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Posted on January 19 at 1:06 p.m.
I had my mother run across the street to get bottles signed at Avant tapas and wine bar in Buellton when Elvira was there, and she said Elvira was so nice and sweet to everyone (and that she looks GREAT!). I'm in my 20's and I think she is inspiring. I'm also a Valley wine snob, so I went in to Sort This Out Cellars to see if there was substance behind the label. To my surprise, I think it's Sort This Out Cellar's best wine.
The other wines are what I'd call company wines, or gift wines, wines that won't scare off newbies. But the Macabrenet is a big enough wine to please more experienced palates. Don't be fooled by the pretty label - this is good stuff!
On Elvira the Winemaker
Posted on March 24 at 11:17 a.m.
I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the conference Chelsea. I write about food, travel, and weddings - quit a full-time job to do it too! - and I understand what you're saying about writing the happy things versus the earth-altering ones. Part of me will always want to cover the BIG story, and if one happens to walk by, I follow it like a dog sniffing bacon. But ultimately, I'm happy writing happy - and it makes other people happy too.
On There’s Something in the Wine
Posted on December 27 at 11:34 a.m.
Welcome Cecco! Can't wait to try your pizza - please don't be stingy with the sauce, cheese or toppings, and we'll get along fine.
On Solvang’s Got a New Pizzeria in the Oven
Posted on November 25 at 1:37 a.m.
Thank you Ms. Cooke for pointing out facts that so few Americans are aware of. I'm glad that flight attendants and pilots have been exempted - but the TSA needs to end this whole charade. As you wisely point out, dogs and El Al tactics would work well and not debase and violate the American people.
On Is This Really Necessary?
Posted on September 29 at 10:02 p.m.
Yay BevMo! The beer selection is incredible and it's a one stop shop for mixers and high quality liquor. I'd rather buy my wine from a local winery even though BevMo's selection is great - but that's my local pride showing. BevMo is fun, and I'm glad it has come to Santa Barbara. If you don't like it, don't shop there. I've been going to BevMo for years and I have never once seen anyone drunk anywhere around it or in it.
On BevMo! Already Pushing Buttons
Posted on September 15 at 10:30 p.m.
I was wondering if that shindig was worth going to. And I think you answered that question with this sentence: "The ever-hunky Ludo Lefebvre of Ludo Bites, on the other hand, fended off women hecklers asking him to manhandle his carrot, all while prepping a raw dish for date night."
I'm still laughing.
On Eat, Drink, and Be L.A.-y
Posted on September 5 at 9:19 p.m.
Tucker, I think I love you. Omg, that was hilarious and spot-on.
Anyone who hikes in flip-flops is a moron - I sincerely hope that 22 year old never lives that one down. Sad thing is he probably brags about it.
On Summer of Search and Rescue
Posted on July 27 at 10:58 a.m.
Does weed make people rude as well as high, or is that just your reporting style? Sorry, that was snarky, but really - in a country where most of us are raised with the "Just say no" and "Don't do drugs" mantras, is it so inexcusable for a politician to not support broad legalization? My drugs of choice - wine, coffee, chocolate - do affect the brain, but they haven't been associated with idiotic and just plain stinky immature behavior; weed is associated with precisely those things. I would be deeply disappointed and harshly punitive to my future kids if I caught them with weed, whether it's legal by then or not. So I can't condemn a politician for not wanting to hasten public acceptance of the drug.
That said, I do think it should be legalized, but only because I lean Libertarian and believe that most things should be left up to personal choice. The moral responsibility to choose rightly should be on the citizens, not the government, unless we're talking violence. And don't accost people in wine stores. Good grief, that's so rude.
On Smoking Out Legislator’s Position on Pot
Posted on July 22 at 4:50 p.m.
Love this article, and articles like this are the reason I love the Independent. Thank you for your excellent work.
On Expensively Educated and Underemployed
Posted on July 12 at 12:25 p.m.
I've been looking for some good haggis - and if they have pasties and pies, I might set up a tent outside and live there. Even if they don't, I'll come in for the haggis. Yay!
On Mac’s Bets Its Chips on Fish