Thursday, February 23, 2012 

Lance Armstrong and Gavin Newsom in Santa Barbara

apparently they dined somewhere this evening...dang. I would have LOVED to just oogle the two of them.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 

Keep on Food Trucking

Food Truck Rights...Fight for them! Just say NO to AB1678!
Even though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently called food trucks "a model for small business innovation," other California legislators are considerably less bullish on the whole phenomenon.

Last week, Carmel Assemblyman Bill Monning introduced a bill prohibiting food trucks from selling food within 1,500 feet of an elementary or secondary school between the hours of 6am and 6pm.

Monning's bill is intended to be part of the state's effort to create a healthier eating environment for its school children. Some educators feel that a whole slew of newly implemented programs--such as LAUSD's new, district-wide healthy lunch menu or Santa Barbara's revolutionary s'Cool Food initiative--are being undermined by the presence of nearby food trucks slinging significantly less healthy options. - HuffPo

Apparently Assemblyman Monning has not visited and sampled the food from Santa Barbara's MobileCafeSB which is a program of the Santa Barbara School Districts' Nutrition Services Department, under the direction of Nancy Weiss, Director of Food Service. They provide a delicious and nutritious option for three area schools, and appears at local events like EarthDay.

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Pace Restaurant

is opening up soon at 413 State Street. 
Small plates...big taste is what they are aiming for.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 

The Fish Enterprise

wonder if our local restaurant of the same moniker was named after this?

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012 

Das Williams Urges Us To "Kick The Can"

Assemblymember Das Williams Joins National Movement Against Sugary Drinks
After hearing the frustration of parents, teens, communities and health advocates throughout the state and across the nation about the runaway marketing of sugary drinks to youth, Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) is urging Californians to learn more about these beverages and be mindful of what we put in our bodies.
In an effort to mobilize against the most prominent factor contributing to our nation’s obesity epidemic, Williams is supporting the national, Kick The Can campaign at, the go-to source for those who want to learn the truth about sugary drinks and how to fight back against the beverage industry and the liquid sugar that they try to pump into our bodies.
“We really want folks to realize that it’s not just carbonated soda pop, but all these sugary drinks are giving us an abundance of something we don’t need and there is research that is directly contributing to higher incidents of obesity,” said Assemblymember Williams, a member of the Assembly Committee on Health. “Many youth – even adults – don’t know the harm of these drinks. We can educate and help our community make better, more healthful choices.
“Besides, water is a much better beverage option.”
In the coming weeks, Assemblymember Williams will be introducing a piece of legislation to ban sugary sports drinks from schools and help promote healthier choices for middle and high school students. is a project of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and serves as a home base for a national movement challenging the power of pop. Visitors can access a variety of information and advocacy tools and even participate in the movement by posting videos, photos and comments to describe their frustration with the ubiquity of sugary drinks, showcase over-the-top advertising and highlight local campaign successes to inspire others to change the beverage world in which we live.
The California Center for Public Health Advocacy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that raises awareness about critical public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote the establishment of effective state and local health policies.
Website for Assemblymember Das Williams:

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Sunday, February 05, 2012 

Chocolate Opulence in Paseo Nuevo for sale?

looks like it just might be.
The store is very elegantly decorated and the smooth plaster walls create an amazing finishing touch. The store is located in a busy outdoor mall next to very busy retail stores and major anchor tenants. Sells gourmet artisan chocolates, serves chocolate dipped strawberries,medallions,and serves a unique sipping chocolate for those who enjoy drinking rich dark chocolate. Authentic French macaroons are also sold and have proven to be a very popular item. The current location has only been opened for 5 months and has proven itself to be very successful. - BizBen

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Super Bowl Sunday

And the real question for those who enjoy food is not whether the NY Giants or the New England Patriots will win...but which is the REAL clam chower...or rather, "chowdah." Manhattan or New England.

Let's just there is "no crying in baseball"...there is no tomatoes in "chowdah!"

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Saturday, February 04, 2012 

Edible Institute - 2012

March 10-11, 2012. 
Santa Barbara, CA.
at the beautiful 
Hyatt Hotel Mar Monte.

Got your tickets yet? They're selling like hotcakes.

Come sip and savor some local Santa Barbara food.
Come mingle and meet people who are involved with the
Edible Magazines through out the country.

Come listen to some amazing people involved in
sustainable food and food justice, like:

Barry Estabrook.
Sanjay Rawal.
Naomi Starkman.
Leslie Hatfield.
Darya Pino.
And so many more...

One panel I am excited to hear is the all women panel - 

It's fun. It's community. It's educational. It's delish.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012 

McDonalds says buh bye to PINK SLIME

Wonder if Susan G. Komen Foundation went after them for pink trademark infringement...

oh, no...wait. there is a hero in this story - Chef Jaime Oliver!

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