Food-focused events and initiatives to celebrate Black History in and around I.V.

From soul food and live performances to cultural activities and limited-time food fundraisers, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate and uplift Black culture and community in Santa Barbara this m...
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Kimchi fries, wonton soup and more: Alumni-owned Asian fusion restaurant ASIA 101 serves up cozy dishes to keep you warm all winter

At ASIA 101, Mojo Teahouse’s fried favorites are back along with a limited menu of noodle soups and rice dishes.
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A year of I.V. food news

Amidst some departures of beloved I.V. establishments, several new restaurants arrived — some alumni-owned, others with preexisting locations in Santa Barbara County — expanding the selection of d...
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A guide to navigating Trader Joe’s fall and winter seasonal specialties

Whether you’re a dedicated Trader Joe’s customer who finds joy in trying their latest creations or just enjoy the foods traditionally eaten around the holidays, this guide will give you a few idea...
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Fad or flop: Is Crumbl Cookies worth the hype?

Does Crumbl Cookies live up to the hype? We didn’t think so.
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Where to find Pan de Muerto in Santa Barbara to celebrate Día de Los Muertos

The tradition of eating pan de muerto is not only accompanied by a centuries-long history, but is also an essential part of celebrating Day of the Dead.
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Buena Onda brings a piece of Argentina to Santa Barbara with community events and hand crafted empanadas

The family-owned business specializes in empanada varieties that stay true to the flavors of Argentina while also acknowledging the California palate.
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Goleta Lemon Festival celebrates its 30th year of lemony eats and activities for all

After a day of eating lemony treats, here is what the On the Menu staff deemed worth the try.
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Third annual Burrito Week offers $8 burritos from 21 Santa Barbara County establishments

The Santa Barbara Independent has invited 21 establishments in Santa Barbara in the past two years to participate in their annual Burrito Week, offering special burritos and familiar favorites at a di...
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Nuevos restaurantes, cierres notables y noticias de comida en y alrededor de I.V.

Durante los meses del verano, la escena culinaria en el condado de Santa Bárbara ha sido testigo de cambios drásticos – la pérdida del icónico restaurante Pho Bistro, la inauguración del primer...
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Take advantage of California fig season with this fall salad

Salads have a reputation for being boring and unsatisfying, but this variation, packed with a variety of fresh and cooked ingredients, challenges that assumption.
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New restaurants, notable closures and food news in and around I.V.

During the summer months, the food scene in Santa Barbara County has witnessed drastic changes — the loss of longtime Isla Vista eatery Pho Bistro, the opening of Isla Vista’s first mini food hall...
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Aperol spritzes fit for a summertime soirée

This mild, sparkling cocktail with slightly bitter and floral flavor notes is the drink of the summer.
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Nuevos restaurantes, eventos locales y noticias gastronómicas en y los alrededores de I.V.

Desde la apertura de una nueva café en Isla Vista hasta demostraciones de cocina gratuitas de Salud y Bienestar de UC Santa Bárbara y la migración de una Goleta emergente en el centro, la escena ga...
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Augie’s of Santa Barbara: fine Mexican dining in the heart of downtown

If you are looking for an establishment to honor the school year coming to a close, consider Augie’s as the perfect venue for such a celebration! 
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