Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Independent

Five Reasons Santa Barbara Is Happy for Happy Hour Again

If you’re anything like me, happy hour lost a little of its mojo over the past year of working from home. Trying to shake off a stressful day at the same table where you stared at a screen for the past eight hours is a challenge. Thankfully, bars and restaurants are reopening, and, slowly but surely, we’re getting back into our post-work groove.
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Santa Barbara County, CALompoc Record

Central Coast toasts to 20th anniversary of Sta. Rita Hills with annual Wine and Fire event

For complete event details and ticket cost per event, visit Tickets can be purchased online at Santa Barbara County's annual Wine and Fire tasting event is returning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sta. Rita Hills AVA, one of seven distinct winegrowing regions in Santa Barbara County. The...
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Santa Barbara,

The 13 Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Dubbed the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a popular destination for Californians for a reason. Steps from the beach is a downtown with many local wine tasting rooms and wonderful restaurants in Mediterranean-style buildings. Of course, great food can be found beyond downtown. We’ve compiled the 13 best restaurants in Santa Barbara, from the casual seafood shacks to the high-end Japanese omakase.
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Enjoy a taste of summer in Westlake Village

The new menu items at Coin & Candor at the Four Seasons Westlake Village are exactly what this season should taste like: full of flavor while being impossibly light enough to eat a full meal and still slip into a bathing suit afterward. You are steps away from the pool, after all. Here's a look at what's new and offers the taste of summer at Coin & Candor.
Santa Barbara County,

Judith Dale: The history of wine and its arrival in Santa Barbara County

Some relatives of mine from Kansas are planning a visit this fall that includes wine tasting and learning about the local wine industry. I admit that although I have been wine tasting many times, I am no expert on wine. In fact, I realized how little I knew about wine — its history, the science of making it, the different varieties and its contribution to our local economy.
Ventura County, CAVentura County Reporter

SHAKEN & STIRRED | The Rudder Room

If you’re not a resident of Ventura County, click away now or turn the page. Because I think that I’m about to disclose a bit of local lore that people try to keep secret: The perfect bar. Located in a nondescript blue building, an unadorned door leads to a plain...

On cloud wine

ROSÉ DAY—Above, Camarillo resident Shawna Thornton samples wine with friends during the 34th annual Taste of Camarillo Wine, Brew & Food Festival on July 25 at the Camarillo Ranch House. Meadowlark Service League presented the annual charity event with proceeds supporting Ventura County charities. Top right, guests learn line dancing. Bottom right, Camarillo resident Fernando Mendoza samples wine.
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New brew on TO Blvd

Hoping to tap into the popularity of local craft breweries, a craft-cocktail bar in Thousand Oaks is putting a new focus on beer. Oak & Iron on Thousand Oaks Boulevard has announced a partnership with North Hollywood-based Lawless Brewing Company. The cocktail bar will feature Lawless’ brews on six taps.
Santa Paula, CAVentura County Reporter

SHAKEN & STIRRED | Rabalais’ Bistro

PICTURED: Sazerac and French 75 at Rabalais’ Bistro. Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer. When one thinks of Rabalais’ Bistro, the things that probably come to mind are beignets, fried green tomatoes and po’ boy sandwiches — classic Southern-fried cuisine that has made the Cajun and Creole restaurant in downtown Santa Paula renowned inside and outside the county. Over the summer, the now 10-year-old establishment found yet another way to distinguish itself, with the opening of a New Orleans-style cocktail bar.
Ventura, CAVentura County Reporter

SHAKEN & STIRRED | Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust

PICTURED: Giuseppe the Wise and Black Manhattan from Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust. Photo by JT Nakahara. The Bank of Italy building, on the corner of Main and Oak streets in Downtown Ventura, is a beloved landmark — Ventura Historic Landmark No. 38, to be precise. Built in 1923-24, the architecture is a fine example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style, with Corinthian columns and elaborate terra cotta carvings on the facade. For years, it was the location of Parts Unknown, a clothing store that sold pricey resort wear. When the retailer vacated, Cocktail Trust moved in . . . and it’s definitely been an upgrade.