Montecito Cafe in Montecito, CA

Inside the Montecito Inn you will find the Montecito Cafe.  It is an established spot for local socialites offering a comfortable atmosphere and good food.  In my experience dining there for lunch this time, I found the service to be beyond reproach!  My waitress was “spot on” in every category which began with her quickly producing a steaming warm basket of bread that was crusty … Read more Montecito Cafe in Montecito, CA

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Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant, Santa Barbara

We selected one of our favorite stops for afternoon coffee and sweets, Andersen’s  Danish Bakery & Restaurant on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.  Upon entering, we were offered a taste of a couple of their delectable treats at the counter.  Yum!  Just enough to peak your interest and leave you wanting more.  We have dined there for breakfast before and really enjoyed our meal. … Read more Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant, Santa Barbara

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Lasagna Bolognese; the project

Winter is certainly the time to crave something more fortifying and decadent.  I decided to try my hand at Bon Appetit’s current project; Lasagna Bolognese.  Lasagna Bolognese is a northern Italian dish and is different from your American version laden with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.  It is a more delicate version flavored with a broth based vegetable meat sauce and a nutmeg flavored béchamel.  This … Read more Lasagna Bolognese; the project

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Superbowl Snack – Open-faced Jalapeño Poppers

While I don’t usually enjoy making simple recipes like this, I felt that the occasion called for it.  So rather then make grease laden fried jalapeño poppers, I looked for a baked version that was served open-faced.  I found this little gem on Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen blog.  She titled the recipe Bacon-Ranch Jalapeño Poppers and they are made with a mix of cream cheese, … Read more Superbowl Snack – Open-faced Jalapeño Poppers

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Gayles Bakery & Rosticceria

A hidden Gem in the town of Capitola, California just outside of Santa Cruz, is Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria.  This place is not to be missed if you are ever even somewhat in the vicinity of this adorable little town.  What is a Rosticceria, you ask?  It is an Italian Rotisserie.  Gayle’s offers a plethora of foods in every possible variety, all extremely fresh and … Read more Gayles Bakery & Rosticceria

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Villa Creek – Taco Tuesday!

  If you find yourself in downtown Paso on a Tuesday night, you have to try one of the restaurants that offer Taco Tuesday.  A favorite is Villa Creek.  They serve cocktails along with beer and wine and their bar has a great ambiance for light fare.  This week I decided to try all of the taco offerings which gave us a variety of six! … Read more Villa Creek – Taco Tuesday!

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An Intimate Winter Dinner

  Even though we are experiencing summer weather in the middle of winter, I was still craving something warm and hearty.  I decided to try a new recipe for Roasted Leg of Lamb.  I came across an interesting sounding recipe by Dawn Perry in my October Bon Appetit and decided to give it a try.  Since it included one of my favorite underused vegetables; fennel, … Read more An Intimate Winter Dinner

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Koberl at Blue, San Luis Obispo

We had a delightful evening at Koberl at Blue in San Luis Obispo.  We had just attended a terrific Opera performance of Verdi’s Flastaff in a live simulcast presentation from The Met shown at the Cal Poly Arts Center.  It was incredible to see Ambrogio Maestri in his 202nd lead performance in Falstaff!  It is worth your time to check out the upcoming shows at the … Read more Koberl at Blue, San Luis Obispo

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Spring is here – not…

What’s with this weather we’re having?  Although I feel guilty for complaining when there are so many people with serious weather and natural disasters in their neck of the woods…it’s just that I’m worried about my garden.  I have already planted all of my herbs, lettuce and tomatoes.  They are starting to grow strong and I am concerned that they might not survive this late … Read more Spring is here – not…

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