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Rockin’ Yogurt

Comebacks are huge in music, fashion, and apparently frozen yogurt. Penguin’s, which once reigned as king on the corner of State and Carrillo streets, is long gone, but the new generation of the frozen stuff is making a comeback on State, only this time at Rockin’ Yogurt on the 600 block.

When Life Gives You Lemons :

Forget fruitcake; start brewing homemade limoncello now for delicious holiday gifts. Limoncello is a sweet, zesty lemon liqueur developed in Sicily, always served ice cold, and is best straight from the freezer.

Late-Night Happy Hour at Ahi

Hungry Santa Barbarans might want to wait for the clock to hit 9:45 p.m. for Ahi Sushi’s izakaya-style late-night happy hour (hour and 15 minutes, actually-it runs ’til 11 p.m.). It’s a whole special menu of everything from sashimi to cleverly cooked dishes that might be confused for tapas-turning-Japanese. Given that Ahi serves up some of the town’s best sushi, this opportunity to munch a bit off the usual path should be welcomed with an open sake cup.

Palace Crowns Vasquez Executive Chef

Open since 1985 and having survived one ownership change, the Palace Grill has earned a place as an S.B. institution, bringing us closer to New Orleans via the best way to know that city-one’s stomach. Since July, the executive chef has been Galen Vasquez, an honored graduate of the hotel/restaurant/culinary program at Santa Barbara City College.

Wesley Won’t Whine about Wine

Anyone shopping at Lazy Acres of late might have noticed the store has lost its soul-longtime wine manager and witty newsletter writer Bob Wesley has quit. The good news is Wesley will be back, this time running his own place, The Winehound, sometime in January.

Martini Mania

My father used to come home from work exhausted, and my mother would be stirring a martini for him in the kitchen. He would take off his coat, loosen up his tie, and the two of them would sit and have cocktails together. Gin martinis. My mom would stir the drinks in a pitcher so as not to “bruise the gin.”

Fewer Grapes Mean Better Wine for Santa Barbara County’s ’07 Harvest

Those who complain that California doesn’t have a discernible autumn haven’t been to the Santa Ynez Valley in late October. There, when the bright harvest moon gives way to a rising, fog-burning sun, the endless rippling lines of red, gold, and orange leaves are as vibrant as any East Coast display-but even better, for beneath the foliage hide clusters of deep purple, the promising color of yet another successful wine grape harvest for Santa Barbara County.

Indian Inspired

You can’t learn too much about food since there’s always that next meal staring you down. That’s where Claire Stancer and Karyn Millman come in, helping us broaden our food palates at their Cook It School (cookitschool.com). Not only do they provide terrific classes, but they also send out a newsletter that is a wealth of information and tips.

Cheers for Firestone Beer

In the midst of its excitement about getting its team to the World Series, Denver also managed, from October 11-13, to throw a supreme beer party, too. And I don’t mean a great tailgate.

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