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Disneyland’s Village Haus

village%20haus%202.jpgWhen Mickey’s droogs snag your Goldfish and tuna salad when entering the Magic Kingdom, what’s a family left to do but eat at the Village Haus.

Tupelo Junction Cafe

Tupelo-Junction-Cafe-logo3.jpg The author remembers how Tupelo Junction Cafe blends the hearty foods of the Dirty South with the organic goodness of Santa Barbara, this time snagging the night’s last dinner served amidst holiday busy-ness.

Trattoria Grappolo

After a Tales from the Tavern concert at the Maverick, music connoisseur Brett Leigh Dicks turns his critiquing skills to Italian food, enjoying an after hours meals courtesy of this Santa Ynez culinary gem.


piloncillo4.jpg No, that’s not a bunch of hashish. That’s piloncillo, the hard Mexican sugar used in recipes throughout the Christmas season. Read on to learn more about how to use it and where to buy it.

Cesar’s Place

Mexican restaurants are about as ubiquitous in Santa Barbara as fake tans. It’s hard to tell one taqueria from the next, but once in a while, a place comes along that has just enough difference to separate itself from the pack. Cesar Montes opened Cesar’s Place – a charming, peach-hued tribute to his home state of Veracruz – six years ago, but it remains fairly unknown to most gringos.

Arnoldi’s Lasagna

Lasagna is a perfect meal for this time of year when the nights are supposed to be long and chilly. It’s warm, highly filling, and full of carbs, which makes going to bed right after dinner the only thing you’ll want to do.

Tee-Off Parties Like It’s 1956

To celebrate its 50th birthday this Sunday and Monday, the Tee-Off – that longtime dining and drinking establishment located at 3627 State Street – is giving us a gift: On December 10 and 11, they are rolling back prices to what they were when the restaurant first opened in 1956.


epiphany.gifTaking the time to slow down and really enjoy things sometimes eludes us in this fast-paced culture of ours, so for those looking for a lesson in delayed gratification, a trip to Epiphany may be just the thing.

Yams Aren’t Yams

The yams at the Farmers Market are tasting fantastic right now. Although, really, there are no yams.


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