Tuesday, August 28, 2012 

State Street Cafe for Sale

wonder which cafe this is....

Prime State Street location, in the heart of the 'Arts District' of downtown Santa Barbara.
Featuring sidewalk dining and within walking distance to the County Courthouse, this restaurant space is adjacent to a multi-story parking lot, in close proximity to the Granada and Arlington Theaters.Fully equipped to operate a bakery, or coffee shop, the kitchen includes a full baking system, stand-up refrigeration, ovens, and proofers - all in good working order, and less than two years young. - BizBen

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 

Le Crepe Shop

at 15 West Gutierrez....has closed.

Sorry to see such a cute little and delicious atmosphere shutter.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 

Central Coast Wines mentioned in New York Times

Bargins from American Vines that are a pleasure to drink -

Palmina Santa Barbara County Pinot Grigio 2011, $17
Palmina is devoted to making wines from Italian grapes grown in Santa Barbara County. This pinot grigio is fuller-bodied than what might come from northeast Italy, but it’s lively, vivacious, balanced and properly refreshing.
Qupé Santa Barbara County Marsanne 2011, $20
Bob Lindquist is one of the unsung heroes of California wine, and his Qupé label is consistently overlooked, possibly because he makes wines of little-known Rhône grapes like marsanne. This is actually a blend of two Rhône grapes, 79 percent marsanne and 21 percent roussanne. Pleasantly weighty and harmonious with persistent floral, nutlike flavors.
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2010, $20
While much of California has veered from making bombastic chardonnays to lean “no oak” versions, Jim Clendenen has stayed the course, making wines that are direct, restrained and balanced. The 2010 chardonnay is lively and inviting, smoky and spicy.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 

Pizza Guru...sold?

looks like there might be new owners to Pizza Guru, according to a big ol' yellow sign up in the window of the delicious, yet troubled, locavore favorite 'za joint.


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Monday, August 13, 2012 

Bouillabaisse Festival

The Brander Vineyard in Los Olivos will host its popular Bouillabaisse Festival to benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara. Last held in 2006, the absence of this beloved event left “foodies” all over California sobbing into their Sauvignon Blanc yearning for the return of this incomparable afternoon of sunshine, wine, music and fabulous bouillabaisse. 

Bouillabaisse, a delectable seafood soup, is the French equivalent of cioppino. Variations on the recipe take center stage at this friendly competition featuring some of the Central Coast’s finest chefs. The event, long associated with Fred Brander and his beautiful winery and vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, is once again being revived as a fundraiser for Hospice of Santa Barbara. 

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012 
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Location: The Brander Vineyard, 2401 North Refugio Road, Los Olivos 
Cost: $90 All proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara. 

To purchase tickets for the Bouillabaisse Festival, click here or contact (805) 563-8820 or kcthompson@hospiceofsb.org.


** Note to readers: I was contacted by an PR Firm to put up on this blog what they wanted me to convey to you about this terrific festival. I find it a bit ethically tenuous as they are getting paid for having ME distribute their press releases. I am NOT getting money to share this information. I am NOT getting free tickets to this event. 

I put up this information because Hospice is a wonderful organization...and this festival really is a wonderful event that more people should know about. Just wanted you to know.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012 

One-third of a second

That's how long a federal inspector will have to examine slaughtered chickens for contaminants and disease under new rules proposed by the federal government.

The proposal would speed up production lines as much as 25 percent. It also would pull most federal inspectors off the lines and replace them with plant workers. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its proposal is a win-win-win that modernizes food inspection while saving money for taxpayers and the poultry industry. 
The nation's most recognized food safety and consumer groups, however, say the plan would leave gaping holes in oversight that will endanger the nation's food supply, not to mention create a conflict of interest for poultry plants. They warn that Americans, who eat about 80 pounds of poultry a year, will be at greater risk of getting a side serving of fecal contamination or cancerous tumors with their chicken. 
"I went out and bought a food processor so we could make more vegetarian meals," said Felicia Nestor, a food safety advocate and a consultant with the Government Accountability Project. "If the changes go into effect, my husband and I will no longer buy chicken." - AJC

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Saturday, August 04, 2012 

Our Daily Bread

will soon be opening up in the space formerly occupied by Mimosa Restaurant on the corner of De La Vina and Alamar.

(officially 2700 De La Vina Street)

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Friday, August 03, 2012 

Happy 86th Birthday

Mr. Benedetto!

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