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Matt Kettmann

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top 10 Tips for Fixing State Street

Experts from Across the Country Offer Advice on Improving Santa Barbara’s Main Drag

Experts from across the country offer advice on improving Santa Barbara's main drag.

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Celebrate Fiesta, Loquita-Style

Santa Barbara’s Sole Spanish Restaurant Shares DIY Recipes for Paella and Sangria

Santa Barbara’s sole Spanish restaurant shares DIY recipes for paella and sangria.

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Foraging for Wild Beers

Pascal Baudar Leads Walk and Tasting in Ojai on August 11

Author Pascal Baudar leads walk and tasting in Ojai on August 11.

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Unwrapping the Bean-to-Bar Boom

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s Place in America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s place in America’s craft chocolate revolution.

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Inside the Central Coast Wine Competition

How It Works, Who Won, and Why It Matters; plus Bastille Day Bash at Bell’s

How it works, who won, and why it matters; plus, Bastille Day bash at Bell’s in Los Alamos.

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Camping Gets Classy with ‘Dirty Gourmet’

Authors Mai-Yan Kwan, Aimee Trudeau, and Emily Nielson Discuss New Campground Cookbook

Authors Mai-Yan Kwan, Aimee Trudeau, and Emily Nielson discuss new campground cookbook.

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Curtis Stone’s Central Coast Swoon

Celeb Chef Focuses on Our Region for Three Months at Maude in Beverly Hills

Celeb chef focuses on our region for three months at Maude in Beverly Hills.

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Pizza, Pasta, and People Watching at Mizza

Brendan Searls Expands Restaurant Empire on Coveted La Arcada Corner

Brendan Searls expands restaurant empire on coveted La Arcada corner.

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75-Year-Old San Miguel Island Military Crash Remembered

Santa Cruz Island Foundation Dedicates Memorial at Maritime Museum on July 5

Santa Cruz Island Foundation dedicates memorial at Maritime Museum on July 5.

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A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain @ K’Syrah

Chefs Brooke Stockwell and James Owens Hosting July 14 Benefit Dinner

Chefs Brooke Stockwell and James Owens host a July 14 benefit dinner.

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The Allure of Old Wines

Wine Shepherd’s ‘Unicorn Flights’ and Opening Presqu’ile’s Library

Wine Shepherd’s ‘Unicorn Flights’ and opening Presqu’ile’s library

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Homebrewers Rejoice: BYOB! Opens in Santa Barbara

City’s First Fermentation-Focused Shop in Years Now Selling on Upper State Street

The city’s first fermentation-focused shop in years is now selling on upper State Street.

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Neil Young Plays Pop-Up Shows in Santa Barbara

Rock-and-Roll Legend Performs Three Nights at the Lobero

The rock-and-roll legend performed three consecutive nights at the Lobero.

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Mender Makes CBD Topicals on the Central Coast

Cofounder April Worley Discusses Her Cannabis-Infused Skincare Products

Cofounder April Worley discusses her cannabis-infused skincare products.

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Fine Food at Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival

Get Your North County Fix at the Museum; Plus, Tastings to Do

Get your North County food fix at the museum fundraiser; plus, tastings to do.

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The Little Door’s Open Arms

French-Born Impresario-Turned-Restaurateur Frederic Meschin Bets On Santa Barbara

French-born impresario-turned-restaurateur Frederic Meschin bets on Santa Barbara.

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Birdwatching at the Santa Rosa Island Research Station

Professor Allison Alvarado Teaches Ornithology to CSU Channel Islands Students

Professor Allison Alvarado teaches ornithology to CSU Channel Islands students.

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