Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Square One has left the building

Square One
Originally uploaded by rosidae.

Union Ale Holdings apparently is planning a new restaurant at the Square One location at 14 East Cota Street.

"El Taco Tequila"

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 

Thank you Capitol Steps

for your sense of fun..and parody! Great show at the Lobero this evening!

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Happy Birthday Alice Waters

Alice Waters
Originally uploaded by JonBauer.

Hope it's delicious!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 

How do you handle manipulative liars?

I've got one on my hands and have no idea on what to do. I will not bend over and be a doormat like I have been in the past, but I don't want to beat the cr@p out of him like I'm feeling I want to do. What do you do when you see people lie through their teeth? Calling them out on it just seems to get the little buggers riled up and lying even more to cover their original lies.

As friends who I relayed the situation put it, bluntly, "Attention whores suck", "He's got some serious issues regarding his need for constant ego stroking."


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Sunday, April 24, 2011 

The Santa Barbara Mission

Santa Barbara Mission
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

was defaced with obscene graffiti just in time for Easter services.

Who the hell does this to historic sites, let alone places of religion?

The hate in this country continues to grow...and quite's scaring me.

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City 2.0

gets Cookie Monster's approval...(and cookie jill's)
Go check them out.

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Happy 62nd Birthday Nepenthe!

Nepenthe - Big Sur
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

Friday, April 22, 2011 

The ivy on the old State & A

State & A Restaurant
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

as shown in this old no more. 
It has been removed leaving a big blank ugly wall.

I know that the restaurant is undergoing renovations, but it still is sad to see such lovely greenery stripped away. 

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e-Waste Recycling at Whole Foods Santa Barbara

Whole Foods Market

Free E-Waste Recycling to benefit Autism Society of Santa Barbara
 Drop off your broken and outdated computers, TVs, monitors, laptops, cell phones and other electronic gadgets.
Support Autism Awareness and Earth Month!
Saturday, April 23rd 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Whole Foods Market, 3761 State Street

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Happy Earth Day

from the little red-tiled town on the beach where earth day and the environmental movement all started.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 

Bring your own cup into Starbucks tomorrow

classical starbucks cup
Originally uploaded by chenta.

April 22, 2011...the official "Earth Day"...
and get FREE coffee!


Julienne gets a visit from S. Irene Virbila, LA Times Food Critic

and she likes what she tastes.
...Where to eat, though, has always been the question. For a long time, the answer was La Super-Rica. Or possibly the Wine Cask. Then Hollywood's Hungry Cat arrived in Santa Barbara. My list used to end pretty much there. Now it also includes Julienne, a sweet little restaurant on a quiet block just off State Street.

I was smitten the moment the platter of house-made charcuterie came out. This was a serious effort. Everything on the plate with the exception of prosciutto was made in-house. That meant a coarse-textured, country-style pork and liver pâté with a golden raisin compote, a slab of their own mortadella embellished with pistachios, even the
saucisson sec and a Tuscan-style finocchiona salami. They actually make much more — including lamb lardo, trotter terrine and potted foie gras served in a little glass jar topped with blackberry gelée — but serve only five or six selections at any given time.

Served with bread and sharp grainy mustard, the charcuterie plate is a wonderful and welcoming way to start a meal at this little jewel of a place. And it's a natural, as chef-owner Justin West and his crew break down whole animals and try to find a use for every bit. That's also why I spotted braised pig tongue for the first time ever on a menu, more delicate than beef tongue, delicious with cream of wheat and shaved fennel.

The name is scrawled across the window, inviting guests into the plainly decorated dining room. Service is deft and unobtrusive, with a personal touch from Emma. The menu showcases fine seasonal ingredients, local for the most part. Add simple delicious desserts and a savvy wine list for a very personal restaurant where everything comes together. Sometimes a dish doesn't live up to its potential, but not often.

They give a shout-out to BD's Farm in a salad of bright-tasting lettuce leaves cloaked in a creamy Gorgonzola dressing. Instead of the usual frisee au lardons salad, they've made one of the curly greens with silky roasted shiitake mushrooms, ribbons of bright red pepper and nuggets of crisp bacon. Hand-diced tuna tartare features a quail egg yolk, smoked paprika and the lilt of preserved lemon.

The progressive American bistro also turns out some excellent pasta. I loved the subtlety of house-made fettuccine with ochre chanterelles, green garlic and shallots in a light chanterelle cream sauce. On the heartier side, double-wide noodles come with braised wild boar shoulder and shaved Brussels sprouts in the braising juices.
- LATimes

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 

One Year Ago

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 

Seminar addressing winery issues this Thursday

An educational seminar on vineyard and winery issues will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at Laetitia Vineyard and Winery in Arroyo Grande.

The seminar is free to Central Coast Wine Growers’ Association members and open to the public for a fee of $15, which includes lunch and a sample of wine from Laetitia Winery.

Kelly Krug, deputy director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA California field office, will discuss the Grape Crush Report for 2010, focusing on District 8, which includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. 

Brenda Ouwerkerk, deputy San Luis Obispo County deputy agriculture commissioner, will discuss the right to farm.

Cathy Fisher, recently appointed Santa Barbara County agriculture commissioner, will discuss that county’s crop.

Kevin Lynn of Invensure Insurance will moderate the roundtable session on laws, contracts and insurance affecting vineyards and wineries.

For reservations, email or call John Burke at 928-4950. - Santa Ynez Valley News

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Cafe Stella opening up soon!

New French / American Café opening soon

Cafe Stella will be open for breakfast, Lunch, Dinner from 8am to 10pm
Indoor and outdoor seating, full bar with bar seating, flat screen tv, lounge areas and public WIFI

Cafe Stella will be the perfect place to come eat, drink, go online, enjoy coffee, work, read the paper, have a glass of wine or meet friends for happy hour and our bar menu specials

Cafe Stella is hiring for the following FT/PT positions:

AM and PM servers,
Cashier / Hostess,
Shift Managers

Restaurant and Micros/POS experience preferred but not necessary.

We are looking for positive, teamwork oriented, upbeat and social personalities, with a can-do attitude and excellent communication skills.
Please reply to this ad with the position for which you are applying in the subject line and a resume including work experience and qualifications.

Thank you!

email resume
or apply in person at 50 Los Patos Way 

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Friday, April 15, 2011 

Looking Forward to Seeing You

Oscar the Garbage conscious Grouch
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

at the Santa Barbara Earthday Festival this weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 

Meat Monstrosity

Burger King has a "whopper" of a heartattack between two buns. The "Meat Monster"

What do you get when you take a cheeseburger, slap some bacon on it, pile on another hamburger patty, and then finish it all off with a chicken breast? In my home it would be called a "snack" but at Burger King, it's now known as the "Meat Monster." Unfortunately, this monster will only be attacking the hearts of burger buyers in Japan... for now. - Consumerist

The juicy details:
  • 1160 calories
  • 24g of saturated fat
  • 240mg of cholesterol
  • 13g of sugar
  • 54g carbs
  • 69g of fat
  • 1.5g of trans fat
  • 2290mg sodium

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 

Arch Rock Fish is the place to be


$1 specials in the restaurant and bar all night to celebrate our first year (since the concept was born)

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Ben & Jerry's FREE CONE DAY

I scream...we ALL scream for ICECREAM!
As a way to thank our customers for their support and to celebrate 33 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away!

Maybe it’s time for you to try a new flavor that you’ve been wondering about or just rendezvous with an old favorite and savor in the deliciousness that is free ice cream! Hey, either way it’s on us, so grab a pal and come on down for some good, ’scream fun!- Ben&Jerry's

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Saturday, April 09, 2011 

Events by Stella Mare's

has a blog! I did not know! Looks beautiful.

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New French/American Cafe opening up?

According to a recent Craigslist posting....seems so.
New French / American Café opening soon is hiring for the following FT/PT positions: AM and PM servers, Cashier / Hostess, Bartender, Shift Managers. Restaurant and POS experience preferred but not necessary. We are looking for positive, teamwork oriented, upbeat and social personalities, with a can-do attitude and excellent communication skills. Please reply to this ad with the position for which you are applying and a resume including work experience and qualifications.

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Friday, April 08, 2011 


The Peace Store on State Street will be moving to the internet(s) and closing their bricks and mortar.

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Happy Cat Blogging Friday

This Cat is So Happy
Originally uploaded by BuzzNights.

Try to be happy version

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 

Happy 125th Birthday

Vancouver British Columbia Skyline
Originally uploaded by Brandon Godfrey.


Sunday, April 03, 2011 

Get Your Wallets Ready....

Price increases are going to be coming soon to a restaurant near you....

The cost of beef has gone through the roof, coffee prices are at a 13-year high, and even produce grown right here in California is more expensive than usual.

Grocery prices rose by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation in 2010, according to government statistics, and economists predict that it will be even worse this year. For months consumers have grappled with higher prices at the supermarket, while restaurateurs pulled out every kitchen trick they could to absorb food inflation costs. 

Well, the party is over. Experts say restaurant-goers can expect to see as much as an 8 percent increase in their checks. - SFGate

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Saturday, April 02, 2011 

Looking for an Easter Ham?

Look no further than Hearst Ranch!
Leading American Charcutier, Mark Keller, has personally prepared a small quantity of fine whole and half hams in the traditional American style exclusively for Hearst Ranch. The result is a subtle smoked ham that is truly memorable.

Mark brines the hams using his own secret maple syrup recipe and hand rubs each ham with honey, brown sugar and spices before smoking them gently over hickory wood. Perfectly marbled, delicately smoked and revealing a silky texture; this is ham that will remind you why you love ham! Naturally, Hearst Ranch hams are free of added hormones and antibiotics.

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