Wednesday, June 29, 2011 

86 years 6:43 a.m.

Santa Barbara was almost leveled by a 6.7 earthquake.

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Happy 37th Birthday Das Williams!

You foodie, you!

Hope your day is delicious...and that people donate $37 (or more) to your re-election campaign as a little present. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 

Local Rori's Ice Cream to be featured on the Food Network

Rori Trovato of Rori's Artisanal Creamery will be making, what else, ice cream with Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa on Saturday, July 2nd at 10:00 a.m. PST. Check your listing and you better turn in because Rori will be showcasing her Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Don't let the name fool's sublime!

You can find Rori's Ice Cream here locally in Santa Barbara at Gelson's, Jeannine's and Lazy Acres.

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Monday, June 27, 2011 

Support Harding School's Farmer's Market

Mobile Cafe Food Truck by santa barbarian
Wednesday, 3–7pm
1625 Robbins St. (at Valerio)

The Mobile Cafe Food Truck will

be there on 6/29 with delicious food at great prices that you can knosh there or take to go:

Grilled Chicken Tacos — $5

Organic Beef Hamburger — $5
Old Fashioned Grilled 3 Cheese Sandwich — $4
Farmers Market Salad w/ Grilled Balsalmic Veggies — $5

Busy doing other things on Saturday mornings and can't get to the Farmer's Market? 

Have no fear....the Harding School Farmer's Market is there on Wednesday.

Parking and traffic downtown Santa Barbara a drag on Tuesdays? 
Have no fear...the Harding School Farmer's Market is there for you on Wednesday.

Majestically nestled at the foot of the Mesa, Harding School has a storied past and a bright future. 
Did you know that Harding School was built in 1927? 
Did you know that former Mayor Marty Blum taught at Harding and that local celebrity newscaster, Paula Lopez of KEYT went to Harding? 
Are you aware of the partnership that Harding has with the Gervirtz School at UCSB?

Come. Eat. Get your veggies. Relax.
Come support your local farmers. 
Come support a wonderful neighborhood. 
Come taste some delicious Mobile Cafe food.  
Come help save a truly local Farmer's Market.

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Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzeria

of coming to Santa Barbara. 
It will open up soon at 17 West Ortega Street.

Nardonne’s La Famiglia Pizzeria, a longtime favorite on the Central Coast, will soon be serving it’s very popular pizza pies in Santa Barbara. Dine in or take out, Nardonne’s will be open for lunch through late night hours. - Presidio Commercial Realty

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Saturday, June 25, 2011 

Santa Barbara Food Truck Festival #2

O Street Food Truck by santa barbarian
O Street Food Truck, a photo by santa barbarian on Flickr.
Sun, July 3, 12:00 noon –5:00 p.m.
110 State Street, Santa Barbara
@ Old Bebop Burger Lot.

and MORE!

Watch for a new food truck - Thai on a Truck to be there, too! The Chef for this new rolling culinary adventure was the former head chef for La Cumbre Country Club, so I think the food will be a "hole in one" for taste.

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Friday, June 24, 2011 

God Speed, Peter Falk

I grew up loving your character Columbo on TV. I enjoyed watching you draw. Your scene in one of my alltime favorite movies, Wings of Desire, still haunts me.

God Speed, Mr. Falk. Thank you for sharing your talents and time on this planet with us. But, wait...just one more thing.

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The Sunken Gardens Summer Night Movies are back!

Get your dancing shoes on. The Sunken Garden Movies are BAAAAACK. Last year Monsters. This year CLASSIC GOTTA SING! GOTTA DANCE films.

Top Hat
This sparkling film, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is highlighted by such Irving Berlin standards as “Isn’t This a Lovely Day” and “Cheek to Cheek."

Swing Time
This Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical shines with class. Astaire plays a hoofer and Rogers the girl he falls in love with.

MGM pulls out all the stops in this spectacle about the lives of three Ziegfeld girls: Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr.

and more...including a couple of my all time favorites...

Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin grace this rollicking tale of three sailors on a one-day pass in New York City. With unforgettable choreography by Kelly, this invigorating musical features Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller and Betty Garrett. Must-see numbers include “New York, New York: and “Prehistoric Man.


Singin' In The Rain
Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, this unforgettable masterpiece remains one of the finest, most durable musicals ever to come out of Hollywood. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor glitter in this light-hearted look at the early days of motion pictures.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 

Local Chef Edie Robertson

will be on FoodNetwork's "Extreme Chef."

  • Be sure to check out the sneak peak of Exteme Chef, it will air on Food Network Sunday June 26th at 10:30 pm EST (9:30 pm Central Time)

    I had a blast filming so tune in and check out what they put us through. I'm on an episode later in the season but check it out from the beginning and witness the insanity!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 

Every Corks a Winner at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival

Every Cork Wins a Prize!  While at the Museum for the wine festival, go to The Wine Cellar (a.k.a. Fleischmann Auditorium) and get your "raffle cork” to win a prize. Just donate $20 for a chance to pull a cork, and you will win either a tasty prize from one of the wineries or food vendors, a Museum Membership, or even a pair of tickets to next year’s Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Average retail cost of prizes is $50, so don't forget to bring a few $20 bills.

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Monday, June 20, 2011 

The 2011 Santa Barbara French Festival

Napoleon by santa barbarian
Napoleon, a photo by santa barbarian on Flickr.
has been CANCELLED?

Sunday, June 19, 2011 

Thank you Chef Jamie Oliver

for coming to Carpinteria and showcasing how Carpinteria High School serves healthy, affordable lunches to students! We here in Santa Barbara County are part of your Food Revolution!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 

McConnell's Ice Cream IS up for sale

So, in answer to my question posed here on May 20....yes.

With his 80th birthday just a month away, Jim McCoy says it’s time to sell the business he has owned for almost five decades: McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream.

“Fifty years or whatever it is is a long time,” said McCoy, who bought the business in 1963. “I figured physically and mentally it was time, but it’s been a cool 50 years.”
Sixty-two years ago, Gordon F. McConnell opened the first McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams shop on the corner of State and Mission streets in Santa Barbara. McCoy said today the ice cream is made pretty much the same way McConnell made it in 1949.

McCoy said one of his partners put the company up for sale on the website recently and already has received some offers from as far away as New Jersey. “Someone has offered as much as $1.005 million,” McCoy said.

Still a crafty businessman, McCoy said it’s not a good idea now to identify the potential buyers right now. He said he’s going over the offers and may make up his mind as early as next week. - SBIndy

Thursday, June 09, 2011 

Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste recall was based on ERROR

I am relieved. I LOVE this vanilla. I think it is the finest vanilla out there...and the company has been amazing in customer service. They have special blended the vanilla I use in cookies. From a press release received today:

A voluntary recall of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas’ Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste has been found to be based on a false-positive Listeria reading reported by the company’s outside testing laboratory.  Subsequent investigations and further tests by the FDA, the outside lab in question and another independent lab brought in to re-verify the results, all came back negative.   There were no positive results in any raw material used or for any of the equipment used in the process. Additionally, the other independent lab and the FDA laboratory, using the exact same gallon bottle of Paste which tested positive initially, found no trace of Listeria whatsoever.  As the FDA did not have any findings as a result of their investigation, no Form 483 was issued.
On May 16, 2011, Nielsen-Massey’s outside testing laboratory advised Nielsen-Massey that it had detected potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in lot no. 11123 of its Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste product as part of its regular quality control testing.   Nielsen-Massey acted immediately, notifying the FDA and writing and dispatching a recall letter to its customers within 24 hours of the lab’s notification.  There have been no reports of illness related to Nielsen-Massey’s
This recall did not affect Nielsen-Massey’s other products.

 “We acted immediately when consumer safety became an issue,” said Craig Nielsen, chief executive officer.  “And we would do the same thing again, since an error on the side of safety is almost always the right thing to do.  But it’s extremely unfortunate that a laboratory error caused such inconvenience to our customers and consumers.  We’ve notified all our customers and have apologized to them as well.
“For 104 years we have provided the world’s finest vanilla products made with the utmost care and safeguards.  Nielsen-Massey remains committed to providing the world’s finest vanilla for the best customers in the world.”

Customers with questions may contact Nielsen-Massey at 800.525.PURE (7873) or 847.578.1550, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM Central Daylight Time.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011 

We know these wildfires

arizona_fire_13 by urbancn
arizona_fire_13, a photo by urbancn on Flickr.
all too well here in Santa Barbara.
Our thoughts go out to those in Arizona.

arizona_fire_21 by urbancn
arizona_fire_21, a photo by urbancn on Flickr.

arizona_fire_15 by urbancn
arizona_fire_15, a photo by urbancn on Flickr.

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Monday, June 06, 2011 

Santa Barbara is Miami?

Anyone else catch at 12:31 minutes into The Glades last night a fleeting glimpse of the corner of Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Street? The J of Julienne restaurant is VERY distinctive. Who knew that Santa Barbara looked like a little Havana part of Miami.

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Now...where is that cutie patootie Matt Passmore (aka Jim Longworth), eh?

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Sunday, June 05, 2011 

Saint Barbara watches over

her namesake city at the i Madonnari Chalk Festival.

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Friday, June 03, 2011 

Hob Nob no longer hob nobbing it

Walked by Hob Nob restaurant this morning, and yes, it is CLOSED.

The signage had been ripped from the wall and empty McDonald's wrappers, containers and bags were strewn across several tables inside.

Sad ending. Really.

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