Monthly Archives: January 2011

PHOTO BLOG

January 27, 2011 – Santa Barbara International Film Festival opening night at Paseo Nuevo

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A NEW CAMERA

I take a lot of pictures for SantaBarbara.com and this blog. I take so many that I wear-out digital cameras every few years. My first digital camera, the Kodak DC-40, which was one of the first consumer digital cameras available, was … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

While walking up State Street Monday night, after bartending at Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro for a Solstice fundraiser, I noticed that all the lights were on in the building formerly known as Borders. The placed was stripped clean and looking quite … Continue reading

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FILM FEST FLAVORS

Two local Cold Stone Creamery locations, 504 State Street in Santa Barbara and 5718 Calle Real Road in Goleta, are celebrating the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 27-February 6) with special limited time ice cream creations representing five festival … Continue reading

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HERE COMES THE O STREET TRUCK

A new mobile gourmet food service named “O Street Truck” will debut in Santa Barbara at the end of February. They specialize in Mediterranean, French-Mex and French Vietnamese fare. O Street Truck will travel around the South Coast (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Isla Vista) … Continue reading

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LET’S HAVE A TOAST FOR BRENDAN’S

Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant opened last week at 1755 E. Daily Dr in Camarillo. I first mentioned the pending arrival of Brendan’s in this column on September 8th. Sources tell me that the eatery is now actively looking for suitable spot in Santa Barbara and Goleta … Continue reading

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THE BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL FILMING TODAY AT ARCH ROCK FISH

This just in from Jeremiah Higgins, Operations Manager and partner at Arch Rock Fish 608 Anacapa St: Hi John, Biography is filming a Gordan Ramsay biography special, and since Scott Liebfried has been Gordan’s right hand man for almost 10 years now, … Continue reading

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OFF THE RECORD

In this new section of the column I offer you a sneak peek at real restaurant news that cannot yet be published or might never be published, depending on how the story unfolds. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. The well-known downtown … Continue reading

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FILM FEAST

Santa Barbara rolls out the red carpet for film lovers and food fans during the International Film Festival January 27-February 6, 2011. The eleven-day celebration coincides with “Film Feast,” a new prix fixe restaurant program available at dozens of downtown … Continue reading

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CADIZ

The Spanish restaurant coming soon to 509 State St. (formerly Bricks Cafe) will be named “Cadiz.” Previously in this column I referred to the eatery as “Cabana” then “Casablanca.” Cadiz is scheduled to open in February.

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BLUE OWL DOES LUNCH

Asian-fusion restaurant The Blue Owl, which offers late-night eats inside Zen Yai restaurant 425 State St. after hours, has started offering lunch on Saturdays from 11:30am-2:30pm. The menu includes Red Curry shrimp Roll (grilled ciabatta and shrimp w carmelized onions), … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

A small yellow sign (currently out of public view because the backside faces the street) has appeared in the weeds at the huge empty lot on Hollister Ave, directly across from Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta. It reads: “NOTICE OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Case name: Westar … Continue reading

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SEE YOU SOON (AGAIN)

I am still busy trying to clear my email inbox and handle other business matters so you might not hear from me for the rest of the week.

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OFF TOPIC

Last Friday I broke the news that the owners of La Entrada, the large, stalled construction project on State Street near the train station, closed escrow with a Los Angeles developer. Sources tell me that the developer who purchased the La Entrada property from Mountain Funding is Michael … Continue reading

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CLIFF’S CLOSES

Multiple sources tell me that Cliff’s & Co. at 1919 Cliff Dr. on the Mesa closed their doors recently.

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added pictures to the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide for: Killer B BBQ and Bar Kingston’s Candy Company Petrini’s – Goleta Sunnyside Market & Deli Tepeyac Taquitos

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PETRINI’S OPENS IN GOLETA

Petrini’s Family Restaurant, a fixture at 14 W. Calle Laureles in Santa Barbara for more than 50 years, has opened a new location at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta. The new eatery is … Continue reading

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NEW COOKBOOK

Wednesday, January 19th, 7pm at Borders in Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta Jeff & Matt Nichols from Mattei’s Tavern are launching their new cookbook named “Brothers Cuisine.” The Restaurant Guy will be on hand to moderate a question & answer session that … Continue reading

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SOLSTICE FUNDRAISER

On Monday, January 24 from 6-9pm John Palminteri and The Restaurant Guy will be bartenders at Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro 516 State St. for “Age of Aquarius,” a fundraiser for the Solstice Parade. This $25 event includes dinner, a no host … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added Petrini’s – Goleta and Tepeyac Taquitos to the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide.

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SEE YOU SOON

Since November I have been busy planning and running my Santa Claus call center, developing an entirely new food news blog, running and tabulating the Best of 2011 restaurant poll and moving SantaBarbara.com over to entirely new, faster computer hardware with a new … Continue reading

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LET’S FACE IT

Call me old-fashioned but I used to think that chocolate was something people eat – that is until I saw this product in CVS recently.

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SANTA YNEZ VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK

JANUARY 23-29 is “restaurant week” in Santa Ynez Valley. Here is a press-release I received from Laura Kath, Media Relations Director for the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association, that lists participating eateries: SANTA YNEZ VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK IS JANUARY 23-29, 2011 … Continue reading

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POLL: DO YOU WANT MORE CHAIN RESTAURANTS IN SANTA BARBARA?

Some people like chain restaurants for the popular food and the jobs they bring. Others don’t like them because they feel chain restaurants can ruin our unique charm and turn Santa Barbara in to another suburb of L.A. How do you … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Sources tell me that the owners of La Entrada, the large, stalled construction project on State Street near the train station, closed escrow at 11am this morning with a wealthy Los Angeles developer.

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CURIOUS CUP UPDATE

I am told that Curious Cup in Carpinteria no longer plans to have a cafe & coffee shop as part of their bookstore.

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CARVEL CLOSES

A message on Edhat this morning says that Carvel Ice Cream at 147 N. Fairview Ave in Goleta closed January 10th. FYI, I am writing this message on my iPhone while in the waiting room at my doctors office (annual … Continue reading

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TEPEYAC TAQUITOS OPENS SATURDAY

Owners Laura & Ernie Rodriguez open their new Mexican restaurant named Tepeyac Taquitos at noon this Saturday at 201 W Carrillo St., near the intersection of Carrillo & De La Vina. The grand opening will be featuring live Spanish guitar music … Continue reading

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CURIOUS CUP OPENS TODAY

Owner Kiona Gross opens her independent bookstore and coffee shop named “Curious Cup” today at 929 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. Curious Cup is a specialized bookstore focusing on children, teen, and young adult books with an emphasis on multicultural and bilingual books. In addition … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added Killer B’s BBQ and Bar at 718 State Street to the BBQ section of the Santa Barbara.com Restaurant Guide.

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