Friday, October 29, 2010 

Lazy Acres parent company, Supervalue

sells the Bristol Farms chain, which includes Lazy Acres.

Supermarket operator Supervalu Inc. said Friday it has sold its Bristol Farms chain to that division's management team in partnership with investment firm Endeavour Capital.

Bristol Farms, a southern California based grocery retailer formed in 1982, now operates 13 Bristol Farms stores and one Lazy Acres store. The locations will continue to operate under their current names with existing local management and employee base. - BusinessWeek

....In 2004, Albertsons bought the chain for an undisclosed amount. At the time, Albertsons had been waging an increasingly tough battle not only with other conventional grocery chains but also with mass merchandisers such as Wal-Mart and Costco that were becoming a force in groceries using cut-rate prices.

The goal had been to give Albertsons "the ability to operate smaller-format stores in wealthier neighborhoods and differentiate themselves not based on price but on quality and service," said Lloyd Greif, president of Greif & Co., a Los Angeles investment bank that put together both the 2004 deal and the most recent sale.

The corporate marriage "looked good on paper," Greif said, but was less so in practice. Burdened with aging stores and growing competition, Albertsons was sold in 2006 and broken into three pieces as part of an $11.1-billion deal plus the assumption of $6.3 billion in debt. Supervalu acquired more than 1,100 stores, including the 270 Albertsons and Bristol Farms markets in Southern California.

Bristol Farms "became a corporate orphan," Greif said. "It didn't fit in with the strategy to compete for customers on price." - Latte Times

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 

Cookbook Lovers....get ready

the Montecito branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library is having their yearly cookbook sale!

Montecito Library Cook Book Sale
Saturday Nov 6, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Join us for the second annual cook book sale. We will have a bake sale and complimentary coffee. All proceeds support the Montecito Branch Library

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Saturday, October 23, 2010 

Another "Slave" position

is being advertised for on Craigslist.
5 Star Server for Private House (Montecito)
Looking for a professional, extremely clean individual that can keep up with a busy household. Prefer female and spanish speaking is a plus. This position requires lots of travel and great benefits! Please send resume and picture is needed in Montecito.
What does extremely "clean" individual mean?

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Friday, October 22, 2010 

Vintage Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Vintage Photography is bring back memories of things gone by in our little red tiled city by the beach.

1 ) The El Encanto Hotel (destroyed)

2) The Carrillo Hotel (currently the Canary Hotel)

3) The Miramar Hotel (decaying)

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 

Cliff's & Co.

famous burger joint up on the for sale.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 

Viva Oliva opening up in Paseo Nuevo

An olive oil shop, looking a bit too similar to Il Fustino (complete with stainless steel fustis) is opening up in Paseo Nuevo. They are still under construction, but I managed to get a peek through the butcher paper covering the windows.

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Monday, October 18, 2010 

Stonyfield Yogurt unveils new cup

and it's not petroleum based. It's made of corn.

A lot goes into a package of yogurt, apparently.

And I don't mean the yogurt. I mean the package.

Last week, New Hampshire organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm unveiled new cups, ones that industry experts say put them at the top of the packaging game.

The cups, used for their multipacks, are plant-based, not petroleum-based.

The specific plant is corn - GreenSpace Philadelphia Inquirer

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Sunday, October 17, 2010 

Jeff Bridges - Our Favorite local Celeb

and general "all around good guy" joins the Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign as their National Spokesperson.

"All of us at Share Our Strength are thrilled that long-time hunger advocate and Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges has joined our efforts to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 as the national spokesperson for our No Kid Hungry Campaign™.

Jeff has been a hunger advocate for more than 25 years, having started the End Hunger Network in 1984. He's passionate about the issue and believes that now more than ever, we have the opportunity to end childhood hunger.

Jeff took the No Kid Hungry Pledge during the filming of the campaign's new television public service announcements, which we look forward to sharing with you. If you haven't already, please join Jeff in taking the pledge. By doing so, you'll help us build the public will necessary to end childhood hunger in America." - Billy Shores, Share Our Strength

"Millions of our kids can't learn in school because they are hungry," Bridges says on his official website. "Public charities, food banks, and church pantries are doing more than ever before, but they can't keep up with the need.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 

Sip and Savor Santa Barbara

there's an app for that.

The Sip & Savor Mobile App is the go-anywhere resource for dining, wine, events and more in the Santa Barbara area. Easy-to-navigate listings provide up-to-date information on restaurants, wineries, accommodations, things to do, specialty food shops, nightlife and more. The deals section highlights money-saving offers at locations throughout Santa Barbara. And, the events category tells you what's happening around town. - Santa Barbara Visitors and Convention Bureau

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 

The Hungry Cat

Hungry Cat - Santa Barbara, CA
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

in Hollywood and Santa Barbara...will be expanding into Santa Monica.
Last night David Lentz, chef and owner of Hollywood and Santa Barbara's The Hungry Cat, revealed plans to expand his seasonal seafood-centric eatery to the west side. Lentz will take over the long shuttered Brass Cap space just steps from the PCH by Giorgio Baldi and hopes to be open by February 2011 - EaterLA

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 

Fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Equine Assistance & Evacuation Team

Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, Inc.
2nd Annual Fundraiser BBQ

October 16, 2010

Santa Barbara Equine Evac invites you to support the equine community and individuals in need of their services in times of natural and other types of disasters involving horses and other large animals. Please join them at their 2nd Annual BBQ and Fundraiser on Saturday October 16, 2010 for an afternoon of fun, friends, good food, demonstrations, and entertainmentat at the Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Art Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which assists all Santa Barbara County emergency responding agencies and large animal owners in the evacuation, temporary care and sheltering of large animals in time of fire, flood, earthquake and other disasters or accidents. Equine Evac also provides education and demonstrations for many local public events, agencies and organizations.

Support of this event will allow them to support individuals and animals in time of disaster and other needs, purchase equipment necessary for the rescue, and care of animals, and maintain the high standards of training of their volunteers in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, Inc.
P.O. Box 60535 ~ Santa Barbara, CA 93160

Buckskin again
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

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Saturday, October 09, 2010 

Happy Birthday, John

Wherever you may be.

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Trick or Tweet this Halloween

An idea from Twitterforfood.
Here's an old idea with a new twist to fight hunger this Halloween:

Leave a paper grocery bag with people in your neighborhood with instructions to fill the bag with canned food for your food bank and that you'll be by on Halloween to pick the bag up. You can make your own sheet to put on the bag or use this one from

If just one person per neighborhood did this, think of all the food we could collect for local food banks! I know some are already doing this, but let's make a big push on twitter to make this happen across the country!

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Friday, October 08, 2010 

Jill's Place and Jill Shalhoob

are highlighted on Noozhawk.
Owning a restaurant is harder than it looks. The menu, staffing, location, entertainment and atmosphere are just a few of the factors that can make or break the numerous eateries competing in Santa Barbara. After years in business, Jill Shalhoob of Jill’s Place/Shalhoob’s Restaurant, at 632 Santa Barbara St., has managed to find the sweet spot that keeps locals coming back. - Noozhawk

meaty combo platter
Originally uploaded by rosidae.

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Thursday, October 07, 2010 

Looks like the building housing Whole Foods Santa Barbara

is up for sale.
Price not disclosed.

Whole Foods Santa Barbara
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

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State & A Restaurant is up for sale

State & A Restaurant
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

Historical restaurant, 3,000 sq ft interior with 1,700 sq. ft patio. Type 47 liquor license. Popular grill and bar for over 28 years featuring American cuisine.

Also up for sale - $95,000 the little Pizza by the Slice joint in Paseo Nuevo.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010 

My Favorite Candidate, Das Williams, is endorsed by the SB Indy

The Santa Barbara Independent has endorsed Das for State Assembly on the November ballot.

Few Santa Barbara politicians come as prepared, equipped, and temperamentally suited to serve in Sacramento as Das Williams, the politically restless progressive now holding down the left end of the Santa Barbara City Council. Williams is both pragmatist and ideologue, meaning he can grandstand with the best of them but also get things done. With local roots running deep, Williams will remain accessible once ensconced in the weird Twilight Zone of Sacramento. Constituent calls will be returned; their issues, addressed. The same cannot be said for the recent occupant of that seat.

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Sunday, October 03, 2010 

Santa Barbara - the land of $1.25 median priced homes

92,196 population.
12.8% of which live in poverty.

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Saturday, October 02, 2010 

Baby Ostriches at the Sol Food Festival

the cutest little things. They look like hedgehogs with long necks and rubbery legs.

More posted over at EdHat.

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Iranian pistachios have been banned

which is boosting California pistachio sales. Did you know that 98% of U.S. pistachios come from the Golden State?
California pistachio growers are finding themselves the unexpected beneficiaries of U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. A U.S. ban on Iranian pistachios went into effect on Wednesday, as the Obama administration ratchets up economic pressure on Iran to open its nuclear facilities to international inspection. President Obama signed the ban on July 1. It's good news for American pistachio farmers, who have long vied with Iran for dominance in the U.S.'s $700-million domestic market, as well as overseas. And it's particularly welcome for Golden State farmers, who are in the midst of harvest season. - LatteTimes
I, myself, am partial to our local growers Santa Barbara Pistachios. I pick them up at our Farmer's Market pretty much every Saturday. (Yes...I gobble them up that fast..) My favorite? The Chile Lemon!

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Friday, October 01, 2010 

We've had some really WEIRD weather

Originally uploaded by Chris McCormick.

last night it was like Zeus was tossing around lightning bolts.


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