On the Menu

Simple and Satisfying, Elements Serves Up the Perfect Sunday Meal

Brunch is tricky. Choosing between breakfast and lunch food is almost criminal and waking up before noon – especially after a night of drinking – is a tall order. But Elements is worth the...
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The Hungry Gaucho: Loco for La Cantina

Whoever invented the breakfast burrito is my hero. And as far as good breakfast burritos go, La Cantina is the place to find one. Flavorful eggs, delicious potatoes, melting cheese, rice, fresh salsa...
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Backyard Bowls Dishes Out Local & Tasty Nutrients By the Spoonful

You know that unwritten law that swears greasy, cheesy food is the best thing to cure a raging hangover? Well, Backyard Bowls may have convinced us otherwise. Santa Barbara alums Pete Heth and Dan God...
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Gourmet Culinary Event Benefits Charities

Last Sunday, Share Our Strength held their third annual Taste of the Nation culinary benefit at the Montecito Country Club.
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Dining Al Fresco

Aah, the great outdoors… outdoor dining that is. Is there any better way to celebrate the California sunshine?
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Cooking With All the Right Tools

Starry-eyed cooking magazine writers often characterize chopping vegetables as “therapeutic” and “comforting.” One word for you, folks: bullshit.
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Off the Vine

On the Menu sees the glass as half-full.
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The Faculty Club

It's a familiar scenario to which we can all relate -- Monday afternoon, you have about a 50-minute break in your schedule and are looking for a satisfying meal to refuel before the next round of clas...
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Best Barbecue Bets

Got a hankering for barbecue? Of course you do. The southern specialty is delicious, but is unfortunately so often in short supply here in California. Thankfully for us Gauchos, we have some great opt...
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Sweet Treats for Spring Eats

With spring here and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start recognizing those "go-to" ice cream shops to quell your frozen-treat fetishes. Both McConnell's Ice Cream, located ...
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Sweet Treats for Spring Eats

With spring here and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start recognizing those "go-to" ice cream shops to quell your frozen-treat fetishes. Both McConnell's Ice Cream, located ...
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Right Side Up

New restaurants have been popping up along Pardall Road this year, with Dogtown and Chino's first to offer a new flavor to Isla Vista's gourmets.
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Coffee Talk

Coffeehouses emerged in London in the 1650s and were known as "penny universities" due to the price of the coffee and their pivotal role as a public space for the dissemination of new ideas. Here, peo...
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Farmers Markets

As the pale light of a rising sun sweeps over Santa Barbara's downtown, local farm owners set up tents boasting rows of succulent fruits, vibrantly colored vegetables, assortments of homemade jams, ja...
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Chinese New Year

Nestled in the corner of a shopping center in a remote area in downtown Santa Barbara, Shang Hai is a lucky find. Despite its remote location, the small, family-owned restaurant has attracted locals f...
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