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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Romp stocks rare Italian soles for West Coast souls.

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FAMILY JEWELERS

Bryant & Son, Ltd. jewelers celebrates its golden anniversary.

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YOUTH STYLE

Dani Boy stocks cool styles for confident kids. (Adults love ’em, too.)

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AN AFFAIR IN PAPER AND INK

Folio Press & Paperie/Wootton Printing reflects its owners’ lifelong passion for paper and printing.

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ZFolio’s eastern-European roots translate into a world of scintillating jewelry design for Santa Barbara.

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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ARA designs jewelry of the moment, infused with the eternal style of the ancient Mediterranean.

A sartorial summer daydream.

Three Santa Barbara houses that beautifully reflect the burgeoning less-is-more ethos.

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DESTINATIONS AND FESTIVALS Local destinations and activities to please any crowd.

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WHAT'S NEW New stores and restaurants opening around Santa Barbara.

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SANTA BARBARA STYLE From independently owned boutiques to special things for Santa Barbara’s distinctive casual Mediterranean elegance.

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IN-DEPTH FEATURES Our writers sit down with the restaurant owners and chefs. 52 Patxi's Pizza 54 Benchmark Eatery 56 Tre Lune 58 Fresco Valley Cafe 60 Jane 62 Andersen's

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THE DISH WITH NANCY NEWCOMER Spring forward to summer with healthy dishes featuring fresh farmer's market bounty.

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RESTAURANTS The American Riviera offers endless dining of every kind.

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STUNNING ARCHITECTURAL RETREAT IN THE RIVIERA’S ESTATE DISTRICT This 3600 sq. ft. masterpiece is designed to showcase incredible mountain views. The sprawling 3 acre parcel provides ultimate privacy & the ambiance of living in your own botanic garden. $1,895,000 Chris Palme 805.565.8823 • www.SantaBarbaraRivieraHomes.com

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Welcome to this Pacific Paradise, fondly called The American Riviera, where food, art, wine, fashion, and sunshine meld to create a unique enclave on the California coast. With its majestic foothills, beautiful beaches, and nearby islands, it is completely natural that Santa Barbara

URBAN WINE TRAIL Fifteen wineries, centrally located in downtown Santa Barbara, with the exception of Summerland Winery, offer a unique opportunity to taste some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County, all within blocks of downtown and the beach. Created by a group of like-minded wineries, the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, UrbanWineTrailSB.com, offers both the novice and aficionado the opportunity to learn about and get a taste of the many different

embraced a Mediterranean motif for its architectural style.

varietals and styles crafted from Santa Barbara County’s best

Red tile roofs and white washed stucco buildings reflect the

vineyards.

nearly constant sunshine, to create an enchanting European mood. The geography, with its scenic beauty, offers a multitude of outdoor activities including scuba diving, surfing, hiking, hang gliding, sailing, volleyball, and rock climbing. Santa Barbara has become much more than a beach community. The thriving arts scene boasts a multitude of galleries, opera, dance, and theatre. At night downtown Santa Barbara transforms into a hip club scene for music, dancing, and cocktails. Dining in Santa Barbara and Montecito has reached delectable heights offering outstanding, gourmet, ethnic, and regional cuisine. Fashion boutiques offer everything from classic to trend setting selections. Just a short 30 minute drive from downtown is the Santa

SURFING Santa Barbara’s south-facing coast, is home to great surf for

Ynez Valley, which is receiving critical acclaim for its wines.

beginners and experts alike. In summer, South Pacific swells send

With such a variety of options, we have highlighted some

waves our way, but the Channel Islands block much of the action,

favorites for the first time traveler or the “tourist in your hometown” local whose appreciation for our paradise gets brighter every day.

though afternoon winds can make 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 standup paddle board needs go to A-Frame Surf Shop at 3785 Santa Claus Lane, 805.684.8803.

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WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING Gray, Blue and Humpback whales all migrate

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Channel, breaching, spy hopping and spouting as they make their way up and down the coast. If you go, we recommend Condor Express at 805.896.7489.

INSPIRATION POINT For a stunning view of Santa Barbara, Inspiration Point via Jesusita Trial is one of Santa Barbara's best vistas. Roughly a 2.5 mile round trip, the hike is doable for most all hikers. Take Tunnel Road all the way to the end, parking is limited. The trail begins on the paved fire road. At the end of this paved fire road, head straight up the dirt road and after about a 1/4 mile the trail goes to the left.

CHANNEL ISLANDS The Channel Islands National Park offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling and hiking opportunities in California. Beautiful

marine

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pristine

kelp

forests, rugged coastline and hidden sea caves make the Channel Islands a world-class destination. Santa Barbara

Soar to new heights with the daily morning Santa Ynez Valley balloon rides! With over 100 wineries in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley, the year-round near perfect climate and light prevailing winds in the Central Coast of California makes this an ideal place for ballooning. On an average day you may catch a glimpse of “Neverland Ranch” while floating over the wine vineyards and beautiful ranches. Flights are 45 minutes to 1 hour and capture views over the beautiful wine country surrounded by transverse mountain ranges, the Channel Islands, Lake Cachuma and the historic Santa Ynez towns. Sky's the Limit Ballooning Adventures 800.558.5828 • SantaBarbaraBalloonRides.com

Adventure Company, SBAdventureCo. com, 805.884.9283, offers both day and overnight trips for beginners and advanced kayakers.

SUNSET CRUISES & TAXI Running from noon until sunset every half hour, Santa Barbara’s original waterfront taxi shuttles both visitors and locals continuously between the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf. Their daily water taxi service is offered on a firstcome, first-served basis. For reservations call 805.896.6900.

CONCERTS AT THE BOWL

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Built in 1936 as a WPA project, the SB Bowl is one of the most scenic and intimate amphitheaters in the world, attracting world-class artists to perform under the stars and amidst beautiful old-growth oak trees. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, please visit SBBowl.com

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WINE BLENDING Wine blending is a great team-building activity involving sampling and learning about local wines and the wine making process. Santa Barbara Adventure Company will shuttle your group to a winery in downtown Santa Barbara where you will be greeted by the winemaker and receive a welcome glass of wine, offered cheese and crackers, and be introduced to some basic theories of creating wine blends. Teams will compete to create the best blend of varietals based on what they have learned. Each team will be given 3 or more varieties to work with as well as any necessary tools for blending. The winemaker will judge the final blends and provide feedback, selecting the best blend to be bottled. For more information contact SB Adventure Company at 805.884.9283 or SBAdventureCo.com

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SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION The 41st Annual Summer Solstice Festival officially opens on Friday, June 19th, at 4:00 PM in Alameda Park, with an afternoon and evening of non-stop theatrical and musical entertainment until 9:00 PM. The theme for the 2015 Parade is “Sci-Fi”. The Solstice Parade will be on Saturday, June 20st beginning at noon at State and Cota Streets in downtown Santa Barbara, and ends at the Festival in Alameda Park. The Saturday Festival begins at noon and the entertainment continues until 8 PM. The Solstice Children’s Festival is open Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6:00 PM with a variety of family and children’s activities, free art projects, booths, musical entertainment. On Sunday, the Festival is open from noon to 6:00 PM. There will be live entertainment From 1:30 to 6:00 PM on the main stage as well as entertainment on the children’s stage from 1:30 to 6:00 PM. All of the arts and crafts booths, food booths, and beer and wine garden will be open for all three days of the Festival. The Solstice Celebration has grown into Santa Barbara’s largest arts event, drawing more than 100,000 spectators from around the world, with more than 1,000 parade participants. Visit SolsticeParade.com for more details and a complete schedule of Summer Solstice events.

I MADONNARI FESTIVAL During the Memorial Day weekend, May 23, 24, & 25, the plaza of the Old Mission will be transformed into the color-splashed site of the 29th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. An Italian tradition since the 16th Century, street painting, using chalk pastels on pavement, will cover the plaza with 150 large-scale, vibrant images created by artists and children. The first festival of its kind in the U.S. also features authentic Italian cuisine, coffees, desserts, and specialty items for 25,000 visitors. Admission is free to this fabulous three-day event that includes music throughout each day on the Mission lawn and free evening concerts in the Mission Church. For more information go to IMadonnariFestival.com

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OLD SPANISH DAYS Fiesta Pequeña officially opens Old Spanish Days Fiesta on

August 5th at 8:00 p.m. This event features blessings by the Mission Fathers who host the evening. It highlights traditional Spanish Classical and Flamenco dancing as well as Mexican Folklórico music and dances that have remained popular during Santa Barbara Fiestas since the beginning of the modern-day Fiesta. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Thursday evening August 6th - Saturday August 7th to enjoy Noches de Ronda. This free event offers a variety of shows with songs, dances and musical entertainment, featuring local performers who steal your heart away. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. On Friday night, at 7:30 enjoy Flor y Canto, a 30 minute pre-show featuring 19th century songs and dances. The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States, and starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach, to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street. "The

GOLFING

MARITIME MUSEUM

Historical Parade", takes place on Friday afternoon. Mercado

Santa Barbara has many noteworthy and

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is the new

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home for the Point Conception First Order

local non-profit organizations who serve up a wide selection of

arguably the most pleasant community course

Fresnel Lighthouse Lens built in Paris in 1854,

Mexican & Spanish food delicacies, while the Del Norte Mercado

in California, SB Golf Club. Sandpiper: 7952

the lens has illuminated Point Conception

has an early California atmosphere featuring food, shopping,

Hollister Avenue, 805.968.1541, Glen Annie:

since 1856 beaming light 26 miles out to sea.

entertainment and a children’s carnival in a family setting. Both

405 Glen Annie Road, 805.968.6400 and SB

Located at 113 Harbor Way, 805.962.8404 or

Mercados are open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am - 11 pm. Go to

Golf Club: 3500 McCaw Avenue, 805.687.7087

go to Sbmm.org for more information.

OldSpanishDays-Fiesta.org for additional information.

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Vino Vaqueros Experience the most breathtaking ranches and vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley on a guided private, 90 minute ride, followed by wine paired with a gourmet deli lunch. 2178 Mora Avenue, Santa Ynez, 805.944.0493, VinoVaqueros.com

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GREEN FLASH LUXURY CATAMARAN CRUISES After six successful chartering seasons in the Virgin Islands on their luxury sailing catamaran, Green Flash, Santa Barbarans Sherri and Arthur McNary are bringing their boat to Santa Barbara. They will be sailing high-end dinner cruise and Channel Islands charters out of Santa Barbara Harbor. All cruises feature Sherri's mouthwatering “garden to galley” menus of inspired local seasonal cuisine. For more information visit YachtGreenFlash.com

Located about 30 minutes from Santa Barbara, off Hwy 154, Lake Cachuma offers narrated nature tours where you’ll be able to see waterfowl, osprey, hawks, bald eagles, and various other birds and wildlife.

OUT OF THE BOX THEATRE COMPANY In the 1920s, urban America shed its moral inhibitions as brazenly as women had discarded their high-button shoes and whalebone corsets. Hot jazz, flappers and flowing bootleg booze were emblematic of a devil-may-care, post-WWI cynicism and irrational exuberance. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," The Wild Party evokes the darker recesses of that era. On April

8-11, Out of the Box Theatre Company presents their unique, cabaret-style interpretation of The Wild Party, a steamy prohibition tale based on a oncebanned, book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties. The Center Stage Theater will be turned into a 1920s speakeasy, encouraging audience members to come dressed in era-appropriate costumes. There will be Prohibition-themed drinks and on-stage cabaret seating, and will be presenting the show as a staged concert complete with a live jazz band led by our fantastic music director, Kacey Link. Tickets available at CenterStageTheatre.org or 805.963.8198

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SHARKS: THE MAGNIFICENT AND MISUNDERSTOOD GHOSTS IN OUR SEAS

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Sharks are silent shadows that patrol at the edge of our vision in the sea. These graceful and swift creatures also swim through our basic and primal human fear of the unknown. In reality, sharks have much more to fear from humans. Get a rare glimpse into the disappearing world of sharks through the lens of National Geographic’s most published underwater photographer, David Doubilet, and his wife and journalist partner, aquatic biologist Jennifer Hayes. These passionate advocates for sharks will take you on a journey through a shark’s life and share intimate images and close encounters with these majestic and misunderstood ghosts of the sea. Scheduled for March 21 at UCSB's Campbell Hall. For tickets and a complete calendar of events go to ArtsandLectures.UCSB.edu or 805.893.3535.

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BONITA BEACH has a selection of bikinis, swim trunks, beach cover ups, jewelry and Sol style clothing for women and men. Inside you will also find Toro, a den devoted to men. Lines include Lem Lem, Sol Angeles, Alternative, Birkenstock, and Pendleton. 2325 Lillie Avenue, Summerland 805.565.4848

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The Blue Door is a unique shopping experience located in the heart of the Funk Zone specializing in vintage and modern collections of furniture, art, home decor, clothing, and jewelry, 4 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, 805.364.5144. Salt Boutique, 1 A West Canon Perdido, 805.560.6888, a tasteful, chic, fun and reasonably priced clothing, jewelry and accessory store. Still is a retail space devoted to the art of cocktail craftsmanship for the amateur home mixer to the professional mixologist. They carry a wide variety of bar tools, glasses, quality vintage pieces, and the finest modern cocktail accessories, 37 East Ortega, Santa Barbara, 805.883.1080. 28

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BARBARENO, a casual and intimate Californiastyle bistro (wine and beer bar, heated outdoor patio and open kitchen), takes inspiration from our region showcasing local purveyors with a dynamic, yet ever-changing seasonal menu. 205 W. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, 805.963.9591

SEASIDE GARDENS

THE GOOD LION is a Hemingway inspired SB neighborhood cocktail bar. All juices are squeezed every day, all syrups are made in house, and they only use local and seasonal produce They've got craft beers, local wines, and a weekly rotating cocktail list. 1212 State Street, 805.845.8754

THE GOOD LION is a Hemingway inspired SB neighborhood cocktail bar. All juices are squeezed every day, all syrups are made in house, and they only use local and seasonal produce. They also have craft beers, local wines, and a weekly rotating cocktail list. 1212 State Street, 805.845.8754

BOTANICAL GARDEN & RETAIL NURSERY Visit our 4 acre display garden featuring plants from around the world. Then find plants, pots, soils and everything you need for a beautiful garden! OPEN MON - SAT 9-5 AND SUN 10-5 3700 VIA REAL, CARPINTERIA

THE HONOR BAR features premium sandwiches, salads, and signature cocktails in an intimate space with a central island bar, eight tables inside, and six tables on the patio. 1255

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OUT OF THE BOX THEATRE ARRIVED ON THE LOCAL SCENE IN 2010 WITH A PERFORMANCE OF REEFER MADNESS - THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1930s exploitation film that depicted teens descending into depravity after a single puff of “devil weed.” After the two-week run of the musical, which re-created the film as a highly stylized satirical political commentary, the nonprofit community theatre company followed up with Hair and has been mounting two musicals per year — one each in spring and fall — ever since. The

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director Samantha Eve. “Your neighbor and the person who works in a local restaurant could be doing theatre with us.” Eve herself directs and occasionally acts in the productions, but also runs a busy cupcake business. “We produce what we love and what we want to share with Santa Barbara, which is mainly contemporary musical theatre for mature audiences,” she says. “There are theatres in town that do popular and old-time musicals, but we focus on shows that wouldn’t be seen here otherwise.” Eve grew up in Santa Barbara, attended New York University as a musical-theatre SPRING/SUMMER 2015


UP NEXT FOR OUT OF THE BOX IS THE WILD PARTY, WHICH WILL RUN FOR TWO WEEKS IN APRIL. major and then pursued a theatrical career in New York City for several years before returning to Santa Barbara “exhausted and ready to throw in the towel and do something else,” she recalls. “That lasted about three weeks, and then I decided to introduce Reefer Madness to Santa Barbara.” She found people who were “talented and had the same passion I did, put on the show and then decided what we would do next.” Those “next” productions have included Spring Awakening, German dramatist Frank Wedekind’s play that criticized the sexually oppressive culture of the 19th century; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a comedic rock musical with an emo-punk score about the nation’s controversial sixth president and originator of the phrase “manifest destiny”; and Next to Normal, the groundbreaking Broadway play that took a new look at mental illness in suburbia. Out of the Box also offers a range of theatrical training through educational events and theatre workshops led largely by cast members of nationally touring shows who are in town for a few days. Topics might include how to audition, song and dance, voice and diction and stagecraft. “A lot of people who work with us are college students studying theatre, and high school teens are some of most talented people we have. It’s an opportunity for them to get a head start and understand what it’s like as a business and profession.” Performances are held at the intimate Center Stage Theatre upstairs at Paseo Nuevo, and a live band plays at every show. Up next for Out of the Box is The Wild Party, which will run Wednesday April 8th through Saturday April 11th. Two musical

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versions of the play, based on the Prohibitionera long poem by Joseph Moncure March, have previously run simultaneously on and off Broadway. “We're really looking forward to telling this story in a new, immersive way” says Eve, who has always been willing to take a leap of faith. “We'll be PHOTO: KIM REIERSON

turning Center Stage Theater into a 1920s speakeasy, encouraging audience members to come dressed in era-appropriate costumes. We'll have Prohibition-themed drinks and on-stage cabaret seating, and will be presenting the show as a staged concert complete with a live jazz band led by our fantastic music director, Kacey Link. It's a complicated score with a lot of intricate harmonies and rhythms, but Eve also believes it's some of the best music they've ever taken on. Above all else, it's a truly fascinating story that she believes is worth telling.” The thrill of risking it on stage remains alive and

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Q/A with Karen English, owner of !Romp - fine Italian shoes, boots, bags and accessories for Women. You obviously have a passion for fine European footwear, especially boots. Was this your primary motivation for opening Romp? Absolutely! I knew the Central Coast was in need of a fine shoe store. My desire was to bring in beautiful footwear that could not be found in other boutiques around the country. Tell us a bit about your background. Both of my parents were always very well dressed and I inherited that love of fashion. I used to sit and watch my Mom get ready for work and I loved how she would pull together a look by accessorizing with scarves, jewelry, belts and of course shoes. My first retail job was at age 16 and I knew early on I wanted my own store.

What are your best-selling lines/brands and which are exclusive to you? I have many top sellers including; Alberto Fermani, Fiorentini & Baker, Chie Mihara, Coclico and Calleen Cordero in my San Luis Obispo location. Exclusive to Romp and also top sellers are Gianluca Tombolini, Area Forte and Clocharme, which I source from Italy on my twice yearly trips to Milan. I love surprising my customers with fresh and exciting lines that I discover in my travels. With all of the designer shoe, bag and jewelry collections out there, how do you go about selecting and curating the looks you bring into the store? I rely a lot on the “look” I find in Italy to dictate the collections. I select what I fall in love with and operate mostly on a sensory reaction to the product. If it stops me in my tracks and makes my heart race, it is in the running. I am constantly seeking new collections, as the goal is always to find the most unique and exclusive lines for my customers. What else would you like for potential customers to know about Romp? We’re known for our Italian imports, especially boots, yet we absolutely have something for everyone and at every price range - be it a beautiful pair of shoes, an exclusive bag from Italy or something as simple as a comfortable and affordable shoe from Bernie Mev. You can indulge in the most exclusive lines we offer or simply score a pair of our best-selling flips for under forty dollars. Also, the staff at Romp all have such a love of shoes and there’s no high pressure selling, just lots of fun and enthusiasm. We want every woman to walk out feeling they have just been treated to a special experience, having found something they will love and treasure for years to come! 2928 SAN MARCOS AVENUE • LOS OLIVOS 805.688.1071• ROMPSHOES.COM

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Allora by Laura Elegant, timeless and easy to wear collections from Peter Cohen, Hache, THVM Denim, hang alongside selections from famous Italian fashion houses Amina Rubinacci and Borbonese. Owner, Laura Dinning, also offers her line of private label leather and cashmere accessories. Allora has an abundance of knitwear, essential for the sunny day to cool evening climate of our seaside town. 1269 Coast Village Rd., 805.563.2425 AlloraByLaura.com

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A n toi n et te Inspired and created by Carine Degli-Esposti over 35 years ago, 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 DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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When Bob Bryant opened his 900 square-foot jewelry store in 1965, he probably couldn’t imagine that fifty years later, the business would still be there serving some of its’ original customers, along with their children and even grandchildren. But Bryant & Sons, Ltd. remains in the same location in State Street’s historic El Paseo shopping area, with son Mike leading it since 1981. After a halfcentury of helping people celebrate and commemorate special occasions, Bryant & Sons, Ltd. will spend 2015 celebrating its own golden anniversary. A lot has changed in all that time. State Street has grown up, and the original tiny studio-front store has been transformed into a beautiful 4500 square-foot multi-level jewelry salon. But the defining hallmarks of Bryant & Sons, service and selection, remain untainted by time. The service is as personalized as ever with certified gemologists and master goldsmiths on staff, and their in-house workshop is invaluable for anyone considering a custom-crafted piece. The selection of distinguished jewelry and timepieces features the world’s finest lines, including Cartier, Patek Philippe, Breitling, Baume & Mercier, Michael M, Scott Kay, Roberto Coin, Mikimoto, as well as Baccarat crystal. What’s the secret to such long-running success? Mike attributes it to being an authentically homegrown Santa Barbara business. Locals have owned and staffed the

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Bryant and Sons store for decades establishing long-term relationships with its’ customers, as well as nationwide clientele including celebrities and entertainers. That indelible local connection also feeds the Bryants’ inclination to give back to the community generously supporting local schools, The Daniel Bryant Youth & Family Treatment Center, the Council on Drug and Alcohol and other area nonprofits. Bryant & Sons is synonymous with luxury - they once sold a 30-carat diamond wedding ring - but their wideranging inventory includes something for everyone. If only Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly had such access, the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s might have included much more than just window shopping. 812 STATE STREET • SANTA BARBARA •805.966.9187 1482 EAST VALLEY ROAD #37 • MONTECITO • 805.565.4411 BRYANTANDSONS.COM

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Italy, France, and America. Indulge in the latest looks from Yohji Yamamoto, Harvey Faircloth, Piazza Sempione, Alberto Fasciani, Tasselli and Henri Cuir. 1046 Coast Village Road, 805.969.1515

Located in Summerland, the Bikini Factory offers an amazing selection of separates and onepiece swimwear, hats, sandals and other “beachy” accessories. Owner, Linda Meyer and staff have been 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. Shop the latest styles from PilyQ, Tommy Bahama, Sophia by Vix, Coy Coy, Rip Curl, Eberjay, Gypsey ’05 and more. 2275 Ortega Hill Road, Summerland, 805.969.2887

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Q/A with Dani Leholm, owner of Dani BOY KIDS, a charming children’s boutique filled with fabulous clothing for mini fashionistas and cool little dudes.

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What was your inspiration for opening a children's designer clothing store in Montecito? My daughters are the biggest motivation behind my drive. I love bringing my 8 year old daughter on buying trips, giving her a peek at the upcoming season, seeing her reactions and listening to her suggestions. Kids everywhere provide so much inspiration! I love to see them all “tricked-out”, expressing in their own unique sense of style. Confident kids like this stand out in a crowd and they are definitely the next fashion trend setters! Tell us a bit about your background and what fuels your passion for kid's fashion. I was the manager and buyer for Due Maternity before I had my own kids and I loved helping style women throughout their pregnancies. Now, I see these same customers in Dani Boy Kids and I get to dress and style their children and watch them grow up.

uuu What are your best-selling lines/brands and which are exclusive to you? Some of our best-selling lines are LAmade, Hudson Jeans and Frye sneakers. We are also proud to carry great sellers, that are exclusive to us in the Santa Barbara area, including; La Miniatura, Munsterkids, Scotch Shrunk for boys, Scotch R'Belle for girls, Imoga Collection and DL1961. The collections you carry are so cool and fashionable, are you ever tempted to wear some of the clothes that are in theory, intended for children? Tempted? Yes, all of the time! I have definitely worn some of the larger-sized lines and I am not the only adult shopper in my store. What else would you like for potential customers to know about Dani Boy Kids? I am a third generation Santa Barbara resident, currently raising a fourth. As I was growing up, my grandmother would take me to a children’s clothing store called Christine’s, located here in Montecito. I remember it like it was yesterday. I want to help create those same memories for this generation of kids and felt there was a need for a stylish store just for children. Dani Boy Kids is that store. It’s the kind of store you go to when you have that special father-daughter dance and you want a one-of-a kind dress, the perfect holiday outfit for your toddler, or clothes that you can both agree upon for your soon-to-be teen. We also carry shoes, games, backpacks, books, gift items and so many great lines that are not available in other stores. We are all about accommodating our customer’s needs. If we don’t have the item or size you need, we will go above and beyond to find it for you. Stop by any time to play a little dress-up with us. 1187 COAST VILLAGE ROAD, SUITE 5 • MONTECITO 805.770.3156 • DANIBOYKIDS.COM

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bohemian clothing, jewelry, lingerie, accessories and gifts. Owner/buyer, Rita Villa, travels to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mexico, to source unique goods and one-of-a-kind vintage finds that capture her signature style. Find coveted designers Calleen Cordero, Kerri Cassill, Lemlem, Blue, Frank & Eileen, Odd Molly, Vanessa Mooney, Heidi Merreck and more. 2330 Lillie Avenue, Summerland, 805.565.3848 and 2360 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos, 805.688.7523, BonitaSummerland.com

BRYANT & SONS Founded by Robert Bryant 50 years ago, this Santa Barbara institution’s elegantly appointed jewelry salon is still housed downtown, in the historic El Paseo. 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, including selections from Cartier, Breitling, Baum & Mercier, Patek Philippe, Michael M, Scott Kay, Roberto Coin, Mikimoto, and fine crystal from Baccarat. 812 State Street, 805.966.9187 1482 East Valley Rd., 805.565.4411, BryantAndSons.com

CABANA HOME Cabana Home offers a one-stop shopping destination for the home, including carpeting, interior and exterior lighting, antique European engravings, accessories, window coverings and full work room services for bedding, pillows, and reupholstery. The extensive showroom displays indoor furniture and accessories, and outdoor garden furnishings. Owners Caroline and Steve Thompson took an old 3,200 square-foot warehouse and its adjoining storage yard on lower Santa Barbara

Street and transformed it into a light, open and sophisticated showroom. Home furnishings and designer lines include Baker, Donghia, David Sutherland, Janus et Cie as well as Cabana Home’s own collection of custom-made upholstery. 111 Santa Barbara Street, 805.962.0200, CabanaHome.com 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. They are committed to continuing to offer customers beautiful, elegant and refined designs of superior quality in a warm and inviting atmosphere, while providing superior customer service and value, just as their father did for over 30 years. 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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Walking into ARA feels a bit like entering an intimate museum, filled with beautifully crafted jewelry THAT HAS A SOMEWHAT ancient vibe. Of course, the major difference between the lovely Coast Village Road flagship boutique and an actual museum is that you don’t have to fog up the glass cases swooning over these treasures. You can actually touch them, try them on and if you are so inclined (and you will be), ARA founders/owners own them. While the collection at ARA Cuneyt and Ali has an air of Mediterranean antiquity, it also presents as very wearable and modern, with clean, bold designs. Everything is hand-hewn in 24k gold; nothing is plated and many of the gemstones are left in a raw and earthy form. Molded coins and oxidized silver mixed with yellow gold combine to provide a historic richness of mystery and character to some designs. Sparkling diamonds in a rainbow of colors, sometimes paired with unexpected materials such as wood, are used to create other unique pieces. An array of colorful gemstones and other mineral forms, collected from all around the world, are forged into stunning adornments for the neck, ears, wrists and fingers. ARA's origins trace back to Bodrum, Turkey, where brothers Cuneyt and Ali were born and raised. They are the creative force behind the now global brand and at an early age began molding, crafting, and collecting gems and gold. The family entered into the jewelry making business in 1987 and after a few years, the brothers began to create, manufacture and sell their own pieces. As the demand grew, more goldsmiths were hired to work alongside the brothers. In January 2002, the line was introduced to an international audience at a New York City trade show.  The collection was an immediate success and it is currently carried at over 350 boutique jewelry stores across the globe.   The ARA workshop and first retail boutique are located near the waterfront, in the coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey, which is sometimes referred to as the Aegean Riviera. It was only natural that upon Cuneyt’s first visit to Santa Barbara, he felt completely at home. Loving the familiar warm climate and pristine beauty, the decision to establish a flagship store here on the American Riviera was an easy one.   ARA recently relocated from State Street to Coast Village Road in Montecito and the new storefront boasts an abundance of natural light and space. The welcoming staff members possess a wealth of knowledge regarding the world of gemology and they welcome customers to come in and indulge and adorn themselves with these beautiful one of a kind offerings.

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

In di an Su m m ers For over 25 years, Indian Summers has offered tasteful, comfortable and unique clothing with a natural bohemian elegance in the seaside community of Summerland. This charming little boutique maintains a classic casual California beach vibe, while offering a variety of clothing for all seasons & occasions. Indian Summers also carries a lovely assortment of handbags, local designer jewelry, shoes and sandals, and of course a collection of straw hats for the beautiful beach weather. For a genuine, customer service focused shopping experience, visit Indian Summers in Summerland. 2275 Ortega Hill Road, 805.969.1162 IndianSummersBoutique.com

INDIGO Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Indigo’s collection is a blend of East and West, antique and contemporary, chosen with a focus on the beauty of natural materials, simple forms and classic design. For over 25 years, their selection of custom sofas, natural window coverings, antique furniture and handmade rugs has made them one of Santa Barbara’s most special resources for the home. They have recently added three new innovative "green" manufacturers; Lee Industries for sofas and chairs, Hartmann & Forbes for eco-friendly window coverings and Merida Meridian for natural fiber carpeting. Indigo also offers expert interior designs services and consultations. 1323 State Street, 805.962.6909 • IndigoInteriors.com

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Folio Press & Paperie LOCAL BEAT Wootton Printing Paper and printing have long linked Frank and Marlene Bucy, the owner-operators of Santa Barbara’s premiere print shop, folio press & paperie/Wootton Printing. They met each other 21 years ago in a local print shop; Frank worked in the graphic design department, and Marlene frequented the store. They hit it off, married three years later, and honeymooned in Italy, swooning their way through the fine stationery stores of Florence. That same year, wanting to save a piece of history and sensing that handmade things would stage a comeback, Frank rescued a 1924 leg-powered Chandler and Price letterpress from the landfill and began some small-scale artisanal printing. By 2006, the Bucys were ready to start their own business, and as it happened, Wootton Printing, Santa Barbara's oldest printing shop, which had operated continually since 1931, was up for sale. The couple bought it, and a year later opened folio press & paperie, the retail portion of the business. In 2014, they relocated both businesses from Hollister Avenue back to downtown Santa Barbara, where Wootton had first opened nearly eighty years ago. The new location is just off of State Street, three blocks from Stearns Wharf. Much of the inventory is designed and printed in-house and displayed alongside an impressive selection of letterpress cards and stationery sets from other small print shops across the United States. The Bucys also stock a selection of beautiful European stationery, as well as wax sealing sets and writing utensils. High-quality journals, jewelry, handbags, wallets, hats, children's items, books, calendars, and other gift items - many made locally - round out the unique mix of merchandise. Wootton Printing provides in-house design and printing - letterpress, offset and digital - for customers who have both business and social needs. Business services include branding, correspondence and presentation pieces, brochures, hang-tags, labels, menus, CD covers and more. Wootton can also meet any need for custom social stationery, from wedding and party invitations to holiday cards, baby announcements, religious rites - truly anything. They offer in-house die-cut embossing and debossing, and thermography services. And they are happy to collaborate with a client’s designer to bring the client’s vision to life in the best way possible. Stop in for a visit, and see what’s hot off the press! 301 MOTOR WAY • SANTA BARBARA 805.966.1010 • WOOTTONPRINTING.COM

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Tienda Ho In t i m o Lingerie and undergarments are private, but when they're as beautiful and luxurious as the selection at Intimo, their secrecy is almost a shame. The finest selection of lingerie and sleepwear imported from Italy, France, and New York is available at Intimo, housed on the other side of the European designer boutique, Antoinette. 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

Lan a Ma rm e Lana MarmĂŠ has served fashionable ladies for over 30 years. Featuring everything from resortwear to golfwear to eveningwear and specializing in separates and dresses, this lovely Upper Village fixture also carries a fine selection of

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RAISED IN A SMALL FARMING VILLAGE BEHIND AN IRON CURTAIN DIVIDING EAST AND WEST, COMMUNISM FROM CAPITALISM, ZDENA JIROUTOVA, WITH HER HUSBAND AND BUSINESS PARTNER, MICHAEL MENDIZZA, in

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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 house an unequaled selection of couture eyewear from the most innovative designers in Europe and America. Voted "Santa Barbara’s Best Optical Store and Sunglass Selection" for the past 17 years in the Santa Barbara Independent, Occhiali has two convenient locations. Stop in and let one of their nationally acclaimed staff fit you with the perfect frame to express your own individual style. 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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A beautifully curated resale shop, nestled between Presto Pasta and El Sitio in the Ralph’s shopping center, holds a treasure trove of tasteful and whimsical vintage collectables, antiques, art, furniture and tableware, as well as gifts and goods from local artisans. 2830 De La Vina, 805.682.1200

EL SITiO This unassuming little Mexican restaurant has served up authentic cuisine since 1990. Sample everything from amazing breakfast burritos to Tacos de Rajas, while soccer games and Spanish soap operas play in the background. 2830 De La Vina Street, Suite C, 805.682.9747

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PLUM GOODS Plum Goods offers the unique and the unexpected, the funky and the functional. Innovative, beautiful art, textiles, glassware, jewelry, toys, cards and more, made with integrity whether by hand, recycled, fair trade, organic or simply inspired. A little shop with a big heart, Plum Goods encourages you to love where you live, your home, your town, your planet, and love what you give of yourself, to yourself, and to others. And to have fun while you’re at it. 909 State Street, 805.845.3900, PlumGoodsStore.com

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Formerly known as Hawthorn, this lovely boutique, with its whitewashed interior, exposed beams and sky blue ceiling, offers a playful, yet sophisticated selection of clothing and accessories, from popular, wellknown collections as well as emerging and local designers, which embody the casual elegance of the Santa Barbara lifestyle. 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. Treat yourself and your wardrobe to a little taste of Bohemian beach style at this wonderful little seaside treasure. 3817 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, 805.684.6474

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Experience total relaxation during 45 minute Salt Cave sessions, offered every hour on the hour, as the lights are lowered and the zero gravity chairs are tilted, the air fills with the soothing sounds of solfeggio frequency music and a halo-generator releases tiny Himalayan salt micro-particles. Yoga classes, Sound Healing sessions and Kids’ Cave, a salty playtime for children, are offered within the enchanting caves. 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 toppedoff by a complimentary 45 minute cave session. Shop the boutique for Pure Himalayan salt products, including pampering handmade soaks, scrubs, and masks, gourmet finishing and fusion salts, cookbooks, artisan chocolates, ionic lamps, candle holders, and vases. 740 State Street, 805.963.7258, SaltCaveSB.com

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You don’t need a passport to enter Tienda Ho, but one step inside and you’ll feel like you are in a different country. A patchwork of colorful rugs cover every inch of the floor and intimate cave-like dressing rooms combine to create a very special, one-ofa-kind boutique. Tienda Ho has a wide variety of exotic clothing in every color imaginable. Select from embroidered, hand-printed, batiked, or crocheted pieces, accessories, jewelry, rugs, furniture, home goods, and hand-hewn art pieces from locales such as Morocco, India, and Indonesia. Rich fabrics and textiles, timeless styles, an alluring atmosphere and a friendly and creative staff make shopping here a total experience and a genuine pleasure. 1105 State Street, 805.962.3643

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WALL SPACE GALLERY Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara’s best resource for fine art photography, specializes in contemporary works and carries a roster of over 40 national and international artists, each with a unique vision. The gallery was first established in Seattle, Washington in 2005, and in 2010 opened a second space at the center of Santa Barbara’s creative arts hub, the Funk Zone. Genres, including traditional landscapes, portraits, documentary and abstract images, are in the gallery’s flat files, alongside digitally constructed images, and three dimensional works. Promoting artists using traditional and alternative methods, the gallery is pleased to include John Chervinsky, Mitch Dobrowner, Aline Smithson, Maxine Helfman and Central Coast artists Barbara Parmet and Charles Grogg on its roster. 116 East Yanonali Street C-1, 805.637.3898 • Wall-SpaceGallery.com DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Restaurant Descriptions ANDERSEN'S DANISH RESTAURANT & BAKERY

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Andersen's is known for their fine European and Nordic menu, whether it would be for breakfast with homemade sausage, country potatoes and fresh large eggs or delectable homemade pastries, strudels and scones. For brunch try the mimosas, they are the biggest “Viking Size Spectaculars”. During lunch they serve many culinary delights, along with their daily specials and comforting soups and delightful desserts. Everything is made daily from scratch. Dinner entrees include salmon hollandaise, oven roasted duck, goulash and Dover sole to name a few and pair it with carefully selected wines from our extensive wine list. They have a lovely outside patio, great for people watching right on State Street. 1106 State Street, 805.962.5085 ARCH ROCK There’s a phrase in business known as “economies of scale,” and customers at Arch Rock are reaping the benefits. The recently acquired Arch Rock (formerly Arch Rock Fish) is now part of the Santa Barbara based Genuine Restaurant Concepts family, which also includes Brophy Bros, The Cliff Room, On the Alley, Benchmark Eatery and the classic Farmer Boy Restaurant (re-opening 2015). GRC’s purchase power generates savings, which it then passes on to customers. In the restaurant’s former incarnation as a seafood house, the menu listed only a couple of meat items. One was a steak for $36; now there’s a 10-ounce New York for $22. The hamburger used to be $16; now the same burger is $12. You can grab a one-and-a-half-pound lobster on Monday and Tuesday nights for $24.95. With menu selections of starters, salads, pork chops, short ribs, roasted chicken, ahi tuna, planked salmon and sandwiches, there’s

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something for everyone in this welcoming place. A visual highlight includes big chalk drawings created by local artist Wyatt Perkins.

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608 Anacapa Street, 805.845.2800 ARLINGTON TAVERN Indulge in the “art” of food at Arlington Tavern, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s fine dining corridor. Discover the Tavern’s winning combination of contemporary farmfresh fare and casual yet sophisticated ambiance. Chef Ron True’s love for local ingredients shape his seasonal menu into dishes that are inventive, simple and honest. Dishes are prepared to perfectly complement partner Diego Barbieri’s impressive beer and wine list, leading to dining experiences that are pure indulgence. 21 West Victoria, 805.770.2626

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GOING OUT FOR PIZZA USUALLY MEANS EITHER A SIT-DOWN RESTAURANT WHERE PIZZA MAKES UP PART OF THE MENU, OR A PIZZA “JOINT” WHERE YOU ORDER AT THE COUNTER and then eat amid simple surroundings. Patxi’s Pizzeria, the new Santa Barbara addition to a family of 14 restaurants that began in Palo Alto ten years ago, offers a third way. Chef and co-founder Patxi Azpiroz treats pizza as restaurant food and creates a restaurant experience to match, with great food and caring, customer-centric service amid cool digs in a historic building on lower State Street. The rustic modern room, combines wood floors with brushed-metal chairs, and the big roll-up garage door connects the indoors with the big outdoor patio. Twenty mostly local beers are on tap, plus plenty of local wines. 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. Vegan and gluten-free? You bet. Beyond being “super concerned with the quality of our food and the quality of our guests’ experience,” says Azpiroz, “our underlying philosophy is to be a part of the community.” The restaurant demonstrates that with its “52 Weeks of Giving” program. Every week throughout the year, Patxi’s hosts fund-raisers for local organizations dedicated to children’s health, education and welfare, giving 10 percent of the day’s receipts to the organization. To find out more, visit the link on the website’s home page.

Patxi’s takes Pizzeria Dining to the Next Level

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A UNIQUE MEXICAN DINING EXPERIENCE NOW WITH THREE LOCATIONS 600 North Milpas • Santa Barbara • 564.2626 | 7029 Calle Real • Goleta • 968.4000 2911 De La Vina Street • Santa Barbara • 682.2600 DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM Mon - Fri 11am - 9pm • Sat - Sun 9am - 9pm

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Benchmark Eatery

THE NEW STATE STREET STANDARD FOR EVERYONE

American restaurateurs are great at segmenting the market. Hipsters, sports lovers, college crowds, families with kids, sophisticates - there are restaurants for every group but hardly any that can satisfy them all. Benchmark Eatery on State Street is the rare exception. By catering to no one in particular and relentlessly pursuing its motto of providing “simple and honest product with a genuine commitment to service,” the young restaurant attracts every type of customer you can think of - and they keep coming back. “We try to be authentically Santa Barbara, which has its ultra-rich but is made up primarily of working people,” says owner John Bennett, whose family also owns Brophy Brothers and On the Alley. “There are plenty of high-end dining establishments and drinking places for the college scene, and you need those, but there’s not much where people can sit with their kids or go on a date.” The Chesterfield booths inside lend a touch of upscale intimacy, the heated outdoor patio is full-on casual with a view over State Street, and the long bar is an inviting bridge that links them. Wine, beer, cocktails and food are all fairly priced and well made. Want a true benchmark of the eclectic menu of familiar, sometimes updated, classics? Try the burger, a model of the form. High-quality beef topped with melted cheddar arrives on a brioche bun loaded with crisp farmer’s market lettuce, thickly sliced organic tomatoes, lots of fries, a snappy dill pickle and condiments on the side. It’s a standard that sets the standard. So when you’re ready to see the true eclectic face of Santa Barbara, stop in at Benchmark Eatery. You’re bound to see someone who reminds you of you. JB 1201 STATE STREET • SANTA BARBARA 805.845.2600 • BENCHMARKEATERY.COM

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BENCHMARK EATERY Generous drinks, a friendly and casual atmosphere, and value-driven food are the hallmarks of Benchmark Eatery, which opened recently at the corner of Anapamu and State, filling the need for such a restaurant toward the upper end of the State Street shopping zone. Steak and frites, lamb, fish ’n’ chips, pizzas and other satisfying fare characterize the menu, plus generous drinks, all at prices that won’t make a meal here seem like another State Street shopping spree. Tufted low-back leather booths and images on the walls by local photographer Arna Bee make Benchmark as great for a date as it is for a family dinner out, and the double-sided indoor-outdoor bar with a great selection of beer keeps the fun rolling. 1201 State Street, 805.845.2600, benchmarkeatery.com BLUSH

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Blush Restaurant + Lounge combines refined social dining with a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Blush provides stylish decor with a warm, ambient indoor dining room and exquisite outdoor patio accompanied with fireside seating. Known for offering

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gourmet variations on classics like lobster mac and cheese, the menu features seasonal Californian cuisine with inventive signature cocktails that truly highlight a remarkable dining experience. Also available for private events and outside catering, Blush serves food and cocktails daily, including lunch, dinner, and late night. Their popular happy hour runs daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 630 State Street, 805.957.1300 BOATHOUSE Located at Hendry's beach, the Boathouse is the perfect addition to this secluded spot. Owners Tom White and his son, Adam, transformed this restaurant into a hip, nautical eatery that serves mouth-watering dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ocean views have always been spectacular, but now the building and the food match the setting. The interior and enlarged outdoor patio take full advantage of the postcard views. On the patio, sheets of glass with contemporary stainless steel hardware minimize any on-shore wind. The interior is fittingly nautical, yet simple. The dinner menu follows suit with delicious seafood including fresh local catches, cioppino and fish tacos as well as mesquite-grilled steaks to name a few. The full bar provides a break from the sun with their delicious honeycomb mojito, blood orange margarita or signature Boathouse punch. A walk up snack bar is available for folks on the run or those who want to enjoy a meal on the beach. 2981 Cliff Drive, 805.898.2628 DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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TRE LUNE Real. Classic. Italian. MAYBE THE SURPRISE HERE IS THAT THERE ARE NOT MANY SURPRISES,” SAYS SOEMI CARAMEL, GENERAL MANAGER OF TRE LUNE IN MONTECITO. “We have a lot of regulars, and they come because they like what we have.” For more than a decade now, carefully prepared genuine Italian cuisine has been the stock in trade at “Three Moons,” a charming, casual dining room with hardwood floors, white table cloths, and framed black-and-white paparazzi photos of celebrities adorning the walls. The food is authentic. Many of the pastas, including the ravioli, gnocchi, and lasagna, are made in-house. From the bread and olive oil to the falloff-the-fork ossobuco, Tre Lune delivers. After regular Ellen DeGeneres repeatedly ordered a salad with grilled fish in it, the restaurant added the now-popular “Ellen salad” to the menu: tomatoes, arugula, grilled shrimp, scallops and salmon and mustard vinaigrette. Wild-boar penne, basil pesto, tuna tartare, lobster ravioli and veal milanese (a pounded, breaded veal chop on the bone) are standouts. You’ll find white truffles in winter,

farmer’s market produce all year, local seafood (sea bass, halibut, stone crab) and imported whole branzino, cooked in the pizza oven or in a salt crust, plus first-rate pizzas. The all-Italian wine list is a yearly Wine Spectator award winner, and more than 40 wines are offered by the glass daily, along with negroni, bellini and other classic Italian cocktails. The restaurant also serves a largely Americanstyle breakfast with Italian twists, and at least once, you should plan to attend the annual Opera Night in spring, when Opera Santa Barbara performers work the room while guests enjoy a four-course dinner. JB 1151 COAST VILLAGE ROAD, MONTECITO • 805.969.2646 • TRELUNESB.COM

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THE BREWHOUSE This fun and friendly bistro is dedicated to the promise that you will never leave hungry, disappointed or unamused. A favorite with locals of all ages and means, this gem serves up delicacies like filet mignon enchiladas, seared ahi tuna, macadamia encrusted halibut with three citrus cream sauce, a gorgonzola salad with candied walnuts and a warm goat cheese salad to name just a few. The menu is varied

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and extensive, from steaks to sandwiches and each dish is prepared with an innovative twist. The quality is amazing and the prices acceptable. Adding to the mix, is an in-house brewery with an ever-changing variety of handcrafted beers and ales, plus a full bar. A fabulous place for a party, and the staff goes out of their way to accommodate almost any size group. Recent additions include a special dog menu and new happy hour food items. Lunch and dinner are served daily and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Live music plays Wednesday through Saturday and an eclectic collection of art completes the lively scene. 229 Montecito Street, 805.884.4664 BROTHERS RESTAURANT AT THE RED BARN As brothers, family is important to owners Matt & Jeff Nichols and with their restaurants they want to evoke that

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same feeling. Their staff feels the same, and they are proud that many of this extended family have been with them since they opened their first restaurant. At the new Red Barn Jeff says, “We’re doing what we heard everyone wants, revisiting our classic Brothers’ cuisine, dishes like the prime filet with Stilton and port-wine sauce, the pan-roasted salmon with horseradish crust, the glazed pork chop with apple sauce, and appetizers like house-made smoked salmon and the tuna tartare, everybody’s been chomping at the bit for that.” The restaurant has basically been gutted, taking it down to its twoby-fours. While the outside looks the same, it’s interior has been updated with a high ceiling, a new kitchen and a wine cellar to properly store their vast collection of mostly wines. 3539 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, 805.688.4142 BUCATINI With its intimate dining room and lovely patio, Bucatini is so casual, welcoming and unpretentious that its first-rate regional Italian food can come as a surprise. The nearly 30 pizzas from the wood-burning oven echo those in Florence – light combinations of thin crust and well-considered toppings.

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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. Entrées ranging from veal scaloppine and fresh fish to rosemary-garlic lamb

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Fresco Valley Cafe

442 ATTERDAG ROAD, SOLVANG • 805.688.8857 • FRESCOVALLEYCAFE.COM

a complement to danish indulgence

When you visit Solvang, you have to indulge in a few Danish diet busters, like sausage, pastries and aebleskiver. Later, when it’s time for something green, fresh, and healthy, Fresco Valley Cafe is waiting. Located a bit off Solvang’s sometimes crowded main drags, this hidden gem of a restaurant attracts lots of locals who love the calm they find on its sun-soaked garden patio, and visitors who are happy to sit a while.

The restaurant offers plenty of seasonal local produce - much of it organic and delivered by the farmers themselves - plus eggs from free-range chickens and excellent fresh local seafood. The “something for everyone” menu is long on simplicity and familiarity, offering fantastic soups, satisfying appetizers, tortilla wraps, and classic sandwiches and salads. The pastrami sandwich, the chicken salad, the BLT, the turkey club, the French dip, the burgers and the many other sandwiches are loyal renditions of the classics. Ditto the Cobb salad, the Caesar, the warm spinach salad, the Greek salad the seared ahi salad, and the many others. “Some places have amazing sandwiches with infused this and that,” says owner Matt Raab. “But sometimes you want what you remember as a kid.” A local craft beer or a glass of wine made from grapes grown within 15 miles of your glass, will make those memories sing. Finish with a slice of mixed-berry-lemon cheesecake or a baseball-sized chocolate mousse “truffle.”

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by wines from California and Italy, plus a playful menu of international cocktails and a great kid's menu. 436 State Street, 805.957.4177 CÁ DARIO Cá Dario has been one of Santa Barbara's favorite Italian food restaurant for many years and for good reasons. The food

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roasted quails with porcini ragout sauce, spinach, parmigiano and polenta. Cá Dario is open for lunch and dinner with an extensive domestic and imported wine list. Reservations are high encouraged. 37 East Victoria Street, 805.884.9419

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CÁ DARIO PIZZERIA Ca’ Dario Pizzeria combines comfort with a slightly industrial look featuring exposed brick and steel I-beams, granite counters, vintage-industrial-style bar stools and reclaimed-

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pinewood tables. A collection of ingredient-driven antipasti and salads will get you started right, with six draft beers and a wine list of half-Italian, half-California wines for accompaniment, and some fine desserts are available later. But the dozen or so authentic, inventive, well-considered thin-crust pizzas listed on the 8-foot tall blackboard are the big draw here. They use imported flour and tomatoes from the region of Campagna to make the tomato sauce. Pizzas range from an ultra-traditional Margherita to fresh takes such as the Soffione con Uovo, with dandelion greens, mozzarella and a farm egg; the Rossa Piccante, featuring Fresno chilies, spicy Calabrese salami, tomato and mozzarella; and the “Carbonara,” with cream, quail eggs and pancetta. Those for whom “gluten-free” translates as “pizza-deprived,” will be happy to know that any pizza can be made with the owner's secret-recipe gluten-free crust. 29 East Victoria Street, 805.957.2020 CARLITOS CAFE Y CANTINA Located across from the Arlington Theatre, Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina offers authentic flavors of old Mexico with mesquite-

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grilled specialties and innovative Mexican dishes that are guaranteed to delight you. Carlitos features the spirited cuisine of Mexico, such as fresh ceviches, shrimp empanadas, traditional pozole, chicken mole poblano and Parrillada de filete. Hand-shaken margaritas on the rocks are prize-

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jane

KEEPING GOOD FOOD IN THE FAMILY

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. When the family decided to open a second restaurant, they named it after Jane’s grandmother Jane. Jane feels real. It doesn’t pose or fuss or intimidate. Open for lunch and dinner, it simply provides - an inviting atmosphere, carefully prepared food and genuinely friendly service. Upstairs are interior balcony tables and a popular private-party room. Next to the fireplace below, a communal table that seats 18 occupies the center of the room, with its warm-yellow walls, dark hardwood floors and open-beam ceilings. Jane is ideal for a pre-theatre bite, and you can practically step from your chair onto the red carpet for Santa Barbara film festival events at the Arlington Theatre, next door. Jane and her staff know many of their largely repeat local clientele by name, including a number of winemakers, who feel right at home with the thoughtful list of mainly California wines. And they like that everything at Jane is made from scratch daily on the premises. Stocks for sauces are cooked down from bones. Hamburger buns and sausage are made in-house. Specialties reflect the focus on ingredients, including the big “salad bowls” and “pasta bowls,” fabulous burgers, and wild-caught local fish, with seafood specials appearing twice daily, depending on what’s good at the harbor. To finish, don’t miss the Jane sundae — vanilla soft-serve ice cream with homemade toffee and caramel sauce. The prices are right, and the vibe is pure feel-good Santa Barbara. JB 1311 STATE STREET • SANTA BARBARA 805.962.1311 • JANERESTAURANTSB.COM

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winning favorites as well as bold, exotic Latin cocktails. The musical stylings of lively Mexican and South American guitars on the outdoor patio provide the final touch to the makings of a fun-filled evening. 1324 State Street, 805.962.7117 CAVA The flair of Mexican and Spanish cooking combine to create

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superb Latin cuisine with a great vibe – from tapas and tasty margaritas and mojitos, seafood paella and sangria, to lobster tamales, Churrasco rib eye steak and seared ahi tuna. Located in central Montecito on the main drag, Cava has an intimate patio and a vibrant sunflower-colored interior. Live Spanish guitars play next to the cozy beehive fireplace, accenting the warm atmosphere perfectly. The private dining room “La Cavita” is available for special events. A local favorite, Cava is both fun and private, for larger parties or

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Santa Barbara Black Cod

with Meyer Lemon-Basil Sauce & Leafy Greens

Shelton Farms Duck

with Cabernet Sauce, Baby Turnips & Leeks

Watkins Ranch Filet Mignon

with Balsamic Sauce & Roasted Golden Beets

that intimate evening. Come find out why the restaurant rating guide Zagat Survey calls Cava, “simply the best upscale Mexican fare that reaches a new level.” 1212 Coast Village Road, 805.969.8500 CIELITO Cielito impresses from the moment you enter its elegant interior defined by soaring ceilings and a decidedly

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cosmopolitan feel. Consider it a temple to fun and good food, with wide-ranging influences that coalesce brilliantly in tapas-style small plates called antojitos. Locals flock to the raw-bar for the ceviches, fresh rolls, and innovative nods to the sea. Menu favorites include pork-belly confit quesadillas, shrimp-and-crab enchiladas swathed in poblano cream sauce, and pulpo ala plancha, seared spanish octopus served over potato confit, celery-citrus mustard and olive aioli. It’s carefully considered food that dazzles you with details. The bar follows suit, with juices squeezed daily in-house and an impressive collection of artisanal tequilas that have a story. The Margaritas are pure expressions of the form, made with tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime juice. The wine list focuses on local boutique, small-batch and cult favorites and has something to pair with everything, including an “amazing prosecco” to go with the octopus. Desserts are fresh interpretations of Mexican classics. Go simple with gorgeous vanilla bean flan or indulge mightily with the chocolate-peanut caramel semifreddo - a hit of decadence, which, like Cielito itself, you won’t soon forget. Cielito, Latin American Inspired, Santa Barbara Realized. 1114 State Street, 805.965.4770 COLD SPRING TAVERN

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Andersen’s Danish Bakery AND Restaurant Pastry is just the Beginning

After 40 years of success in Santa Barbara, Andersens’ Danish Bakery and Restaurant can hardly be called a “find.” Everyone knows it’s there at the front of La Arcada, and everyone knows how good its wholly homemade pastries are, even if they don’t know what it takes to maintain that standard. “This is our family, we’re proud of our heritage, and we spend a lot of time with our product,” says Charlotte Andersen, who runs the business with her mother, Birte. The Andersens are constantly searching for the best ingredients, and they make everything themselves. The “find” at The Andersens’ is the restaurant menu. It’s perfect for a bite to start the day or talk business over lunch, or before the theater or gallery-hopping on State Street. Those who know only Andersens’ top-selling butter ring might be surprised to find crepes, crab cakes, eggs Benedict, burgers, a tiger prawn salad, pâté, oven-roasted duck with an apple, bacon and port reduction, and much more on the menu. They may be unaware of the terrific happy hour. From 3-7 p.m. daily, the many varietal wines are $5 per glass, crostini included. Beers are $4 and sometimes $3. Buy one appetizer and get a second one for half off. Ask about half-off deals on bottles of wine during winter days, and enjoy local musicians on Friday and Saturday evenings. At the adjacent Liselotte Room and two upstairs party rooms, groups can enjoy high tea, passed hors d’oeuvres or sit-down meals for showers, birthdays and private events. And since there’s never a room charge, it’s one of the best event deals in town. JB 1106 STATE STREET • 805.962.5085 • ANDERSENSSANTABARBARA.COM

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just over the top of the foothills off of San Marcos Pass. The setting is rustic with all the charm and amenities of the modern world. The original buildings provide an old west atmosphere that is quickly disappearing. Don’t be fooled by the rustic appearance, the food is 100 percent gourmet, from superb flavored butters to exotic game prepared with fresh herbs to fresh seafood. They also have a great old-west style bar with the best local music around. Catch live blues on Sundays

Montecito Cafe Quality, Value and Service Lunch and Dinner

as you sit back with beer and tri-tip sandwiches featured on the Food Network. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. 5995 Stagecoach Road, 805.967.0066 JANE Looking for a unique and social dining experience? At Jane, the only thing more fun than sitting at a large, communal table talking with people you’ve never met in a lively restaurant is enjoying a delicious burger on a homemade bun with homemade mayo, and a roasted chile for accent. You can, of course, have your own table. Salad bowls are popular at lunchtime, too, like the half papaya filled with crab on a bed of butter lettuce, sprinkled with toasted almonds and two yummy sauces. Jane’s is relatively new to State Street, but an old favorite from the owners of Montecito Cafe, who emphasize quality, value and 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. Located in the historical Spanish building two doors from the Arlington Theatre, this local newbie was voted Best New Restaurant in Santa Barbara by the Independent. 1311 State Street, 805.962.1311 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

Voted Best Montecito Restaurant

jane downtown Voted Best New Santa Barbara Restaurant

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 CRAZY GOOD BREAD Each loaf of Crazy Good Bread is handcrafted. The process begins with a starter that is fed every few days. A bit of the starter is added to each batch of dough, which, after it is flavored and shaped, will proof for up to 8 hours. This long fermentation process is what allows their bread to gain its construction and feisty yeasty flavor. They put a lot of time into each loaf. Between the nurturing of the starter, the hand shaping, the testing, and giving each flavor its unique cut, they think you’ll find that their bread is pretty darn good. No, make that crazy good. 38 West Victoria Street, 805.770.3136 D'ANGELO'S BAKERY D’Angelo's is the kind of bakery locals love and visitors are overjoyed to find.

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A Santa Barbara Find

Arlington Tavern ONE OF WEBSTER’S DEFINITIONS FOR A “FIND” IS A “VALUABLE DISCOVERY.” THE ARLINGTON TAVERN IS EXACTLY THAT. AND SINCE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PUBLIC MARKET IS NOW OVER, THE STREET IS BACK TO NORMAL, AND PART OF THE NEW, WIDER SIDEWALK is now a front patio for the restaurant, making this find easier to find than ever. The “AT” isn’t big; it’s intimate, set in a building that dates to 1906 and still has the original brick walls, interior arches, oak floors, and Victorian windows, some with now-slightly rippled original glass. Those surroundings make the bar a satisfying respite, but so is the outdoor back patio. Draped with white lights and surrounded by greenery, it’s a little world apart. The menu fits the surroundings. It’s a multifaceted gastronomic gem, consisting of familiar ingredients from local purveyors, combined with knowledge and care and enlivened with seasonal nuances based on what’s good at the twice-weekly farmer’s market. Everything is made in-house. Highlights include the AT Mac & Cheese (with gruyere, truffles, leeks and herbed bread crumbs), filet mignon in a Bordeaux-style cabernet-thyme reduction, local black cod with trumpet mushrooms and tarragon-mustard butter, and the always-different Farmer’s Market Salad hits all the right notes. Note that when the dessert menu changes occasionally, the lemon cake with blueberry compote and fresh thyme always remains. Nearly 25 beers are available and 55 wines, mainly from California, with selections from Oregon, France, Italy and Argentina. About 30 choices are poured by the glass. Happy hour is every day from 4-6, and there’s a late-night menu, too. JB 21 WEST VICTORIA STREET, SANTA BARBARA • 805.770.2626 • ARLINGTONTAVERN.COM

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Choose a table indoors or out and enjoy freshly baked European-style breads and pastries, great breakfasts and lunches, and strong Italian coffee. Master baker Dietmar Eilbacher does things the same way his father did in his bakery in Bavaria – the honest way, using only simple, real ingredients and no additives or preservatives. Everything from the granola and roasted bell peppers to the jams and artichoke spread is made from scratch. “When you use all-natural raw ingredients and pay attention to the details, you end up with a superior product,” says Eilbacher. 25 West Gutierrez Street, 805.962.5466

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.

DOWNEY'S Since 1982 John Downey, with cooking roots from England to New York to California, 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. Fresh and flavorful dishes that include local fish and exquisitely prepared meats and fowl are supported by local organic vegetables and the most perfectly balanced sauces. Guests may expect professional, attentive and friendly service in a warm and comfortable setting. 1305 State Street, 805.966.5006 DOS CARLITOS RESTAURANT & TEQUILA BAR Those who know Carlitos and Cava may sense the family resemblance when they

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enter the rustically handsome dining room of Dos Carlitos, a pleasing expression of both the family's style and sensibility. Vibrant pottery from the renowned Mexican artist Gorky Gonzalez is scattered throughout the restaurant. Cowboy, ranchero, deer and rooster motifs reflect the Old West feeling and the agricultural essence of the valley. A wood and copper bar backed by rows of spirits and a top shelf lined SPRING/SUMMER 2015


with top-shelf tequilas gives the restaurant a bit of a bang. Dos Carlitos stocks 60 premium tequilas, all 100-percent blue agave, and it’s the only place in the area that offers

Still Serving the Best Local Shellfish in California

tequila flight tastings. A slew of appealing margaritas, from the unadorned original to pomegranate, mango and an agavenectar version made with fresh lime and ripe blanco tequila are the perfect warm-up for the restaurants upscale fare from Mexican and other Latin cuisines. 3544 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, 805.688.0033 ELADIO'S Eladio’s Restaurant & Bar features an unparalleled view of Stearns Wharf & the Pacific Ocean. Al fresco dining on our fountain patio captures the essence of the oceanfront. The restaurant delivers a comfortable, intimate setting, while still welcoming family diners. Breakfast features our locally renowned Vanilla Dipped Brioche French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict & Bloody Marys. Lunch offerings include a selection of crisp salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers & arguably some of the best Beer-Battered Fish & Chips in town. Dinner represents the expressions of the Mediterranean coupled with an enticing wine list & full bar. 1 State Street, 805.963.4466

Adam and Tom White 1981

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company at the end of historic stearns wharf

Don’t Call, Just Get out Here!

ENTERPRISE FISH COMPANY Just a few blocks from the waterfront, The Enterprise Fish Company occupies a century-old brick building originally home to an industrial linen service for seaside hotels. The interior is lively and nautical with Douglas fir floors, soaring ceilings, and a glassed cupola. Sweeping arches facing State Street were added after much of the building crumbled during the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake. The Enterprise

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

Fish Company is one of Santa Barbara's favorite seafood restaurants. They serve the freshest seafood available, gently grilled over mesquite wood charcoal. The authentic oyster bar serves delicious shellfish appetizers, as well as a choice selection of wine and beer. 225 State Street, 805.962.3313 THE GARDEN MARKET Ideally located on Santa Claus Lane steps from the ocean in the small town of Carpinteria, The Garden Market is a magical oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Santa Barbara. 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. The breakfast menu is delightful featuring fresh pastries, homemade granola and all your other favorite breakfast entrees including their scrumptious eggs benedict which is hands down the best in town. The lunch menu consists of fresh salads, and their

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

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

512 State Street 805.965.3363 hot and cold sandwiches which are both traditional and inventive, such as the

midwestern corn-fed beef, charbroiled over their mesquite grill. Try Holdren's

chicken banh mi or turkey meatloaf all their sandwiches are served on bread that

signature steak, the “Cowboy Cut”, a 20-ounce prime bone-in rib chop served

is baked fresh daily. Beer and wine are available as well countless coffee drinks.

over spicy onion rings. The rosemary blue cheese prime sirloin is another favorite.

On Friday you can enjoys the locals favorite homemade pasole verde.

Their fresh seafood selection includes bacon wrapped barbecue tiger prawns,

3811 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, 805.745.5505

seared Hawaiian ahi, and a shrimp scampi like no other. Their delicious lunch items include the prime top sirloin sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, and an

FISHOUSE

ahi tuna sashimi salad. For that sweet tooth, enjoy s'mores on the campfire,

The FisHouse has found its niche in Santa Barbara, building a reputation for

caramel apple pie, or vanilla bean crème brulee. With an extensive wine and

serving extremely fresh fish prepared beautifully at reasonable prices. The father

martini list, Holdren's makes for a delectable dining experience.

and son team of Tom and Adam White are firm believers in promoting fresh,

512 State Street, 805.965.3363

locally caught fish while supporting sustainable seafood. You won’t find Chilean

714 Newbury Park Rd., Newbury Park, 805.498.1314

sea bass or billfish on the menu, but Santa Barbara favorites such as California spiny lobster when in season, local white sea bass, troll-caught salmon and a

THE INDIA CLUB

bevy of crab. “We chase fresh fish everyday,” says White with a proud smile.

India Club offers a buoyant cuisine with a Bombay chef and a staff right out of

And a smile is what you will have after a meal at the FisHouse. The interior has

London. The cuisines of North and South India, as well as Mughlai, Pakastani-

a casually elegant dining room where a sport fishing theme attracts the curious

style cooking, combine to create a gorgeous blend of flavors: curries; spices such

eye including nautical chart-inlaid tables, vaulted ceiling where two trophy

as cumin, fennel, coriander and cinnamon; and heats of garlic, onion, ginger and

marlins hang suspended, vintage fishing tackle, plank-covered walls, and a large

chilies. The lavish buffet is one of the main draws of the menu, giving those who

cylindrical aquarium brimming with exotic fish. The FisHouse is located on

aren't familiar with Indian food a chance to sample a few things. The menu is quite

Cabrillo Boulevard across the beach and a block from the Stearns Wharf pier.

extensive, offering seafood, chicken, lamb and vegetarian selections. Tandoori, an

101 East Cabrillo Blvd., 805.966.2112

Indian-style barbecue, is always popular, and for guests who can't decide, try the mixed grill which includes chicken, shrimp and two kinds of lamb cooked in a clay

HOLDREN'S STEAK & SEAFOOD

oven. Located in Goleta, lunch and dinner served daily.

Elegant and timeless, Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood, features USDA prime

5701 Calle Real, Goleta, 805.967.7171

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THE LARK

A little off the beaten path sits Jill's Place, a favorite among locals for their "old

The Lark is conveniently located within the Funk Zone, home to the Urban Wine

school dinner menu" of steaks, fish, chops and chicken all of which include soup,

Trail, just one block from the Santa Barbara train station and minutes from the

salad and a choice of sides. All of the meats at Jill's Place are hand picked daily

101 Freeway, and will offer New American share plates with a focus on locally

and come directly from their local family owned meat company ensuring the

sourced products from Santa Barbara County, neighboring farmlands, ranches and

absolute highest quality available. Dinner entrees include delicious choice and

the Pacific Coast. One enters the restaurant flanked by oversized Dutch doors to

prime grade cuts of Filet Mignon, New York strip,  and Ribeyes as well as  other

an inviting bar. A focal point is a massive communal table, constructed from a

house specialties such as Homestyle Buttermilk Fried Chicken, infamous Baby

single slab of solid wood from a 226 year-old Douglas fir tree that stood dead in

Back Pork ribs, and locally sourced Halibut and Salmon. The wine list is extensive

the forest for 40 years before being salvaged. Three enclosed dining booths with

and thoughtful with many hand picked local wines and a full specialty cocktail

benches built from re-purposed church pews and stretched Argentinean bison hide

bar. The ambiance is relaxed and comfortable with no pretense. Located across

tops offer intimacy in a vibrant dining space. Tucked away in an alcove sits a 100

from the Saturday Farmer's Market, they are open for lunch and dinner Monday

year old Catholic confessional from Provence. The menu consists of small and

through Saturday and Saturday brunch.

large seasonal share plates focusing on the freshest and tastiest ingredients available.

632 Santa Barbara Street, 805.963.0378

They feature a full bar with seasonal craft cocktails and 20-30 beers from domestic microbreweries.

JOE'S CAFE

131 Anacapa Street, 805.284.0370

If you want conviviality in Santa Barbara, it’s hard to beat Joe’s Café. The city’s oldest restaurant opened in 1928 in what had previously been a laundry, a blacksmith

LOS AGAVES

and a slew of restaurants. Now it’s a Santa Barbara institution. Locals and visitors

Tile floors, wood and tile tables and paintings of Mexico, including a couple of

stream in beneath the classic neon marquee, then gather at the bar for famously

large canvases featuring the namesake agave, all bring a touch of Mexico to the

generous cocktails or hunker down in booths for some good, old American saloon

casual, comfortable dining room, but it’s the food that completes the picture. Carlos

food. In the morning, that could be an omelet or huevos rancheros. For lunch and

Luna, owner of Los Agaves, pulls from countless recipes that his grandmother in

dinner, French dip and tri-tip sandwiches, steaks, chops, pastas, seafood and salads

Guadalajara, Mexico used to prepare for him. Everything is made by hand daily,

are the draw. Joe’s Café has been the real deal for more than eighty years.

the tamales, the tortillas, and the salsas. Everything is made from scratch; there are

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cooking are reflected in a menu full of delicious regional dishes from central and southern Mexico, Puebla, Oaxaca and, in particular, Guadalajara. Keeping it causal, guests order at the counter, and their food is delivered to their table. 600 North Milpas, 805.564.2626

'Where the Locals Go’

2911 De La Vina Street, 805.682.2600 LUCKY PENNY Lucky Penny take-away café offers wood-fired pizza, artisan coffee, hand made pastries, seasonal salads, fresh squeezed juices, beer and wine. Enjoy your meal onsite in our picnic area or grab it to go. Serving breakfast, and lunch seven days a week, Lucky Penny is the perfect place to stop as you meander along the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Lucky Penny is covered entirely in copper pennies making even the building a true work of art. 127 Anacapa Street, 805.284.0358 LOUIE'S Located in the historic Upham Hotel, Louie’s welcomes its second decade of serving consistently superb California bistro fare. Some menu staples include fresh seared ahi tuna, Alaskan halibut, as well as a succulent rack of lamb and filet mignon, all prepared creatively with the freshest available ingredients on the market. The privately run restaurant has a small sleek dining room located just

Burgers • salads • steaks • Chops

off the hotel lobby. Joined with an adjacent heated veranda, perfect year-round in

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appreciate fine food and wine. Their refreshing and unpretentious atmosphere

Santa Barbara's mild climate, Louie's is enjoyed by locals and travelers alike who makes Louie's a classic Santa Barbara neighborhood restaurant. Open Monday through Friday for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner seven nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. on weekends. Banquet and private dining facilities are also available. 1404 De La Vina Street, 805.963.7003

excellent food and ambiance

LUCKY'S In just twelve short years Lucky’s has become a Montecito landmark, mostly because their premise is as classic as their menu. Great food and great service never go out of style and terrific ingredients make a noticeable difference. The menu is a la carte with a huge selection of different cuts of USDA prime beef, live lobsters and the freshest seafood. Sides range from skinny onion rings and creamed corn to locally grown vegetables, tomatoes and salad greens. The staff is attentive and professional without being overbearing. The comfortable bar area serves stiff drinks and superb Martinis as well as the full dining room menu, which includes items such as Texas style chili, hamburgers or a lighter steak and arugula salad. The Wine Spectator Award winning wine list is extensive with selections from California and France. Outdoor seating is available, and you will receive the same warm welcome whether you are wearing shorts or a tie and jacket. Leave room for the Salty Turtle Sundae - it is a must. 1279 Coast Village Road, 805.565.7540 MATTEI'S TAVERN Curators present. They arrange. Ultimately, they narrate. And while Mattei’s Tavern

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chef-owner Robbie Wilson doesn’t codify it on hats or T-shirts, he considers what takes place in the circa-1886 building at the north end of Los Olivos, as “curating the valley.” That is, using the superior foodstuffs that are grown, raised or gathered in the Santa Ynez Valley, plus fish from the Santa Barbara coast, to create enticing SPRING/SUMMER 2015


dishes. “We don’t take ourselves seriously, but we’re serious about what we do,” says the well-traveled chef. Wines are local, plates come from a local potter, and American handcrafted spirits are a focus. For a narrative image that tells the Mattei’s story, just picture a valley cowboy eating a grilled avocado with a ponzu soy citrus sauce. It happens all the time. 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, 805.688.3550 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 (think concrete floors and reused-wood ceilings) that announces it as a restaurant of its time, to the attentive servers and Executive Chef Greg Arnold’s inspiring menu. Arnold focuses not just on plants, but also on the endless alchemy of fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, nuts, herbs, spices, sauces and pastes that make vegetables sing in the cuisines of Spain, Sicily, North Africa and the Middle East. Partner that approach with Santa Barbara’s superb organic farmers market produce, and you end up with beautifully presented but entirely “unfussy” food bursting with complexity, aroma, flavor and simple plantbased goodness. They also offer local craft beers and wines, a series of “Herbal Alchemy” infusions, fresh juices, smoothies, kombucha, tea and Santa Barbara French Press coffee, perfect with a cakey homemade biscotti at 7 a.m., when they open. 1919 Cliff Drive, 805.963.4474, mesaverderestaurant.com OLIO E LIMONE When the husband and wife team of Alberto and Elaine Morello opened their restaurant back in 1999, they raised the bar for fine Italian food in Santa Barbara. Serving authentic

Fresh Californian Fare Local Wine and Tailored Catering

Italian cuisine in an intimate dining room, Chef Alberto Morello captures the essence of his native Sicily. Their creations are precise and simple without going overboard, so that the exact flavors are recognized, cherished, and sometimes surprising. 17 West Victoria, 805.899.2699 ON THE ALLEY On the Alley began life as a kind of overflow place for its always-busy sister restaurant Brophy Brothers. But the year-old younger sibling has taken on a life of its own and developed a loyal following. Locals especially like its casual feel, the reliability of its “simple, honest food” and the ease of grabbing something good to eat at the beach, on a bench by the sea wall or at the wood picnic table right in front. The diverse menu at this tiny place includes breakfast burritos, burgers, a crab cake burger, wraps, fish ’n’ chips, Brophy’s chowder, beer, wine and soft-serve ice cream. Dig in! 117 Harbor Way, 805.962.6315, onthealley.com

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OPAL

Their tiramisu known as "Ronald Reagan Presidential Tiramisu" was prepared

Providing an atmosphere that is friendly and inviting with a refreshingly genuine

for President Ronald Reagan at his Presidential office in Los Angeles and Palazzio

hospitality, Opal features exceptional service in a manner that is warm and

introduced the first ever "Sicilian Garlic Martini” in the U.S. which is a Vodka

engaging. Opal’s attention to detail in the kitchen is equally appealing. “With

Martini that has been infused and marinated for three hours with fresh Garlic.

an infusion of eclectic California cuisine using the freshest of ingredients and

1026 State Street, 805.564-1985

creative influences from around the globe, it’s the international flare that keeps our guests coming back,” explains owner Richard Yates. From their chile-crusted

THE PALACE GRILL

filet mignon, shredded phyllo wrapped tiger prawns with a coconut curry dipping

A contemporary American grill celebrating the cuisine and culture of New

sauce, Spanish paella, lemongrass crusted Thai salmon, homemade tomato

Orleans, The Palace Grill features USDA Prime aged beef and the freshest

linguini or basil fettuccine, smoked chicken chipotle pizza, grilled eggplant and

seafood, with a large selection of delicious pastas and specialties like their

portobello mushroom salad and the “Like Water for Chocolate Surprise," this

crawfish-stuffed blackened filet mignon, and Louisiana bread pudding souffle

bistro guarantees their guests will find what they’re looking for.

with whiskey cream sauce. Voted Santa Barbara’s Best Service since 1988 by the

1325 State Street, 805.966.9676

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

PALAZZIO

place for banquets, private parties, luncheons and business meetings.

Palazzio’s slogan “People don't leave here hungry” is very accurate. Palazzio

8 East Cota Street, 805.963.5000

is known for family style dining with extremely large portion sizes. Every customer can expect to take food home with them. They are celebrating their

PALOMA RESTAURANT AND TEQUILA BAR

15th year anniversary in February and repeatedly win best caesar salad, best

Paloma Restaurant & Tequila Bar is rich in family traditions and offers a fresh seasonal

pasta and best service in the Santa Barbara News-Press and Santa Barbara

menu with creative dishes that pay homage to some of Mexico’s finest regional

Independent's newspaper reader's polls. They have a "serve yourself" wine

flavors. Using locally sourced ingredients to build a truly vibrant menu, Paloma

policy from decanters that are located throughout the dining room. This

presents guests with modern twists on Mexican classics as well as house specialties,

process of serving one's self is on an honor system. Their Sistine Chapel

which are not commonly found anywhere else in Santa Barbara. Paloma offers a

ceiling has been showcased worldwide via CNN. In fact, people come into

daily Happy Hour, featuring select drink and food specials. Signature cocktails such

Palazzio during an afternoon stroll on State Street just to gaze at our ceiling.

as “La Perfecta Margarita” – Milagro Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, lime and agave

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and the house specialty “Blood Orange Paloma,” a twist on the classic mixture featuring Corralejo Reposado, lime, Pompelmo Sanpellegrino and blood orange puree are just a couple of favorites found on the menu. Weekend brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 9 am until 2 pm. Take-out during lunch and dinner and catering services offered to groups of 10 and more. 5764 Calle Real, Goleta, 805.681.0766

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PASCUCCI A favorite among locals and repeatedly voted “Best Italian,” “Best Caesar Salad” and “Best Dinner under $10.” Offering great food at great prices, Pascucci features fresh seafood, pastas, panini, gourmet pizzas, homemade desserts, a full bar and an extensive wine list. They also boast fresh produce delivered daily from local growers. Be sure to grab a few rounds of their famous garlic-cheese bread. Enjoy the warm atmosphere and friendly staff as you take in the beautiful decor with two fireplaces, cozy booths and a Tuscany ambiance. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 729 State Street, 805.963.8123

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

Kitchen from 7:30 am until 10 pm “Everything just a little bit better”

SANTA BARBARA SHELLFISH COMPANY Located at the end of cheerful Stearns Wharf is a bustling little restaurant part aquarium, part spectacle. Locals and visitors strolling by stop to marvel at the saltwater tanks jam-

536 State Street (corner of Cota) Santa Barbara Reservations 966-4638

packed with rambunctious California spiny lobster, giant spider crab, meaty dungeness and vibrant rock crab. Inside the seafood-laden galley, the delectable crustaceans, along with a plethora of other local shellfish, provide the daily menu that diners have come to expect at this lively eatery. Hungry patrons crowd the casual and eventful restaurant where hefty crab and lobster are dropped into boiling cauldrons while award-winning chefs frantically work the open kitchen serving up signature dishes that rival any four star restaurant. The postcard views of the glistening Pacific and nearby Channel Islands are equally intoxicating. Their menu includes luscious crab cakes, New England style clam chowder and a hearty Italian cioppino served in fresh bread bowls; jumbo shrimp, mussels, scallops and market squid

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sautéed in white wine, garlic and herbs; marvelous lobster tacos served with homemade salsa; and a kaleidoscope of spectacular oyster dishes from the best cold water oysters served on the half shell, to oyster luckyfeller and mouthwatering, colossal-size oyster poor boys. 230 Stearns Wharf, 805.966.6676 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 and are fortunate to DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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have access to a superior local bounty. Sonoma Lamb, Farmer's Market produce and Santa Barbara Spiny Lobster are just a few of the treasures that make their 'coastal cuisine' special. Being a charter member of the Sustainable Seafood Program, all of their seafood, fish and shellfish are drawn from the Pacific Ocean. They work closely with the Farmer's Market to ensure all of their produce is of the highest quality, local and organic whenever possible and hope you'll notice the freshness. All of their menu items are created with wine in mind - nothing too delicate or too spicy to not work with a variety of wines.

Delightful Breakfast • Savory Lunch • Coffee and Espresso

30 East Ortega Street, 805.963.1012 SLY'S Focused on simple and delicious food, owner James Sly has been behind the stove for over forty years and has had plenty of time and experience to refine his art. Sly’s re-creates classic dishes using top-quality ingredients serving only hand-cut, aged prime steaks and a fabulous seafood menu, including local abalone. You can order a classic crab and shrimp louis or the house specialty, an iced seafood tower. Pasta options range from macaroni and cheese and linguini with clams to

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the more exotic spaghettini caruso, prepared with chicken

THE GARDEN MARKET

livers in marsala. A variety of vegetable dishes are available

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grace their list. The decor is both comfortable and intriguing.

for vegetarians and over 2,000 French and California wines Located in downtown Carpinteria offers fabulous food. 686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, 805.684.6666 SOJOURNER A Santa Barbara mainstay and locals' favorite for many

R E S TA U R A N T & T E Q U I L A B A R One of Santa Barbara’s Best New Restaurants for 2013 - Cervins Central Coast

decades, Sojourner Cafe combines home-style cooking with fresh, quality ingredients. Recognized as one of Santa Barbara’s premiere spots for natural foods and desserts, they are located one and a half blocks off of State Street. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable with seating at tables or the bar. 134 East Canon Perdido, 805.965.7922 TOMA RESTAURANT AND BAR Toma Restaurant and Bar is the new waterfront bistro in the former location of Emilio's, located along Santa Barbara's picturesque Cabrillo Blvd. Experience the Santa Barbara waterfront’s most romantic restaurant and savor exquisite Italian and Mediterranean dishes from Santa Barbara’s seasonal bounty. Pour over local and Italian wines along with a full

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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 TRATTORIA VITTORIA Classic northern Italian dishes from the Veneto to Trieste SPRING/SUMMER 2015


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 TRE LUNE Creating genuine Italian cuisine with love and care is Tre Lune’s stock in trade. A favorite with Montecito residents, “Three Moons” is set in a charming two-story building right on Coast Village Road. Diverse diners come for honest, high-quality Italian cooking served in the lively dining room, with its historic black-and-white photographs, white table cloths and hardwood floors. From the bread and olive oil to the brightly flavored minestrone soup to the fall-off-the-fork ossobuco, Tre Lune delivers. Wild-boar penne, basil pesto, and lobster ravioli are standouts, as is the all-Italian wine list, a yearly Wine Spectator award winner. Frittatas, breads and other breakfast treats add an appealing extra dimension in the morning. 1151 Coast Village Road, 805.969.2646 TUPELO JUNCTION CAFE Tupelo Junction Cafe’s concept is simple, superb food in a casual atmosphere. The setting is more of a cafe than a traditional restaurant. The cuisine is best described as Americana with a southern influence hence the name Tupelo Junction, which is a historical landmark in Mississippi and

California Bistro

the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Signature dishes include fried chicken salad with cornbread, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and herbed buttermilk dressing, and a blackened molasses salmon with white beans.

1218 State Street, 899-3100 THE VINEYARD HOUSE While in Santa Ynez, there is one restaurant that should not be missed. The Vineyard House, a 100 year-old Victorian house, is set amid beautiful gardens and has a tranquil patio for dining in causal elegance. Offering everything from pizzas to rack of lamb, their menu includes wonderful salads,

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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

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INGREDIENTS 4 small tangerines 10 ounces halibut or sole 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper 2 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp butter 1 medium shallot, minced 2 TB white wine Red pepper flakes to taste Sprinkle of tangerine zest Salad: 4 cups of arugula 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 TB rice vinegar 1 heirloom tomato, sliced

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Tangerine Dream Halibut with Heirloom Tomato Salad PREP TIME 20 MINUTES • SERVES 2

• Zest tangerines to have about a ½ tsp of zest - set aside. Peel tangerines, break into individual sections into the bowl, remove any pieces of pith and collect any juice as well. • Sprinkle both sides of fillets with salt and pepper. • Coat a large nonstick skillet with 2 tsp coconut oil and place over medium heat. • Add the fillets and cook about 3 minutes, gently flip and cook until the fish is opaque in the center and just cooked through - 3 to 5 minutes. • Divide between 2 serving plates; tent with foil to keep warm. • Add a tsp of butter to pan and melt over medium heat. • Add shallot and cook, stirring, until soft, about 30 seconds. • Add white wine and tangerine sections and juice; loosen any browned bits on the bottom of the pan and cook for 30 seconds. • Spoon the sauce over the fish and sprinkle each portion with red pepper flakes, and tangerine zest. Serve immediately. Salad: Toss arugula with olive oil and vinegar, place slices of tomatoes on top. Optional: You may also put salad on the plate and place the fish on a bed of salad. I'm thrilled to share the latest concoctions from my kitchen as we spring forward to summer with healthy dishes featuring Santa Barbara's fresh farmer's market bounty. Delight your tastebuds with my tangy Tangerine Dream Halibut with Arugula and Heirloom Tomato Salad - perfect for Easter Dinner or a Solstice Soiree. How about trying out a new gadget, the "Spiralizer" to create oodles of veggie "noodles" for my Mediterranean Rainbow Spiral Salad? Visually & texturally appealing, it's the perfect side to bring to any backyard barbeque. Looking for a new libation to quench your thirst? Try my Nancy's Santa Barbara Sunset, a cocktail worthy of all the beauty and flavors our fair city has to offer - believe me, like Goldilocks, we had fun getting this drink just right...we happily sampled our "mistakes"! Enjoy and Happy Spring & Summer to all! ABOUT NANCY: Nancy Newcomer is a food blogger, radio host and an accomplished cook & creator of meals made from fresh, organic ingredients. With an emphasis on farmer's market bounty, her blog, Back to the Kitchen: Healthy Living with Real Food is followed by people worldwide. Visit NancyNewcomer.com for recipes and check out her new radio show, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer at Empoweradio.com, i-heart radio, i-tunes, Stitcher Radio, & Santa Barbara News-Press Radio, AM 1290. 76

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Mediterranean Rainbow Spiral Salad PREP TIME 20 MINUTES • SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS 4 zucchini “spiralized” 2 carrots “spiralized” ½ red onion, thinly sliced 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced ½ cup basil, cut into ribbons (chiffonade method) 1 tsp fresh oregano 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 cup olives, pitted and broken into pieces ½ cup feta, crumbled 3 TB extra virgin olive oil 2 TB red wine vinegar ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt fresh black ground pepper to taste

• Using a Spiralizer gadget, prep zucchini and carrots and place in large bowl. • Add onion, bell pepper, basil, oregano, garlic, olives, feta, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, & pepper. • Fold together with spatula or wooden spoon. • You may serve immediately, however it tastes even better when you let it marinate for an hour or even overnight.

Nancy's Santa Barbara Sunset PREP TIME 2 MINUTES • SERVES 1

INGREDIENTS Ice 1 shot of Campari 1 shot of vodka 2 oz fresh tangerine juice 3-4 oz ginger beer A squeeze of fresh lime juice • Fill highball glass with ice. • Pour one shot of Campari in, followed by 1 shot of vodka (we love Tito's Handmade Vodka). • Gently add tangerine juice, followed by a slow pour of ginger beer, and squeeze of fresh lime juice. DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM

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Sunkissed IN SANTA BARBARA A Sartorial Summer Daydream

by GINA BORGIA and KRIS JANNEY • photography BRIAN LEAHY model TRACY KRISTINE • hair/makeup by LYNZI MASSEY

Harvey Faircloth, Sheer Printed Plaid Shirt, Antoinette Pret-a-Surf, Retro Bikini, Whistle Club Thom Browne tortoise frames with side panels sunglasses, Occhiali Gladys Tamez Millinery hat, House of Honey 24K gold and white sapphire eternity band & 24k hammerED gold band, ARA

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Eberjey So Solid Madison one-piece swim suit, Bikini Factory oxidized silver and 24k gold link bracelet, ARA Missoni Pablo towel, House of Honey Thierry Lasry sunglasses, Occhiali (Above)

PilyQ Keshi Pearl bikini, Bikini Factory fresh water Pearls with gold bezel necklace, ARA Oliver Peoples, Jacey sunglasses, Occhiali

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Crowheart crystal necklace, Antoinette PilyQ Oro Reversible Seamless Wave bikini top, Bikini Factory Printed Kimono top, Tienda Ho


Peter Cohen cross top, Allora by Laura Carole Leona snake head belt, Allora by Laura Tommy Bahama swim shorts, Bikini Factory Oxidized silver WITH PAVE DIAMOND MEDALLION cuff, ARA Oxidized silver and gold CHAIN tassel necklace, ARA CABOCHON Moonstone necklace, ARA

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S MALLER H OMES

with Heart & Soul BY JAMES BADHAM PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM BARTSCH

Since 1986, Giffin & Crane have built and remodeled some of the loveliest and in some cases, most expansive houses in Santa Barbara. Recently, however, they have been asked increasingly to construct or remodel homes that are smaller, more intimate, and more personal. It’s a sign of changing times and evolving tastes and priorities. As with food, wine, cars, clothing, and a whole raft of other purchases, homeowners increasingly seek quality, craftsmanship and value over square footage. Whether remodeled or newly built, homes increasingly reflect homeowners and their geographical settings. They may be more fire-resistant and feature native and other drought-tolerant plants rather than a thirsty lawn. They may have an overall reduced environmental footprint, using heating, cooling and electricity more efficiently. They may be “smart” homes, wired to respond to cellphone commands. They are easier to maintain and manage and are scaled to their owners’ reality, including the financial one. All three of the homes show here - a historic San Roque Tudor remodeled as a vacation getaway, a custom-built “modern barn” for an interior designer, and a reimagined Mesa cottage for a downsized fresh start - fit the “living smaller” ethos, and all three have acres of personality, style and soul.

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san roque tudor getaway MIKE AND TONI HEREN LIVE IN ATHERTON, CALIFORNIA, BUT BOUGHT THE 1936 SAN ROQUE TUDOR SHOWN HERE TO USE AS A VACATION GETAWAY. WHILE THEY WERE HAPPY WITH THE FLOOR PLAN OF THEIR 1,600 SQUARE FOOT HOME, they did make some changes. Toni, a wellknown landscape designer, redid the yard to make it feel more like their own. Inside, the couple left the kitchen as is (the previous owners had hired Giffin & Crane to remodel it eight years prior), but applied a big dose of TLC to other elements - the baths, lighting, and floors - to restore some of the home’s period details.

The Douglas fir box beams in the living room were stripped of paint and refinished to bring out the grain in wood the likes of which, Bruce Giffin says, “you can’t get anymore.” A classic but over-adorned fireplace was restored to its original brick and enhanced with a plaster surround hearth, making it a proper focal point for the airy, cozy room. The bathrooms received new tile, and the wood-framed windows were refurbished, along with their rare antique hardware. The character of this 78 year-old home now shines through brilliantly. Tudor renewal (from above): The previously renovated kitchen, with its enticing green soapstone counter tops, was left as is; in the living room, the Douglas-fir box beams with gables were refinished, the windows and their antique hardware restored, and the fireplace returned to its former understated glory as the focal point of the room.

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hen interior designer Jill Hall decided to retire and swap her large Montecito home for something much smaller in Mission Canyon, something “easy and inexpensive,” she turned to Giffin & Crane to design and build the 1,700 square-foot home as a modern take on the

iconic French barn. Located on the only level spot on a steep lot, the compact house nestles into the slope and provides outdoor areas where Jill can enjoy the sunset, have a barbecue or just relax. Jill chose simple, low-maintenance materials for both the interior and exterior: polished, easy-toclean concrete floors with a super-efficient radiant heating system, galvanized corrugated zinc roofing (she “threw acid on it” to add patina) and steel-framed windows and doors. Salvaged interior doors and hardware lend character and color, as does the soothing texture of colored stucco. The garden is a unified, yet freeform oasis of drought-tolerant landscaping. Jill’s new home is at once modern and traditional, with “nothing too precious or wonderful.” It’s just the right size for the designer, who has long since “unretired,” and says she “loves living small,” and advises anyone considering the same to do as she did and build enormous closets.

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Around the “barn” (clockwise from bottom left): Jill steps outside via her steel-framed bedroom door, beneath an antique cupola “full of bullet holes” that tops the galvanized-zinc roof, and the gravel, flagstones and droughttolerant plants of the yard; living room highlights include a 4 foot-tall by 5 footwide chandelier purchased at the Music Academy of Santa Barbara’s annual fundraising sale, an antique French limestone mantel, a pair of geometric chairs made from recycled wood, a large segmented-arch window that lets in the ocean view, and shelves built from old scaffolding she got from her plasterers; an antique steel cart and antique stool offer fun counterpoints to the kitchen’s modern lines and surfaces; antique sconces, a freestanding pewter-finished tub from overstock.com and a marble-topped chest-cum-basin add character to the bathroom.

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LESS IS MORE ON THE MESA When Lillian Cross found herself without her beloved late husband, she followed her children’s advice, moving out of the home where she had lived for decades and finding something new: the 50 year-old, 1,300 square-foot Mesa cottage that is now her home. Having been redone by a house-flipping speculator, a redo of the redo was in order. Lillian identified her primary needs as a beautiful garden, a place to enjoy the outdoors, and easy-to-climb steps from the driveway to the front door. She began with the garden, hiring landscape architect Chuck McClure to redesign the yard that now includes terraced plantings and a papyrus-ringed fountain. Lillian can enjoy the landscaping from the comfort of her covered back patio, where she can read in the shade and enjoy the Santa Barbara climate. Having replaced the stairs to the front door with new ones that are much easier to navigate, she partnered with Sue Aldrich to create a warm and inviting interior. Both bathrooms were renovated, as was the kitchen, where a post was removed to improve the sight lines and a flush ceiling with recessed lighting was added. The result transformed the character of the house and brought Lillian happily into the next phase of her life. 92

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A singular Mesa space (clockwise from bottom left): The redone driveway and stairs provides easy access from the garage to the front door; the back yard is a soothing enclave with terraced sandstone planters, a replastered stucco wall by the pond, and comfortable shaded rattan seating; to improve interior sightlines, a load-bearing post was removed from the kitchen and replaced by a recessed ceiling beam, and space-dividing partial walls were added at either end of the dining room to provide seismic rigidity and help to structure the space.

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1253 Coast Village Rd., 965.3999

1485 East Valley Road, 969.6962

5. Bikini Factory

15. Natasha

2275 Ortega Hill Rd., 969.2887

1231 State Street, 965.4542

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814 State Street, 957.9100

9. Encanto 1114 State Street, 722.4338

10. Gaspar Jewelers 1213 Coast Village Rd., 969.6362

1046 Coast Village Rd., 565.3415 7 W. Canon Perdido, 963.5760

17. Rowan 3817 Santa Claus Lane, 684.6474

18. Salt 740 State Street, 963.7258

19. Tienda Ho 1105 State Street, 962.3643

20. Wonder 1324 State Street, 965.6888

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1. Andersen's Danish Res. 12. Crazy Good Bread

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111 Santa Barbara Street, 962.0200

1106 State Street, 962.5085

38 West Victoria Street, 770.3136

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2. Coldwell Banker

2. Arch Rock

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

608 Anacapa Street, 845.2800

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14. FisHouse

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101 East Cabrillo Blvd, 966.2112

4. Benchmark Eatery

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3811 Santa Claus Lane, 745.5505

5. Blush

16. Holdren's

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512 State Street, 965.3363 6920 Marketplace Dr., 685.8900

Art Galleries 1. Elizabeth Gordon Gallery

2346 Lillie Avenue, 969.7118

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

4. Mertens Fine Art 1266 Coast Village Road, 565.6955

5. Santa Barbara Arts 1114 State Street, 884.1938

6. Santa Barbara Museum 1130 State Street, 963.4364

7. Sullivan Goss 7 East Anapamu, 730.1460

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

9. Waterhouse Gallery 1114 State Street, 962.8885

10. ZFolio 1013 State Street, 845.7375

3. Folio Press & Paperie 301 Motor Way, 966.1010

4. Indigo Home Furnishings 1321 State Street, 962.6909

5. Industry Home 740 State Street, 845.5780

6. Onward Art & Design 1233 State Street, 324.4337

7. Pine Trader Antiques 2345 Lillie Avenue, 845.2618

8. Plum Goods 909 State Street, 845.3900

9. Reed Interiors 3823 Santa Claus Lane, 684.7583

10. Seaside Gardens 3700 Via Real, 684.6001

6. Brewhouse 229 W. Montecito Street, 884.4664

7. Bucatini 436 State Street, 957.4177

8. Cá Dario 37 East Victoria, 884.9419

9. Cá Dario Pizzeria 29 East Victoria, 957.2020

10. Casa Blanca 330 State Street, 845.8966

11. Cielito 1114 State Street, 965.4770

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23. Louie’s 1404 De La Vina, 963.7003

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

25. Mesaverde 1919 Cliff Drive, 963.4474

26. Montecito Cafe 1296 Coast Village Rd., 969.3392

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17. Jane 1311 State Street, 962.1311

18. Jill's Place 632 Santa Barbara Street, 963.0378

19. Joe's Cafe 536 State Street, 966.4638

20. JuiceWell 38 West Victoria Street, 770.2888

21. The Lark 131 Anacapa Street, 284.0370

117 Harbor Way, 962.6315

28. The Palace Grill 8 East Cota, 963.5000

29. Patxi's Pizza 515 State Street, 564.4888

30. Shellfish Company 230 Stearns Wharf, 966.6676

31. Sly's 686 Linden Avenue, 684.6666

32. Tre Lune 1151 Coast Village Rd., 969.2646

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AFTER 15 YEARS AT A MONDAY NIGHT POKER GAME, I am still the “new guy” at the table. This group of players, old buddies from high school, dealt the first hand in 1978. As you might imagine, there is a fair amount of reminiscing at this weekly gathering of long-time locals. A few of the guys have what are now considered vintage match collections, from beloved bars and restaurants; some still around, some distant, yet distinct memories, but none forgotten. Cheers, Phil Janney, Publisher


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