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.”
Change is good, but so is finding what works and sticking with it - like Lucky’s, the benchmark of Santa Barbara steakhouse dining for the past 14 years. So what makes it work? A warm welcome, seating from formal to casual, professional service, and excellent cocktails play their role, as do wines from the around world at every price, at least twenty of which are available by the glass every day. Of course, none of that would matter if the food weren’t special.
Lucky for us, another classic is back~the Bundt Cake. You’re going to love Nancy Newcomer's Spiced Apple Pear Bundt Cake ~ perfect for your post-holiday gatherings PLUS, you’ll impress your guests when you drizzle fresh, homemade caramel on top!
Forty miles north of Santa Barbara, set between the breathtaking Santa Rita Hills and the Santa Ynez Valley, lies the bustling town of Buellton. The fastest growing area in the Valley, it is also known as the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country; boasting 30 plus wineries in a 15 mile radius. Most people arrive in Buellton via Highway 101, savoring the pristine California coastline until it cuts inland to reveal picturesque horse and cattle ranches blanketing the hills. Known as a gateway city, it has everything for the traveler;
Patxi's Pizza (pronounced PAH-cheese. 't' before 'x') is best known for its authentic signature deep dish pizza baked in a traditional slow rotating oven. It was named by Esquire magazine as one of the "Top 10 Life Changing Pizzas." Opening on December 9th, the Santa Barbara restaurant also offers a light and crispy Italian-style thin pizza, featuring imported Italian Double Zero flour and baked to perfection in a 900-degree imported Italian oven. A thin gluten-free crust is available as well.
SEARCHING FOR A RESIDENCE IN SANTA BARBARA, ASIA AND ANDREW ANTHONY CAME UPON A RANCH-STYLE HOUSE THAT OWNER MARK KIRKHART, A PRINCIPAL AND CO-DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AT DesignARC, which has offices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, had turned into an airy, light-filled modern dwelling with a pleasing interplay between interior and exterior spaces. Accustomed to the frigid winters of Toronto, Canada, Andrew, a television executive, and Asia, a yoga instructor and photographer, immediately fell in love with the design and how it took advantage of the mild local climate.
If you fondly recall the days of white-table-cloth restaurants where encyclopedic menus provided an exquisite overload of classic dishes, then you’ll love Sly’s in Carpinteria. Conceived as a steak and seafood house á la San Francisco’s renowned Tadich Grill, the six-year-old restaurant run by the French-trained, much-traveled chef James Sly and his wife, Annie, is a something-for-everyone kind of place.
You can probably count on one hand - maybe even one finger - the number of Santa Barbara restaurants that have been not only on the scene, but at the top of it for thirty years. Louie’s California Bistro has. In an era defined by the quick hit and the latest trend, Louie’s has endured by remaining true to first principles: a warm welcome; friendly, professional service; and great food served in a soothing environment.