For 16 years, Bucatini has demonstrated that to be successful, a restaurant doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Co-owner and manager Soemi Caramel sticks to a simpler “formula”: Charge a fair price for good, authentic Italian regional cuisine made with high-quality, healthful ingredients - organic and local whenever possible - prepared and served by people who genuinely care. “It’s honest food for normal people,” says Caramel, who hails originally from the Italian city of Treviso, near Venice. “I use as much organic meat and produce as possible. We’ve served organic chicken and eggs for years. We get a lot of fish from the Santa Barbara Channel. I eat here myself, and I want to know what I’m eating.”
Paloma Restaurant & Tequila Bar is rich in family traditions and offers a fresh seasonal menu with creative dishes that pay homage to some of Mexico’s finest regional flavors. Using locally sourced ingredients to build a truly vibrant menu, Paloma presents guests with modern twists on Mexican classics as well as house specialties, which are not commonly found anywhere else in Santa Barbara.
As summer comes to an end in Santa Barbara and the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to renovate the heart of your home into a space you will love. Just in time, Reed Interiors is launching an exclusive new kitchen and bath collection, featuring European-style designs tailored to match any lifestyle.
Owner and Interior Designer, Mia Dennee, loves what she does and it shows in every inch of her beautiful Santa Ynez home design, and furniture store. “I love to bring joy and harmony to people’s homes and surroundings. It can be very healing and transformative.” When you cross the threshold of Mia Dennee’s Interior Design and Furniture in Santa Ynez, you just might be tempted to move in, or at least fantasize about doing so. The store’s multiple rooms are filled with an eclectic array of traditional looks and of-the-moment fine furnishings, mixed with local art, gifts, and accessories for the home that all add up to timeless beauty.
HOW DO YOU KEEP A TRADITION ALIVE AND VIBRANT? If you’re Joe’s Cafe, Santa Barbara’s oldest restaurant (since 1928), you continue doing what you do best, and then do the other things better. A fantastic neon sign points the way to the big room, with its twenty-foot ceilings, massive thirty-foot-long bar, comfortable booths, vintage photographs and red-and-white checkered table cloths. Joe’s made its mark as an undiscriminating place frequented by billionaires, transients and everyone in between, who came for the famously generous cocktails, not so much for the largely forgettable food.
When it comes to creating beautiful jewelry, Santa Barbara designer Kimberly Vyn knows the ropes. The formally trained gemologist and avid sailor has combined her love of gems with a passion for all things nautical in her Nauti Collection. Her handcrafted necklaces, earrings and bracelets combine leather, suede, gold vermeil and sterling silver with ethically-sourced freshwater pearls. “Growing up in and around the water, I’m inspired by the ocean and everything in it,” explains Vyn, a lifelong sailor who came up with the idea for her jewelry after a trip to the West Indies.
For 16 years, The Brewhouse Santa Barbara has been many things to many people: the setting for a lively Saturday night, the spot for an after-work beer with friends or co-workers, the headquarters for a casual weekday lunch, the meeting place for a gang of friends to hit a Sunday brunch where they make their own pancakes.
Allora - the Italian expression meaning “attention”, living in, or being in the moment, is the perfect word to describe the beautiful fashion boutique, Allora by Laura. Sunlight pours in the large windows of Allora, bathing the space in a warming glow. Owned and operated by the sophisticated yet exuberant Laura Dinning, this graceful Montecito boutique is bright and welcoming
Q/A with Lynda Baxis, owner of Outpost Trading Company, a SYV’s life-style gallery. Filled with a beautifully curated mix of merchandise that has a distinct focus on quality and design, this Santa Ynez boutique is a must-shop destination.
The second word in the name of Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard did not get there by accident. It’s there because the 106-acre property, which has 39 acres of Vinifera vines, is also a working organic farm and has been since the late Betty Williams founded it in 1968 “based on good practices for people, animals and the earth.”