Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Welcome to blogtopia (y!sctp)

Organic Soup Kitchen!

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gotta love it.

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Friday, February 26, 2010 


The Finns were Zambonied

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Thursday, February 25, 2010 

Go Suomi!

NBC to air Friday's USA-Finland hockey semi final - live in all time zones (even the pacific!)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 

There's no place like scone

especially Bella Dolce's!

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Monday, February 22, 2010 

Hop on down to IHop Tuesday (tomorrow)

and help them celebrate National Pancake Day. Stop on in for a free stack of buttermilk pancakes...just remember to leave a donation for the Children's Miracle Network. Our local IHops - 1701 State Street (the old Frimple's property) (Santa Barbara), 4765 Calle Real (Goleta) and 1114 Casitas Pass Road (Carpinteria.)

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $3.25 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. While IHOP's National Pancake Day typically takes place on Shrove Tuesday, this year the company will host its free pancake event on Tuesday, February 23, extending the fundraising window by one week to maximize donations for Children's Miracle Network. With your help, we hope to raise $5 million in five years for Children's Miracle Network and other local charities through your donations in 2010! -

Originally uploaded by hawaii.

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Congrats Oreana Winery

on securing your fabulous "home" in the funk zone!

Radius Group Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce the sale of 205 Anacapa to Oreana Winery. Scott Glenn, Bob Tuler, Paul Gamberdella, Jason Jaeger and Gene Deering represented Oreana Wine as well as the Seller, a local family trust in the transaction.

Formerly the home of Bob Woolever's Tire Shop, the 3,835 SF building sat vacant and abandoned in the downtown "Funk Zone" until in 2005, founder Chris Garvin along with Barry and Donna Goldfarb, gave it new life and started up Oreana Winery. Their current production is about 10,000 cases, but some lots are as small as 20 cases.- EdHat

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Growing Organically the Seeds of Knowledge

A school in Carpinteria plants the seed to a wonderful and innovative organic "healthy food program" that takes root within the community...and hopefully elsewhere.

....The student’s garden is just one example of how Palmisano’s small plot of land has tendrils that reach beyond the fence. The school’s horticulture class comes out every couple of days to work in the gardens. Veterinary science students wheel their stable sweepings up to the compost piles each day. Most important, the produce from the garden travels across campus to the cafeteria, where it appears in the lunches served each day, and into the culinary classrooms where students use it in their recipes.

Cordeiro see the tendrils reaching far beyond even these relationships.

...Cordeiro sees the school’s organic garden as a small, but pivotal, component in a much larger game plan. He is directly responsible for educating Carpinteria public school students between the ages of 3 — the district has three pre-schools — and 18. But the studies are clear. The earlier you start with children’s education and diet, the better their chances are of living a healthy life, completing high school and going on to college.

And, the children cannot be considered in separation from their families.

“If the family is strained, then the student is strained,” Cordeiro said.

“The food aspect, where we’re focusing (with the garden and culinary programs now) now, has to get pushed back under the umbrella of wellness.”

....The Carpinteria organic garden is partly funded through the s’Cool Food Initiative, an undertaking of the Santa Barbara-based Orfalea Foundation, which was created by Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea and his wife, Natalie. According to foundation vice president Catherine Brozowski, Natalie Orfalea is the driving force behind the organizations.

...“This garden integrates our agricultural systems programs, our culinary programs, our cafeteria,” he said. “Orfalea helped us get gardens at our elementary schools. We just had the first farmers markets with produce from the schools.”- Noozhawk

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 

Way to go, Bob!

In this time of greedy corporations, it's so nice to hear of a company actually caring for it's employee's!

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods is a widely-known provider of organic grains, flour, and baking mixes. It operates in two locations in the Portland, Oregon, suburb of Milwaukie (yes, that’s how they spell it), distributing its products throughout North America and to Asia and the Middle East. It is privately owned, has 209 employees, revenues estimated to be between $20 million and $30 million per year, with year-over-year revenue growth of 20 to 30 percent over the past five years.

It made international news in 2009 when its steel cut oats product (one of my favorites) won the Golden Spurtle Award at the 16th Annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in Scotland.

In a move reminiscent of Aaron Feuerstein of Malden Mills, it was announced on Tuesday that the founder, Bob Moore, is transitioning the company to an employee-owned firm through an employee stock ownership program (ESOP). - Ernest T Bass diary over at the Daily Kos

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 

Grab your Beads....

It's Mardi Gras!

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Spectrum Gym Downtown is having an open house today

Stop on by. Check out the facilities. Take a free class. Try out the machines. Talk to a trainer. Sign up for free goodies.

Tell them Jill sent you! (and highly recommends the yoga classes on the roof of the Canary Hotel on Saturday mornings!)

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Sunday, February 14, 2010 

R.I.P. - Dick Francis

A truly remarkable and talented man, both on the back of a horse and writing about the horse racing world, has reached the final finish line.

Dick Francis, the prolific bestselling author and former professional jockey, has died aged 89, his family announced today.

Best known for his thrillers set in the racing world – he was the author of 42 novels – francis was also one of the most successful postwar national hunt jockeys.

The winner of more than 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/54 and rode for the Queen and the Queen Mother.

On the racetrack Francis was best known for riding the Queen Mother's horse, Devon Loch when it fell just short of the winning line in the 1956 Grand National. To "do a Devon Loch" is still synonymous with losing a race from an unassailable position. - the Times

God speed, Richard. Thanks for the spills and chills of your life and livelihood. There will not be another quite like you, of that I am "Dead Cert."

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Happy Year of the Tiger

Find more images like this on Chinese Culture Center Online Gallery

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 

Buying Flowers for your Valentine?

If you live in California, please make sure the flowers you are buying are grown here. Look for the CA Grown label. It does make an economic difference. Especially here in Santa Barbara.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s a good time for California consumers to wake up and smell the roses — or daisies, tulips and orchids.

...“Right now, 80 percent of the flowers sold in the U.S. are grown in South America, particularly Columbia,” said Cronquist, who has been executive director of the commission for the past two years. “So instead of that money being pumped back into the local economy, a good portion of it goes out of the country.”

A recent study by the California Cut Flower Commission found that each year, the flower industry has a $10.3 billion impact on the economy, and that for every dollar spent on locally grown flowers, 92 cents goes directly back into the local economy. That statistic is particularly important to note for Santa Barbara residents, since Santa Barbara County provides more than 50 percent of California’s overall production value — making it the largest flower-growing region in the country. - Noozhawk

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 

RIP, Captain Phil

Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie of "Deadliest Catch" fame, passed away yesterday.

Captain, thanks for all the adventure on the high, cold seas and for your sense of humour and self and for the classic line "know you know why lions eat their young" uttered after dealing with your feisty sons onboard.

Captain Phil Harris, fisherman in charge of the Cornelia Marie on the popular Discovery Channel show "Deadliest Catch," passed away late yesterday nearly two weeks after suffering a stroke on Jan. 29. - abcnewsblog

I'll go raise a crab leg in your honor, Captain.

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Sunday, February 07, 2010 

Good luck to the team

of our bloggy buddy, YatPundit over at YatCuisine!

Geaux Saints!


Thursday, February 04, 2010 

Which Montecito Restaurant

is up for sale?
Prime location in a high end district in Santa Barbara County. 1700 square feet inside plus 444 square feet deck and 474 square feet rear patio. Free standing building. With parking. Inside seats 80 plus, with additional 50 plus on deck and patio. Full kitchen and cozy fireplace. Full (Type 47) liquor license.

Owner earned over $130,000 in 2009 in spite of the economic downturn. Low % rent - only 7.5% of food and 10% of bar gross, it is $5000/month or $2.94 per square feet plus NNN expense plus $1600 annual taxes. Lease term is 2 years with one 5 year option. - BizBen

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010 

Some Changes at Fairview Gardens

Fairview Gardens
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

From a notice sent by the marketing manager posted on EdHat

The Farm Stand has been closed for renovations and recently re-opeded. There are some significant changes you will notice when you stop by. We are only able to sell Fairview Grown produce and we encourage our loyal supporters to head to the Isla Vista Food Co-op for other local produce and grocery items. The Farm Stand is now honor system based. There are price lists available and cash or check is dropped into the barrel at the counter. We hope to have volunteers at the stand to answer questions and hope that the community will embrace and respect this alternative method of selling produce.

One of the many reasons for this change is that currently, the farm stand is located in the City of Goleta’s easement to the West and Southern California Edison’s easement to the North. After much discussion, considering, and consulting, we have decided that it is more efficient and cost effective to sell only Fairview grown produce on a honor system, self-serve basis, leaving a simpler set up that will allow continuation of the CSA and a place of greeting for those visiting the farm.

Once we are able to develop a plan that complies with the rules determined by the Environmental Health Services, we plan to again sell produce grown on other farms and grocery items. Your continued support is needed more than ever during these changes and we look forward to providing you with local organic produce through a modified farm stand and our CSA as we have always done.

If you have any questions, feel free to email

I recommend Michael Abelman's book, "On Good Land - The Autobiography of an Urban Farm", to find out more about Fairview Gardens and their "roots."

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Drug banned in 160 countries

is fed to US livestock right before slaughter....Oh, yum. (not)
How does a drug marked, "Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask" become "safe" in human food? With no washout period?

The same way Elanco's other two blockbusters, Stilbosol (diethylstilbestrol or DES), now withdrawn, and Posilac or bovine growth hormone (rBST), bought from Monsanto in 2008, became part of the nation's food supply: shameless corporate lobbying. A third of meetings on the Food Safety and Inspection Service's public calendar in January 2009 were with Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly--or about ractopamine. - AlterNet

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010 

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Saucelito

Originally uploaded by nwnc555.

is sold at a foreclosure auction and Santa Barbara's SIMA Corp is the top bidder at $11.4 million.

A bastion of casual elegance since 1885, The Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa is poised on a lush hillside overlooking the San Francisco bay and it's environs. Located on the waterfront in downtown Sausalito, a picturesque and upscale Bay Area community north of San Francisco, just accross the Golden Gate Bridge. Our intimate hotel perfectly blends the amenities of a full-service hotel with the charm of a historic bed and breakfast. Discover a new standard of relaxation in our 63 guest rooms, showcasing both historic and contemporary style. For true bliss and rejuvenation, indulge in the soothing treatments of our 3,000-square-foot Spa. -

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Admin Assistant or "Slave?"

Job position found on Craigslist. You would report to a "life coach" who calls herself "Queen Esther"

Work closely with Gina in her home as her "right-hand" assistant.
Light office work
Phone calls
Grocery shopping
Food preparation and light cooking
Help to host and assist during meetings and parties
Personal appointment setting and calendar maintenance
Shipping gifts to clients
Car wash
Dog care
Dry cleaning
Travel arrangements and packing
Hotel bookings for conferences and special engagements
Restaurant reservations
Help with Food and Travel Tv Show launch
Organizing home and office space
Willing to do what it takes to get the job done
Looking for a long-term career
Opportunity to grow with the company
Valid Driver’s License
Car in good shape
Willing to use own car

Previous PA experience
Highly detailed and organized
Excellent with using computers and office applications
Social media skills with Twitter and Facebook
Interested in serving the environment
Interested in learning and personal development
Great personality
Works thoroughly and quickly
Willing to ebb and flow with whatever is needed
Flexible and able to work extra hours as needed

Hours: Full Time, Monday-Friday. MUST be flexible and available to work evenings and weekends as needed. Position available immediately.

A life coach who can't even make restaurant reservations for herself? Might I suggest she try

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Monday, February 01, 2010 

Welcome to Blogtopia....(y!sctp)

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Knapp's Castle Sunset Panorama in 3D

Knapp’s Castle Sunset Panorama in 3D


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