Wednesday, March 30, 2011 

Taste of UCSB

Looks like Santa Barbara is getting just a little bit more "tasty"...First we had Taste of the Town...then Taste of the Nation...Now..."Taste of UCSB"

Come celebrate UCSB with alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and the Santa Barbara community at the first annual Taste of UCSB presented by Village Properties. Showcasing alumni vintners, brewers, chefs and caterers and featuring live music, performances and a silent auction to benefit UCSB student scholarships.

 Saturday, April 30, 2011- 4:00-6:00pm
UCSB Recreation Center's Pavilion Gym
How much? 
$20 - UCSB Alumni Association members + students (over 21)
$25 - general admission

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Saturday, March 26, 2011 

Edible Santa Barbara Spring 2011 Issue is out now

look for the issue at fine establishments throughout town. They ran out of them at the Farmer's Market hurry before they're "gobbled" up!

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Friday, March 25, 2011 

Happy Cat Blogging Friday

Ernesto the thirsty
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

tapping the tap water version

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 

Field to Fork in the Faulkner

Tonight! 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

SBAFA Presents the Farm to Fork Series, Mar. 23 & Apr. 6

The Santa Barbara County Ag Futures Alliance (AFA) is proud to announce the kick-off to their agricultural education campaign, Agriculture in Santa Barbara County: The Field to Fork Series. The goal of the four-part series is to inform and educate local residents about food and farming practices in the County, looking at agriculture from the production, processing, distribution, and consumer perspectives, among others. Four local experts: Cathy Fisher, Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner; Victor Tognazzini, Gold Coast Packing, Santa Maria; Robert Abbott, Hilltop and Canyon Farms, Carpinteria; and Dr. Neil MacDougall, Agribusiness Professor at Cal Poly, SLO, will provide the audience with background on issues related to and affecting agriculture. Topics will include local agricultural statistics, farming in today’s economic climate, regulatory realities, environmental resources and considerations, and the future of farming, among others.
The 4-part series will kick-off Wednesday, March 23rd from 6-8pm at the Faulkner Gallery in the Santa Barbara Public Library, Central location and again on Wednesday, April 6th from 6-8pm in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library.
Download the press release (pdf) for additional details.

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Corks n' Crowns

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Rest in Peace, Liz

What horse crazy little girl wasn't inspired by your role in National Velvet? An amazing life you led...full of passion and pain...always led with grace throughout.

God Speed, Liz.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011 

Old Yacht Club Inn is up for sale, too

Love this little B&B. Found one of their old cookbooks in one of my Planned Parenthood Cookbook Sale cookbook gathering adventures.

Old Yacht Club Inn - Santa Barbara, California from American Bed and Breakfast Inns on Vimeo.

  • $1,795,000
  • 6
  • 2,600 SF
  • $299,166.67
  • Hotel & Motel
  • Full Service
  • Investment
  • 2.5%

A rare combination of beautiful Craftsman Architecture wrapped into a profitable business bordering Santa Barbara' s world renowned East Beach. Currently operating as The Old Yacht Club Inn this property is significant in many ways. Built around 1912 the grand residence was actually once used as the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. It' s now one of the most established Bed and Breakfasts in Santa Barbara with nearly 30 years of clientele. The unique beach location and exclusive restaurant license for guests are amenities no other Bed and Breakfast in the city offers. The six guest rooms, including a large detached cottage are all charming and unique. This property offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy living and/or working in one of the best locations Santa Barbara has to offer.

Along with this attractive real estate offering is the opportunity to lease business or residential space from the immediately adjacent Hitchcock House property. Please contact listing agent for more details.

Prime East Beach location. This is the only Bed & Breakfast near Santa Barbara's world class beaches. - LoopNet

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India House already going out?

But it just got here.....

  • $199,000
  • 5,800 SF
  • $34.31
  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • Business For Sale
  • 6,000 SF
This prime retail space is 5,776 SF and is located on premier State Street, Santa Barbara's downtown shopping district. Employee parking is available at the rear of the building. Additional parking available in City lots. Nearby retailers include Territory Ahead, Velvet Jones, Coldstone Creamery, Sharkeez, plus an abundance of other restaurants and cafes. The existing dining space allows seating for 165 people. There is room for expansion and also a backyard which could make a nice garden setting seating area. 
...Current establishment India House invites you to explore the vast possibilities. Located in the heart of historical downtown Santa Barbara and only two blocks from Sterns Wharf, a unique opportunity for the entrepreneurial restaurateur and merchant. Many popular night spots surround India House, including Sharkeez next door and Velvet Jones across the street. - LoopNet

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Monday, March 14, 2011 

When someone comments on a blog

and uses the phrase "lame-ass rant", you gotta wonder if they are up past their bedtime or off their meds. Geez.


Thursday, March 03, 2011 

Hey, Lazy Acres....

Produce at Lazy Acres Market
Originally uploaded by bradlauster.

Happy 20 year Anniversary!

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Interesting Interview of Chef Grant Achatz

on NPR's Fresh Air this evening. "Grant Achatz, the Chef Who Lost His Sense of Taste."

In 2007, Achatz lost his own ability to taste. He was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer, which metastasized to both sides of his neck. His surgeons told him they were going to cut out his tongue and replace it with muscle from another part of his body. With the surgery, Achatz only had a 50 percent chance of surviving beyond two years. But, he says, he was even more afraid of losing his ability to taste and eat.

"I lived my whole life in the kitchen," he says. "Not only that, but it's the passion, it's the love for cooking and food. It's dictated my entire life — every aspect of it. So, in some ways, the thought of not being able to do that anymore radically affects your life."

Achatz found a clinical trial at the University of Chicago that agreed to treat him with radiation and chemotherapy. The radiation treatments burned his tongue, shed the lining of his esophagus — and completely destroyed his taste buds.

"It was very strange to not be able to discern any flavor at all," he says. "It's funny because, clearly, you know you have to eat to live. But even knowing that, for me, there was no reason to eat. I had no interest in eating whatsoever. I would put something in my mouth — say a vanilla milkshake — and it tasted like nothing."

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