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REED INTERIORS IS RE-BRANDING TO RD HOMES.
After 12 years in business and over 5000 home projects completed, Reed Interiors is introducing a new fresh name, RD Homes. Their focus on remodeling, interior design and whole house projects has dramatically increased over the last year, and they are taking this opportunity to start a new chapter in their adventure as RD Homes. The name is not the only change.
They are adding a large selection of vendors and unique products from furniture, lighting, flooring, tile and fireplaces for remodeling projects ranging from kitchens, bathrooms and additional dwelling units (ADU).
RD Homes believes that a home should reflect your personality, and has become a unique sourcing studio in Santa Barbara County for all your design and remodeling projects. There is no longer a need to go to Los Angeles, they have it all for you.
They carry a large selection of samples and worldrenowned products and their team of experts works in close collaboration with their customers to ensure every detail’s perfection. It takes experience and skilled workmanship to achieve excellent results, and RD Homes more than exceeds expectations.
RD Homes is very passionate about what they do, and they make sure that every client achieves their design and renovation goals.
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OF THE HUNDREDS of diversions Santa Barbara has to offer on both land and sea, these are our TOP 10 PICKS for first-time visitors, long-time travelers and born-and-raised S.B. locals.
1. EPIC CENTER: State Street, located in downtown Santa Barbara, features local boutiques, bars and restaurants, paseos and plazas, historical sites, cultural venues and theaters and now the State Street Promenade. This "pedestrians only" mall spans multiple blocks and provides additional open space where visitors can stroll, dine al fresco and enjoy outdoor entertainment and activities. downtownsb.org
2. GET FUNKY: The Funk Zone is a vibrant, eclectic mix of historical marine structures, industrial lots and old houses where art galleries, cafes, wineries, microbreweries, museums and other independent businesses converge. Located between State St. and Garden St., and Montecito St. to Cabrillo Blvd., funkzone.net
3. TOAST OF THE TOWN: Taste a diverse variety of fine wines produced by some of the Santa Barbara aa County area's best vineyards, all within blocks of downtown and the beach. Options abound for novices and aficionados alike! For a map and more info, go to urbanwinetrailsb.com
4. WALK THE PLANKS: Stearns Wharf, built in 1872 for passenger and freight shipping along the South Coast, is now home to an assortment of restaurants, shops and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard, stearnswharf.org
5. WILD THINGS: The Santa Barbara Zoo, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects, with more than 500 animals on exhibit in open, naturalistic habitats. 500 Ninos Drive, 805.962.5339, sbzoo.org 6. WATERFRONT WONDER: The Santa Barbara Harbor serves up some of the best waterfront, city and mountain views. Indulge in 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
Santa Barbara Waterfront
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INSIDERtip THE SANTA
7. ON A MISSION: Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786, is known as the "Queen of the Missions" and occupies a commanding position overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the city. Take a tour and then enjoy a picnic at the adjacent rose gardens. 2201 Laguna Street, 805.682.4713, santabarbaramission.org
8. ART APPRECIATION: Regarded as one of Southern California's finest, Santa Barbara Museum of Art features nationally recognized collections and special exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection comprised of more than 27,000 works. 1130 State Street, 805.963.4364, sbma.net
SUN + SAND
Play volleyball, hit the playground or enjoy a picnic at this classic SoCal beach. 1400 Cabrillo Blvd.
Launch a kayak, go stand-up paddleboarding or windsurfing. 299 West Cabrillo Blvd..
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 westfacing beach, across from the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito. 1260 Channel Drive.
9. DIVINE JUSTICE: The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is famous for its mural room, sunken gardens, and panoramic views from the top of the openair clock tower. This National Historic Landmark, built in 1929, is also a stunning example of Spanish-Moorish architecture. 1100 Anacapa Street, 805.568.2220, santabarbaracourthouse.org
10. THE NATURE OF THINGS: Founded in 1916 and housed in beautiful Spanish Revival-style buildings, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 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, 805.682.4711, sbnature.org
Know before you go: For the most current information, please be sure to check with the attractions before visiting by going to their website or by calling them directly to get the latest info, hours, etc.
The view from the Santa Barbara County Courthouse
aFlair Santa Barbara has a dynamic performing arts scene, featuring an impressive cast of local theater, dance, music, opera companies, and talent. Splendid, historical venues host world-class, full-scale
productions, while smaller houses premier edgy new works or experiment with unique takes on
FOR THE DRAMATIC classics.
THE ARLINGTON THEATRE This 2,000 seat Mission Revival style theater, with a faux-Spanish village interior, hosts movies, concerts, lectures and more under a ceiling of twinkling stars. 1317 State Street, 805.963.4408, thearlingtontheatre.com
GRANADA THEATRE Restored in March 2008, this world-class performing arts center is home to some 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 Santa Barbara's professional resident theatre company engages audiences with thought-provoking productions ranging from new works to innovative interpretations of the classics. 33 West Victoria Street, 805.965.5400, ensembletheatre.com
The Arlington Theater was built in 1931 on the former site of the Arlington Hotel which was destroyed following the 1925 6.8 earthquake.
OUT OF THE BOX THEATRE COMPANY This non-profit community theater company presents exciting, edgy and socially relevant contemporary musicals. 805.963.8198, outoftheboxtheatre.org
MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST Host to hundreds of annual events, this beautiful ocean-side campus is home to one of the nation's preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians. An impressive lineup of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors and soloists participate and perform. 1070 Fairway Road, 805.969.4726, musicacademy.org
LOBERO THEATRE California's oldest, continuously operating theater, is also home to many of Santa Barbara's outstanding performing arts organizations. 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.org
CENTER STAGE THEATRE This intimate black box theater located in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center hosts weekly performances by various artists and companies. 751 Paseo Nuevo, 805.963.0408, centerstagetheatre.org
OPERA SANTA BARBARA Exciting, high caliber operas and educational programs for the community are presented by this treasured organization. 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. Reservations are required. 805.969.9990, lotusland.org
THE SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN
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 and cacti. 1212 Mission Canyon Road, 805.682.4726, 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. 1500 Santa Barbara Street
MORETON BAY FIG TREE
This California Historical Landmark is possibly the largest of its kind in California. Brought from Australia as a small cutting, this Ficus macrophylla is now 80 feet high and over 175 feet across. 100 West Montecito Street
A family-friendly locals' favorite, with a beautiful wide beach. Shop and eat nearby at Santa Claus Lane. Just north of Carpinteria.
AKA Hendry's, this beach is dog-friendly, has excellent sunsets, tide pools and bluffs. Dine at The Boathouse. 2981 1/2 Cliff Dr.
This famous, world-class point break attracts surfers from around the globe. Just south of Carpinteria.
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CONDOR EXPRESS WHALE WATCHING
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KNOW BEFORE you go
For the most current information, please be sure to check with the attractions before visiting by going to their website or by calling them directly to get the latest info, hours, etc.
AN ABUNDANCE OF ACTIVITIES, ATTRACTIONS AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AWAITS VISITORS OF EVERY AGE AND INTEREST. FIND THE BEST FIT, GET OUT AND ABOUT AND ENJOY SOME FRESH AIR, BLUE SKIES AND SANTA BARBARA SUNSHINE! TEE TIME Santa Barbara is well known for its scenic golf courses. The Santa Barbara Golf Club, located in the heart of the city, is one of California's most popular golf courses. 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, playsantabarbabara.com; Sandpiper: 805.968.1541, sandpipergolf.com; Glen Annie: 805.968.6400, glenanniegolf.com
GET STOKED Hop on a board and give surfing and
stand up paddle boarding
a try. Santa Barbara's southfacing coast is home to great surf for beginners and experts alike. South Pacific swells send smaller waves our way in the summer, but fall and winter storms from the north Pacific can generate serious surf. That's the time to visit Rincon, a world-famous point break just south of Carpinteria, to watch expert surfers ride big waves. Leadbetter Beach in town and Campus Point at UC Santa Barbara are great for beginners. aframesurf.com, sbsail.com
ISLANDS, HO Channel
Islands National Park offers up some of the best kayaking, snorkeling and hiking opportunities in California. Located just off the coast of Santa Barbara, the islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species. Beautiful marine life, pristine kelp forests, rugged coastline and hidden sea caves make this a world-class destination. Santa Barbara Adventure Company offers both day and overnight trips for beginners and advanced kayakers and snorkelers. 805.884.9283, sbadventureco.com
CAST OFF Set sail from the Santa Barbara Harbor to explore the beautiful coastline or nearby Channel Islands National Park. Local outfitters offer everything from sunset cruises, public and private guided tours, sailing lessons, boat and yacht charters and rentals. sbsail.com, sunsetkidd.com
BOARD MEETING Go for a skateboarding session at
HELLO SUNSHINE! Santa Barbara revels in over 300 days of sunshine per year. With an average annual temperature of 70 degrees, there really isn't an "off-season." It's always "on" in SB!
Skater's Point, one of Southern California's coolest skateparks. This 14,600 square foot stateof-the-art park features rails, a half-pipe, fun boxes and other rad elements. It is located on the waterfront, at Garden Street and Cabrillo Boulevard. Protective gear is required. 805.564.5418, santabarbaraca.gov
A WHALE OF A TIME For a oncein-a-lifetime experience, go whale watching. Book a tour and keep your eyes open and your camera at the ready for Gray, Blue and Humpback Whales as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel make their way up and down the coast. Resident seals and dolphins are abundant throughout the year, and you may even see a dolphin pod with numbers in the hundreds. 805.965.1985, condorexpress.com, sbsail.com
PLAYTIME Just adjacent to the beach, you'll find the shipwreckthemed playground Chase Palm Park, which has features like a conch shell lighthouse, murals and a nautilus shell play area. With picnic areas nearby and event facilities, this park has something for everyone. 805.564.5418, santabarbaraca.gov
EXPLORE MORE The Wolf Museum of Exploration and
Innovation, otherwise known as MOXI, is Santa Barbara's newest destination for hands-on learning and fun. Discover three floors, including the rooftop Sky Garden, filled with interactive experiences in science and creativity for curious minds of all ages. Open daily 10-5. 805.770.5000, moxi.org
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center invites visitors to get to know the area's undersea creatures at their interactive marine education center located on Stearns Wharf. Guests can enjoy exhibits, a theater and a live touch pool for real handson experiences. 805.962.2526, sbnature.org
DAY TRIP DESTINATION: Santa Ynez Valley
For an entirely 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 a unique flavor. Explore the valley by horseback, indulge in fresh farm-to-table cuisine, sample the latest microbrewery batches, go wine tasting or try your luck at the Chumash Casino. For more information go to visitsyv.com.
TAKE A HIKE
You don't even have to leave the city limits for awesome activities & outdoor adventures around here.
Santa Barbara's proximity to the Santa Ynez Mountain Range provides some great hiking options. The most popular trails are found in the front country, and Inspiration Point, via Jesusita Trail is at the top of our list. At around 2.5 miles round trip, this hike is doable for most hikers and rewards with stunning views of the city and Pacific Ocean. Directions: Take Tunnel Road all the way to the end, where the trail begins on a paved fire road. At the end of the paved road, head straight up the dirt path. After about a 1/4 mile, take the trail to the left, head up and enjoy! Note: parking is limited. For additional front country, backcountry and ocean trail options, go to santabarbarahikes.com
ARTISTE WINERY TASTING STUDIO
A Cultured COAST
SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM Located in the heart of the historic downtown El Pueblo Viejo District, the museum collection includes relics from Chumash, Spanish, Mexican,
Yankee and Chinese cultures, and artifacts and textiles that date back to the 15th century. 805.966.1601, sbhistorical.org
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SANTA BARBARA As the leading contemporary arts presenter in Central California, the museum hosts three rotating exhibitions per year, each on view for fourteen weeks. Check the museum website for the exhibition schedule. Admission is free. 805.966.5373, mcassantabarbara.org
SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM Located at the harbor and dedicated to preserving the California Coast maritime heritage, the museum is home to the impressive Point Conception First Order Fresnel Lighthouse Lens and a variety of highly interactive exhibits. 805.962.8404, sbmm.org
CARRIAGE & WESTERN ART MUSEUM See a collection of over 50 saddles, once belonging to the Cisco
Kid, Will Rogers and others, along with exhibits featuring everything from vintage hearses to old stagecoaches. 805.962.2353, carriagemuseum.org
KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM This museum houses a remarkable permanent collection, including an original stone copy of the Declaration of Independence, handwritten scores by leading composers and the computer guidance system from the first Apollo flight to the moon. 805.962.5322, karpeles.com
HAPPENING IN SB
24-25: Annual Goleta Lemon Festival
Pie-eating contests, live music, rides, arts and crafts vendors, tasty lemon desserts, and the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show and Safety Street for the kiddos make this festival a fall favorite. lemonfestival.com
1-2: 36th Annual California Avocado
Festival Head to the beachside town of Carpinteria for one of the largest free festivals in California. The "Avofest" offers up a premier live music lineup with two stages and over 20 local bands, great food, beer and wine gardens, arts and crafts, and the world's largest vat of guacamole! avofest.com
1: AIA Architectours 2022 The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara presents Celebrate Santa Barbara. This year’s tour theme will celebrate Santa Barbara design, highlighting a range of project types demonstrating exemplary design in our community, including several unique residences, historic building renovations and two new multifamily housing buildings downtown. aiasb.com
PHOTO: LAURA HILL
2: The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Presents the Architecture of Collage:
Marshall Brown This comprehensive presentation includes twenty-five artworks, loans from the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and a private collector. On view through January 7, 2023. sbma.net
15: Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood
Festival Head to the Harbor to celebrate sustainably harvested, high-quality seafood from the Santa Barbara Channel. Meet the fisherfolk and visit specialty food booths for fish tacos, oysters, clams, fresh crab, and other gifts from the sea while enjoying live entertainment, marine-related demonstrations, and family-oriented activities. harborfestival.org
29: Creep The Halls; Midnight Circus
Experience a magical circus of surprises during the Museum’s debut adults-only (21+) Halloween celebration. Come in costume to crawl the creepy halls and spooky woods in a progressive party with a spectacular finale under the big top! Enjoy food and drink, performers, a live band, and dancing. sbnature.org
3-6: Taste of The Santa
Ynez Valley This fourday, six-town celebration of food, wine, and more takes place across Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard, and Buellton. Indulge in curated wine tastings, chefdriven long table dinners, lunches, activities and events—all celebrating the bounty of this California wine country destination. visitsyv.com
12: Santa Barbara Wildlife Care
Network Wild Night Out Join fellow wildlife-lovers at the Santa Barbara Club for a magical evening of food, drinks, music, a live auction and plenty of fun—all benefiting SBWCN's work to rehabilitate local wildlife. sbwcn.org
19-20: Wisdom of The Sky, Water, Earth
Honoring the past in an intersection of connection, community, and culture, this program at the Granada Theatre offers a symphonic and visual homage to our region’s centuries-old Chumash heritage from local composer and preservationist Cody Westheimer. thesymphony.org
2: 70th Annual Downtown Santa
Barbara Holiday Parade Usher in the holiday season with a colorful contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, local personalities, and of course, the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus. 6:30 pm. downtownsb.org
11: 37th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of
Lights The little ones can visit Santa's Village at the Santa Barbara Harbor before the 5:30 boat parade. A fireworks show launched from West Beach starts at around 6:30 pm. * Local's tip: the best viewing is from Stearns Wharf or the Harbor. santabarbaraca.gov
3-4: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Presented by American
Theatre Guild This elevated concert experience is the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The production journeys through her courageous life of love, tragedy and triumph, starring a live band, supreme vocalists and a night full of music. granadasb.org
18: Opera Santa Barbara Presents
An American Dream Treasured possessions become symbols of their lost homes for two women during World War II: a Japanese
American facing incarceration and a German Jewish immigrant preoccupied by those she left behind, in Jack Perla’s 2013 drama and OSB premiere. operasb.org
2-5: Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Over the past 38 years, SBIFF has showcased the best in independent and international cinema and become one of the leading film festivals in the United States, attracting 95,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, celebrity tributes, panels, and, of course, the world's brightest stars. sbiff.org
TBD: Santa Barbara Restaurant Week Celebrate Santa Barbara's culinary scene and have some foodie fun at the area's best establishments for a great price. Participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus. sbrestaurantweeks.com
DIY Tour - SB On Foot
From the Urban Wine Trail and Funk Zone to the sandy shores of Butterfly Beach and Coast Village Road in Montecito, Santa Barbara streets, trails and paths invite visitors to cont.
SB's Fall and Winter lineup has got it all! Food, wine, and art take center stage, with festivals, events and virtual tours celebrating and serving up everything from avocados and BBQ to independent cinema and sustainable design. + Music, Theater and Sports to satisfy every fan and enthusiast's palette.
*PLEASE NOTE* These listings may not reflect the most recent updates. Please check the official event websites to confirm dates and current information.
discover the beauty and details of the area at a slower pace. A variety of self-guided tour options ranging from 12 blocks up to 5.8 miles, along with several free guided tours, are available. So, lace up your walking shoes and see why Santa Barbara has been designated a GoldLevel Community by the national recognition program, Walk Friendly Communities. For more information and downloadable maps, head to santabarbaracarfree.org
PHOTO: TAKASHI OKAMOTO
UCSB ARTS & LECTURES KODO Tsuzumi: One Earth Tour February 10th The Granada Theatre
Rigorously trained on the rugged, windswept island of Sado in the Sea of Japan, the soul-stirring taiko drummers bring a youthful joy to their unstoppably energetic, intricately designed and meticulously choreographed displays. artsandlectures.ucsb.edu THESE WEEKLY TREATS DELIVER ON FARM-FRESH FINDS, LOCAL ARTISAN GOODS, WORLD-CLASS MUSIC AND MORE!
< FARMERS MARKETS Separate markets are held six days a week, year-round, in the Santa Barbara area—the most popular on Tuesday afternoons, downtown, and on Saturday mornings a few blocks from State Street. Local farmers offer fresh seasonal products, including a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, honey, nuts, flowers, meat, seafood and other artisanal products. For a weekly schedule, go to sbfarmersmarket.org.
SANTA BARBARA ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW Santa Barbara County artists set up shop every Sunday, year-round, from 10:00 am to dusk along Santa Barbara's waterfront on Cabrillo Boulevard (from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez). santabarbaraca.gov
< 1ST THURSDAY Check out this award-winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month. 5–8 pm, downtownsb.org STATE STREET PROMENADE MARKET Local artisans line the 900 and 1000 blocks of State Street and set up shop every 1st Thursday from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Guests can enjoy temporary art and light installations, live music and sample downtown food and drink. statestreetpromenade.com
SANTA BARBARA BOWL CONCERTS The historic venue known as the "Bowl" is one of the US’s most scenic and intimate amphitheaters. It attracts world-class artists to perform under the stars and amidst beautiful old-growth oak trees. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit sbbowl.com
THE SATURDAY FISHERMAN'S MARKET Get the fresh catch of the day directly from the source as fishers gather at the Santa Barbara Harbor to sell local, high-quality seafood. Learn how, where and from whom the offerings—crab, shrimp, rockfish, black cod, halibut, urchin, sustainably farmed abalone and other seafood items—are harvested at this pier-to-plate open-air market. cfsb.info
"I love making this soup for the fall and winter seasons. It's so nourishing, warming and a great thing to have and heat up at any time of day. I developed this recipe years ago by accident on a rainy day when I needed to clean out the fridge. I roasted all the veggies I had on hand and added a few pantry items and viola: my new favorite soup!" - Chef Ayda Robana
Super Side Kicks: Pair this savory soup with a nice loaf of Charcoal Sesame Sourdough from @oat_bakery, and wash it all down with a Cosmic Crimson Cider from @apiary_.
WINTER squash * for the win *
WHEN THE DAYS TURN COOL, HEAT THINGS UP WITH THIS VELVETY CURRIED KABOCHA SQUASH (AND WHATEVER VEGGIES ARE IN YOUR FRIDGE) SOUP. FLAVORED WITH RED CURRY PASTE, GINGER, TURMERIC AND MORE WARM-YOU-TO-THE-CORE INGREDIENTS, YOU'LL HAVE THIS RECIPE ON REPEAT ALL SEASON LONG.
Curried Kabocha Squash Soup
VEGGIES FOR ROASTING
3 - 4 cloves of garlic 4 tablespoons fish sauce 1 tablespoon Siracha 1 small bunch of cilantro 1 tablespoon coconut sugar ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice 2 scallions, chopped 1 stick of grated lemongrass
TO FINISH OFF
Juice of 1 fresh lime 2 cans coconut milk
TO MAKE THE STOCK
2 tablespoons coconut oil 5 garlic cloves 1 serrano chile (optional) 1 thumb-size nub ginger 1 thumb-size nub fresh turmeric 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons veggie bouillon base 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) red curry paste 12 cups water ½ cup dried red lentils
Crispy chili oil Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Fresh cilantro Lime slices CUT ALL VEGETABLES into 2-inch chunks. Toss in olive oil to coat. Divide evenly into two parchment-lined cookie sheets, spreading them into a single layer. Roast at 450 for 35-40 minutes until veggies are tender and golden.
IN A LARGE STOCKPOT, heat coconut oil, grate and saute garlic, ginger, and turmeric for three minutes. Add all other stock ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add all the roasted veggies, and cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the lentils are cooked through. Add two cans of coconut milk and lime juice.
USING AN IMMERSION blender or Vitamix, blend the Soup until smooth. Garnish with crispy chili oil, pepitas and fresh cilantro.
ABOUT Ayda Robana
Inspired by Santa Barbara's beauty and abundance, chef Ayda Robana started her catering company in 2007. She was among the first to bring the pop-up dining experience to the local culinary scene. Ayda can help create and execute the perfect dining experience for your next event and is also available for food styling and cooking classes.
Ayda Robana Catering • 805.837.9009 • aydarobana.com Cr ispy chili oil