A Hidden Gem in Santa Barbara – Stella Mare’s Restaurant

There is an incredible restaurant on the border of Santa Barbara and Montecito that is a bit off the beat and path.  It is a hidden gem; Stella Mare’s Restaurant.  I attended an afternoon wedding reception there last year and found it to be quite charming.  I remember the food being good, especially for a large catered event, so I decided that I wanted to … Read more A Hidden Gem in Santa Barbara – Stella Mare’s Restaurant

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An upscale Mexican restaurant in Santa Barbara

  I love all kinds of Mexican and Spanish style foods.  It can be a local taco stand , a tapas bar or a fancy southwestern cuisine restaurant; I love them all!  This was my first visit to Cielito Mexican restaurant in Santa Barbara. The name Cielito means “a little bit of heaven” which is what you receive from their kitchen!   Their food reflects a … Read more An upscale Mexican restaurant in Santa Barbara

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Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez, CA

Adding to the diversity of my blog, today I am reviewing a few of the wineries in the Santa Ynez area. This adventure included a three-winery stop beginning at Rusack Vineyards in Solvang.  The grounds and views there were outstanding and they offered several terrific picnic and outdoor seating areas. The tasting list of the day included a delicious Chardonnay, a Rose and several Pinot Noir’s. … Read more Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez, CA

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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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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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