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Matt Kettmann

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The Great Agave Experiment

Can This Liquor-Making Plant Correct California’s Parched, Fire-Prone Landscape?

Can this liquor-making plant correct California’s parched, fire-prone landscape?

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RU-21 Hangover Cure

Pills Designed for KGB Aim to Keep Head Clear After Night of Drinking

These pills originally designed for the KGB aim to keep your head clear after a night of drinking.

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Matt Kettmann’s Year in Review

Our Senior Editor Picks His Favorite Stories from 2018

Our senior editor picks his favorite stories from 2018.

Get to Know Unite to Light’s Solar-Powered Lamp

Santa Barbara-Based Organization Distributes “Luke Lights” for Education, Global Health, and Disaster Relief

Santa Barbara-based organization distributes “Luke Lights” for education, global health, and disaster relief.

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Last-Minute Gifts for the Wine Lover

Books, Blending Kits, Tasting Tickets, Glassware, and More

Books, blending kits, tasting tickets, glassware, and more.

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Carpinteria’s Man of Manuka

David Noll’s Pacific Resources International Imports Honey and Sea Salt from New Zealand

David Noll’s Pacific Resources International imports honey and sea salt from New Zealand.

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Wine Club Watch

Gold Medal, Winc, and Raj Parr Clubs All Have Santa Barbara Roots

Gold Medal, Winc, and Raj Parr clubs all have Santa Barbara roots.

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San Ysidro Ranch Rises from Mud

Historic Montecito Resort Starts Serving Food, Will Open Cottages in March

Historic Montecito resort starts serving food, will open cottages in March.

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Make This: Jardesca’s Sonoma Mulled Wine

Learn Holiday Cocktails at Carpinteria’s Heritage Goods & Supply on December 19

This holiday sipper is part of a cocktail class at Carpinteria’s Heritage Goods & Supply on December 19.

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Island’s Lone Woman Not So Lonely After All

New Research Sheds Light on Real Life Story Behind ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ Saga

New research sheds light on real life story behind ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ saga.

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Integrating Ingredients and Information at Blackbird

Eye-Opening Menu Lifted by Knowledgeable Service at Hotel Californian’s Flagship Restaurant

An eye-opening menu is lifted by knowledgeable service at the Hotel Californian’s flagship restaurant.

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Santa Barbara’s Latke King

Douglas Weinstein is Making 2,500 Potato Pancakes for Hanukkah

Douglas Weinstein is making 2,500 potato pancakes for Hanukkah.

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Virtual Reality Gets Real in Solvang

Jamie Baker’s Space VR Offers Completely Immersive Video Gaming and Learning Experiences

Jamie Baker’s Space VR offers completely immersive video gaming and learning experiences.

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Annual Holiday Hootenannies to Hit

Presidio Stroll, Wine + Beer Champagne Bash, Hanukkah Party, and More

Presidio stroll, Wine + Beer Champagne bash, Hanukkah party, and more.

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Eat This: Vegan GreenGO Taco Trio

A Flavorful Meatless Meal on Upper State Street

A flavorful meatless meal on upper State Street.

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Make This: Thuk Prahok

Finch & Fork Chef Peter Cham’s Cambodian Dipping Sauce

Finch & Fork Chef Peter Cham makes this Cambodian dipping sauce.

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Stir-Fry Wishes and Kunming Dreams

Georgia Freedman’s <em>Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province</em>

Santa Barbara-raised Georgia Freedman publishes Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province.

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Carlitos Celebrates 40 Years

Leslie and Carlos Lopez Opened Their Ever-Popular Mexican Restaurant in 1978

Leslie and Carlos Lopez opened their ever-popular Mexican restaurant on State Street in 1978.

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Chef’s Corner: Brendan Collins @ After Hours Pop-Up

Loquita’s Sous Chef Hosting Later-Night, Multicourse Dinners Around Town

Loquita’s sous chef is hosting later-night, multicourse dinners around town.

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Day-by-Day at the Live Oak Café

The Always Exhausting, Occasionally Rewarding Life of Running Your Own Restaurant

Inside the always exhausting, occasionally rewarding life of running your own restaurant.

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BYOB! Hosts Learn to Home Brew Day

Supply Shop on Upper State Street Teaches How to Brew Beer and More on November 3

Supply shop on Upper State Street teaches you how to brew beer and more on November 3.

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Zachary Rosen Hosts ‘Biegrnette: Light, Life, & Death’ @ SBCAST

Certified Cicerone Pairs Beer and Food with Mixed Media, Written Word, and Performance Art

Certified Cicerone pairs beer and food with mixed media, written word, and performance art.

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Ridge Vineyards’ Classic California Wines

Santa Cruz Mountains Icon Pouring at El Encanto and Wine + Beer in November

The iconic Santa Cruz Mountains winery is pouring at El Encanto and Wine + Beer in November.

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Brave & Maiden’s Elevated Tasting Experience

Direct-to-Consumer Evolution Hits the Santa Ynez Valley

Direct-to-consumer evolution hits the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Epicurean S.B. Goes Big for Anniversary

“Pure Imagination” on November 4 Features Food, Wine, Song, Dance, and More at Hotel Californian

“Pure Imagination” on November 4 features food, wine, song, dance, and more at Hotel Californian.

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A CBD Smorgasbord

Mini-Reviews of Vape Pens, Balms, and Capsules That Promote Healing, Not Highs

Mini-reviews of the latest vape pens, balms, and capsules that promote healing, not highs.

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How to Make Food Your Medicine

Nutrition, Healing, Herbs, and More Coming to Plant Food and Medicine Conference

Nutrition, healing, herbs, and more coming to Plant Food and Medicine Conference on October 27.

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Breakfast Sandwich @ Bob’s Well Bread Bakery

Start the Morning Right with This Hand-Held Turkey-Sausage Delight

Start the morning right with hand-held turkey-sausage delight.

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Foot-Stomping Fury in Solvang

Melville’s Dedication to the Practice; Plus, Wine and Beer Buzz Around Town

Melville Winery’s dedication to the practice; plus, wine & beer buzz around town.

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Torch Passing, Blind Tasting, and Santa Barbara Surprise in ‘Somm 3’

A Q&A with Documentarian Jason Wise, Whose Third Wine Film Comes to Solvang October 13

A Q&A with documentarian Jason Wise, whose third wine film comes to Solvang October 13.

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P!nk’s Personal Peace

Alecia Moore Finds Solace in Her Santa Ynez Valley Vineyard

Alecia Moore finds solace in her Santa Ynez Valley vineyard.

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Top-Level Changes at Wine Cask

Longtime Proprietors Doug Margerum and Mitchell Sjerven Leaving Famed Restaurant

Longtime proprietors Doug Margerum and Mitchell Sjerven are leaving the famed restaurant.

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Air Mail @ Chaplin’s Martini Bar

Classic Drinks in Classic Setting on Coast Village Road

Classic drinks in classic setting on Coast Village Road.

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Talking Wine-Laced Beers with Garage Project’s Jos Ruffell

New Zealand Brewery One of Many Coming to Firestone Walker’s Terroir Project Festival

New Zealand brewery one of many coming to Firestone Walker’s Terroir Project festival.

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Anacapa Island in Pictures

Marla Daily Discusses Her New Photographic History of the Smallest Channel Island

Marla Daily discusses her new photographic history of the smallest Channel Island.

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Eat This: Shrimp Fest @ Beachside

34th Annual Seasonal Shellfish Soirée Runs ’til End of Fall at Goleta Beach

The 34th annual seasonal shellfish soirée runs ’til end of fall at Goleta Beach.

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Chef’s Corner: Damien Giliberti

Meet the New Executive Chef @ Outpost at The Goodland

Meet the new executive chef @ Outpost at The Goodland.

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Leon Bridges @ Santa Barbara Bowl

Soulful Texas Crooner Plays After Smooth Instrumentalists Khruangbin

Soulful Texas crooner plays after smooth instrumentalists Khruangbin.

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Capturing Nojoqui Magic at Folded Hills Winery

Andy Busch Building a Legacy on Historic Ranch off Highway 101

Andy Busch is building his legacy project on historic ranch off Highway 101.

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Chefs Shuck & Swallow with Speed

Canary Hotel Brings Back Oyster-Eating Battle

The Canary Hotel is bringing back the oyster-eating battle on September 16.

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Filip Peraić Illustrates Leon Bridges

Croatian Artist Designs Portrait Series for Soulful Crooner

Croatian artist designs portrait series for soulful crooner, who performs in Santa Barbara on September 12.

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Soulful Sounds, Swanky Sips, and Polo Ponies


The Second Annual Polo & Wine Festival Happens on September 8

The second annual Polo & Wine Festival happens on September 8.

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The Rebirth of Rideau Vineyard

New Ownership, Enthused Winemaking Lift Longtime Santa Ynez Valley Estate

New ownership and enthused winemaking are lifting this longtime Santa Ynez Valley estate, which hosts a Viognier Festival on September 1.

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Foodie Awards 2018

‘Santa Barbara Independent’ Presents Ninth Annual Ode to Eating Out

The ‘Santa Barbara Independent’ presents its ninth annual ode to eating out.

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Eat, Play, Love Los Alamos Supports Library

Why You Should Indulge on August 25 to Foster Literacy and Innovation

Why you should indulge on August 25 to foster literacy and innovation.

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The Canary’s Petite Sirah by Carhartt


Eye-Opening Collaboration Between Downtown Santa Barbara Hotel and Santa Ynez Valley Winery

Eye-opening collab between downtown Santa Barbara hotel and Santa Ynez Valley winery.

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Learning to Pair with Chef Johan Denizot

El Encanto Chef Prepares for Au Bon Climat Winemaker Dinner on August 30

How El Encanto’s chef has prepared for the Belmond resort’s Au Bon Climat winemaker dinner on August 30.

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‘Santa Barbara Know-It-All’ Reveals a Little

Laughs and Learning in Michael Cervin’s Humorous Travel Guide

Laughs and learning in Michael Cervin’s new humorous travel guide.

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Hotel Skyview’s Culinary Contribution

Chef Will Hanko Runs Norman Restaurant atop Prominent Los Alamos Hill

Chef Will Hanko runs Norman Restaurant atop a prominent Los Alamos hill.

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Spear Through Center of the Sta. Rita Hills

Ofer Shepher’s Vineyards and Winery Cut Through Heart of the Famous Appellation  

Ofer Shepher’s vineyards and winery cut through the heart of the famous appellation.  

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