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CHEF NICK BAJAL OF OUTPOST
utpost at the Goodland has a new leader. Chef Nick Bajal, once the executive souschef, has stepped up as the main man behind Outpost’s casual and diverse cuisine. Keeping with this pace, Bajal has his sights on enlivening dishes with the flavors of Korea, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, and Thailand. But he’s not all work. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Nick is also a leather crafter with a knack for making sheaths, key fobs, and other leather goods. Read on to learn more about the man behind the apron.
Q&A WITH KATIE AND
1. The first dish I remember cooking is helping my grandma in the kitchen for Sunday dinners. Everyone came over, and I was her little helper. 2. When I’m off, I like to go to Douglas Preserve with my girlfriend and my dog, Thor. We walk around, have a picnic, and watch the sunset. I also like to head to Don Q to shoot some pool and have a couple beers. 3. I’d say that Puerto Rico has some of the best food. I love pork, and that is a staple of their cuisine. I have been there twice, and it is just great food!
Chef Nick Bajal at Outpost 5650 Calle Real, Goleta • (805) 964-1288 Instagram: @outpostsb www.outpostsb.com
12TH ANNUAL KJEE SUMMER ROUND UP
JEE had a buffet of diverse musical treats for the 12th Annual Summer Round Up at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The major stand-out was Wolfmother with their crunchy guitar, hard drums, keys, and bass. We like to rock. Pure freedom it is to head bang with the best of them near the stage, but the mosh pit some young-uns felt necessary to create was distracting. (Show’s on stage, kids!) Fitz and the Tantrums (co-lead singer and songwriter Noelle Scaggs seen here) brought soulful tunes to grove, dip, and lean to. Then Iration – who met in Isla Vista and have matured to headline at the Bowl – finished the night with a dark stage presence and heavy, drippy reggae beats.
12th Annual KJEE Summer Round Up at the Santa Barbara Bowl 1122 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara Instagram: @sbbowl and @929kjee
he six-piece group – a somewhat sugary pop sound with a dash of folk and garage rock – chose SB to launch their tour this past spring. They are busy promoting a justreleased new single “Freakin’ Me Out” off their as-yet-untitled third album due this fall. If you missed the show at Velvet Jones, it’s all good. You can scoop up the single on iTunes. We are lucky enough to have Katie Jayne Earl (vocals) and Josh Hogan (vocals and guitar) take a minute to let us in on what makes the wheels on this band go round and round.
Q. When did it click that you all found a home together as a band? A. Katie: When we started touring, and we were always in the van together. We learned to work out all of our problems and communicate and maintain our friendships. How would you prepare for recording sessions and live performance? Josh: When recording, we go in with a clear and open mind, ready to work. We try to eat healthy on the road so our live shows are full of energy and smiles. What is your proudest moment as a band? Katie: Playing the late night shows and Red Rocks were two big ones for us. Also making records. What are your interests other than performing? Josh: Most of us love being outside hiking and camping and hanging at the beach. We like to ride bikes and enjoy the weather when we’re home. If you had to give up music – what would you do to be creative? Josh: I personally would be a painter as well as a romance novelist. Strangest venue or gig you’ve ever played? Josh: Once, we played a Burning Man camp fundraiser party. Things got very weird. We were dressed as glittery alien people. What do you like least about how you play? Josh: I mess up a lot. What do you like most about how you play? Josh: We have so much energy on stage. It’s infectious. Who would you most like to collaborate with? Josh: Gwen Stefani What advice would you give to a band just starting out? Katie: Stay true to who you are. Say “yes” to all the opportunities, and keep on keepin’ on. The Mowgli’s Instagram: @themowglis Keep updated with local shows at www.themowglis.net Photo Credit: Jesse DeFlorio
Published on Jun 20, 2016
AND NOT JUST HUMPHREY AND LAUREN, BUT MARILYN, JANE, PETER, BETTY, EDWARD G., AND ALL THE GREATS ALL SUMMER LONG AT THE COURTHOUSE BEGINNING...