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New lifestyle boutique Whiskey+Leather offers a thoughtfully curated assortment of goods for men and women

31 A PERFECT PAIRING

Local painter Tami Snow returns to Plum Goods to show her latest work

32 A TREASURE CHEST OF WHIMSY

Explore the magical space at J Woeste and discover gardening goods and gifts galore

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Children’s boutique Dani Boy Kids dresses the pint-sized members of the family

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Beachside home and garden store Porch inspires and informs Santa Barbara indoor/outdoor living

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Waxing Poetic tells a charming story with collectible jewelry

42 VERDANT VIBES AT THE SACRED SPACE

Step into an oasis of summer style from Santa Barbara’s best boutiques

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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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RANCHO DOS ALISOS

Rare, authentic, and incredibly romantic, this meticulously restored and remodeled adobe hacienda estate crowns 5.7 knoll-top acres with panoramic views of the ocean, islands, coastline, city, mountain peaks and sunsets over Campus Point to the west. Serene and private, yet less than three miles from downtown. Please visit www.RanchoDosAlisos.com for a variety of media designed to explore this extraordinary property. | Offered for $6,395,000 | TEXT: T40096324

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Tucked away on 2 plus acres with ocean & islands views. 7678 sf main residence, guest house & pool house. $8,600,000 Crysta Metzger • 805.453.8700 • www.CrystaMetzger.com

Classic, coveted Spanish style estate and cottage with red tiled roofs, bougainvillea-covered arches, flagstone walkways and wrought-iron detail. $5,850,000 Barbara Koutnik & Kathleen Marvin • 805.450.4792 • www.BarbaraKoutnik.com

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Stunning Montecito Shores Oceanfront condominium conveniently located on the ground floor in a premier private location. $4,250,000 Barbara Koutnik • 805.565.8811 • www.BarbaraKoutnik.com

Inviting single level open floorplan with 3 bedrooms, office & 2.5 baths, formal living, great room and pool. $2,395,000 Crysta Metzger • 805.453.8700 • www.CrystaMetzger.com

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The perfect blend of indoor outdoor living with multiple french doors that access private gardens, pool spa area & bbq patio. $2,188,000 C Scott McCosker • 805.687.2436 • www.ScottMcCosker.com

Highly desirable El Escorial condo with wonderful southern exposure has a view of the lushly landscaped courtyard and brings in the ocean breeze! $985,000 Bob Oliver & Karin Holloway • 805.895.3718

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around town BLANKA Local stylist, Jennifer Stierwalt Reiter takes the shopping experience to the next level with her new Montecito boutique. Her successful styling business blends with the retail location, allowing customers to balance their wardrobes with their unique tastes and lifestyles. Shop everything from classic DVF wrap dresses to bohemian dreams from Raga and LoveShackFancy. 1266 Coast Village Road, 805.869.1811, blankaboutique.com BREÉOSH BreéOsh is a French artisan bakery café specializing in sweet and savory brioche bread made with traditional sourdough. Featuring local, organic, high quality ingredients. Offering breakfast and lunch Tue - Sun 7 am - 3 pm. 1150 Coast Village Road, 805.705.7415 THE GALLERY MONTECITO This modern, charmingly minimalist gallery provides a venue for exhibits from a variety of established artists, as well as an opportunity to showcase emerging artists. The multi-medium gallery merges artistic works with philanthropic endeavors to create events that benefit local charities. 1277 Coast Village Road, 805.969.1180, thegallerymontecito.com IVIVVA This specialty boutique, created by lululemon, carries technical athletic wear (in sizes 6-14) for active young girls, designed for a variety of athletic pursuits, including dance, golf, swim/ surf, gymnastics, running, and more. They also host fun events, complimentary athletic classes and Dreams & Goals programs to inspire girls. 1235 Coast Village Road, 805.969.1403, ivivva.com MILLWORKS Home to Becker Studio’s design workroom, this inspiring boutique showroom offers everything from home furnishings, pillows, décor items, throws, candles, and gifts to leather chandeliers, lighting, safe beauty products and more. Located in The Mill, between Wildwood Kitchen and Potek Winery. 408 E. Haley Street, 805.965.9555, beckerstudiosinc.com WILLWOOD KITCHEN With a sweet location in local hotspot, The Mill, this new eatery is bringing upscale housesmoked and barbequed goods to the table, along with seafood, sandwiches, sides and a nice craft cocktail menu. An interior courtyard area makes dining al fresco a relaxing experience. 410 E Haley Street, 805.845.3995, wildwoodkitchensb.com LURE FISHOUSE Upper State Street is now home to the fourth Lure Fish House location. Known for locally sourced produce and sustainably caught fish and great Happy Hours every day of the week. Enjoy a lively atmosphere and beautiful interior and be sure to try the tasty Ahi Ceviche, along with a signature cocktail. 3815 State Street, 805.618.1816, lurefishhouse.com NEIGHBOR TIM'S BBQ A mobile BBQ food trailer that specializes in slow smoked Texas Style Brisket and Carolina Pork Shoulder and delish sides like potato salad and corn-on-the-cob. In addition to catering, the truck makes the rounds at local breweries, like Pure Order Brewery in Santa Barbara and M. Special Brewery in Goleta. 805.845.2330, neighbortimsbbq.com PURE ORDER BREWING CO Brewmaster James Burge, along with the Burge family, craft great beer in the spirit of the ancient German “Reinheitsgebot” technique, combined with westernized flavors and infused with the surf and art culture of Santa Barbara. The no frills/all fun brewery (with tasting room hours), is located in an old storage building near downtown SB. 410 N. Quarantina Street, 805.966.2881, pureorderbrewing.com WHISKEY+LEATHER This new Coast Village Road lifestyle store carries an eclectic, relaxed inventory of clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts and goods for both men and women. It is also filled with a beautifully curated collection of antique décor items, all of which are for sale. 1101 Coast Village Road, 805.770.5155, whiskeyleather.com

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Silk blouse Allora by Laura

Crystal bead and mother of peral necklace Romp

Suede belt Tienda Ho

Cardigan, Antoinette

Bikini top Bikini Factory

Leather visor Allora by Laura Chambray Whiskey+Leather

Denim shorts Bonita

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Trenchcoat and long sleeve stripe tee Chasen

Sunglasses Occhiali Fine Eyewear

(clockwise, starting in upper left corner) 1. Gaspar Jewelers: opal and diamond ring. 2. ARA Collection: Ethiopian opal necklace. 3. ARA Collection: blue topaz ring. 4. ARA Collection: green Murano glass ring. 5. Gaspar Jewelers: aquamarine ring. 6. Gaspar Jewelers: black opal necklace. 7. ARA Collection: pave diamond ring. Print blouse Tienda Ho

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Whiskey + Leather

EQUALS AN EXCEP TIONAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE Contrasting themes permeate Whiskey + Leather, the cool new lifestyle store on Coast Village Road – men’s and women’s clothing, antique treasures and the latest big looks in fashion, and a fresh bright interior, anchored by dark, worn original wooden floors. It’s these fun qualities that set this boutique apart from the crowd. Co-owners Zee Chew and Ariel Hujar, capitalized on their shared love of fashion and past experience to create this unique lifestyle brand. The name was inspired by a mutual love of cocktails, a good time and of course clothing. And they made sure that it was gender-neutral, so that men and women would feel equally comfortable shopping the store. As for the curated mix of timeless treasures and au courant ready-to-wear and accessories, the pair “wants the shopping experience to feel like you are hanging at a friend’s house, getting dressed up for a night out.” That feeling is taken a step further, as the cash wrap counter doubles as a place to display a wonderful selection of jewelry and fine spirits and where friends and customers can gather. Top-selling men’s lines include Scotch & Soda and 7 diamonds and for women, Tularosa, Monrow, Hudson, and Joah Brown. And if you are lucky enough to stop in on a day that adorable shop dogs Tugboat and Josie are “working”, expect an enthusiastic greeting from the pair. They’ve never met a customer they didn’t like.

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Discover a world where time resets and life reinvents — it’s the authentically reimagined Ojai Valley Inn & Spa with the storied Wallace Neff Heritage Bar Bar, the lavish new Indigo Pool Pool, ©2016 Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

and introducing our new signature restaurant, Olivella, where valley-to-table cuisine comes alive with an adventurous California take on Italian gourmet. Reserve a moment today.

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Santa Barbara boasts an eclectic mix of boutiques and only-in-SB shops offering everything from expertly-curated designer goods, to custom jewelry and bathing suits. With something at every price point, and for every style, Santa Barbara is a shopper's paradise.

ALLORA BY LAURA

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

ARA COLLECTION The gorgeous jewelry from this f lagship boutique hails from Bodrum, 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

ANTOINETTE 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

bryant & sons

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

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BIKINI FACTORY The Bikini Factory offers an amazing selection of separates and one-piece swimwear, hats, sandals and other “beachy” accessories. Helping girls and women find the most flattering suits with the perfect fit for every body-type, for nearly 50 years, the Bikini Factory also offers design services for custom-made suits. 2275 Ortega Hill Road, Summerland, 805.969.2887

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This new Montecito boutique offers a fresh spin on Santa Barbara style. Shop the eclectic lineup - classics from Nicole Miller, easy price points from BlankNYC, "boho" looks from Raga, fashion forward styles from Bec + Bridge and so much more. Owner/ stylist, Jennifer Stierwalt Reiter helps customers up their dressing games. 1266 Coast Village Road, 805.869.1811, blankaboutique.com

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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 oneof-a-kind vintage finds that capture her signature style. 2330 Lillie Avenue, Summerland, 805.565.3848 SPRING/SUMMER 2016


Tami Snow

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With their love of life, color

and creativity, artist Tami Snow and Amy Cooper of Plum Goods were a match from the day they met. As co-workers at a local company they sat side by side and bonded over life in Santa Barbara, raising daughters and finding the humor in just about everything. After opening Plum Goods in 2010, Cooper stopped by Snow’s house and fell in love with a painting on her wall. Eager to find out the name of the artist, she was thrilled to discover it was Snow, who had been painting for decades but hadn’t shown her work in many years. They were quick to plan a show with her latest work, and now, many shows later, Snow is Plum Goods’ best selling artist.

Snow’s paintings are known for her confident use of line, color and form, drawing inspiration from the simple joys of everyday life. “Her work appeals to a wide range of people, from first time buyers to major celebrities. We’d love to tell you who, but we don’t sell and tell,” said Cooper. As local entrepreneurs, moms and optimists, the pairing of Snow and Plum is a celebration of happiness, friendship, family, life, love and connection. To view the current collection, purchase, or find out more about the artist, visit Plum Goods, 909 State St. • 805.845.3900 • plumgoodsstore.com DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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J. Woeste in Los Olivos is that rare store where it’s almost as much fun to hang out

as it is to shop - just ask the local who likes to nap here at noon. But if the napping’s good, the shopping’s better. People love surprises, and they’re everywhere at this 17-year-old indoor-outdoor store, which has become a must-stop for visitors and a favorite with locals. It’s a place to take your time, get lost and discover. “It’s like a treasure chest with a lot of whimsy,” says proprietor Jefferson Woeste. Succulents, a specialty, are ubiquitous, arranged in diverse containers and combined with each other and with decorative elements in dozens of minivignettes. Turn a corner and a new theme emerges - angels, Buddhas, frogs, birds, turtles. There’s even a hen house, and Jefferson’s two friendly dogs. The merchandise changes constantly. You can buy the biggest, most resonant wind chime ever, garden pavers in the shape of flip flops, a vivid green sculpted metal aloe plant, shovels with scenes cut out from the blades, glass and ceramics, statues, wind catchers, lamps and interior accessories, unique seasonal pieces, the best African violets and Reiger begonias, and much more. There’s a lot to see, so catch that nap before you arrive. 2356 ALAMO PINTADO AVE • LOS OLIVOS 805.693.1951 • JWOESTE.COM

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

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 on-site 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

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hen it comes to next-level dressing, Dani BOY kids has got the pint-sized members of the family covered. The inventory, ranging from uber-hip streetwear to tastefully fancy-schmancy dresses for special occasions, puts an end to the sometimes epic “getting the kids dressed in the morning” battles. For owner Dani Leholm, finding the latest looks for babies, boys and girls, is serious business. That’s why an expert – her nine-year-old daughter - often accompanies her on buying trips. Together, they handpick the boutique's unique selection of clothing, accessories, gifts and playthings. Lines like Billabong, Junk Food, and Rock Your Baby keep it cool for the boys. Hudson Kids, Maaji, and Joyfolie help maintain “fashionista” status for the girls. This charming children’s boutique is filled with such fabulous clothing, you’ll wish it was for adults. The next time you need the perfect baby or birthday party gift, or when your kids, or niece or nephew need something new, stop by to play a little dress-up. You and the kids in your life will be glad you did. 1187 COAST VILLAGE ROAD, MONTECITO • 805.770.3156 • DANIBOYKIDS.COM

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With over twenty-five years of experience in the industry, Lisa Stern knows her way around retail fashion. Chasen, her Montecito boutique, has developed a devoted following, and one step inside and it’s easy to see why. Brimming with a variety of coveted lines, shoppers can 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. 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. 1046 Coast Village Road, Montecito, 805.845.6186

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

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intimo 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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In business since 1988, Occhiali is Santa Barbara’s exclusive distributor for top international eyewear designers. Occhiali (which means "eyeglasses " in Italian) is the place to go for both fashion-forward and classic eyewear and sunglasses. They combine high-fashion awareness with prescriptive expertise and have been voted "Santa Barbara’s Best Optical Store and Sunglass Selection" for the past 18 years in the Santa Barbara Independent. Try on the latest styles from Thierry Lasry, Alain Mikli, Matsuda, Chanel, SALT, Ronit Furst, Francis Klein or the ever-popular Oliver Peoples. 7 West Canon Perdido, 805.963.5760 and 1046 Coast Village Road, 805.565.3415, OcchialiEyeWear.com

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“We always try to support sustainable industries around the world and manufacturers who create jobs that support their communities in a beneficial way.” Christie Boyd Co-owner

PORCH true to nature

Cross the threshold of Porch and enter a dreamy world, where clean, contemporary design strikes

a perfect balance with warm, comfortable living – where sustainabililty and style live in perfect harmony. Located steps from the Pacific, on Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria, this eclectic home décor and garden shop can’t help but embody a beachy style and relaxed vibe. Porch owners Diana Dolan and Christie Boyd channel their mutual admiration for nature, as they curate the store with “what we love!” This “love” is reflected in the abundant inventory of unique gifts, tabletop, books, textiles, lighting, furnishings and other swoonworthy home décor items – all of course with a touch of eco-chic. A 3,000 square foot outdoor garden blends seamlessly with the interior space, as it showcases the best of outdoor living, including plants, garden art, outdoor furniture, containers, and a covetable selection of fire pits – a garden must for outdoor Santa Barbara entertaining. The goods move fast here, so fresh inventory hits the floor daily, which is a good thing for the legions of loyal regulars. Porch also houses an art gallery space, which rotates the works of local artists every eight weeks. So find a bit of time to take a little shelter at Porch. 3823 SANTA CLAUS LANE, CARPINTERIA • 805.684.0300 • PORCHSB.COM

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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

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This lovely boutique in Carpinteria offers a playful, yet sophisticated selection of clothing and accessories, from popular, well-known collections as well as emerging and local designers. There are bathing suits, cover-ups, dresses for day or night, great essentials, jeans, luxurious cashmere sweaters, cute jackets, jewelry, totes, sunglasses and other fun accessories. Rowan’s coveted line-up includes; Kathryn McCarron, Cynthia Vincent, Elizabeth and James, Torchlight, Velvet, 9 Seed, Hanky Panky and many other fantastic finds. 3817 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, 805.684.6474

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provides a beautiful way for customers to express themselves with gifts of jewelry. The name Waxing Poetic embodies life’s voyage, while the words mean “speaking in a flowery or poetic fashion.” The individual words remind us that “waxing” is “to become or evolve into something else” and “poetic” means…just that, and everything related. The sentiment reflected in these handcrafted, artisanal designs, and the evocative words carved in the metals, gives voice to the universal truths of love, hope, faith, family – and a voice to the gift giver’s sentiment. Through their hearts and hands, two sisters have created collectible expressions, which commemorate moments in our lives. This versatile line was designed to allow customers to mix and match, providing the opportunity to create unique pieces of jewelry that reflect the story of life’s journey. Treasured moments can be remembered and cherished with one of many Waxing Poetic handcrafted designs. As life moves, stories grow; providing an opportunity to select additional pieces to illustrate one’s evolving journey.

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SALT Experience total relaxation during 45 minute Salt Cave sessions, offered every hour on the hour. Indulge in luxurious treatments, ranging from the signature Salt-sational Himalayan Salt Scrub and Massage, to the unique and restorative Nexneuro Vibration Treatment. Swedish and Deep Tissue massages are also available and all treatments are topped-off by a complimentary 45 minute cave session. 740 State Street, 805.963.7258, SaltCaveSB.com

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

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Sure, it’s less than a mile long, but this alluring little stretch of road is sprinkled from end to end with an enticing collection of locally-owned specialty boutiques, bustling eateries, art galleries, and salons that typify the best of Santa Barbara living. There’s even a Friday morning farmers market. It’s just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and a few blocks from beautiful Butterfly beach, so head on over to the “lower village” of Montecito to see why this should be your next stop! e madison whiskey + leather

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1. Occhiali Fine Eyewear - This renowned optical boutique, with an additional downtown SB location offers the best in distinctive designer eyewear and sunglasses and licensed opticians provide top-notch customer service. 1046 Coast Village Rd., 805.565.3415, occhialieyewear.com 2. Chasen - Peruse a lovely assortment of on-trend clothing, accessories, jewelry, and fabulous knitwear, at this boutique brimming with goods for moms and their daughters. 1046 Coast Village Rd., 805. 845.6186, shopchasen.virb.com

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Intimo - Located on the other side of sister store, Antoinette, find this sweet space, filled with the finest selection of European lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear imported from Italy and France. 1046 Coast Village Rd., 805.969.1515, antoinetteboutique.com

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5. Tre Lune - Authentic Italian cuisine, paired with an allItalian wine list, enjoyed in an elegant, yet relaxed setting, makes for a fine taste of Italy right in Montecito. 1151 Coast Village Rd., 805969.2646, trelunesb.com 6. E Madison - A warm aesthetic fills this lovely home design space. Experience a fresh take on traditional home décor and interior residential design services. 1159 Coast Village Rd., 805.618.1810, emadisonhome.com

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7. Dani Boy Kids - This cool little one-stop kids clothing shop is filled with the latest fashions. In-house stylists will help dress your little ones from head to toe, in unique, quality infant, little and big girls and boys clothes. 1187 Coast Village Rd., 805.770.3156, daniboykids.com

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9. ARA Collection - This flagship location houses an exquisite collection of 24k gold and oxidized silver jewelry, embellished with the finest gems and stones from around the globe. 1253 Coast Village Rd., 805.965.3999, ara24k.com

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10. MH Home Design - Comfortable, yet luxurious is the best way to describe this beautiful retail space, filled with highly curated home furnishings, art, linens, lighting, and unique décor finds from all around the globe. 1255 Coast Village Rd., 805. 565.0404, mhhomedesign.com

11. Blanka - As the latest addition to the CVR collection, this boutique offers an elevated take on Santa Barbara style, with clothing and accessories that range from classic to beachy. 1266 Coast Village Rd., 805.869.1811

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12. Allora by Laura - Fresh off of the runway fashion from the finest European designers fill this elegant space, along with the store’s own private label collections of sportswear, knits and small leather goods. 1269 Coast Village Rd., 805.563.2425, allorabylaura.com

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13. Lucky’s - Montecito’s premiere steakhouse offers an a la carte menu featuring a huge selection of USDA prime beef cuts, live lobsters, fresh seafood, along with an array of sides and classic cocktails. 1279 Coast Village Rd., 805.565.7540, luckys-steakhouse.com 14. Montecito Cafe - Enjoy simple and delicious fare - salad bowls, steak, fresh fish entrees and desserts, all made in-house, in a charming and relaxing atmosphere. 1295 Coast Village Rd., 805.969.3392, montecitocafe.com

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Top, Whiskey + Leather. Shorts, Chasen. Shoes and visor, Allora by Laura. Silver feather necklace, Antoinette. Beaded necklaces, Bonita. Earrings, Gaspar Jewelers. Ring, ARA Collection.

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Scarf worn as dress, Chasen, Cuff bracelets and rings, Gaspar Jewelers. Choker necklace, Bonita. Earrings, ARA Collection. Bikini bottoms, Bikini Factory.

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Dress, Antoinette Boutique. Bikini, Bikini Factory. Necklaces, Bonita. Cuff bracelets, Bonita Beach. Wrap bracelet and necklaces worn at waist, Chasen. Earrings, The Sacred Space. Ring, ARA Collection. Slippers, The Sacred Space.

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Jacket, necklace and silver bracelets, Antoinette. Pants, Allora by Laura. Sunglasses, Occhiali Fine Eyewear. Bikini top, Bikini Factory. Shoes, Romp. Basket bag, Tienda Ho. Earrings, ARA Collection. Peruvian cuff bracelet, Bonita.

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How did MH Home Design land in Montecito? We have always loved Coast Village Road and dreamed of having a store there. Since opening the showroom, we’ve met the most interesting people and have made some wonderful relationships with our clients and that has been incredibly rewarding. Tell us a bit about your backgrounds. Owner, Maureen Hemming, has been an interior designer in the Santa Barbara area and through-out the US for over 16 years. Her style is Traditional - influenced by art, light and structure. Nicole Berry, a native Californian, professional photographer and painter, has traveled and lived all over the world. As Creative Director, she infuses the design and store buying process with a twist of art. Sophia Recalde, our Director of Operations, an LA native, with a background managing musicians and events, runs the store-front, online store and serves our clientele with loads of style. Our Associate Designer, Erin McDermott, rounds out our team and brings her own unique vision and experience to the store. How do you connect with clients and help translate their visions into home design and what are some of the most unique aspects of the retail space/design services you provide? We use photographs, samples and CAD drawings, to create the style and function of a space and we have an extensive fabric library right here in the showroom. Our local clients and the designers we work with really appreciate the convenience of not having to commute to LA. We also have our own workrooms and relationships with the best furniture makers in the world. We offer drapery, hardware, custom rugs - everything you need for the home, outdoor and office space. How do you go about "curating" the retail space? We travel to Europe, New York, Santa Fe, Anguilla, Aspen and beyond. We search, read, and research to find distinctive art, artisans and furniture. We also collaborate with the best and most influential craftsman, workrooms and artists. What are your best-selling lines/brands/collections and which are exclusive to you? What is offered in your private label collections? We have our own furniture and fabric lines and are collaborating on an accessory line. We carry a boutique textile line out of London, called Evitavonni - their bedding is absolute heaven! We have also collaborated with Ralph Lauren and offer their home collection of accessories, fabrics and furniture. Currently our customers love the gorgeous hand carved onyx bowls and ceramics by Ron Dier. What else would you like for potential customers/clients to know about MH Home Design? We really love what we do and hope our excitement and passion continues to inspire and provide the best experience and results for our customers to enjoy the most precious space of all – their own home. 1255 COAST VILLAGE ROAD, MONTECITO 805.565.0404 • MHHOMEDESIGN.COM

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It awaits in the inspiring new Reed Interiors Kitchen Design showroom in downtown Santa Barbara. Stop in and let us share the best in contemporary European kitchen design in a vibrant space, created by French architect and designer Michel Clair. He and the rest of the Reed Interiors kitchen team are waiting to put you on the path to a kitchen that will really be the heart of your home. We combine years of experience with the latest technology and the finest Italian design and craftsmanship to ensure that you get the kitchen you really want, in the budget you have planned. We: Consult closely with you to understand your needs, desires and taste. • Work with you to create a budget and get the most from it. Balance beautiful form with superb function and space optimization. • Make it so that you love it. STYLES One exciting European trend is to rework the interiors of historic buildings to embrace contemporary design and functionality. In Santa Barbara, it can mean a modern kitchen renovation to complement and freshen Mission style, Spanish revival, Victorian, Ranch style - or any style. It can mean more modern or less. The “Recent Shaker” line, for instance, embodies the essence of this revered American style, updated with modern lines and innovations. 56

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PRODUCTS Reed Interiors is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Armony Cucine, Italy’s premier maker of modern kitchen cabinets, counter tops, and cupboards, and we sell only their products. • Five fully installed kitchens are displayed in the showroom, plus displays of every available surface and color. • Cabinets, counter tops, large, wide drawers with or without handles to optimize space. • Curvilinear islands for the ultimate kitchen style statement. • A range of materials from laminates, fine woods and metal to metallized lacquer, glass and burnished African stone. ACCESSORIES Details of form and function make your kitchen truly yours - a room that’s ergonomic, great-looking and works exactly as you want it to. • Rotating, twisting shelves that put the contents of even the deepest corner cabinet right at your fingertips. • Electronic doors - perfect for cupboards where tall items are stored. • Drawer and cupboard organizers, to bring order to pots and pans, cutlery, dishes, refuse and recycling, under-sink products - everything. • Motion-activated LED lighting for cabinets, counter tops and drawers. • Pressure-activated doors that open gently and smoothly with just a touch. • European-designed hinges and hardware built to last a lifetime. REED INTERIORS DESIGN SHOWROOMS

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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

BENCHMARK EATERY Generous drinks, a friendly and casual atmosphere, and valuedriven 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

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SB has over 350 restaurants - try something new! 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

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

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

THE BREWHOUSE A favorite with locals of all generations, 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 62

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“We like to think we offer a classic steakhouse experience,” says Leonard Schwartz, executive chef and general manager of Lucky’s in Montecito. “What that means for us is that we want you to be very happy from the time you arrive until you’re ready to leave.” Here’s how that happens. Whether you’re a Montecito regular, a local out for a special occasion, or a visitor on vacation, you arrive at Lucky’s with high expectations. The staff appreciates that, and they work to make sure you have a warm, full experience. However you are dressed, you’re greeted warmly at the door and made to feel comfortable. You’re then shown to a table, where an attentive server takes care of you. You can order wine from an extensive list, with great choices at all prices, or a perfectly crafted cocktail, the kind befitting a fine steakhouse. Once you’ve settled in, you’re presented with a menu that “doesn’t have a lot of surprises on it and isn’t meant to,” says Schwartz. “It’s intended to satisfy the cravings people

have at a steakhouse.” That includes ten cuts of prime corn-fed Midwestern beef, plus a daily grass-fed selection. Of course, you want it cooked exactly how you order it. Surprising to some are the several simply but carefully prepared fresh-fish selections: salmon, sand dabs, Dover sole, tuna, a daily special and fresh Maine lobster. You can choose from an assortment of best-in-category steakhouse sides, such as superb creamed spinach or delectable onion rings. From steaks to sides to an after-dinner Cognac, says Schwartz, “It’s important our guests have a good time. They’re making memories, and we want them to be good.” 1279 COAST VILLAGE ROAD, MONTECITO • 805.565.7540 • LUCKYS-STEAKHOUSE.COM

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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

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

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

BROPHY BROTHERS Both the Santa Barbara and Ventura locations have a fun, lively atmosphere with beautiful views of the mountains and harbor. Choose your spot: sit at the full length bar and meet some locals, enjoy the lively atmosphere with an inside table, or grab a space on the balcony and lean in or sit at a table. Everyone is welcome at Brophy Brothers! 119 Harbor Way, 805.966.4418

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Ca s a Bl a n c a THE “HOUSE” TEQUILA TAKES ON NEW MEANING August will mark the five-year anniversary of Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina and its unique mix of fresh Mexican food, cool décor, expansive patios, big-screen TVs, and good-time vibe. And with 140 brands of tequila in stock, the sipping’s outstanding, too, whether it’s a classic Margarita, an inventive specialty cocktail or a connoisseur’s super-premium añejo. In the past year, Casa Blanca has raised its already top-shelf tequila game, introducing a house tequila from the venerable Herradura tequila distillery. A Casa Blanca crew traveled to Herradura’s historic hacienda in Jalisco, the heart of tequila country, and spent the day with the master distiller, walking the agave fields, and watching the harvest and the distillation process. They sipped from several barrels and purchased their favorite, a reposado blend aged a year in American oak. The tequila was bottled and labeled at the hacienda, and Casa Blanca Herradura Reposado tequila was born. Since then, six staff have made three more trips to Herradura to purchase three more barrels. And recently Casa Blanca started a similar program with Patron, buying a barrel of extra añejo (aged 34 months) at a price that allows them to pour what could be a $50 shot for $15. The bar crew is inspired and ready to share stories - and new tequilas - to inspire you. Salud! 330 STATE STREET • 805.845.8966 • CASABLANCASB.COM DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Traditional Italian Cuisine

Loyalty has its dangers. Ca’Dario chef-owner Dario Surlati jokes that if he changed his menu, he might get in trouble with his customers. “They come in for certain favorite dishes,” he says, some of which he’s been serving since the restaurant opened in 1997. Of course, who can blame the chef ’s regulars for holding him hostage to his own cooking? He’s from Lake Cuomo, and his menu reflects his northern roots in classic dishes like homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta and drizzled with sage butter; whole ovenbaked branzino, an identity element of Italian cooking; and a 24-ounce bone-in rib-eye steak that’s a $36 bargain. “Authentic,” Surlati says, describing his food in a word - which is why it never gets old. But while the regulars might own the main menu, Surlati uses the daily specials to introduce rare regional dishes. From Rome, there’s baked gnocchi topped with butter, sage and Parmesan, and from Trentino, he might serve canerderli, a kind of dumpling made with bread, eggs and speck (smoked prosciutto). He also taps local sources for spot prawns, halibut, duck, quail and even venison - maybe grilled and finished in the oven with shallots, garlic and rosemary. Add wines from California, Italy, Chile, France and Argentina, and a dessert list of carefully made classics, and you’ll be defending the menu against change, too. 37 EAST VICTORIA STREET • 805.884.9419 • CADARIO.NET

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Ca dario pizzeria 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 “pizzadeprived,” know that any pizza can be made with the owner's secret-recipe gluten-free crust. 29 East Victoria Street, 805.957.2020

In 1871, Santa Barbara’s own Judge R.B. Ord introduced Mexican avocado trees to the U.S., bringing the joy of healthy fats and guacamole to all.

CASA BLANCA Casa Blanca is a lively 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

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 DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Blush Restaurant + Lounge: Get Together In many parts of the country, summer is the time to get outdoors. In Santa Barbara 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 day-time 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 groove-move until well into the night. 630 STATE STREET • 805.957.1300 • BLUSHSB.COM

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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

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CIELITO Cielito impresses from the moment you enter its elegant interior defined by soaring ceilings and a decidedly cosmopolitan feel. 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 FARMER BOY 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

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

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FISHOUSE 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 Solvangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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 72

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Diners entering Jill’s Place for the first time might wonder why a track with meat hooks runs along the ceiling or why an array of sharpening steels hangs in a boxed display. Talk to Jill Shalhoob though - easy enough, since she’s always here checking on her loyal, mainly local, customers - and cast your eyes on the neon sign that reads “The Butcher’s Daughter,” and it all adds up. Those things are here because this unpretentious restaurant used to be her fathers’ butcher shop, and Jill essentially grew up here. After her dad expanded and moved, she opened a deli, then the restaurant. It’s all about roots, tradition and family, the kind of place visitors want to find - and sometimes do. Open from morning ’til night, Jill’s Place offers great values on perfectly cooked steaks, a sensational open-face meatloaf sandwich and plenty of burgers and other sandwiches, salads and comfort-food favorites like split pea soup and spaghetti Bolognese made according to Jill’s grandmother’s recipe. Jill’s dad taught her how to season and cut meat, and she still does. The coffee’s good, and the bar offers Happy Hour Cosmos and Martinis for $7. Order a mixed appetizer plate of steak, chicken and sausage bites, and settle in. 632 SANTA BARBARA ST. • 805.963.0378 • JILLSPLACESB.COM

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a Black Sheep to love The world needs more places like The Black Sheep, the colorful, friendly, innovative restaurant that opened in spring 2015. Convivial owner, Ruben Perez, loves to share and talk about good food and wine, and in the kitchen, his father, Chef Robert, brings passion and decades of haute cuisine experience to a menu of shareable plates featuring Latin and Asian accents. The thinly sliced scallop crudo comes with a candied carrot purée, frisée, scallions, ginger-chili mirin and “white” soy vinaigrette, while the beef bone- marrow bruschetta features the rich marrow balanced with a parsley-shallot salad, whole-grain mustard and a red wine sauce. Tender meat slides effortlessly from wild-boar ribs to combine with Asian cabbage and a unique blend of Asian fish sauce with ginger and sriracha. The buratta salad is a benchmark of its kind that also includes fresh in-season fruit, and the daily-changing risotto makes a great shared dish. The shoyu ramen with slow-roasted pork belly and roasted shiitake mushrooms provides a tantalizing surprise for noodle lovers. Larger dishes include sea bass with chorizo and a braised New Zealand lamb shank with Indian spices. Nearly forty microbrew beers are available by the bottle, as is a well-considered list of primarily California wines. 36 EAST ORTEGA STREET • 805.965.1113 • THEBLACKSHEEPSB.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

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

Montecito Cafe Quality, Value and Service Lunch and Dinner

Voted Best Montecito Restaurant

jane downtown Voted Best New Santa Barbara Restaurant

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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Santa Barbara Voted “Stiffest Drinks in Town” since 1928

GLOBE

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

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

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 HOLDREN'S STEAK & SEAFOOD

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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

JOE'S CAFE

Organic, Farmer’s Market Driven Menu, Gastropub Inspired 26 EAST ORTEGA STREET • 805.965.1113 • THEBLACKSHEEPSB.COM

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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 SPRING/SUMMER 2016


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For an authentic French experience in the heart of State Street, visit Relais de Paris – Entrecôte. Similar to all realis in France, Relais de Paris in Santa Barbara serves simple, honest food in a beautiful welcoming Parisian setting. Relais de Paris offers classic fare made with organic local ingredients and served in an inviting 1920s dining room. Antique brass-and-copper chandeliers hang from the 20-foot ceilings above brick walls, a lovely bar, hardwood floors, banquettes, and tables topped with white cloths and butcher paper. Chef Michael Bertho, who was born in Brittany, makes sure everything is done just right. The star of the menu is the restaurant’s namesake entrecôte - a steak beloved in France. Here, it’s served in classic style - perfectly cooked, thinly sliced and topped by a tangy secret green sauce that follows a complex lineage back to 1959. Alongside is a pile of slender, perfectly crisp frites made in the slow, time-honored way, as is the deeply flavored Frenchonion soup. (The onions spend six hours caramelizing over low heat.) The rest of the menu follows suit, including escargots in garlic-parsley butter, croque monsieur, Pacific mussels in wine sauce, roasted chicken, omelettes, crêpes and tasty desserts. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

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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. 131 Anacapa Street, 805.284.0370

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, including the tamales, the tortillas, and the salsas. 600 North Milpas, 805.564.2626 2911 De La Vina Street, 805.682.2600 7024 Market Place Drive, Goleta, 805.968.7024

LOUIE'S Located in the historic Upham Hotel, Louieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welcomes its second decade of serving consistently superb California bistro fare, all prepared creatively with the freshest available ingredients. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the dining room or on the heated veranda. 1404 De La Vina Street, 805.963.7003 78

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

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. 1279 Coast Village Road, 805.565.7540

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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

ON THE ALLEY On the Alley began as an overflow place for Brophy Brothers. 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. 117 Harbor Way, 805.962.6315 7038 Market Place Drive, Goleta, 805.845.8096

Still Serving the Best Local Shellfish in California

Adam and Tom White 1981

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company at the end of historic stearns wharf

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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

THE PALACE GRILL 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

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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 SPRING/SUMMER 2016


RELAIS DE PARIS Relais de Paris offers classic French fare made with organic local ingredients and served in an inviting 1920s dining room. Antique brass-and-copper chandeliers hang from the 20-foot ceilings above brick walls, a lovely bar, and tables topped with white cloths and butcher paper. 734 State Street, 805.967.6077

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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

California Bistro LOCATED IN THE CHARMING 130 YEAR OLD VICTORIAN UPHAM HOTEL

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

BANQUETS PRIVATE PARTIES LUNCH & DINNER

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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. Slyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-creates classic dishes using top-quality ingredients serving only hand-cut, aged prime steaks and a fabulous seafood menu, including local abalone. 686 Linden Ave. Carpinteria, 805.684.6666

THE BLACK SHEEP Black Sheep is a local eating spot that was created on the premise of being different and being OK with it - let's just eat, laugh and be merry. The setting is lively and intimate with a small and large plate concept to encourage sharing dishes for a varied and extensive culinary experience. Nearly forty microbrew beers are available, along with a selection of mostly California wines. 26 East Ortega Street, 805.965.1113

TOMA Experience the Santa Barbara waterfrontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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TRATTORIA VITTORIA 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 since 2007. The two chefs were born and trained in Trieste and serve tasty dishes like the ravioli di carne con salsa aurora (ravioli stuffed with prime rib meat in a pink cream and tomato sauce) or tagliatelle con funghi misti (thin ribbon pasta with mixed wild mushrooms sautéed and served in a light cream sauce). Their happy hour is popular and the full bar is stocked with many hard to find Italian liquors. 30 East Victoria Street, 805.962.5014

On Tuesday nights, Santa Barbara’s famous State Street turns into an iconic California farmer’s market. TrafFIC shuts down to make way for peaches and avocados, while dreadlocked musicians in tie-dyed cotton pants offer songs and smiles.

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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Tre Lune

'Where the Locals Go’

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, highquality 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

TUPELO JUNCTION CAFE

Burgers • salads • steaks • Chops 805.963.0378 w w w. J i l l s P l a c e S B . c o m 632 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara CA 93101

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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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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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“We found Downey’s, hands down, to be the best bet in town. This small, serene restaurant offers meticulous and artful cooking... ”—FOOD AND WINE MAGAZINE 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, Pakastanistyle 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

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Downey’s Smoked Black Cod with Avocado, Chiles, Lime & Cilantro

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Natural Angus Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms & Celeriac

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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 ever-expanding commitment to recycling and composting. 791 Chapala Street, 805.962.8500

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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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devotional practice, or puja, in the three native religions of the Indian subcontinent. April 17 August 28, 2016. 1130 State Street, 805.963.4364, sbma.net

5. The Funk Zone A “funky” mix of historical marine

8. Santa Barbara Zoo Located on 30 acres of lush

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

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

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

9. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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 summer exhibition, Puja and Piety, which celebrates the complexity of South Asian representation and iconography by examining the relationship between aesthetic expression and the

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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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

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

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

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

Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

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

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

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.

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

Lobero Theatre

Granada Theatre

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

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 locals' 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 Twenty six 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

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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 SPRING/SUMMER 2016


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, OAKSTUDDED HILLS HOLD SIX CHARMING TOWNS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE FLAVOR. EXPLORE VINEYARDS BY HORSEBACK, ENJOY SOME FARM-TO-TABLE CUISINE, SAMPLE THE LATEST MICROBREWERY BATCHES OR TRY YOUR LUCK AT THE CHUMASH CASINO. FOR MORE INFORMATION: VISITSYV.COM.

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

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.

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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

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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. Beyond 20 presents a range of global artistic perspectives on the environmental and social effects of natural resource exploitation. March 13, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016. 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 DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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It’s the sunny season in Santa Barbara and the spring/summer social calendar is warming up! From weekly fun runs to concerts in the park, colorful parades and wine tastings, there’s an array of enticing festivals and events to lure you out and about. cuisine, coffee, desserts and an authentic Italian market. Admission is free and the festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, which serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances. Santa Barbara Mission, 805.964.4710, imadonnarifestival.com

MARCH 19-20: The Western Chapter ISA Tree Climbing Championship Check out the best climbers from California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii, as competitors brave five tree climbing courses at Chase Palm Park, 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 866.785.8960, wcisa.net

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21: Ka Nai’a Outrigger Rig Run Race Ka Nai’a Outrigger Canoe Club of Santa Barbara sponsors three long-distance outrigger canoe races: six-mile novice and open short course at 8 a.m.; 12-mile women and co-ed course at 10 a.m.; and 12-mile men and masters co-ed course at 11:30 a.m. Ledbetter Beach, 805.969.5595, kanaia.com 28-30: I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival Street painters cover the Santa Barbara Mission plaza pavement with vibrant chalk pastel paintings, created over the course of a few days. The adjacent Mission lawn is filled with live music, Italian

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I MODONNARI ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

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21-24: Barbara Vintners APRIL 23:Santa 4th Annual Brews at theSpring Beach: Weekend & Festival Grand Tasting The Craft beer festival held on the ocean side Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend & ofFestival Chase Palm Park hosted by Festivals 4a is a spring wine release weekend withathe Big Bottle Bash Friday night event, Cause, nonprofit organized to raise money Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday at the andRiverview awarenessPark forinchildren's Buellton,organizations winery open in houses on Sunday, the four Vintners southern Santa Barbaraand County. 383day E Cabrillo Visa wine country tasting pass. 805.688.0881, Blvd. brewsatthebeach.com sbcountywines.com 7: Fork Fest Vendors and chefs from local eateries each prepare one delectable forkful of culinary excellence and guests vote on their favorites, in this fun fork-off competition. This park party also offers beer, wine, cocktails, live music and games. Chase Palm Park, 383 E Cabrillo Blvd., 800.936.3126, forkfest.nightout.com

JUNE 11: Craft Brew Circus Festival includes 60 craft breweries, beer games, DJ and cirque and sideshows entertainers like jugglers, hula hoopers, sword swallowers, fire breathers, and contortionists. Chase Palm Park, 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 949.891.3254, craftbrewcircus.com

13TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA WINE FESTIVAL

SUMMER SOLSTICE The Celebration of Harvest Weekend

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION

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16-17: Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Businesses, organizations and the local community gather to promote and celebrate a “greener” and more sustainable world. Enjoy live music, a food court, wine and beer garden, Kids’ Corner, activities, Eco Village booths, demonstrations and more. Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street. 805.963.0583

24-26: Summer Solstice Celebration and Parade Celebrate the longest day of the year with a colorful parade, filled with floats, costumed revelers, dancers, giant puppets, musicians, drummers and more! The celebration in the park kicks off on Friday at 4pm with live entertainment, fine art & crafts booths, food booths and beer/wine garden. It also runs Saturday from noon – 8pm and Sunday noon to 6pm. The Summer Solstice Parade starts at noon on Saturday, going on State Street from Cota to Micheltorena. Alameda Park , 805.965.3396

JUly 4: 4th of July Fireworks Celebration The City of Santa Barbara hosts a spectacular 18-20 minute fireworks display at West Beach starting at 9 pm. Come down early as there will be food vendors lining the boulevard from 11am – 9pm. 805.564.5418, santabarbaraca.gov 16-17: 27th Annual French Festival A two-day celebration of Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance and of course the infamous Poodle& Pals Parade! Oak Park - 805.963.8198, frenchfestival.com 30-31: Santa Barbara Greek Festival Experience the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life at this colorful two day celebration. Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing and a Greek marketplace. Oak Park, 502-598 W. Alamar Ave., 805.683.4492, saintbarbara.net SPRING/SUMMER 2016


3-7: Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Join in the biggest party of the season, as Santa Barbara’s rich cultural history and traditions are honored and celebrated with a variety of events and performances, including traditional Spanish Classical and Flamenco dancing, Mexican Folklórico music, the Fiesta Historical Parade, colorful open-air “mercados”, cantinas, and carnivals, Mexican and Spanish delicacies, drink and so much more. For more details go to oldspanishdays-fiesta.org

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14-16: 13th Annual California Wine Festival This 3 day festival culminates with the signature wine tasting event and is held beachside at Chase Palm Park. Sample California wines, micro brews, gourmet food from local chefs and enjoy live music. This is one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state. 800.936.3126, californiawinefestival.com

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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, and on Saturday mornings a few blocks from State Street. Every week, year round, local farmers offer fresh seasonal products, including a diverse array of vegetables, fruits, honey, nuts, flowers, meat, seafood and other artisanal products, crafted from the local bounty. 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/gov/depts/parksrec/recreation/sbaacs 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 oldgrowth oak trees. 1122 N. Milpas St., 805.962.7411. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit SBBowl.com. Nite Moves Run Santa BarbarA Every Wednesday from May through August, this annual recreational and competitive summer series offers a 5K run or walk, a 1K for children and an aquathon for multi-sport athletes. Afterwards, enjoy live music, a buffet and beverage samplings at Leadbetter Beach (on Cabrillo Blvd. between the Santa Barbara Harbor and Shoreline Park), 805.284.4720, runsantabarbara.com Concerts in the ParK Free music concerts are held at Chase Palm Park, located on Cabrillo Blvd. along the waterfront. Come dance, picnic and celebrate summer on Thursday nights from 6:00-8:30, during July and August. 805.897.1946, civicaweb.santabarbaraca.gov

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the season’s offerings. “This menu, along with a cold bottle of sparkling rose, is what I would serve for a light summer lunch in my garden, after a day at the beach”, says Ayda. “I believe in being intentional not only about the ingredients I use, but also how I present them - colorfully and beautifully – as a way of showing artistry on a plate.” Expressing her gratitude for the region’s bounty, she says, “We are so lucky to enjoy produce year-round from local farmers markets in the area, almost any day of the week and equally blessed by the bounties of the sea. The seafood in Santa Barbara is among the highest-quality in the United States and is coveted and revered by chefs and diners everywhere.” Ayda Robana, a private chef and caterer in Santa Barbara for the last eight years, was among the first chefs in Santa Barbara to introduce popup meals in various locations around town. Her style is highly influenced by her world travels and a bi-cultural (Tunisian /American) upbringing. In celebration of her North African roots, she loves to tell stories through food and gather loved ones around a table to enjoy a meal together. OmSweetMama.com • 805.837.9009

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SALMON CRUDO WITH BURRATA PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES • SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 lbs sashimi grade very fresh Scottish salmon or King salmon, thinly sliced 3 Cara Cara oranges, segmented (or any citrus) 1/2 bulb of thinly shaved fennel 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 2 burrata balls, quartered 4-5 thinly sliced radishes 1 cup wild arugula 1 tsp white ponzu sauce 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar 2 tsp high-quality olive oil • In a small bowl, squeeze the juice from 1 orange. Quick pickle the fennel in the orange juice, rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar. Let this marinate while you assemble the other ingredients. • Peel and segment the other two oranges and set aside. • Thinly slice the radishes, using a mandolin if you have one, and set aside. • Lay out the thinly sliced salmon in the center of a serving platter. • Decorate the outer edge with arugula that has been lightly dressed with salt, white balsamic vinegar and olive oil. • Top the salmon with the pickled fennel, orange segments, and radishes. • Dress the salmon with the remaining pickling liquid. • Finish with Maldon salt (sea salt), fresh ground black pepper and a little sprinkle of ponzu. It's also nice to sprinkle on Japanese rice seasoning (optional). Serve immediately.

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MEYER LEMON PANACOTTA PREP TIME: OVERNIGHT PROCESS, 25 MINUTES • SERVES 6

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SPICY GREEN SALAD WITH CITRUS MISO VINAIGRETTE PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES • SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS 1 bag spicy greens or your favorite lettuce mixture • Snap peas Purple carrots • Watermelon radish • Golden beets VINAIGRETTE: 1/2 a grapefruit • 1 small shallot • 1 clove garlic 1 small nub of ginger • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar • 1 Tbsp white miso • 1/3 cup olive oil • 1 tsp sesame oil TAMARI-ROASTED PEPITAS: 1 tsp tamari • 1/4 cup pepitas • Toast the pepitas in a nonstick pan over low-medium heat, then coat with tamari and allow to cool. • Finely chop the shallot. • Grate the garlic and ginger into a bowl. • Add the juice of 1/2 grapefruit. • Add the rice wine vinegar, white miso and sesame oil and whisk. • While whisking, slowly incorporate the 1/3 cup of olive oil.

3 Meyer lemons • 1/2 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp sugar • 2 Tbsp water • 2 tsp gelatin 1 cup whole milk • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream • 1 vanilla bean • With a vegetable peeler, peel the outside of the lemons. • Carefully squeeze the juice into a saucepan, removing any seeds. • Make a simple syrup using the juice of the lemons, the peel of the lemons, 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook this down for 10-15 minutes on medium heat, until it is reduced by half and the peel is tender and candied. Allow to cool. • In a separate mixing bowl, combine 2 teaspoons gelatin and 1/2 cup of whole milk. Stir together and allow to sit for 10 minutes while you make the custard base. • In a separate sauce pan, simmer 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream and the remaining 1/2 cup of whole milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the seeds and pod of a scraped vanilla bean. Heat to just before boiling and using a sieve, strain in the simple syrup mixture. Save the candied lemon peels to slice and use as a garnish. Bring the mixture back to just before boiling, stirring frequently. • Remove from heat and strain again into the mixing bowl containing the milk and gelatin mixture. Whisk well, until the gelatin dissolves. • Ladle into six 2 1/2" ramekins. Allow to cool. Then individually cover each ramekin with cling wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. • Garnish with fresh raspberries, candied lemon peel, mint leaf, lemon curd, or creme fraiche.

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1106 State Street, 962.5085

1114 State Street, 965.4770

2. Just Folk

2. Coldwell Banker

2. Benchmark Eatery

13. Downey's

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

1201 State Street, 845.2600

1305 State Street, 966.5006

3. Blind Tiger

14. Farmer Boy

409 State Street, 957.4111

3427 State Street, 845.6749

4. Blush

15. FisHouse

630 State Street, 957.1300

101 East Cabrillo Blvd, 966.2112

5. Brewhouse

16. The Garden Market

229 W. Montecito Street, 884.4664

3811 Santa Claus Lane, 745.5505

6. Brophy Brothers

17. Globe

119 Harbor Way, 966.4418

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. Santa Barbara Arts 1114 State Street, 884.1938

5. Santa Barbara Museum 1130 State Street, 963.4364

6. Sullivan Goss 7 East Anapamu, 730.1460

7. The Gallery Montecito 1277 Coast Village Road, 969.1180

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. E Madison 1159 Coast Village Road, 618.1810

4. Engel & Volkers 1323 State Street, 451.5476

5. Indigo Home Furnishings 1321 State Street, 962.6909

6. MH Home Design 1255 Coast Village Road, 565.0404

7. Pine Trader Antiques 2345 Lillie Avenue, 845.2618

8. Plum Goods 909 State Street, 845.3900

9. Porch 3823 Santa Claus Lane, 684.0300

10. Reed Interiors 3823 Santa Claus Lane, 684.7583

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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. Relais de Paris 734 State Street, 963.6077

29. Shellfish Company 230 Stearns Wharf, 966.6676

30. Sly's 686 Linden Avenue, 684.6666

31. The Black Sheep 26 East Ortega Street, 965.1113

32. Tre Lune 1151 Coast Village Rd., 969.2646

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Santa Barbara Dining and Destinations Spring/Summer 2016  

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

Santa Barbara Dining and Destinations Spring/Summer 2016  

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

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