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CATCHING UP WITH CHASEN

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Plum Goods offers a fantastic mix of eco- friendly gifts that are in season all year long. A realm of tranquility awaits in Santa Barbara's Salt Cave. The charming town at the foot of the mountains attracts with scenery, wine, food, shopping and more.

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A cool new retail collective comes to Haley Street - and so does new tenant Potek Winery.

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A HARMONIC CONVERGENCE AT THE GOODLAND

A mashup of Santa Barbara's best fall style.

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Optical style has been the staple at this pair of stores for nearly 28 years.

Working with Reed Interiors, a traditionalist converts - and discovers her dream modern kitchen.

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Chasen in Montecito has the looks that define Santa Barbara style.

Local architect Jeff Shelton brings his signature style to a new mixed use project.

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WHAT'S NEW Get the scoop on the latest and greatest new store and restaurant openings around Santa Barbara.

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SANTA BARBARA STYLE A seasonal sampler of Santa Barbara's best fashion, home decor, jewelry, art and gifts.

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RESTAURANTS Savor the diversity of flavors the American Riviera has to offer.

IN-DEPTH FEATURES Get to know some of Santa Barbara's boldest taste makers, restaurant owners, and chefs. 43 Bucatini 44 Farmer Boy 46 Downey's 49 Blush 50 Los Agaves 53 Toma 54 Blind Tiger 57 Globe

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LAS CASCADAS MONTECITO HACIENDA Breathtaking mountain vistas & unsurpassed ocean views. On 3 private acres in sought after Montecito location. 5 Bedrooms, 8.5 Bathrooms | $12,900,000

MONTECITO PROVENCE INSPIRED ESTATE This exquisite Villa is a blending of old world elegance and charm combined with the ultimate luxury of today’s lifestyle on approx. 1.39 lushly landscaped acres. 5 Bedrooms, 7.5 Bathrooms | $7,100,000

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MONTECITO RARELY AVAILABLE Inviting and rarely available, this single-level ground floor Bonnymede unit is filled with natural light and offers views of the surrounding gardens and trees. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms | $2,295,000

RESORT STYLE LIVING AT THE POLO FIELDS A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Own 2 Adjacent Units at the Distinguished Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms | $1,898,000

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STUNNING OCEAN VIEWS Ocean views, nearly new, pristine condition home near the beach with high ceilings with light bright open floor plan. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms | $1,625,000

ROMERO CANYON COMPOUND Reminiscent of the San Ysidro Ranch this renovated craftsman home offers a guest house and detached office. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms | $12,500/month

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MONTECITO UPPER VILLAGE OFFICE 1498 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108 (805) 969.0900 | CAMoves.com/MontecitoUpperVillage

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HOPE RANCH TREASURE Property in one of the most sought-after locations in Hope Ranch, this spacious residence is set on approx. 1.3 private rose-filled acres. 6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms | $3,470,000

1927 ARCHITECTURAL GEM George Washington Smith designed Carriage House with luxurious amenities & inspiring gardens located on a quiet tree-lined country lane in Montecito. 3 Bedrooms + Studio, 4 Bathrooms | $6,200,000

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PANORAMIC VIEWS IN BEL AIR KNOLLS Spectacular views from this spacious home with pool, spa, viewing decks/patios on 0.3 acre. Quiet cul-de-sac location. 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms | $1,765,000

MID CENTURY SAN ROQUE HOME Positioned on a south facing corner lot this home offers privacy & expansive views with the islands in the distance. 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS | $999,500

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LOWER RIVIERA JEWEL Gated and private Spanish style stand-alone condo with fine finish details, private patio and attached garage. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms | $895,000

LUXURY EL ESCORIAL VILLAS Ground floor unit; Resort-like setting including a pool/spa, health club, tennis courts and is gated with 24-hour security. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms | $835,000

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around town CAFFE PRIMO

POTEK WINERY

AH JUICE Since 2008, Ah Juice has delivered early morning fresh-pressed goods from Goleta to Carpinteria. Now, you can pop into their recently opened cafe to get your daily fix of 100% certified organic cold pressed juice, made primarily from leafy vegetables, herbs, and various other non-leafy produce. 432 E. Haley St., 805.698.1032, ahjuice.com BARBARA'S CONSIGNMENT CONCIERGE This is a whole new concept in the growing consignment world. Barbara Reed, a 20+ year resident and fashion lover, has a charming downtown brick and mortar location and offers exclusive pickup and travel packing services, making this a full service consignment experience. 1103 State Street, 805.450.1478 CAFFE PRIMO Caffé Primo brings to life the atmosphere, taste and charm of what locals thrive on - a place to refresh, refuel & relax in their daily lives. They perfectly blend the warmth of an eatery with the modern touches of a sleek restaurant, bringing a classic European style and ambience that remains casual and comfortable. 516 State Street, 805.845.9301 FARMER BOY This classic San Roque diner is re-opening under new ownership. Local boy John Bennett of Genuine Restaurant Concepts is partnering with the Borgatello and Boeddeker families to update this local eatery, yet still continue to honor their fond childhood memories of dining at Farmer Boy. 3427 State Street, 805.687.6584, genuinerc.com HR HOME Interior designer, Maureen Hemming opened HR Home Montecito, where the motto is - comfort is the new luxury. The unique collection of home decor items is sophisticated, yet causal. Design services are offered along with a beautiful private label furniture collection and a well-appointed fabric library to help create your own personal dream space. 1255 Coast Village Road, 805.565.0404, hrhomemontecito.com LILAC PATISSERIE After years of working in other Southern California bakeries, husband and wife duo, Gillian and Alam Muralles, are delighted to bring a dedicated gluten free bakery and café to Santa Barbara. Stop in to sample their beautiful and delicious gluten free cakes, baked goods, and entrées. 1017 State Street, 805.845.7800, lilacpatisserie.com NECTAR Slated for an October opening, Nectar Eatery and Lounge will offer eclectic flavors on small plates and delicious hand-crafted drinks, in a romantic setting with a relaxed ambiance. This dining destination is a unique space for your next private party or evening out with friends. 20 East Cota Street, nectarsb.com NUANCE An urban bistro that brings the best in local, seasonal craft food to the eclectic Funk Zone. Chef Courtney Ladin combines her globally inspired cuisine with the best in locally sourced Farmers Market ingredients. 119 State Street, 805.845.0989, nuancesb.com PIZZAREV PizzaRev offers the ultimate artisanal pizza experience, complete with locally sourced ingredients, fresh pressed dough made in-house daily, all-natural cheeses and vegan and glutenfree options. 12 West De La Guerra, 805.962.6448, pizzarev.com POTEK WINERY David Potter, proprietor of Municipal Winemakers, slows down the pace at Potek Winery and handcrafts small production, single-vineyard lots from some of Santa Barbara County’s most renowned sites. The tasting experience at Potek will be more intimate, with a reservation based tasting, that will be paired with food from the next door neighbors, Wildwood Kitchen. 406 East Haley Street, 805.770.5105, potek.com

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Chie Mihara red lace-up heels - Romp

Cotelac jacquard blouse - Antoinette

Gimos quilted down jacket, Fabiana Filippi lurex sweater - Antoinette

Majo woven leather bag - Romp

Attilio Giusti Leombruni oxford Allora by Laura

Rosio G. tie - die clutch - Bonita

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SA N TA BA R BA R A Chie Mihara lace-up flats - Romp

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Rossopuro navy blazer Allora by Laura

Hollywood Trading Co. belt - Romp

Mixed-print blouse - Tienda Ho

Johnny Was velvet skirt - Bonita

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(clockwise, starting in upper left corner) 1. Oxidized silver and diamond mesh necklace, ARA. 2. Loretta Castoro 18kt yellow gold dove earrings with diamonds, Gaspar Jewelers. 3. Roberto Coin circle pendant, Bryant & Sons, Ltd. 4. Emerald and diamond pendant, Bryant & Sons, Ltd. 5. Oxidized silver and diamond mesh bracelet, ARA. 6. Loretta Castoro rose gold with morganite, Gaspar Jewelers. 7. Roberto Coin square diamond ring, Bryant & Sons, Ltd. 8. Baume & Mercier watch, Bryant & Sons, Ltd. 9. Michael Barin rustic diamond ring, Gaspar Jewelers. 10. Alex Sepkus constellation pendant, Gaspar Jewelers. 11. Tourmaline pendant, Bryant & Sons, Ltd. 12. Wide hammered gold cuff, ARA. DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Chasen

With over twenty-five years of experience in the fashion industry and two previous stores under her belt, Lisa Stern knows her way around retail fashion and her third store, Chasen is definitely a charm. The Montecito boutique, just shy of its one year anniversary, already has a devoted following. One step inside and it’s easy to see why. Racks, shelves and tables are brimming with a variety of coveted lines. Indulge in playful dresses and rompers from BB Dakota, great fitting pants from Sanctuary and on-trend styles from James Jeans. Up your bag game with the latest from perennial favorite, Kooba or get creative with a custom-made exotic skin handbag and top it all off with a great piece of jewelry. Recently added to the mix are emerging local designers Miscere, yoga wear from OM GIRL, and luxurious cashmere from Replay and One Grey Day. The selection honors the chic, comfortable, sexy clothing that has come to define Santa Barbara style. With goods available at a variety of price points and looks ranging from cool basics to a bit edgy, it’s the kind of store where mothers and daughters can shop side by side. Stop in and flesh-out your fall wardrobe in a flash at Chasen. 1046 Coast Village Road, Montecito, 805.845.6186

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intimo

Al lora by La ura Elegant and timeless collections from Peter Cohen, Hache, THVM Denim, hang alongside selections from famous Italian fashion houses Amina Rubinacci and Borbonese, and their own line of private label leather and cashmere accessories. Allora also offers an abundance of knitwear, essential for our sunny day to cool evening climate. 1269 Coast Village Rd., 805.563.2425, AlloraByLaura.com

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An toin ette Inspired and created by Carine Degli-Esposti, Antoinette offers a shopping experience that covers everything from cosmopolitan dressing to our more relaxed Santa Barbara style. Carine’s initial vision stemmed from a passion for the finest European fashions and it continues to be honored with a beautifully curated selection of clothing, jewelry and footwear from world-renowned designers from Italy, France, and America. 1046 Coast Village Road, 805.969.1515

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The gorgeous jewelry from this f lagship boutique hails from Brodrum, Turkey, where each stunning piece is designed and hand-hewn in 24k gold. Polished and raw gemstones, diamonds, molded coins and oxidized silver mixed with yellow gold combine to provide a historic richness of mystery and character to the unique designs. 1253 Coast Village Road, 805.965.3999, Ara24k.com

bryant & sons

bonita Features distinctive and elegant bohemian clothing, jewelry, lingerie, accessories and gifts. Owner/buyer, Rita Villa, travels to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mexico, to source unique goods and one-of-a-kind vintage finds that capture her signature style. Find coveted designers Calleen Cordero, Kerri Cassill, Lemlem, Blue, Frank & Eileen, Odd Molly, Vanessa Mooney, Heidi Merreck and more. 2330 Lillie Avenue, Summerland, 805.565.3848

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Since 1965 the Bryant family has offered Santa Barbara and Montecito customers the world's most elegant selection of jewelry and gift items, along with original designs and rare finds from around the globe. Bryant & Sons is proud to represent many of the world's most distinguished jewelry designers and fine timepieces. 812 State Street, 805.966.9187 and 1482 East Valley Rd., 805.565.4411, BryantAndSons.com

carpeting, interior and exterior lighting, antique European engravings, accessories, window coverings and full work room services for bedding, pillows, and re-upholstery. The extensive showroom displays indoor furniture and accessories, and outdoor garden furnishings. 111 Santa Barbara Street, 805.962.0200, CabanaHome.com

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Occhiali “AFTER ALMOST TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS IN THE BUSINESS, OUR PASSION CONTINUES, BECAUSE WE LOVE COOL EYEWEAR AND TREASURE THE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS.” IRWIN EVE, CO-OWNER

Occhiali is the kind of place that gets you excited about selecting new eyewear. Now in its 28th year, the renowned optical boutique with locations in Montecito and downtown Santa Barbara offers the best in distinctive eyewear and sunglasses - from the ever-popular Chanel and Oliver Peoples lines to those from small independent French makers Thierry Lasry, Anne et Valentin, J.F. Rey and Francis Klein. The superb quality of handmade frames from Japan is apparent in collections from New York fashion designer Thom Browne, and in the Masunaga, Matsuda and Leisure Society lines. Other international sensations include the rimless titanium frames from Lindberg of Denmark and the exclusive Lunor line from Germany. Owners Irwin and Salli Eve value the relationships they and the Occhiali team - all licensed opticians - have formed with customers over the years.  Their signature boutique experience combines prescriptive expertise with an understanding that every customer is unique. When selecting the perfect look, not only is eye and hair color, skin tone and face shape considered, but also the lifestyle, personality and image the customer wants to project. Stop by one of their two locations and let Occhiali help you see things a little more clearly. 1046 Coast Village Road, Montecito, 805.565.3415 and 7 W. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, 805.963.5760, occhialieyewear.com

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Upcycled. Worthy. Outstanding.

PLUM GOODS

“I’ve always loved to give a great gift. Giving something you love to someone you love is one of the best feelings in the world. I wanted to create an exceptional gift store that was a joy to be in." – Amy Cooper, Owner

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, Plum Goods owner and curator extraordinaire, opened in 2010 her mission was clear--to create an exceptional gift store that was a joy to be in and offer products that are better for people and the planet. Mission accomplished, and then some. Plum Goods, located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, is the go-to store for handcrafted, fair trade, and upcycled commodities. The fabulous selection of gifts and home goods upholds the notion that great quality, style and design can co-exist with an eco-friendly ethos. Take the top-selling stainless steel S’well bottles as a case in point. Who doesn’t want to keep a drink cold for twenty-four hours and at the same time not contribute to the estimated thirty-eight billion plastic bottles that end up in landfills every year? It is an easy and stylish way to make a daily difference. Visiting Plum Goods is an entertaining and inspiring experience: a colorful feast of innovative products for the eyes, aromatic lotions and candles for the nose, a lively soundtrack for the ears and a feel-good vibe for the heart. 909 State Street • 805.845.3900 • plumgoodsstore.com 32

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dani boy kids

A charming children’s boutique, filled with fabulous clothing for mini fashionistas and cool little dudes. Clothing collections include LAmade, Hudson Jeans, Frye sneakers, La Miniatura, Munsterkids, Scotch Shrunk for boys, Scotch R'Belle for girls, Imoga Collection and DL1961. Also find shoes, games, backpacks, books and gift items. 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 5, DaniBoyKids. com, 805.770.3156

gaspar jewelers Established as A.H. Gaspar in 1981 by Arthur Gaspar, the

folio Press & Paperie/Wootton Printing Santa Barbara’s oldest printing shop provides in-house design and letterpress, offset and digital printing for customers who have both business and social needs. The retail inventory boasts an impressive selection of letterpress cards, European stationery, journals, jewelry, books, children’s items, calendars, and other great gifts. 301 Motor Way, 805.966.1010, WoottonPrinting.com

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Montecito fixture is now run by daughters, Katie and Dominique under the name Gaspar Jewelers. Find everything from diamonds and precious gemstones set in platinum and gold, to critically acclaimed designers such as Alex Sepkus and Mark Patterson. With a master jeweler on staff, most custom work and repairs are done on the premises. 1213 Coast Village Road, 805.969.6362, GasparJewelers.com The finest selection of lingerie and sleepwear imported from Italy, France, and New York is available at Intimo, housed on the other side of Antoinette boutique. Indulge in expertly tailored La Perla undergarments and lingerie, or perhaps in the clean and sporty design of Hanro's Egyptian cotton undergarments. Intimo also carries a selection of gorgeous fashion forward swimwear, with French flair from Huit. 1046 Coast Village Road, 805.565.5606

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Salt: A himalayan hideaway

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LEAVE THE BUSY WORLD BEHIND AND STEP INTO A REALM OF TRANQUILITY. LOCATED ON STATE STREET IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA, SALT CAVE SANTA BARBARA, IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND, HIMALAYAN HIDEAWAY. SINCE 2012, IN EXCESS OF 30,000 VISITORS TO THE CAVES HAVE ENJOYED THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE 250 MILLIONYEAR-OLD HIMALAYAN SALT ROCKS AND ITS HEALTH-ENHANCING QUALITIES. For rejuvenation or relaxation, visitors can experience a variety of specialty treatments and classes (massages, scrubs, yoga, drumming, sound healing and more), or relaxing 45-minute cave sessions to breathe in the mineral-rich air. The salt caves are also a spectacular backdrop for events and corporate retreats. A haven for finding specialty and personal gifts year-round, Salt offers a variety of exclusive Himalayan salt bath, body, cooking, and home products that are packed with 84 minerals – excellent for healing and detoxifying the body. New this year, Salt introduced a variety of delicious gourmet cooking and finishing salts, lip and body balms, and hair and room sprays that are all infused with Himalayan salt and handmade in Santa Barbara. Salt is committed to sourcing the very best natural ingredients that are all organic, non-GMO, nonirradiated, and paraben-free.

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Rom p This shoe lovers paradise is known for its f ine European footwear, like boots from Fiorentini & Baker and shoes from Chie Mihara, and for the excellent customer service the friendly and knowledgable staff provides. Also shop a variety of exclusive handbags, belts and beautiful jewelry. 2928 San Marcos Avenue, Los Olivos, 805.688.1071, rompshoes.com

SANTA BARBARA 116 East Yanonali Street C-1 | 805.637.3898 wall-spacegallery.com | gallery@wall-spacegallery.com Tuesday–Saturday 11am–5 pm, all others by appointment

wallspace contemporary fine art gallery

Maxine Helfman Cornhusk, 2014, archival pigment print, 24” x 36”, edition of 10

Ti en da Ho Tienda Ho has a wide variety of exotic clothing in every color imaginable. Select from embroidered, hand-printed, batiked, or crocheted pieces, accessories, jewelry, rugs, furniture, home goods, and hand-hewn art pieces from Morocco, India, and Indonesia. 1105 State Street, 805.962.3643

WALL SPACE GALLERY Santa Barbara’s best resource for fine art photography, specializes in contemporary works and carries a roster of over 40 national and international artists, each with a unique vision. Shown is Cleo with Mirror by Aline Smithson, 20x30 inches, archival pigment print. 116 E.Yanonali Street C-1, 805.637.3898, WallSpaceGallery.com DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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next stop:

OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA

OJAI OJAI VINEYARD

AN INLAND DESTINATION WELCOMES A NEW AGE OF TASTEMAKERS.

OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA

Up for a little day-tripping or an over-night stay at a world-class spa and resort? Then check out the sun-kissed town of Ojai. Well-known as a mecca for metaphysical wisdom seekers, full moon meditations and artistic inspiration, this little burg, nestled beneath the Topatopa Mountains, is now gaining a reputation as a hot spot for contemporary tastemakers, winemakers and sustainable chefs. Host to an eclectic array of independent boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, Ojai is also home to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa – the perfect inland destination getaway. Bordered by a patchwork of citrusscented groves, this haven definitely has that “off the beaten path vibe”, yet is just about a forty minute scenic drive from Santa Barbara. If you are a seeker of great food, shopping, or spiritual empowerment, get enlightened and choose the path to Ojai. MODERN FOLK LIVING TIPPLE & RAMBLE

SUMMER CAMP

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Go. Shop. Eat. OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA - For some luxurious R & R spend a few days at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Recognized as one of the top spa destinations in the world, this white stucco and red tile roofed Shangri-La boasts a legendary 18-hole championship golf course, a tennis center, six onsite eateries and of course an award-winning spa. The gracious and professional staff and beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites provide all of the professional attention and amenities that have consistently earned this resort and spa the AAA Five Diamond Resort since 2006. 905 Country Club Road, 855.697.8780, ojairesort.com

DEKOR&CO. - a lifestyle boutique featuring a thoughtfully curated collection of home decor, natural beauty products, vintage furniture, fashion, art and jewelry. Indulge in a cup of tea from the in-house Art of Tea bar or stock up on make-up from cult cosmetic brand Face Stockholm. 105 South

SUMMER CAMP

Montgomery Street, 805.272.8675, dekorandco.com

OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA

MODERN FOLK LIVING - a bright, composed space populated with quality, handcrafted eco-friendly goods that have a modern sensibility. Brighten up your tablescape with a colorful embroidered table runner from Coral & Tusk or yourself with a driftwood amulet necklace from the LA designed and made collection, See Real Flowers. 306b East Matilija Street, 805.640.0678, modernfolkliving.com

OJAI VINEYARD

TIPPLE & RAMBLE

SUMMER CAMP - This lifestyle concept store is housed in an abandoned gas station and presents a fresh and playful hybrid of mid-century design pieces, a variety of vintage goods with an emphasis on camping and the great outdoors, along with a quality selection of hand-crafted items from local American makers. There is also an adjoining museum quality custom framing shop for that cool vintage flag you just scored. 1020 W. Ojai Avenue, 805.861.7109, shopsummercamp.com

FIG CURATED LIVING - A beautiful blue and green entrance way welcomes guests to an exceptional selection of gifts for home and garden, with an emphasis on local, handmade, and fair trade goods. Indulge in a few scented soy candles by Blithe and Bonny or a handcrafted sewn art sketch made in Santa Barbara by Cory Sipper. 327 East Ojai

AZU

Avenue, 805.646.6561

THE OJAI VINEYARD - Almost thirty years into winemaking, this artisanal winery remains on the cutting edge of wine production in the Santa Barbara area. Imbibe the internationally acclaimed wines in the tasting room or take home a few bottles of this liquid treasure from Ojai. 109 S. Montgomery Street,

805.798.3947, ojaivineyard.com

AZU - For a true taste of Ojai, sample farm fresh tapas with a California twist, along with a variety of craft cocktails made from fresh picks from the local orchards, along with an impressive selection of local beer and wines by the glass. 457 East Ojai Avenue,

DEKOR&CO.

805.640.7987, azuojai.com

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THE MOB SHOP - Bike rentals, bikes, tours. 110 W Ojai Avenue, 805.272.8102, themobshop.com BART’S BOOKS - A unique outdoor bookstore. 302 W. Matilija Street, 805.646.3755, bartsbooksojai.com SOUL CENTERED - A metaphysical shop with psychics, astrologers, books, jewelry. 311 North Montgomery Street, 805.640.8222, soulcentered.com

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THE HOME FRONT

Working with Reed Interiors, a traditionalist goes against the grain and discovers her dream modern kitchen

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LAIRE DESCRIBES HERSELF AS SOMETHING OF A TRADITIONALIST, so when she and her husband, Mark, thought about sprucing up their kitchen, which Claire describes as “needing some TLC,” she wasn’t envisioning the gleaming, highly functioning modern marvel of a kitchen they have now. But then one day she was shopping for flooring at Reed Interiors in Carpinteria and saw the showcase kitchen that was being built to spotlight Reed’s new kitchen-design division. Spearheaded by Michel Clair, who had recently arrived in the U.S. after 25 years of designing in France, the new arm of the company takes its cue from the exciting European trend of reworking outdated interiors of historic buildings to embrace contemporary design and functionality. “I fell in love with that kitchen,” Claire recalls. “I saw the Armony cabinets, with their clean lines and beautiful glossy finish, and had to have them.” And so Claire, who liked modern design but could not see how to incorporate it without a room becoming cold or austere, found herself jettisoning the traditional in favor of the sleek, the clean, the contemporary. But she and Mark still had doubts. “We wondered if it would be too modern,” Claire recalls. “I needed an expert, and in Michel Clair and [Reed owners] Romain and Myriam Doussineau, I found them. The lines are cleaner now. The room is more open and wonderful to cook in. This kitchen fits the house, and everyone who sees it loves it.” The job was completed without removing any of the now-white walls, which nearly match the bone-colored lacquer cabinets that line one wall and support the island, which contains a 1.5-size Wolf oven and an 8-burner stovetop. Drawers and cabinets feature built-in cutouts

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MICHEL CLAIR DESIGN CHANTAL HASSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Reed’s European sensibility infuses this super-functional modern kitchen (clockwise from left): off-white Armony lacquer cabinets with slotted pulls and brushed stainless steel trim flank a full Viking oven, another half-oven, and an 8-burner stove; a clean, inviting, well-lit space; knotty-oak veneers cover a trio of Gaggenau cooling units, and a suspended hood with recessed LED lighting hovers like a minimalist sculpture.

to keep every utensil, pot and pan in place. Recessed ceiling lighting is supplemented by additional lighting, such as that in the brushed stainless steel hood, which is suspended from the ceiling by four steel rods. All the cabinets have brushed stainless steel counter tops, corner bumpers, backsplashes and kick plates. A dark-brown plank floor from Reed provides a striking contrast and links the kitchen to the rest of the house. At one end of the kitchen, warm, knotty-oak cabinetry hides a gaggle of Gaggenau chilling devices: a refrigerator, a freezer and a wine cooler. A rectangular knotty-oak dining counter fronted by black-cushioned stools defines the kitchen’s boundary at the other end of the room. “I like a cool, simple aesthetic, and I don’t like clutter,” says Claire. “So I said just go. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.” Spoken like a true modernist. DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Brewhouse Bucatini

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Casa Blanca

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Cielito

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Fresco Valley Cafe

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WHERE TO EAT ANDERSEN'S DANISH RESTAURANT & BAKERY Andersen's is known for their fine European and Nordic menu, where everything is made daily from scratch. They have a lovely outside patio, great for people watching right on State Street. 1106 State Street, 805.962.5085

BEST SEAFOOD IN TOWN ARCH ROCK With menu selections of starters, salads, pork chops, short ribs, roasted chicken, ahi tuna, planked salmon and sandwiches, there’s something for everyone in this welcoming place. 608 Anacapa Street, 805.845.2800

BENCHMARK EATERY Generous drinks, a friendly and casual atmosphere, and value-driven food are the hallmarks of Benchmark Eatery. The double-sided indoor-outdoor bar with a great selection of beer keeps the fun rolling. 1201 State Street, 805.845.2600

LUNCH • HAPPY HOUR • DINNER • SUNDAY BRUNCH • OUTDOOR PATIOS 101 East Cabrillo Blvd. 805 966 2112 DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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CLASSIC STEAK HOUSE FOOD IN COMFORTABLE SURROUNDINGS. FEATURING PRIME STEAKS, LIVE LOBSTER, FRESH SEAFOOD, AN EXCEPTIONAL WINE LIST AND SUPERB COCKTAILS.

BLIND TIGER Whether you want to dance the night away, watch your favorite sports teams, have some food and drinks, sit back and relax, or catch some live music, Blind Tiger has what you’re looking for. 409 State Street, 805.957.4111

DINNER SEVEN NIGHTS BRUNCH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY RESERVATIONS: (805) 565-7540 1279 COAST VILLAGE ROAD MONTECITO LUCKYS-STEAKHOUSE.COM

BLUSH Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Blush provides stylish decor with a warm, ambient indoor dining room and exquisite outdoor patio accompanied with fireside seating. 630 State Street, 805.957.1300

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BOATHOUSE Located at Hendry's beach, the Boathouse is a hip, nautical eatery that serves mouth-watering dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ocean views are spectacular, 2981 Cliff Drive, 805.898.2628 FALL/WINTER 2015


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years is a long time in the restaurant business, and during the two decades that Bucatini has occupied the busy corner at State and Haley Streets in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the popular trattoria/pizzeria with the intimate dining room and the big covered patio has become a “stand-by” in the best sense of the word. Bucatini is reliable, comfortable, welcoming and reasonably priced. It offers friendly, caring service and regional Italian food - the classics - made with the freshest, often organic, ingredients and featuring produce and herbs plucked from two weekly farmer’s markets - one outside its front door, the other a block away. Since it doesn’t follow trends, except in terms of reflecting demand for more organic, gluten-free and vegetarian options, Bucatini’s customers know what they’ll get. Whether antipasti (carpaccio with mustard-horseradish dressing; local mussels in spicy marinara broth) a pasta (from the list of more than twenty) risotto, panini, grilled fish or chicken, lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, veal scaloppini with mushrooms, or one of 21 woodfired thin-crust pizzas, the promise is always the same: what you get will be fresh, flavorful and good. The small but mighty bar offers a variety of custom cocktails, and the wine list is a tasteful balance of Italian and California selections. JB 436 STATE STREET, SANTA BARBARA 805.957.4177 • BUCATINI.COM

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LOCAL+FOOD LOCAL DRINK LOCAL LOVE

latin american inspired | santa barbara realized 1114 STATE STREET

805.965.4770

CIELITORESTAURANT.COM

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Downey’s: 30 Years of Farm-to-Table Fare In Santa Barbara, the origins of the burgeoning farm-to-table movement date back not five or ten years, but more than thirty, to 1982, when John Downey opened his eponymous State Street restaurant. He soon became the first local chef to put the name of a farm - that of organic pioneer Tom Shepherd - on his menu, and Downey still scours the farmers markets seeking produce and inspiration for his daily-changing carte. “In the early days, there were only a few farmers and not a great variety, but now you can get practically anything grown in the universe,” he says. With fall approaching, the British chef, who has cooked for Queen Elizabeth and was mentored by James Beard, will be turning those unparalleled ingredients into fantastically comforting food prepared with care, precision and enthusiasm. Lobster ragout, available only for a few weeks in winter, features fresh-lobster stock, chunks of lobster, chanterelle mushrooms, smoked bacon, flageolets or other beans, tomatoes, leeks and white sea bass or other fish. Another cool-weather favorite, duck with cabernet sauce that’s a take on the French classic cassoulet, features tender duck with shakamaxon beans, caramelized onions and tomatoes. And Downey’s take on apple pie à la mode - warm pippin apples with butterscotch served between layers of puff pastry with homemade vanilla ice cream - is a modern classic.

1305 STATE STREET, SANTA BARBARA • 805.966.5006 • DOWNEYSSB.COM

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THE BREWHOUSE This fun and friendly bistro is dedicated to the promise that you will never leave hungry, disappointed or unamused. A favorite with locals of all ages and means, this gem serves up delicacies like filet mignon enchiladas, seared ahi tuna and macadamia encrusted halibut with three citrus cream sauce. 229 Montecito Street, 805.884.4664 BUCATINI The nearly 30 pizzas from the woodburning oven echo those in Florence – light combinations of thin crust and well-considered toppings. Each of the 20-some pastas, plus the daily risotto, ooze Italian, starting with the namesake classic, Bucatini all Amatriciana, with its spicy pancetta-flecked marinara sauce. 436 State Street, 805.957.4177

BENCHMARK

eatery

LUNCH & DINNER DAILY Genuine Commitment to Service

1201 STATE STREET • SANTA BARBARA • 805.845.2600 • BENCHMARKEATERY.COM

LUNCH & DINNER DAILY

CA DARIO Cá Dario has been one of Santa Barbara's favorite Italian food restaurant for many years and for good reasons. The food is excellent, the decor is inviting and lively and the staff is professional and attentive. The menu includes dishes to please all tastes from savory antipastis, to tasty pastas and risottos, to mouth watering entrees. 37 East Victoria Street, 805.884.9419

608 ANACAPA STREET • SANTA BARBARA 805.845.2800 • ARCHROCKSANTABARBARA.COM DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Ca dario pizzeria

Fresh Californian Fare Local Wine and Tailored Catering

Pizzas range from an ultra-traditional Margherita to fresh takes such as the Soffione con Uovo, with dandelion greens, mozzarella and a farm egg; the Rossa Piccante, featuring Fresno chilies, spicy Calabrese salami, tomato and mozzarella; and the “Carbonara,” with cream, quail eggs and pancetta. Those for whom “gluten-free” translates as “pizza-deprived,” know that any pizza can be made with the owner's secret-recipe gluten-free crust. 29 East Victoria Street, 805.957.2020

CASA BLANCA

442 ATTERDAG ROAD • SOLVANG • 805.688.8857 • FRESCOVALLEYCAFE.COM

California Bistro

Celebrating their 4th anniversary, Casa Blanca is a lively, great-looking Mexican restaurant with a terrific bar, lots of seating options indoors and out, and a reasonably priced menu. Mexican classics include chile rellenos, tamales and fajitas, as well as specialties like the Puerco en salsa tomate. 330 State Street, 805.845.8966

LOCATED IN THE CHARMING 130 YEAR OLD VICTORIAN UPHAM HOTEL BANQUETS PRIVATE PARTIES LUNCH & DINNER

1404 De La Vina St. 805.963.7003

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CAFFE PRIMO Caffé Primo brings to life the atmosphere taste and charm of what locals thrive on - a local place to refresh, refuel & relax. They perfectly blend the warmth of an eatery with the modern touches of a sleek restaurant, bringing European style and ambience to America in a casual atmosphere. 516 State Street, 805.845.9301 FALL/WINTER 2015


Blush Restaurant + Lounge: Get Together In many parts of the country, fall is the time to run indoors. But in Santa Barbara, it’s Indian summer. That means warm days and balmy nights perfect for gathering with friends for great food and drinks - and Blush Restaurant + Lounge is the ideal place to do it. Located in the heart of the downtown State Street action, Blush has a contemporary atmosphere that makes it perfect for a casual weekend brunch (complete with Bloody Mary cart) or lunch, an elegant dinner, or just a few slow, relaxed hours at any time of day. Inventive house cocktails (strawberry-ginger old-fashioned, anyone?) and refined seasonal Californian cuisine (lobster mac & cheese, prosciutto & fig flatbread, fresh fish and filet mignon are all on the menu) highlight the unique, quintessentially Santa Barbara dining experience at this one-of-a-kind destination, which is a preferred spot for bachelorette parties and hosts a can’t-miss happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 3-6 p.m. The big outdoor patio is the heart and soul of Blush, with its expansive bar, abundant daytime shade, fire pits at night and cushy sofas and chairs all the time. Indoors, cool black booths, a second bar and a dance floor await those who gather under the starlight-spangled ceiling to groovemove until well into the night. 630 STATE STREET • 805.957.1300 • BLUSHSB.COM

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Los Agaves Great Mexican Food

Shortly after the first Los Agaves opened on Milpas Street in 2008, customers began lining up out the front door of the casual, comfortable, family-friendly restaurant, hungry for its terrific, beautifully presented regional Mexican food made with superfresh, high-quality ingredients and no compromises. Think New York Prime beef and organic free-range chicken. And think efficient, friendly service, too. Since then, three more Los Agaves have opened - off Upper State Street, in Goleta, and the newest, in Westlake Village. That, says Carlos Luna, one of the brothers who own Los Agaves, will end the expansion for some time in order to maintain standards. “We prefer to stay small and reliable,” he says. “We want to continue to surpass expectations for many years to come.” The restaurant has a regular menu of favorites, plus a revolving list of regional daily specials. Some of them - salmon tropical, cochinita pibil, salmon tacos, and chile en nogada - are so popular that they rarely come off the menu.The new vegan menu includes enchiladas in a mushroom-based mole sauce; meatless plantain-filled taquitos; and vegetarian enchiladas.” Everything is made on site, and at the new Westlake location, customers can watch the tortillas being made by hand. A similar display is coming soon to Milpas. You should, too. 600 N. MILPAS ST. • 805.564.2626 • LOS-AGAVES.COM 2911 DE LA VINA ST. • 805.682.2600 702 MARKET PLACE DR, CAMINO REAL MARKETPLACE • 805.968.4000

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CIELITO Cielito impresses from the moment you enter its elegant interior defined by soaring ceilings and a decidedly cosmopolitan feel. With an emphasis on the tapas style dining experience, the menu is designed to showcase an innovative take on the flavors of Mexico and Latin America. 1114 State Street, 805.965.4770

D'ANGELO'S BAKERY D’Angelo's is the kind of bakery locals love and visitors are overjoyed to find. Choose a table indoors or out and enjoy freshly baked European-style breads and pastries, great breakfasts and lunches, and strong Italian coffee. 25 West Gutierrez Street, 805.962.5466

DOWNEY'S Since 1982 John Downey has been orchestrating this intimate restaurant and receiving the highest ratings from Dirona and Zagat. With a strong emphasis on a blend of California and French cuisine, this restaurant offers nothing but the freshest ingredients, from appetizers to desserts. 1305 State Street, 805.966.5006 DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Thank You

Santa Barbara Voted “Stiffest Drinks in Town” since 1928

FARMER BOY

Homemade Cakes and Pies Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ... 7 Days a Week

If you grew up in Santa Barbara’s San Roque neighborhood, you know Farmer Boy restaurant. It’s the classic American diner with all the standards. Recently renovated by the Bennett family, it is a fresh take on a classic diner, yet maintains the essence of the original. 3427 State St., San Roque Plaza, 805.687.6584

Kitchen from 7:30 am until 10 pm “Everything just a little bit better” 536 State Street (corner of Cota) Santa Barbara Reservations 966-4638

FISHOUSE

The relaxing dining experience from around the world.

Come experience the difference.

Small plates, unique beverages and a cozy setting from around the globe.

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FisHouse has built a huge following by offering ultrafresh seafood, good drinks, an excellent happy hour, great prices and exactly the kind of friendly, casual atmosphere that beach volleyball players, fishermen, families, locals & visitors love. 101 East Cabrillo Blvd., 805.966.2112

FRESCO VALLEY CAFE Located a bit off Solvang’s sometimes crowded main drags, this restaurant attracts lots of locals who love the calm they find on its sun-soaked garden patio. The menu includes fantastic soups, satisfying appetizers, tortilla wraps, and classic sandwiches and salads. 422 Atterdag Rd., Solvang, 805.688.8857 FALL/WINTER 2015


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logging up to 20 miles a day for a couple of weeks. This year, the waiter-turned-restaurateur who owns Toma on Cabrillo Boulevard set his sights on Italy’s famous Barolo region. Once there, he put on his walking shoes and a small backpack loaded with a few essentials, including a change of clothes for dining in good local restaurants, and set off into the At Toma there is countryside. His goal: new wines, great wines, undiscovered wines. much more than His route took him to and through vineyards reached via ancient wine in your glass Roman and Etruscan pilgrimage routes. He met locals and discovered —there’s a story, new wines that are now at Toma, complementing such offerings as the house special steamed clams with chorizo, butter beans, sofrito, black too. kale, harissa and aioli crostini; lasagne with braised-beef-and-pork ragú, spinach, and fresh ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan; and spice-roasted rack of lamb with toasted chickpeas, sweet peppers, fennel, harissa and preserved lemon. At Toma there is much more than wine in your glass - there’s a story, too.

324 WEST CABRILLO BLVD. • 805.962.0777 • TOMARESTAURANT.COM

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Blind Tiger: Everything You Want under One Roof Whether you want to dance the night away, watch your favorite sports teams, have some food and drinks, sit back and relax, or catch some live music, Blind Tiger has what you’re looking for. Occupying a historic building on State Street that dates back to 1889, this versatile new venue consists of a lounge, an upscale sports bar, and a performance space for an all-in-one experience on three distinct and stylish levels. The full tapas-style menu is available throughout the venue and includes such delectable offerings as garlic white sauce flat breads, Philly cheese steak sliders, and slow-roasted pork tacos, with the focus always on the freshest, finest ingredients available. Blind Tiger features three full bars, one on each level, where some of the best mixologists in town turn out delicious craft cocktails and seasonal drinks. Try the "Tiger Bite," a blend of Crop Tomato Vodka, house-made habanero syrup, passion fruit, and cilantro in a glass with a sugar-coated rim; it’s guaranteed to satisfy. With something for everyone, Blind Tiger is the perfect site to host a corporate reception, catch the big game or just hang out with friends, celebrating the fact that you’re in beautiful Santa Barbara. 409 STATE STREET • 805.957.4111 • BLINDTIGERSB.COM

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JANE Jane is a family affair in the best sense. Jane Chapman runs the friendly, comfortable dining room with her parents, Mark and Margaret Huston, who have operated the Montecito Café together for 28 years. Open for lunch and dinner, it simply provides an inviting atmosphere, carefully prepared food and genuinely friendly service. Menu favorites include grilled breast of duck, seared ahi and prawn salad bowl, the natural hamburger and fish and chips. The atmosphere is cozy and warm with a floor-ceiling fireplace and is located in the historical Spanish building two doors from the Arlington Theatre. 1311 State Street, 805.962.1311

Montecito Cafe Quality, Value and Service Lunch and Dinner

JILL'S PLACE A little off the beaten path sits Jill's Place, a favorite among locals for their "old school dinner menu" of steaks, fish, chops and chicken all of which include soup, salad and a choice of sides. All of the meats at Jill's Place are hand picked daily and come directly from their local family owned meat company ensuring the absolute highest quality available. Dinner entrees include delicious choice and prime grade cuts of Filet Mignon, New York strip,  and Ribeyes as well as  other house specialties such as Homestyle Buttermilk Fried Chicken, infamous Baby Back Pork ribs, and locally sourced Halibut and Salmon. The wine list is extensive and thoughtful with many hand picked local wines and a full specialty cocktail bar. 632 Santa Barbara Street, 805.963.0378

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MONTECITO CAFE Simplicity is elegance. The tenets of quality, value and service have been a mainstay for the husband and wife team of Mark and Margaret Huston since they opened Montecito Café back in 1986. Everything is still made from scratch including the desserts, sauces and even the hamburger buns. The awards keep coming: Montecito Cafe was voted Best Restaurant in Montecito for the last four years. The menu consists of filet mignon, fresh fish, pasta, salad bowls and gourmet sandwiches. Popular items include salmon grilled on cedar wood plank, filet mignon with mushroom cream sauce and goat cheese pancakes with gravlax and golden caviar. Located inside the historical Montecito Inn Hotel, which was built by Charlie Chaplin in the 1920's, this popular destination also offers free valet parking. 1295 Coast Village Road, 805.969.3392

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THE GARDEN MARKET Ideally located on Santa Claus Lane steps from the ocean in the small town of Carpinteria, this tranquil California fusion bistro is so much more than just a restaurant. It's a place to relax and unwind in the peaceful garden setting, or shop for unique gifts and treasures. 3811 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, 805.745.5505

GLOBE Globe invites you to take your own little adventure a half-block off State Street. Enjoy “small bites” in the tapas style, like lobster tacos, empanadas, English tea sandwiches, vegetable pot stickers, blackened filet mignon salad with blue cheese, and crème brûlée. 18 East Cota Street, 805.324.4420

HOLDREN'S STEAK & SEAFOOD Elegant and timeless, Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood, features USDA prime midwestern corn-fed beef, charbroiled over their mesquite grill. The "Cowboy Cut" is their signature steak, a 20-ounce prime bone-in rib chop served over spicy onion rings. Their fresh seafood selection includes bacon wrapped barbecue tiger prawns, seared Hawaiian ahi, and a shrimp scampi like no other. 512 State Street, 805.965.3363

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GLOBAL ADVENTURE AT YOUR DOORSTEP Globe, one of the newest additions to the Santa Barbara restaurant scene, is a heck of a lot of fun. And that’s just walking in. Here you are greeted not by the usual rows of restaurant tables, but rather a collection of highly idiosyncratic furniture: a scarlet Louis XIV sofa with (nearly) matching tufted ottoman, rococo mirrors, midnight-blue velvet arm chairs, low tables and vaguely Asian red-and-gold wallpaper. Arranged into vignettes that serve as cozy dining areas, the pieces hang together in a clearly articulated design sensibility that has elements of Gilded Age Paris, Barcelona boite, Moroccan souk - and then some. And that’s the point. Travel is adventure. Ditto food from other lands, foreign wines and even exotic beers. (Anyone for a Lucky Buddha from China?) Globe invites you to take your own little adventure a half-block off State Street. The comfortable surroundings are conducive to conversation, relaxation, slowing down, and taking your time. You can while away an afternoon or an evening here with drinks from the full bar (lined with high-backed stools with leopard-print cushions) or international wines while enjoying “small bites” in the tapas style, like lobster tacos, empanadas, English tea sandwiches, vegetable pot stickers, blackened filet mignon salad with blue cheese, and crème brûlée. At Globe, the world seems to spin just a bit more slowly - more to your time. 18 EAST COTA STREET, SANTA BARBARA • 805.324.4420

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CAFFE PRIMO a New Kind of Italian on State Street Caffé Primo is an upscale, casual, full-service restaurant that tastefully combines authentic Italian traditions with the Southern California lifestyle in the heart of State Street. Like its Caffé Primo siblings in West Hollywood, downtown L.A., San Diego and Anaheim, this new addition was designed to fit the local neighborhood and offers great food at very affordable prices. Breakfast and lunch are served until 3 p.m., with dinner from 5 until closing. Start the day with made-on-the premises croissants or other baked goods, egg dishes, fresh fruit juices or smoothies. Later, enjoy everything from salads, panini on housemade bread, rice bowls and wraps to shared dishes like crispy fried calamari, caprese salad, antipasto plates and authentic Neopolitan-style pizzas cooked at 800 degrees, to such classic Italian dinner fare as pasta carbonara and spaghetti and meatballs. Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. weekdays, and bottomless mimosas are served during weekend breakfast. All day long, Caffé Primo offers the best in Italian coffees made by highly trained baristas who practice a traditional Italian art to transform the steamed milk in lattés and cappuccinos into the faces of pigs, bears, monkeys and more - the ultimate in tasteful art. 516 STATE STREET, SANTA BARBARA 805.845.9301 • ILOVEPRIMO.COM

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JOE'S CAFE The city’s oldest restaurant opened in 1928 in what had previously been a laundry, a blacksmith and a slew of restaurants. Now it’s a Santa Barbara institution. Locals and visitors stream in beneath the classic neon marquee, then gather at the bar for famously generous cocktails or hunker down in booths for some good, old American saloon food. 536 State Street, 805.966.4638

DINNER SERVED NIGHTLY • LOCATED AT THE BEACH ITALIAN MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED CUISINE 324 W. CABRILLO BLVD. • 805.962.0777 TOMARESTAURANT.COM

THE LARK The Lark is conveniently located within the Funk Zone, home to the Urban Wine Trail. Just one block from the Santa Barbara train station and minutes from the 101, The Lark serves New American share plates with a focus on locally sourced products from Santa Barbara County, neighboring farmlands, ranches and the Pacific Coast. 131 Anacapa Street, 805.284.0370

GOOD FOOD - FINE THINGS

Delightful Breakfast • Savory Lunch • Coffee and Espresso

LOS AGAVES Fresh ingredients and careful cooking are reflected in a menu full of delicious regional dishes from central and southern Mexico, Puebla, Oaxaca and, in particular, Guadalajara. Everything is made by hand daily, the tamales, the tortillas, and the salsas. 600 North Milpas, 805.564.2626 2911 De La Vina Street, 805.682.2600

Fine Wines and Exquisite Gifts • Home & Garden Decor

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ON THE ALLEY On the Alley began life as a kind of overflow place for its always-busy sister restaurant Brophy Brothers. But the two year-old younger sibling has taken on a life of its own and developed a loyal following. Locals especially like its casual feel, the reliability of its “simple, honest food” and the ease of grabbing something good to eat at the beach, on a bench by the sea wall or at the wood picnic table right in front. The diverse menu at this tiny place includes breakfast burritos, burgers, a crab cake burger, wraps, fish ’n’ chips, Brophy’s chowder, beer, wine and soft-serve ice cream. 117 Harbor Way, 805.962.6315

OPAL Providing an atmosphere that is friendly and inviting with a refreshingly genuine hospitality, Opal features exceptional service in a manner that is warm and engaging. Opal’s attention to detail in the kitchen is equally appealing. “With an infusion of eclectic California cuisine using the freshest of ingredients and creative influences from around the globe, it’s the international flare that keeps their guests coming back. 1325 State Street, 805.966.9676

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A contemporary American grill celebrating the cuisine and culture of New Orleans, The Palace Grill features USDA Prime aged beef and the freshest seafood, with a large selection of delicious pastas and specialties like their crawfish-stuffed blackened filet mignon, and Louisiana bread pudding souffle with whiskey cream sauce. Voted Santa Barbara’s Best Service since 1988 by the SB Independent reader’s poll, The Palace Grill serves lunch and dinner every day; lunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner is from 5:30 p.m. to close. It's an ideal place for banquets, private parties, luncheons and business meetings. 8 East Cota Street, 805.963.5000 FALL/WINTER 2015


LOUIE'S Located in the historic Upham Hotel, Louie’s welcomes its second decade of serving consistently superb California bistro fare. Some menu staples include fresh seared ahi tuna, Alaskan halibut, as well as a succulent rack of lamb and filet mignon, all prepared creatively with the freshest available ingredients on the market. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the welcoming dining room or on the heated veranda. 1404 De La Vina Street, 805.963.7003

Voted Santa Barbara’s Best Restaurant with a View BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER • HAPPY HOUR

2981 Cliff Drive • 898-2628 • BoathouseSB.com

LUCKY'S Great food and service never go out of style and terrific ingredients make a noticeable difference. The menu is a la carte with a huge selection of different cuts of USDA prime beef, live lobsters and the freshest seafood. Sides range from skinny onion rings and creamed corn to locally grown vegetables, tomatoes and salad greens. The staff is attentive and professional. The comfortable bar area serves stiff drinks and superb Martinis. 1279 Coast Village Road, 805.565.7540

Still Serving the Best Local Shellfish in California

MESAVERDE Mesaverde serves no meat, so it is technically a “vegetarian restaurant.” But it is light years from the dry soy burgers and bland steamed vegetables. The restaurant is aspirational in every sense, from the casual, confident modern décor to the attentive servers and Executive Chef Greg Arnold’s inspiring menu. 1919 Cliff Drive, 805.963.4474

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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company at the end of historic stearns wharf

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PALOMA RESTAURANT AND TEQUILA BAR Paloma Restaurant & Tequila Bar is rich in family traditions and offers a fresh seasonal menu with creative dishes that pay homage to some of Mexico’s finest regional flavors. Paloma presents guests with modern twists on Mexican classics as well as house specialties. 5764 Calle Real, Goleta, 805.681.0766

PATXI'S PIZZA Patxi’s deep-dish Chicago-style pizzas - even better with fresh California ingredients - are cooked slowly in one oven, while the thin-crust Italian-style pies cook quickly in an Italian-made oven. Appealing salads like the one with arugula, radicchio and parmesan are perfect complements, as are starters made for sharing, such as the bruschetta of creamy burrata cheese with pesto, garlic-roasted tomatoes and focaccia flatbread. 515 State Street, 805.564.4888

SANTA BARBARA SHELLFISH COMPANY Located at the end of cheerful Stearns Wharf, hungry patrons crowd this casual restaurant where hefty crab and lobster are dropped into boiling cauldrons while awardwinning chefs frantically work the open kitchen serving up signature dishes that rival any four star restaurant. 230 Stearns Wharf, 805.966.6676

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“Top 10 Most Life-Changing Pizzas” - Esquire Magazine

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515 State Street, Santa Barbara I Order online for take-out or delivery at patxispizza.com SLY's Focused on simple and delicious food, owner James Sly has been behind the stove for over forty years and has had plenty of time and experience to refine his art. Sly’s re-creates classic dishes using top-quality ingredients serving only hand-cut, aged prime steaks and a fabulous seafood menu, including local abalone. You can order a classic crab and shrimp louis or the house specialty, an iced seafood tower. Pasta options range from macaroni and cheese and linguini with clams to the more exotic spaghettini caruso, prepared with chicken livers in marsala. A variety of vegetable dishes are available for vegetarians and over 2,000 French and California wines grace their list. The decor is both comfortable and intriguing. Located in downtown Carpinteria. 686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, 805.684.6666

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SEAGRASS Seagrass offers a fresh Santa Barbara coastal cuisine fine dining experience. They believe our 'coastal' living experience is deserving of celebration, and care deeply about procuring the highest quality ingredients available. They are a charter member of the Sustainable Seafood Program and work closely with the Farmer's Market. 30 East Ortega Street, 805.963.1012

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TOMA Experience the Santa Barbara waterfront’s most romantic restaurant and savor exquisite Italian and Mediterranean dishes from the area's seasonal bounty. Pour over local and Italian wines along with a full bar of hand-crafted cocktails and spirits, and enjoy warm and attentive service while dining window-side with a view of the enchanting Santa Barbara harbor. 324 West Cabrillo Blvd., 805.962.0777

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Fresh Local Crab Salad with Papaya, Limes & Ginger

Santa Barbara Black Cod

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Savor classic northern Italian dishes from the Veneto to Trieste regions of Italy made with fresh Santa Barbara sourced ingredients. The ambiance reminds one of being in a trattoria in the alps of Italy, which is fitting since Trattoria Vittoria is family owned and operated. 30 East Victoria Street, 805.962.5014 FALL/WINTER 2015


Tre Lune Creating genuine Italian cuisine with love and care is Tre Lune’s stock in trade. A favorite with Montecito residents, “Three Moons” is set in a charming two-story building right on Coast Village Road. Diverse diners come for honest, high-quality Italian cooking served in the lively dining room, with its historic black-and-white photographs, white table cloths and hardwood floors. From the bread and olive oil to the brightly flavored minestrone soup to the fall-off-the-fork ossobuco, Tre Lune delivers. Wild-boar penne, basil pesto, and lobster ravioli are standouts, as is the all-Italian wine list, a yearly Wine Spectator award winner. 1151 Coast Village Road, 805.969.2646

'Where the Locals Go’

TUPELO JUNCTION CAFE Tupelo Junction Cafe’s concept is simple, superb food in a casual atmosphere with a fantastic “Locals Only” wine list. The setting is more a café than a restaurant, but do not be fooled into thinking they are casual about their food. The cuisine is best described as Americana with a southern influence hence the name Tupelo Junction, which is a historical landmark in Mississippi and the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Signature dishes include the fried chicken salad with cornbread, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and herbed buttermilk dressing, which is immensely popular with the locals, and a blackened molasses salmon with white beans. 1218 State Street, 899-3100

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VINEYARD HOUSE While in Santa Ynez, there is one restaurant that should not be missed. The Vineyard House, a 100 year-old Victorian house, is set amid beautiful gardens and has a tranquil patio for dining in causal elegance. Offering everything from pizzas to rack of lamb, their menu includes wonderful salads, fresh pastas & seafood, steaks and chicken. A reasonably priced wine list featuring the best of Santa Ynez Valley compliments their regional American cuisine. They are open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, and have piano and guitar music on Friday and Saturday evenings. 3631 Sagunto, Santa Ynez 805.688-2886

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Voted Best Steakhouse in Santa Barbara since 2007 SB News Press • SB Independent santabarbara.com

Featuring Prime Steaks Award Winning Wine List Dinner begins daily at 5:00 Lunch Mon. - Fri. 11:30 - 3:00 Sunday Brunch 10:00 - 3:00

512 State Street 805.965.3363

THE INDIA CLUB India Club offers a buoyant cuisine with a Bombay chef and a staff right out of London. The cuisines of North and South India, as well as Mughlai, Pakastani-style cooking, combine to create a gorgeous blend of flavors: curries; spices such as cumin, fennel, coriander and cinnamon; and heats of garlic, onion, ginger and chilies. The lavish buffet is one of the main draws of the menu, giving those who aren't familiar with Indian food a chance to sample a few things.The menu is quite extensive, offering seafood, chicken, lamb and vegetarian selections. Located in Goleta, lunch and dinner served daily. 5701 Calle Real, Goleta, 805.967.7171

SILVERGREENS Silvergreens opened in 1995 as an alternative to the junk-food-dominated Isla Vista foodscape, and a downtown location was added in 2008. Their slogan, “Eat Real Food,” is reflected everywhere in organic products from local purveyors, in making everything from scratch, in roasting naturally raised meats and using cage-free eggs, serving only homemade soups and demonstrating an everexpanding commitment to recycling and composting. 791 Chapala Street, 805.962.8500

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MICROBREWS fresh delicious handcrafted

The Brewhouse 229 West Montecito St. 805.884.4664 brewhousesb.com

Ensuring you get the freshest possible beer, The Brewhouse Brews are handcrafted for your enjoyment right on the premises - just a few feet away. The two large copper vessels comprise what is actually known as "the Brewhouse". You can watch as the brewers tinker to create their delicious fifteen uniquely tasting brews, smell the aromas of hops and grains releasing their essence of savory flavors, or simply taste it firsthand while you admire the entire process.

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The Haley Str eet Cor r idor is getting a little funk of its ow n. Located on the corner of Laguna and Haley, The Mill is destined to be Santa Barbara’s next hot spot. Beautifully restored with an urban rustic vibe, complete with wood siding and corrugated metal roofing, the 19,900 square-foot complex pays homage to its origins – a one-hundred plus year-old feed mill. The Mill still provides feed alright, but now in the form of artisan wine, hand-crafted brew and farm-to-fork food. With unique zoning, which allows for on-site manufacturing and production, the complex has attracted some of the area’s finest grassroots artisans. The impressive lineup includes Potek Winery, Third Window Brewing and Wildwood Kitchen, as well as AB Design Studio, Pelago, Mac Grant Fitness and Becker Studios Design/Construction, the innovators behind this exciting addition to the everevolving Santa Barbara scene.

The Mill 406 East Haley Street themillsb.com AB design studio 805.963.2100 abdesignstudioinc.com Becker Studios 805.965.9555 beckercon.com

Potek Winery

David Potter, proprietor of Municipal Winemakers, slows down the pace at Potek Winery and handcrafts small production, single-vineyard lots from some of Santa Barbara County’s most renowned sites. The tasting experience at Potek will be more intimate, with a reservation based tasting, that will be paired with food from the next door neighbors, Wildwood Kitchen.

Mac Grant Fitness 805.680.9909 macgrantfitness.com Pelago 805.568.5346 pelagodesign.com Potek Winery 805.770.5105 potek.com Third Window Brewing thirdwindowbrewing.com Wildwood Kitchen wildwoodkitchensb.com

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1. Santa Barbara Courthouse This stunning example of Spanish-Moorish architecture, built in 1929 is a National Historic Landmark. Visit the famous mural room, sunken gardens, and take in a panoramic view from the top of the open-air clock tower. 1100 Anacapa Street, 805.568.2220, santabarbaracourthouse.org

2. Old Mission Santa Barbara Founded in 1786, this “Queen of the Missions” occupies a commanding position atop 12 acres overlooking the Pacific and the city. Take a tour and then enjoy a picnic at the adjacent rose gardens. 2201 Laguna Street, 805.682.4713, santabarbaramission.org

3. State Street Located in downtown Santa Barbara, this main street features shopping, outdoor paseos and plazas, fine dining, bars, historic sites, cultural venues, and entertainment. Parking is plentiful and it is a straight shot down to the beach. Bordered by Chapala and Anacapa streets. downtownsb.org

4. Stearns Wharf Built in 1872 for passenger and freight shipping along the south coast, the wooden pier is home to a variety of restaurants, shops and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. State Street and Cabrillo Bloulevard, stearnswharf.org

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THE STONE WORK COMPRISING THE CURRENT DAY SUNKEN GARDENS COMES FROM THE DEMOLISHED ORIGINAL BUILDING, DAMAGED IN THE 1925 EARTHQUAKE.

artists and photographers. October 18, 2015 – February 14, 2016. 1130 State Street, 805.963.4364, sbma.net

8. Santa Barbara Zoo Located on 30 acres of lush

5. The Funk Zone A “funky” mix of historical marine structures, industrial lots, and old houses where artists, cafes, wineries, microbreweries, museums and other independent businesses converge to create a unique district. Located between State St. and Garden St., and Montecito St. to Cabrillo Blvd. funkzone.net

6. The Harbor Enjoy some of the best views of the waterfront, city and mountains and try the fresh catch of the day at one of the resident restaurants. Check out the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum or take a stroll along the breakwater. 113 Harbor Way, 805.962.8404, santabarbaraca.gov

7. Santa Barbara Museum of Art Regarded as one of southern California’s finest art museums, featuring nationally recognized collections and special exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection that includes more than 27,000 works of art. Don’t miss the winter exhibition, Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography, featuring the work of Raúl Corrales, Alberto Korda and many other important

botanic gardens, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. 500 Ninos Drive, 805.962.5339, sbzoo.org

9. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Founded in 1916 and housed in beautiful Spanish Revival-style buildings, along the oakstudded Mission Creek - the museum has over 3.5 million artifacts and specimens in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, vertebrate and invertebrate biology, geology and paleontology. 2559 Puesta del Sol.

10. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Located in the heart of historic downtown, in the El Pueblo Viejo District, the collection includes relics from Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, Yankee and Chinese cultures, as well as artifacts and textiles that date back to the 15th century. 136 East De la Guerra Street, 805.966.1601, santabarbaramuseum.com

BEACH BOUND For a complete listing of area parks and beaches go to: santabarbraca.gov or countyofsb.org EAST BEACH Play volleyball, hit the playground, or grab a bite at the East Beach Grill. 1400 Cabrillo Blvd.

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WEST BEACH Launch a kayak, go stand-up paddle boarding or windsurfing. 299 West Carbillo Blvd.

LEADBETTER Learn to surf on the mellow waves that roll in below the cliffs. Shoreline Dr. and Loma Alta.

BUTTERFLY Take in a romantic sunset at this west-facing beach, across from the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito. 1260 Channel Drive.

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The Arlington Theater Just seeing this historic 2,000 seat mission revival style theater, with a faux-Spanish village interior, complete with a ceiling of twinkling stars, is worth the price of admission. Enjoy movies, concerts, lectures and more. 1317 State Street, 805.963.4408, thearlingtontheatre.com

The santa barbara Botanic Garden

The Granada Theater Restored in March 2008, this world-class performing arts center is home to one of the area’s finest performing arts companies - Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Symphony, CAMA, State Street Ballet and Santa Barbara Choral Society. 1214 State Street, 805.899.2222, granadasb.org Ensemble Theatre Company at The New Vic Theater Santa Barbara’s professional resident theatre company, engages audiences with entertaining, compelling and thought-provoking productions, ranging from important new plays to innovative interpretations of the classics. 33 West Victoria Street, 805.965.5400, ensembletheatre.com Out Of The Box Theater Company Founded in 2009, this nonprofit community theatre company brings contemporary musicals that are entertaining, edgy, socially relevant. Enjoy productions that fall outside of the common expectations of musical theatre. 805.963.8198, outoftheboxtheatre.org Music Academy of the West The beautiful ocean-side campus is home to one of the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians, providing them with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Attend one of the 200 annual public events, many of which are free . 1070 Fairway Road, 805.969.4726, musicacademy.org The Lobero Theater Home to many of Santa Barbara’s outstanding performing arts organizations, this is California’s oldest, continuously operating theatre. Originally founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, it is widely recognized as one of Santa Barbara’s architectural jewels and designated as a State and City landmark. 33 E Canon Perdido Street, 805.966.4946, lobero.com

Center Stage Theater This intimate black box theater, located in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center, hosts weekly performances by a variety of artists and companies. 751 Paseo Nuevo, 805.963.0408 centerstagetheatre.org

In 1925, Santa Barbara experienced a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake where eighty-five percent of the downtown commercial buildings were either destroyed or badly damaged. The Lobero Theater was one of the only buildings left untouched.

Explore the remarkable diversity of California’s flora and vegetation, via 5.5 miles of easy-to-walk nature trails. This living museum, widely regarded as a model botanic garden, covers over 70 acres with more than 1,000 taxa of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, in beautiful natural settings. 1212 Mission Canyon Road, 805.682.4726. www.sbbg.org

Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

Take a self-guided tour of this botanical collection of over 75 different tree and plant species. Enjoy the koi pond, sensory garden, walking paths, butterfly garden, picnic areas and a charming gazebo.

Lotusland

Opera Santa Barbara Founded in 1994, this treasured organization has presented over 48 exciting operas of the highest caliber and provided thousands of hours of educational programs to the community. Past productions have included everything from La Bohème to A Streetcar Named Desire. 805.898.3890, operasb.org

Covering 37 acres on the historic estate of the late Madame Ganna Walska, this garden is unlike any other. Exceptional design and creativity combined with botanical and horticultural depth make this a must-see. Indulge in the rare cycad collection, the whimsical Topiary Garden or the Water Garden, where the Indian lotus flowers bloom. Reservations are required. Cold Springs Road, 805.969.9990 lotusland.org

Moreton Bay Fig Tree SANTA CLAUS A local’s favorite, with a nice wide beach, great for families. Shopping and food on nearby Santa Claus Lane. Just north of Carpinteria.

ARROYO BURRO AKA Hendry’s, this beach is dog friendly, has great sunsets, tide pools and bluffs. Dine at The Boathouse. 2981 1/2 Cliff Dr.

RINCON Famous for a worldclass point break, Rincon attracts surfers from around the globe. Just south of Carpinteria.

Ficus macrophylla brought from Australia, as a cutting, 80 feet high X 175+ foot across, this California Historical Landmark is possibly the largest of its kind in California. 100 W Montecito St.

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The Urban Wine Trail Fifteen wineries, centrally located and all within blocks of downtown Santa Barbara and the beach, offer a unique opportunity to taste and learn about some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County. UrbanWineTrailSB.com, provides both the novice and the aficionado an opportunity to learn about and get a taste of the many different varietals and styles crafted from surrounding wine country's best vineyards.

The Channel Islands National Park Just off the coast of Santa Barbara, the park encompasses five of the eight islands in the chain, and offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling and hiking opportunities

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in California. The Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. Beautiful marine life, pristine kelp forests, rugged coastline and hidden sea caves make this a worldclass destination. Santa Barbara Adventure Company, SBAdventureCo.com, 805.884.9283, offers both day and overnight trips for beginners and advanced kayakers.

for small but fun surf. In fall and winter, storms from the north Pacific generate waves up to ten feet and sometimes more. That’s the time to visit Rincon, a world-class point break just south of Carpinteria. Leadbetter Beach in town and Campus Point, at UC Santa Barbara, are great for beginners. For any surf or stand up paddle board needs go to A-Frame Surf Shop at 3785 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria. 805.684.8803. aframesurf.com

Surfing Santa Barbara’s south-

Skaters Point Go for a session at

facing coast is home to great surf for beginners and experts alike. In summer, South Pacific swells send waves our way, but the Channel Islands block much of the action, though afternoon winds can make

one of Southern California’s coolest skate parks. This 14,600 square foot state-of-the-art park features rails, a half-pipe, fun boxes and other rad elements. It’s located on the waterfront, at Garden Street

and Cabrillo Boulevard, just steps from the ocean. Protective gear required and enforced. 805.564.5418, santabarbaraca.gov

Whale Watching Gray, Blue and Humpback Whales all migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel, breaching, spy hopping and spouting as they make their way up and down the coast. Seals and dolphins are abundant, and you may even see a dolphin pod with numbers over a hundred. The occasional Orca Whale and Basking Shark have also been spotted. There is some fluctuation from yearto-year, but generally the season breakdown is: Feb. through May, Gray Whales migrate northward, May through Sept./Oct., Humpbacks FALL/WINTER 2015


feed in the SB channel, June through Sept./Oct., Blue Whales feed in the SB channel, and Dec. through Jan., Gray Whales migrate southward. Several species of dolphins & pinnipeds are here year-round. We recommend The Condor Express. 805.896.7489, condorexpress.com

Golfing Santa Barbara has many noteworthy and beautifully scenic courses. The Santa Barbara Golf Club, is located in the heart of the city and is one of the most popular golf courses in California. The championship golf course at Sandpiper has been rated by Golf Digest as one of the top twenty-five public golf courses in the country and boasts amazing mountain and ocean views. Glen Annie Golf Club, a championship course with first class amenities, is nestled in the beautiful surrounding foothills. Santa Barbara Golf Club: 805.687.7087, sbgolf. com; Sandpiper: 805.968.1541, sandpipergolf.com; Glen Annie: 805.968.6400, glenanniegolf.com

DAY TRIPPING IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY FOR A TOTALLY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE, HEAD OVER THE PASS TO THE HEART OF SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY, WHERE ROLLING, OAK-STUDDED HILLS HOLD SIX CHARMING TOWNS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE FLAVOR. EXPLORE VINEYARDS BY HORSEBACK, ENJOY SOME FARM-TOTABLE CUISINE, SAMPLE THE LATEST MICROBREWERY BATCHES OR TRY YOUR LUCK AT THE CHUMASH CASINO. FOR MORE INFORMATION: VISITSYV.COM.

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Chase Palm Park This beautiful park, located along the waterfront, has something for everyone. Take a spin on the antique carousel and then head over a charming bridge to a shipwreck-themed playground. There are drop-in picnic areas nearby, as well as reservable picnic areas and event facilities. 236 E Cabrillo Boulevard, 805.564.5418, santabarbaraca.gov Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center Located on Stearns Wharf, this interactive marine education facility center offers visitors exhibits, a theater, hands-on close encounters with sea creatures, and a live shark touch pool. Children can crawl through a surge-tank tunnel to see ocean life from a different perspective. 211 Stearns Wharf, 805.962.2526, sbnature.org

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Take a Hike Santa Barbara's close proximity to the Santa Ynez Mountain Range makes for some great hiking opportunities. The most popular trails are found in the front country. Try a local favorite, Inspiration Point via Jesusita Trail. At around 2.5 miles round trip, this hike is doable for most hikers and rewards with one of the most stunning views of the city and Pacific. Take Tunnel Road all the way to the end parking is limited. The trail begins on a paved fire road and at the end of this road, head straight up the dirt road. After about a 1/4 mile, take the trail to the left, head up and enjoy! For other front country, back country and ocean trail options, go to santabarbarahikes.com.

Carriage & Western Art Museum This fun museum exhibits everything from polished hearses to police buggies, old stagecoaches, and circus wagons. See the collection of over 50 saddles, once belonging to famous people, like the Cisco Kid, Will Rogers, and Jimmy Stewart. 129 Castillo Street, 805.962.2353, carriagemuseum.org Karpeles Manuscript Museum Since its opening in 1986, the museum has displayed thousands of historic documents and it houses a remarkable permanent collection. See an original stone copy of the Declaration of Independence, handwritten scores by a dozen leading composers, and the computer guidance system used on the first Apollo lander flight to the moon. 21 West Anapamu Street, 805.962.5322, rain.org/~karpeles/sb.html

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara As the leading contemporary arts presenter in Central California, the museum presents four rotating exhibitions per year, each of which is on view for ten weeks. This fall the MCASB will host On Edge Festival – a weekend of work presented by renowned performance artists. The museum is closed between exhibitions, so check the website for a schedule. Admission is free. 653 Paseo Nuevo, 805.966.5373, mcasantabarbara.org

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum This museum, located in the harbor, is dedicated to preserving the maritime heritage of the California Coast. It is also home to the impressive Point Conception First Order Fresnel Lighthouse Lens, as well as a variety of highly interactive exhibits. 113 Harbor Way, 805.962.8404, sbmm.org

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weather may be cool(ish), but Santa Barbara’s fall social calender is just heating up. From weekly farmers markets to music, movies and wine, there’s an array of enticing festivals and events to tempt you out and about. The 24th annual California Lemon Festival September 26-27. Held at Girsh Park in Goleta, this festival hosts a variety of activities, including live music, pie-eating contests, rides, arts and crafts vendors and tasty lemon desserts. Also, be sure to check out the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show and the ever-popular ‘Safety Street.’ lemonfestival.com

construction story profiling the building process. 805.966.4198, aiasb.com.

Buena Vista Social Club

The Celebration of Harvest Weekend Oct. 9-12. This wine lovers weekend is an annual celebration of the year’s bounty. The highlight is the Festival Grand Tasting, held on Saturday, October 10 from 1-4 at Old Mission Santa Inés in Solvang. Taste wine and hear harvest tales from 120+ wineries, sample food from the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, and food purveyors, and listen to live music. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners, library tastings, new wine releases, and barrel tastings. 805.688.0881, CelebrationofHarvest.com

Epicure Santa Barbara The entire month of October is dedicated to celebrating the region’s abundance of natural bounty, with events such as the Avocado, Lemon, Harvest and Seafood Festivals, as well as at local restaurants, hotels and wineries. Enjoy the area’s culture, cuisine, and libations at over 65 events throughout the 31 days of culinary-inspired fun. Get the scoop on the events & hotel packages at EpicureSB.com

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival Oct. 8-17. Enjoy live comedy throughout Downtown Santa Barbara’s Historical Theatre District, as a stellar line-up of national and international headliners perform live. The festival is held over two separate back-to-back weekends. sblolfest.com

The 29th Annual California Avocado Festival Oct. 2-4. Check out one of the largest free festivals in California, with over 75 music acts, great food, arts and crafts and the world’s largest vat of guacamole! Carpinteria Ave and Linden Ave , Carpinteria. 805.684.0038, avofest.com

New Noise Music Conference & Festival Oct.15-18. Over 75 bands and 50 speakers gather to connect and perform at a variety of venues throughout downtown Santa Barabara. newnoisesb.org

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film – Spend an evening at the Bacara Resort & Spa, as twotime Academy Award winner, three-time Golden Globe winner, and Emmy Award winner, Jane Fonda is honored. Saturday October 3, 2015. 805. 963.0023, sbiff.org

AIA ArchitecTours 2015 Oct. 3rd, 10am-4pm. This annual event is a celebration of local architecture and highlights the extraordinary architectural legacy in Santa Barbara. This year’s theme is ‘Architecture with a story’. Each of the nine projects features an intriguing personal or

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30th Annual Parade of Lights PHOTO: TENLEY FOHL

25th Annual Heart + Sole AIDS Walk Oct. 3rd. This 10k walk along Cabrillo Boulevard begins and ends at Leadbetter Beach. Sponsored by the Pacific Pride Foundation, the walk helps raise awareness and vital funds for the men, women, and children living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV/AIDS in Santa Barbara County. 805.963.3636, pacificpridefoundation.org

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On Edge Festival Oct. 15-18. The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is hosting this unique festival, bringing internationally renowned performance artists to present their new work to Santa Barbara patrons. mcasantabarbara.org Harbor & seafood Fest Sat. Oct. 17, 10:00-5:00. The festival is held in Santa Barbara’s main harbor and marks the opening of lobster season. Meet local fishermen and enjoy fresh lobster, crab, prawns, and other local-caught seafood. Live entertainment, marine related demonstrations and other family-oriented activities round out a full day of fun. Admission is free. 805. 897.1961, harborfestival.org 63rd Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade Friday, December 4, at 6:30 pm. Usher in the season with a contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, local personalities, and of course, the most anticipated appearance of the evening...the

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annual arrival of Santa Claus, dispensing holiday cheer from atop his festive sleigh. downtownsb.org 30th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights December 6. This year’s theme is “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Holly”. Visit Santa’s Village, play in tons of “snow” and then bundle up and get in the holiday spirit as 25 festive boats motor, sail, and paddle along the Santa Barbara Coastline. Admission is free. santabarbaraca.gov, 805.564.5530 Flashdance the Musical January 12-13. Presented live at the Granada Theater , a new hit theatrical adaptation of the cult classic film with great songs and highenergy dance numbers, and a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, in addition to 16 brand new songs. theaterleague.com Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 The SBIFF is an arts and educational organization dedicated showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over 200 films, including 50+ U.S. premieres and 25+ world premieres are screened annually. The festival consistently attracts and honors the brightest stars and most accomplished leaders in the industry. February 3 - 13, 2016. For more information and tickets go to sbiff.org or call 805. 963.0023 Arts & Lectures Over one-hundred annual events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB. This season offers up performances by Trombone Shorty, Twyla Tharp, Renee Fleming, The Buena Vista Social Club, and Cecile McLorin Salvant plus many more. 805.893.3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu

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Ongoing Goings-On Farmers Market – Seven separate markets are held six days a week in the surrounding area, the most popular on Tuesday afternoons, downtown on State Street, and on Saturday mornings a few blocks from State Street. Every week, year round, local farmers display a fresh seasonal cornucopia of products grown right in our backyard. Indulge in a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, honey, nuts, flowers, meat, seafood and other artisanal products, crafted from the local bounty. 805.962.5354. For a weekly schedule go to sbfarmersmarket.org. Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show – Since 1965 Santa Barbara County artists have been setting up shop every Sunday, year round from 10:00-dusk along Santa Barbara’s waterfront on Cabrillo Boulevard (from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez). Browse original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography and meet the artists who created them. 805.897.1982, santabarbaraca.gov 1st Thursday - Check out this award winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month. All 1st Thursday attractions are free. 5-8pm. downtownsb.org Concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl - Built in 1936 as a WPA project, the “Bowl” is one of the most scenic and intimate amphitheaters in the world, attracting world-class artists to perform under the stars and amidst beautiful old-growth oak trees. 1122 North Milpas Street, 805.962.7411, For a complete list of upcoming concerts, please visit SBBowl.com.

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Nightcap sleeveless black lace jumpsuit, Rowan. Balance Sacred Heart necklace, Outpost Trading Co. Chie Mahara red lace-up heels, Romp.

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Calypso St. Barth chiffon maxi, Bonita. Paisley silk scarf, Tienda Ho. Gimos jacket, Allora by Laura. The Hatter felt hat, Chasen. VSA Designs earrings, Outpost Trading Co.

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Ramy Brook dress, Allora by Laura. Gianluca Tombolini boots, Romp. Fabiana Filippi Boucle sweater, Antoinette. 78 DINING &Outpost DESTINATIONS Silver and turquiose bracelets, Trading Co.

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Calypso St. Barth chiffon maxi, Bonita. Paisley silk scarf, embroidered throw, Tienda Ho. Blue Topaz ring, ARA.

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Lush cargo jacket, Chasen. Mixed print maxi, Tienda Ho. B-Low the Belt belt, Allora by Laura. Bella Notte lace blouse, Antoinette. Ruby Shaker necklace, ARA. Janessa Leone hat, Outpost Trading Co.

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Christopher Fischer sweater vest, Chasen. Nightcap printed flare pant, Rowan. Crowheart chain necklace, Buddha necklace, bracelet, Antoinette. Huit lace bra, Bella Notte cami, Intimo. Charlie Hunt beaded choker, Outpost Trading Co. Blue Topaz ring, ARA Gianluca Tombolini boots, Calleen Cordero studded cuff, Romp.

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Etro jaquard pant, Y3 slogan tee, Lorena Antoniazzi suede belt, Cotelac blazer, Antoinette. Francis Klein sunglasses, Occhiali. Chie Mahara red lace-up heels, Romp. Ruby gold mesh necklace,Wide Hammered Gold cuff, Fire Opal earrings, ARA.

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Attilio Giusti Leombruni lace-up shoes, Allora by Laura. Sanctuary camo short, Chasen. Cotelac jaquard top, blazer, Antoinette. Ruby ring with diamond crown and Ruby Shaker neckalce, ARA.

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Garden Party LOCAL ARCHITECT JEFF SHELTON BRINGS HIS SIGNATURE STYLE TO A NEW MIXED-USED PROJECT BY JAMES BADHAM • PHOTOGRAPHY BY WAYNE MCCALL

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T’S HARD TO MISS A JEFF SHELTON–DESIGNED BUILDING. IN A WORLD OF CAREFULLY ALIGNED CONFORMITY, HIS BUILDINGS ARE THE ONES DOING THE LIMBO TO A CASCADE OF SLIGHTLY BENT JAZZ NOTES. THEY CAN SEEM TO TILT OR CAREEN. THEY WINK, BREAK RULES AND DEFY EXPECTATIONS AT EVERY TURN. THEY ARE TREASURE TROVES OF ARTFUL SURPRISES.

His newest downtown project, El Jardin, fits right

in, with one foot rooted firmly in the classic Spanish vernacular that informs much of Shelton’s work, while the other dances through a Carnival street wearing yellow foam shoes and a checkered blue suit. The mixed-use Garden Street property has a ground-floor garage, a first level of commercial space and a residence that includes two interior levels plus a rooftop deck with a hot tub, a fire pit, a dining area and an outdoor kitchen. An elevator services all levels. Likes its predecessors, this Shelton building wants its owners to have fun. “I like them to have a little bit of life, a little bit of humor and enjoyment, a little bit of celebration,” he says of the 50 or 60 buildings he has designed in Santa Barbara. By now, Shelton has heard people refer to all of the references they think they see in his work - Gaudí, Dalí, Dr. Seuss. “I love Gaudí, I love Dr. Seuss, I love sand castles,” he says, adding that other influences include Rube Goldberg and MC Escher. “And everything does droop a little bit. There’s a little bit of melting.”

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The distinctive look of Shelton’s buildings is born in his own mind, but the execution he credits to his collaborators, a core group of artists and craftsmen he hires for every project. Among them are contractor Dan Upton, glass blower Saul Alcaraz of Santa Barbara Art Glass, iron worker (and brother) Dave Shelton, woodworker David Moseley, and sculptor Andy Johnson. The signature plaster work that gives his buildings their “droop” is created by a group of plasterers who have mastered Shelton’s preferred irregular surfaces and wiggly vertical edges where walls meet while embracing his general opposition to straight lines and right angles in the plaster realm. There are many plasteriffic touches here. Some exterior walls have groupings

“We have a shared language,” Shelton says of his crew. “A common denominator is that they’re all artists and artisans, and I get to spend my day with them. We get into messes together and solve them together and end up with something where we can say ‘Look at that detail!’”

of 24-inch-long perforations shaped like lazy exclamation points, while yellow-orange Spanish style caps top the walls. At roof level, a plaster clock tower fronting the street is topped by one of Andy Johnson’s modern gargoyles. The cartoonish face grins broadly while pointing at the clock dial below, the numbers of which are wildly out of sequence and don’t lay on the face, but stand straight out from it.

Clockwise from upper left: Traditional, though slightly lumpy, white plaster walls contrast with ochre wall caps, brightly colored ceramic vases and tile “awnings” over many windows; giant blownglass chili pepper, and wrought-iron banisters adorn the second level; fanciful wrought-iron balconies soar near a clock that confuses time.

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“Why make plaster perfectly straight?” Shelton asks rhetorically. “That’s for steel. Plaster is plastic and has hands on it. You should be able to see that.” As a lover of Spanish vernacular architecture who also believes it should be made new, Shelton uses a lot of his brother’s wrought iron, often in light fixtures that include blown-glass from Saul Alcaraz, whose chile-pepper-shaped sconces are everywhere. The wrought iron for this building appears in details that call to mind the bulbous, globular forms of spilled viscous liquid or the morphing blobs in a lava lamp. They show up as footings along several stairways, which have wavy wrought iron railings that suggest black ribbons rippling in a breeze. Off the kitchen, the globules appear as part of a vertigo-inducing balcony treatment. Each of four doors leads to a cantilevered wrought-iron container that fits about two people comfortably and vaguely resembles the basket on the cherry pickers used by utility-line workers. The circular “wall” of the bucket consists of closely spaced, not-quite-vertical wrought-iron rods (echoed elsewhere as stairway balasters), and those in turn are topped by the black globule-shaped iron railings, each supporting a brightly colored flower pot from California Art Pottery, another regular Shelton supplier. Tiles of Shelton’s own design - hand-drawn, often during plane flights - are another through line of his work, and they are on vibrant display in El Jardin. An entire 20-foottall front-facing exterior wall is covered with blue-and-white rose-motif tiles, and the top edge of many windows is adorned with tile work that does trompe l’oeil duty, appearing to be a rolled-up awning. A street-level front door is framed by tiles having an assortment of circular motifs that could represent dishes, flying saucers, fish eyes or stylized blood platelets. Stairway risers are tiled, and the traditional Spanish red-tile

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Upper left: Inside, meticulously executed plaster work frames tiled floors, a highcontrast tile “rug,” more blown-glass fixtures and fabrics of Shelton’s design; above: the dining room kitchen features walnut cabinets, a table made from found walnut wood and blown-glass lighting.

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“WHY MAKE PLASTER PERFECTLY STRAIGHT?” SHELTON ASKS RHETORICALLY. “THAT’S FOR STEEL. PLASTER IS PLASTIC AND HAS HANDS ON IT. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THAT.”

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living-room floor is adorned by a pair of tile “rugs.” Whether grunion, stars, abstract geometrics or squiggles, Shelton’s designs are always asymmetrical; the tiles line up no matter which way they are oriented to each other, but the design never repeats. As if coming to terms with his own pursuit of architectural punch lines weren’t enough of a challenge, in this building he also had to incorporate more than 200 design dictates issued by the owner’s Feng Shui expert. The entrance, for instance, had to be positioned exactly in the center of the house, and the back door ended up being, well, in the front. But maybe that’s the perfect touch for a house designed by the man who never saw a design “rule” he didn’t want to tweak just a little.

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Left, from top: A bedroom looks out on fanciful details and includes one in the form of a glass-and-wrought-iron ceiling light (a complementary chandelier hangs in front of the building), thematic shapes carry over into the bathroom, which features an egg-shaped tub, a Shelton tile floor, and more Santa Barbara Art Glass fixtures. This page, clockwise from top: stairway tile and wrought-iron details, a nook with fireplace on the rooftop, the rooftop kitchen, a third-floor bookshelf where a stairway banister might normally be, a view across the reused-wood kitchen counter.

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TheNancy Dish Newcomer with

Welcoming in fall and winter includes the return of comfort food. You’ll love my Red Lentil Soup, full of fresh veggies and spices. Easy to make, hearty & healthy, the vibrant colors bring cheer to any dinner table. For a fun twist on a classic, try my Spiked Horchata. It takes a little time to prepare, but it’s well worth the effort ~ so refreshing and festive, it's the perfect Santa Barbara cocktail!

RED LENTIL SOUP PREP TIME 45 MINUTES • SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 3 stalks celery, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp red chili flakes 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 cup chopped tomatoes ­(use canned if not in season) 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and picked through for stones 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (you may sub Italian parsley if you’re not a cilantro fan) 6 cups veggie or chicken stock • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. • Add carrots, celery, garlic, chili flakes, cumin, turmeric, paprika salt, and pepper. • Cook for 5 minutes and continue to stir. • Add tomatoes, lentils, cilantro and stock. • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. • Garnish with cilantro sprigs & serve.

ABOUT NANCY Nancy Newcomer is a food blogger, radio host and an accomplished cook & creator of meals made from fresh, organic ingredients. With an emphasis on farmer's market bounty, her blog, Back to the Kitchen: Healthy Living with Real Food is followed by people worldwide. Visit NancyNewcomer.com for recipes and check out her new radio show, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer at Empoweradio.com, i-heart radio, i-tunes, & Stitcher Radio.

PHOTOS: MATT DAYKA

SPIKED HORCHATA PREP TIME: OVERNIGHT PROCESS, MAKE A DAY AHEAD • SERVES 8-10

INGREDIENTS 1 cup dry white rice • 11 cinnamon sticks (1 for horchata recipe, 10 for garnish) 2⁄3 cups blanched & roasted almonds • 8 cups water (split into batches) • 1 Tbsp vanilla 3/4 cup sugar PLUS 1/4 cup boiling water • 1 package of cheesecloth • 8­-10 shots of white rum • Combine rice and 1 cinnamon stick in a blender or spice grinder and pulverize into a fine powder. The finer the powder the better the horchata. Put in large bowl. • Put almonds into the blender/spice grinder and do the same thing­­. Make sure not to let the almonds turn into almond butter. Pulverize until they are powdery. Add into bowl with rice/cinnamon combo. • Add 6 cups of hot water, mix with wire whisk, cover and let stand overnight at room temperature. • The next day, transfer half of mixture into blender and add 1 additional cup of cold water. Blend well, pour into new large bowl, set aside. • Add the second half batch into blender and repeat. It’s critical to blend all the lumps out. Add second batch to large bowl. • Get yet another bowl or pot and pour mixture through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth, using fresh cheesecloth every time. Repeat this process 4 times for optimal smooth horchata. • Once horchata is strained, add vanilla and whisk by hand until completely blended. • In a large measuring cup, dissolve sugar into boiling water to make into simple syrup, let cool and mix into horchata. • Fill a highball glass with crushed ice, add 1 shot of rum, and pour in 6-­8 oz. of horchata, mix with cinnamon stick, grate fresh cinnamon on top. Serve. DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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1269 Coast Village Rd., 563.2425

921 State Street, 335.2424

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12. Indian Summers

1046 Coast Village Rd., 969.1515

2275 Ortega Hill Rd., 969.1162

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13. Intimo

1253 Coast Village Rd., 965.3999

1046 Coast Village Rd., 565.5606

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14. Lana Marme

2275 Ortega Hill Rd., 969.2887

1485 East Valley Road, 969.6962

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15. Natasha

2330 Lillie Avenue, 565.3848

1231 State Street, 965.4542

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812 State Street, 966.9187

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10. Gaspar Jewelers 1213 Coast Village Rd., 969.6362

17. Rowan 3817 Santa Claus Lane, 684.6474

18. Salt 740 State Street, 963.7258

19. Tienda Ho 1105 State Street, 962.3643

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1106 State Street, 962.5085

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1290 Coast Village Road, 969.4755 1498 E. Valley Road, 969.0900 3902 State St., 682.2477

608 Anacapa Street, 845.2800

1305 State Street, 966.5006

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14. Farmer Boy

1201 State Street, 845.2600

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15. FisHouse

409 State Street, 957.4111

101 East Cabrillo Blvd, 966.2112

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16. The Garden Market

630 State Street, 957.1300

3811 Santa Claus Lane, 745.5505

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17. Globe

229 W. Montecito Street, 884.4664

18 East Cota, 883.6979

7. Bucatini

18. Holdren's

436 State Street, 957.4177

512 State Street, 965.3363

8. Cá Dario

19. Jane

37 East Victoria, 884.9419

1311 State Street, 962.1311

9. Cá Dario Pizzeria

20. Jill's Place

29 East Victoria, 957.2020

632 Santa Barbara Street, 963.0378

10. Caffe Primo

21. Joe's Cafe

516 State Street, 845.9310

536 State Street, 966.4638

11. Casa Blanca

22. The Lark

330 State Street, 845.8966

131 Anacapa Street, 284.0370

Art Galleries 1. Elizabeth Gordon Gallery

2346 Lillie Avenue, 969.7118

3. Kim Kieler Gallery 1 N. Calle Cesar Chaves #5, 899.2299

4. Mertens Fine Art 1266 Coast Village Road, 565.6955

5. Santa Barbara Arts 1114 State Street, 884.1938

6. Santa Barbara Museum 1130 State Street, 963.4364

7. Sullivan Goss 7 East Anapamu, 730.1460

8. Wall Space Gallery 116 E. Yanonali Street, 637.3898

9. Waterhouse Gallery 1114 State Street, 962.8885

10. ZFolio 1013 State Street, 845.7375

3. Engel & Volkers 1323 State Street, 451.5476

4. Folio Press & Paperie 301 Motor Way, 966.1010

5. Indigo Home Furnishings 1321 State Street, 962.6909

6. Onward Art & Design 1233 State Street, 324.4337

7. Pine Trader Antiques 2345 Lillie Avenue, 845.2618

8. Plum Goods 909 State Street, 845.3900

9. Reed Interiors 3823 Santa Claus Lane, 684.7583

10. Seaside Gardens 3700 Via Real, 684.6001

23. Los Agaves 600 N. Milpas, 564.2626 2911 De La Vina, 682.2600 7029 Calle Real, Goleta, 968.4000

24. Louie’s 1404 De La Vina, 963.7003

25. Lucky's 1279 Coast Village Rd., 565.7540

26. Montecito Cafe 1296 Coast Village Rd., 969.3392

27. On the Alley 117 Harbor Way, 962.6315

28. Patxi's Pizza 515 State Street, 564.4888

29. Shellfish Company 230 Stearns Wharf, 966.6676

30. Sly's 686 Linden Avenue, 684.6666

31. Toma 324 West Cabrillo Blvd., 962.0777

32. Tre Lune 1151 Coast Village Rd., 969.2646

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Cocktail Culture We asked Jeremy Bohrer, mixologist, self-proclaimed bar geek and owner of Still, the retail space for elevating your ethanol, to offer up the perfect fall cocktail. The result is an artisanal play on one of his favorite drinks, The Boulevardier, created in 1927 by Harry McElhone, the founder and proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. The tasty concoction, found in the epilogue of McElhone’s book Barflies and Cocktails, was inspired by regular customer, Erskine Gwynne, a wealthy young American lad who flitted off to Paris to start a literary magazine, which was of course, titled The Boulevardier. Jeremy’s take on it includes a little cranberry shrub to infuse an aromatic fall/winter vibe and Bittermen’s Orange Cream Citrate to finish it off with a bit of acid. Cheers and without further ado…

The Cranber ry Boulevar dier

1 1/2 ounces bourbon 3/4 ounces Shrub & Co. Cranberry Shrub 1/2 ounce Campari 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth 2 - 4 drops Bittermen’s Orange Cream Citrate For garnish - orange peel and cocktail cranberries Build ingredients in a chilled mixing glass. Add ice. Stir until cold. Strain into double old fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish. Enjoy. Still • 37 East Ortega Street • 805.883.1080 • elevateyourethanol.com

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Santa Barbara Dining and Destinations Fall/Winter 2015  

Santa Barbara's essential guide to art, shopping, restaurants and things to do.

Santa Barbara Dining and Destinations Fall/Winter 2015  

Santa Barbara's essential guide to art, shopping, restaurants and things to do.