikini Factory not only sells but creates ladies swimwear for all body types & ages, offering full service, constantly updated stock and they mail too! (Continued on page 16)
Featuring Local Artists!
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sbarts.net 805.884.1938 - Open Daily 1114 State St. La Arcada Court Ste 26
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"Santa Barbara's only year round handmade gift gallery"
Uniquely Santa Barbara, Uniquely an Original
or over 23 years, Natasha has been a favorite of locals and visitors who are looking for fashion that is both comfortable and unique, with a distinct Santa Barbara flair. “Our clothes must not only look good, they must feel good and be easy to care for,” says Natasha Airisto, owner, who has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry. Both Natasha and her staff are known for their personal service, attention to detail and the needs of customers and will outfit you from head to toe including accessories – scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry. Natasha carries a wonderful and varied selection of sweaters all year around and their great fitting jeans have many local customers coming back again and again. From casual to elegant, this boutique also carries dresses, skirts, tops, t-shirts, coats, jackets, pants, hats and so much more. Whatever your age, whatever your style, you’re sure to find something special at Natasha. Just about everything you find in the store is pre-washed, with no dry cleaning needed even for the silks and rayons by Citron. Natasha offers many local lines made right here in California including cool linens and comfortable cottons from Cut Loose. Other customer favorite are the HOBO and Baggalini handbags and a good selection of comfortable and stylish shoes and boots. Daily shipments of exciting merchandise guarantee there is always something new to check out. Visit Natasha and you will discover a store with a fun atmosphere and exceptional selection, a boutique where comfort is always in fashion. Located downtown at 1231A State Street near the corner of Victoria Street, Natasha is open daily and will even ship your purchases back home for you! (805) 965-4542.
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KIMBERLY HAIRPIECES & WIGS 1429 State Street, 899-8200
With over 30 years experience, Kimberly Kim offers her customers the very finest 100% human hair extensions, custom fitting, a vast assortment of high fashion designer wigs & toupees. Much more than just a hairpiece boutique, Kimberly offers medical adhesive bonding, scalp treatments, free consultations & private appointments. Quality products, service, privacy & attention to detail awaits you at Kimberly Hairpieces. Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm or by appointment.
LOVEBIRD BOUTIQUE & JEWELRY BAR
535 State St., 560-9900 7 East De La Guerra, 568-3800 lovebirdsb.com This locally owned boutique, with 2 downtown locations, offers a wide & varied 16
selection of women’s apparel, handbags, shoes, accessories & Zia Jewelry created by owner Jennifer Scarbrough. Choose from fashions by Johnny Was, Flax, Wooden Ships, XCVI, Green Dragon & more. Lovebird offers a comfortable & affordable Santa Barbara shopping experience.
NATASHA 1231 State St., 965-4542 This contemporary women’s clothing boutique specializes in wash & wear easy clothing in natural fabrics made in California. A fun place to shop, Natasha offers a wide selection with personalized service, and daily shipments of new merchandise. Natasha also has the largest selection of CITRON silks and rayons and wonderful, cozy, colorful sweaters. Great jewelry, shoes, handbags and belts by HOBO make Natasha your one-stop boutique and they can ship your purchases home for you! (Continued on page 20)
contemporary womens clothing
A fun & exciting store full of wonderful choices comfortable, wearable clothes to fit your lifestyle
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An Orchidelic Celebration !
The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show celebrates its 67th consecutive year of bringing the exotic world of orchids to the public.
prinkles of spots and dashes of stripes. Dangling, foot-long petals. Vibrant yellows and magentas to subtle greens. Orchids range in size from a miniscule three or four millimeters to types of vanilla—yes, vanilla is an orchid—with lianas reaching 20 meters or more. They can be found in the ground or perched on rocks or trees in habitats from tropical jungles to the Arctic Circle and the islands south of Australia. From the sublime to the bizarre, the orchid family has them all! The perfect place to view a kaleidoscope of orchid colors, shapes and sizes is at the 67th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, held on March 16, 17 and 18, 2012 at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is the crowning jewel of orchid show season, reflecting Santa Barbara County’s rich history of orchid growing and breeding. This year’s theme, “Orchidelic,” celebrates the joyous and vibrant diversity of the fabulous world of orchid flowers. Exotic and fascinating orchid blooms will be on display in exciting garden exhibits and innovative floral arrangements by top local, regional and international growers, including 18
exhibitors from China and South America. A juried art exhibition and sale allows visitors to view orchids via the creative expression of fine art and photography. Orchid culture lectures and fine art demonstrations enhance the Show experience. For those who wish to bring a touch of orchid color home, the extensive sales area includes regional, national and international vendors offering thousands of blooming orchid plants, orchid-related art and growing supplies for sale. An excursion to the Show can be part of a magical, orchid-filled weekend in beautiful, historic Santa Barbara. In addition to the fine wine and exceptional location for which the Santa Barbara area is already known, visitors during Show weekend can experience the colorful world of orchids at area orchid nurseries, which hold open houses and special sales concurrent with the Orchid Show. The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is open daily from 9am to 5pm March 16, 17 and 18, 2012. Tickets are available at the Earl Warren Showgrounds box office during show weekend. For more information, please visit www.sborchidshow.com or call (805)403-1533.
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Shopping QUI SI BELLA ECO-WELLNESS SPA 3311 State St., 682-0003 (In the Loreto Shopping Center)
This luxurious eco-wellness spa combines modern advancements in beauty treatments with ancient holistic healing rituals amidst the soothing waterfalls & Tuscan-style décor. Select from an extensive spa menu & emerge glowing with serenity & health from the inside, out. In Italian Qui Si Bella implies “beauty from within.” Let Qui Si Bella bring out your beauty. Call for appointment. Scan the code to view the modern beauty treatments and ancient holistic healing rituals that will inspire your senses and renew your spirit!
SANTA BARBARA ARTS 1114 State St. #26, 884-1938
This locally owned one-stop gift gallery located in the historic La Arcada courtyard features beautifully crafted treasures by fifty local artists including stunning handmade jewelry, hand dyed silks, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photography, mobiles, books and much more with complementary gift-wrapping. Open daily 11am -6pm. Scan the code to see the beautifully crafted treasures at this locally owned one-stop gift gallery located in the historic La Arcada courtyard 20
Artist Sally Jaffe bowl at Santa Barbara Arts
WENDY FOSTER - Montecito
516 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito, 565-1506
Wendy Foster - a local store with a national reputation. Wendy was raised in Montecito and now has four stores in the area. The current collections she has in Montecito are: Piazza Sempioni, Shirin Guild, and Dosa, and really, really gorgeous jewelry from around the world. Open 7 days, 9am to 8pm.
WENDY FOSTER - State Street
833 State Street, 966-2276 - wendyfoster.com For over 20 years, Wendy Foster’s boutiques have influenced the Santa Barbara fashion scene by launching young designers & featuring labels from around the world. Wendy Foster State Street is a premier shopping destination in downtown Santa Barbara & offers a mix of street savvy clothing & elegant ensembles. This boutique is a must stop for locals & visitors alike on the popular State Street strip.
QUI SI BELLA LUXURY ECO-WELLNESS SPA Beauty from Within
ui Si Bella founder, Chrys Huyhn, had a life-long dream - to create a beautiful wellness establishment that combines modern advancements in beauty treatments with ancient holistic healing rituals. Her dream has come to fruition with Qui Si Bella Luxury Eco-Wellness Spa located on upper State Street in Santa Barbara. Translated, Qui Si Bella implies “beauty from within,” and from the moment you enter this luxurious Spa, you’ll know you’re about to indulge in a truly memorable experience. Qui Si Bella Luxury Eco-Wellness Spa is an Eastmeets-West beauty haven like no other. A perfect place to escape your everyday stresses, Qui Si Bella offers everything from Herbal Wraps, to Hot Stone Massage and Jade Eye Rejuvenation Treatments - all set amongst gorgeous Tuscan style architecture and antique Asian décor. Refresh yourself with their signature Amazon Spa Water. Re-energize in the Eucalyptus Steam Room or Dry Sauna. Enjoy one of 7 international facials ranging from the Mediterranean Facial, Rainforest Herbs Anti-Aging Facial, Balancing Yin and Yang or the Bella Express Facial. 216 2
The massage menu is extensive, including an intimate massage for two in the privacy of their beautiful couples suite, complete with chromotherapy, hydro-tub and solarium. Spa Packages, manicures, pedicures and gift certificates are available for both men and women. Qui Si Bella is the perfect place to spend a luxurious afternoon for your bridal shower, birthday or anniversary party. Treat yourself or book your next special event at Qui Si Bella. Seeing is believing! Stop by Qui Si Bella Luxury Wellness Spa located in Loreto Plaza, 3311 State Street at the corner of Las Positas and State Street. Call (805) 682-0003 or visit them online at quisibella.com
Kimberly Hairpieces & Wigs
Hair pieces, wigs, and toupees to nurture your natural beauty
1429 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Parma Park by award winning local plein air artist Wyllis Heaton, Santa Barbara Arts, La Arcada Court
SANTA BARBARA ARTS 1114 State St. #26, 884-1938 Santa Barbara Arts is your one-stop gift gallery located in the historic La Arcada courtyard. This locally owned shop features beautifully crafted treasures by fifty local artists including Santa Barbara’s own Bud Bottoms, creator of the dolphin fountain. The eclectic mix includes stunning handmade jewelry, hand dyed silks, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photography, mobiles, books and much more. With complementary gift-wrapping, you’re sure to find the perfect item for someone special... or just treat yourself to a treasured memento of Santa Barbara. Open daily 11am -6pm.
SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART 1130 State St., 963-1364, www.sbma.net A remarkable permanent collection featuring ancient art: 19th C, American, French & English, 20th C, European, North American & Latin American, as well as a vast collection of works on paper and highly praised Asian art. Through May 6, 2012 visit Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, which focuses on the legacy of two of Southern California’s leading venues for contemporary art since the 1940s – the Santa Barbara Museum of Art & The Pasadena Art Museum. View the work of local artists living & active in Southern California, alongside the work of influential modern & contemporary artists from the U.S. and abroad. Also, visit the children’s gallery, café & gift store. Open Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm.
Santa Barbara Art Glassblowing Studio A Santa Barbara Original
rom his modest studio in Santa Barbara, Saul Alcaraz has pursued his passion for glass blowing, fusing and fabrication for over 30 years. Pushing the art of glassmaking to the edge of creative expression & beyond, his works of art are displayed in the private collectors residences of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, Sigourney Weaver & Ty Warner, as well as galleries and museums throughout the world. Inspired by the amazing works of Lois Comfort Tiffany, Steuben and Loetz, Saul has formed one vision and that is to make the finest art glass the world has ever known! Each design requires specialized touches that make it a stunning “one of a kind masterpiece!” Using 100% recycled glass; Saul transforms the traditional vessel into modern sculpture with shape and surface simultaneously minimalist and delicately complex. Most of the forms he chooses are utilitarian in nature (vases, pitchers & cups) but he challenges viewers’ perceptions of these objects by increasing their scale and incorporating the decorative brilliance that has defined glassmaking for centuries. From custom lighting pieces to vases to intricate bowls, the scope and breadth of his works are unsurpassed. With a style reminiscent of the art nouveau glass produced in France by Galle and in Austria by Loetz, Saul creates beautiful works of art with a strict adherence to distinctive design. “I love the whole process of designing work and overcoming the technical challenges that seem to come with each piece. In the end, it’s the simple beauty that moves me most and I feel successful and grateful when it moves others.” For truly inspired works of art, visit Saul’s website, sbartglass.com and have Saul create your own personal vision. Let Saul and his wife Gina, put their years of glassblowing expertise to good use, mentoring you through the process of wielding rods tipped with molten glass, adding color to your piece and shaping your creation into a wonderful keepsake. Santa Barbara Art Glassblowing Studio is located at 706 E. Mason Street, 965-1541. Come to the studio & design your own masterpiece or participate in a glassblowing class. 25
Events & Activities Celebrate Spring With T he Symphony! Santa Barbara Symphony, now into its 59th Season, performs such exciting concerts as “Latin Passion” showcasing the works of De Falla in the Three Cornered Hat, Daugherty’s Fire and Blood Violin Concerto (Alexandre Da Costa) and Bizet-Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite on March 17, 18 with Carlos Miguel Prieto conducting. Nir Kabaretti, the symphony’s Music Director, will conduct Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” on April 21, 22 and again on May 12, 13 when Teag Reaves performs Mozart’s Concerto for Horn No. 2. Concerts are held Saturday’s at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s at 3 p.m. at The Granada Theatre. Call 805-899-2222 or visit: www.thesymphony.org Photo: David Bazemore
67th Annual S.B. International Orchid Show More than 70 exhibitors from the United States & around the world will display hundreds of different orchid species & named varieties at the 67th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, March 16-18, 2012 at Earl Warren Showground’s’ Warren Hall. Orchid experts will conduct demonstrations on orchid care, flower arranging & more. A vast selection of blooming orchid plants & products will be available for sale during the show with concurrent events including open houses at several nurseries in the Santa Barbara area. Tickets available after January 1, 2012 through ticketmaster.com & at the Showground’s box office during the show weekend. Visit sborchidshow.com.
Music Academy of the West The current season of “Met: Live in HD” simulcasts at the Music Academy of the West continues with Ernani (February 25 and 26), The Enchanted Island (March 10 and 11), Manon (April 7 and 8), and La Traviata (April 14 and 15). Screenings take place in the wonderful intimacy of Hahn Hall. Tickets cost just $27, and free parking is available on the Music Academy campus, located at 1070 Fairway Road in Santa Barbara. Complete information is available online at www.musicacademy.org/met-live. This groundbreaking series features high-definition transmissions of Metropolitan Opera performances. Simulcasts include behind-the-scenes features, live interviews, and insightful short documentaries. For tickets, call 969-8787.
Santa Barbara’s Award-winning Professional Theatre
March 29–April 15, 2012
June 14–July1, 2012
805 965 5400
www.ensembletheatre.com 914 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara
World C lass W hale Watching Santa Barbara Channel Named Best Whale Watching by Discovery Channel
ecently featured on Discovery Channel as the world’s best whale watching area, the Santa Barbara Channel abounds with migrating gray whales in the winter and early spring, and the giant blue and humpback whales in the summer months. The Santa Barbara Channel is recognized as one of the world’s prime areas for whale watching. The unique East-West configuration of the channel and the converging ocean currents in the area provide ideal conditions during the summer months for the blooming of large quantities of krill, the favored food for blue and humpback whales...and Santa Barbara lies right on the path of the migrating California gray whales, making Santa Barbara one of the favored viewing spots on the West Coast. The charter boat CONDOR Express, in conjunction with museums around the world, offers whale watching trips throughout the various whale seasons to carry whale watchers, researchers and TV and film crews into the channel to experience these remarkable animals. The California Gray whales, which now number over 25,000 animals (they are now back to their pre-whaling population), migrate past the channel islands in December, January and February as they move southward toward their calving and mating grounds in Baja. From mid February through the end of April, the herd travels with the newborn calves close by Santa Barbara as they return to their feeding grounds in Alaska...completing a phenomenal 12,000 mile migration. Blue and humpback whales are regular visitors to channel waters, with pods of animals 28
being sighted during summer and fall months. From May through October, blues and/or humpbacks are sighted in the waters surrounding Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands... and during the busiest times they are joined by fin and minke whales, so that it often is possible to see all four species of whales feeding in the same area at the same time. Such a biodiversity in regards the great whales is seldom seen outside of the nutrient rich waters of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to be on the face of the earth. Measuring up to 100 feet in length and weighing 100 tons or more, blue whales are larger by far than the largest of the dinosaurs and immensely larger than anything on earth today. The largest land animal is the elephant, weighting about 6 tons. The tongue of the blue whale is larger than an elephant...in fact, a blue whale is about as massive as a whole herd of elephants. Trips to view the whales of Santa Barbara are run aboard the new CONDOR Express, one of the most comfortable charter boats in California. A jet powered catamaran, the Condor Express features all around seating on deck, a spacious sundeck and a full galley, serving hot and cold meals, soft drinks and a full cocktail bar. All whale watching trips are expertly narrated by naturalists providing you with information about the whales, dolphins and sea birds seen on the trip, as well as the natural history of this fascinating area. For whale watching trips or information, visit www.condorcruises.com or call: CondoR Express at (805) 882-0088 or 1-888-77-WHALE; and the Museum of Natural History at (805) 682-4711.
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Enjoy State Street Dining at The Andersen’s Restaurant & Bakery
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You’re invited to experience Santa Barbara’s newest “neighborhood joint” where Celebrity Chef Scott Leibfried and his HJL Restaurant Advisors partners have created a uniquely local, always welcoming space that serves the best and freshest food and drink available from local vendors. Open for dinner daily and lunch/dinner Sat & Sun. $$(10-30)/FB
THE ANDERSEN’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY 1106 State St., 962-5085
New age Scandinavian cuisine with international flair, excellent wines, melodic harp music during dinner, all accented with genuine Danish pastry and desserts. The Andersen’s love of food and people is evident as you enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dine indoors & delight in the beautiful oil paintings or outdoors on the sidewalk patio; enjoy a leisurely afternoon high tea with $ U n d e r $10 p e r p e rs o n $$ $10 t o $16 p e r p e rs o n $$$ $17 t o $24 p e r p e rs o n $$$$ $25 o r m o re p e r p e rs o n FB Fu l l Ba r B&W B e e r & W in e O n l y E E n t e r t a in m e n t
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THE BOATHOUSE 2982 ½ Cliff Drive, 898-2628 (At Hendry’s Beach, boathousesb.com)
Arguably the most beautiful restaurant setting in Santa Barbara, the Boathouse sits on the sand at Hendry’s Beach, amidst the bluffs. Large beachside patio with giant fire pit, inside/ outside bar with fabulous cocktails (try the Blood Orange) fresh oysters, plus display kitchen with mesquite grills. Open daily from 7:30am and featuring a breakfast that is a sure fire winner any day of the week. $$/FB
CASA BLANCA RESTAURANT & CANTINA 330 State St., 845-8966 www.casablancasb.com
The beautiful exterior of Casa Blanca is just the beginning for diners entering Santa Barbara’s hottest new Mexican restaurant - rivaled only by the wondrous interior created by local renowned architect Jeff Shelton. Delicious & innovative cuisine by Chef Onofre Zuniga is created in their spacious display kitchen. Patio dining, a private banquet facility – Casa Blanca is a joy for all the senses. Open daily from 11am with Brunch served Sat. & Sun. from 9:30am. $$$/FB (Continued on page 34)
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Award-Winning Food That’s Good for You (Est. 1993)
he Natural Café is a great place to people watch right in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara on State Street. The Natural Café is the most popular natural food restaurant and juice bar in Santa Barbara and has received numerous awards including being voted “Best Outdoor Patio Dining,” “Best Health Food,” “Best Lunch” and “Best Fish Taco and Veggie Burger” in Santa Barbara. This bustling cafe offers a huge selection of healthy foods at reasonable prices to tantalize your taste buds. Enjoy lunch or dinner seven days a week on the Spanish-tiled patio right along State Street or in the high ceiling interior with hardwood floors and local art. The extensive menu offers vegetarian entrees as well as chicken, fish, pastas, pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads – all prepared with fresh locally grown ingredients. Choose from a dozen great salads like the Grilled Chicken Caesar mixed with tomato, avocado, croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing and topped with grilled chicken tenders in a light marinade. Try our natural pizza made with whole wheat crust and grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, jack cheese and homemade pesto sauce or perhaps our famous charbroiled turkey burger topped with grilled onion, lettuce and sprouts on a whole wheat bun.The Natural Café also offers delectable entrees like the popular Buddha Burrito stuffed with sautéed veggies, pinto beans and 32
rice, wrapped in a whole wheat chapati topped with ranchero sauce, cheese, sour cream and guacamole; the award-winning Cabo Fish Tacos with sautéed halibut in chunky salsa on corn tortillas with cheese
topped with shredded carrot, cabbage and lime, served with beans and rice if you like; and, the Mount Fuji Stir Fry with marinated chicken stir fried with fresh seasoned vegetables in a ginger-soy sauce served over steamed brown rice. The Natural Café also offers a kids menu, a juice bar with smoothies, shakes and fresh juices, a dessert case with generous sized fresh baked goodies, and a generous selection of local wines and microbrews. Here’s to your health! Visit them on their website for more information and nine locations serving the Tri-Counties: www.thenaturalcafe.com 508 State Street, Santa Barbara 5892 Hollister Avenue, Goleta 361 Hitchcock Way, Santa Barbara
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Enjoy Classic Santa Barbara Dining at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill
CHUCK’S WATERFRONT GRILL 113 Harbor Way, 564-1200
Continuing the tradition of great food & service of Chuck’s of Hawaii on Upper State, Chuck’s Waterfront Grill has come to Santa Barbara’s Harbor. Prime Grade Top Sirloin Steaks, “Chuck’s Style” fresh Alaska halibut, teriyaki grilled prawns, grilled sea scallops, King Crab legs & Australian lobster tail are served nightly from 5pm, with Sunset Dinner Specials from 5pm-6:30pm. Reservations suggested. $$$/FB
EL PASEO RESTAURANT 10 El Paseo, 962-6050
Located in the historic El Paseo, Santa Barbara’s most romantic restaurant features freshly prepared soups & salads, delicious Mexican entrees, fresh fish, seafood, great grilled meats & handmade tortillas served in a scenic, beautiful indoor/outdoor courtyard. Open for dinner daily 4pm; Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4pm-6pm. Sunday Brunch. $$/FB/E
ENDLESS SUMMER BAR CAFÉ 113 Harbor Way, 2nd Floor, 564-4666
Upstairs from Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, this surf-inspired bar-café offers great harbor views and was named one of the “top ten sea-
food spots by the sea” in the June’07 issue of Sunset Magazine. The Endless Summer menu features seafood fresh off the docks like sesame crusted ahi on a warm spinach salad, fish & chips and popcorn shrimp, crisp salads, and, a Happy Hour with food & drink specials like the Endless Summer Blonde Ale. $$/FB/E
FARMER BOY RESTAURANT 3427 State St., 687-7011
All-American home style cooking since 1958 & home of Karleskint Catering, Farmer Boy features 75 omelets, cinnamon rolls made fresh daily, early bird & lunch specials. Seniors & Children’s Menu. Located in the San Roque Plaza. $/B&W
THE FISHOUSE 101 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 966-2112 sbfishhouse.com
Huge tropical fish tank, display kitchen, fire pit, oceanfront location, patio dining, innovative cocktails & an extensive wine list. In its ten years of operation, the FisHouse has quickly become second to none in Santa Barbara’s rich tradition of great seafood. Locally owned & operated by the same family that brought you the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, the (Continued on page 38)
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A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant and bar infuses an Eclectic California Cuisine with creative inﬂuences from around the World. 1325 State Street Next to the Arlington Theatre Open Daily 966-9676
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Santa Barbara’s Finest On The Beach
erched atop the sand on secluded and beautiful Arroyo Burro Beach, better known as Hendry’s to locals, sits one of Santa Barbara’s newest and most exiting restaurants. The Boathouse at Hendry’s, Brought to us by the same family who started the Santa Barbara Shellfish Co and Santa Barbara FisHouse is truly a feast for all the senses. In the mornings, you can dine on the expansive patio and watch the sun rise over the coatal range to the east. In the evenings, gorgeous shades of red, orange and purple from the sunset to the west, flood the entire restaurant. The Boathouse at Hendry’s also offers an excellent escape without ever leaving town, one is struck with the sense they have been transported to a remote and tropical place, while just minutes from downtown. It is difficult to see any signs of development from any part of the Boathouse, with the ocean on one side, the Douglass Preserve on the other and Hope Ranch to the north. Dolphins in the surf just out front seem to be a daily occurance, and in season migrating whales are also common. The best part of the visit however is the food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and the menus feature some of the best executed familiar favorites I’ve seen, as well as many very tasty unique dishes. The signature breakfast is incredible; real Dungeness crab cakes over breakfast potatoes topped with poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise; amazing! Corn beef hash was never tops on my list, but tasting it at the Boathouse nearly qualified as a life changing experience. The serving bordered on gigantic, but in no time it was gone; the best I have ever tasted. Of course all the usual favorites are there, pancakes, waffles, French toast, eggs benedict, thick applewood smoked bacon and eggs etc. I recommend weekdays, or get there early on the weekend. Lunch is a very fun experience at the Boathouse, it’s busy, beautiful and again, delicious. Try the Mahi Salad with mandarins and crispy wontons, or the Shrimp Louie, or the Lobster Tacos. The cioppino is excellent, and the Seared Ahi Club on ciabatta is fantastic, although huge. Fresh fish specials abound and generally two to three oyster varieties can be had. Dinner dresses up nicely at the Boathouse, with the servers donning all black and a quiet elegance complimenting the natural beauty of the place. Stuffy would never be a word to describe the Boathouse, with beachgoers in flip flops as welcome as those in their designer apparel. The food at dinner is quite special. Appetizers such as Giant Mesquite Grilled Prawns on sourdough with scampi butter, Spiced Chicken Cigarillos, and Pan Fried Dungeness Crab Cakes start of a delicious meal, or make a meal in themselves. The mesquite grills beautifully cook many fish delicacies, such as Ahi Tuna, Yellowtail, Arctic Char, Mahi Mahi, White Sea Bass, as well as Newport Beef Ribteyes, Top Sirloins, and New York Steaks, as well as the truly sinful Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with blue cheese compound butter and fried Maui onions. End it with a molten chocolate cake or McConnell’s ice cream mudd pie and you are in heaven. 50 36
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