Reviews

“Medium Raw:” A Memoir by Anthony Bourdain

“Medium Raw” gives the reader an insightful and mature perspective of the industry while still maintaining the brutal honesty and vividity that makes his writing so engaging.
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Hummus Republic: Mediterranean Fast Casual Comes to I.V.

After a long wait spent salivating at the sign on the empty building, Hummus Republic finally opened on May 26, 2022. I’ve had it twice since its opening, both experiences being pretty positive. 
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Secret Bao: Modern Asian Cuisine

Secret Bao brings a fresh twist to classic dishes such as gyoza, udon, and of course, bao buns.
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Toma Restaurant and Bar: A Delightful Oceanfront Eatery

Toma, a gorgeous restaurant with an Italian-inspired Mediterranean menu, sits on the oceanfront near the Santa Barbara pier. 
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Senior Sendoff- an Ode to My Favorite Restaurants

Some of my fondest memories at UCSB come from all the restaurants my friends and I went to, celebrating holidays, birthdays or just as an excuse for a night out. 
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Plant-Based/Keto Ice Cream: A History and Review

I encourage you to give plant-based and/or keto ice creams a try — with dozens of brands and flavors on the market, you’re bound to find one you love.
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Carrillo, My Beloved: A Review of Dining Hall Food

Carrillo, with all my heart, I love you, and you will forever be my favorite dining hall. 
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A Night at Captain Fatty’s

When my out-of-town friends come to visit next, I will bring them to this amazing microbrewery and pizzeria, perfect place to catch up, drink and dine.
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Zócalo: An I.V. Newcomer

Just like the main square, Zócalo hopes to be a central meeting place for Isla Vista students.
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bouchon: A High Dining Experience

Opened in 1998, bouchon prides itself on great, local ingredients from the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market and local Santa Barbara-made wine. 
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“Say Cheese!” Vegan Cheese Alternatives at the I.V. Food Co-op

On April 6th, the Isla Vista Food Cooperative hosted a vegan cheese tasting for vegans and non-vegans alike, so we went to see what it was all about!
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Zaytoon: Lebanese Cuisine Downtown

If you are looking for a fairy tale ambiance for an intimate celebration of surviving another chaotic quarter, check out Zaytoon, a Lebanese restaurant on 209 E. Canon Perdido St. in downtown Santa Ba...
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Rascal’s: Delicious Vegan Food Downtown

The first time I visited Rascal's, and every visit since, has been magical from start to finish.
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Pascucci Restaurant Review

If you are out with friends, on a romantic date or just really craving some pasta but don’t want to make it yourself, Santa Barbara’s Pascucci is the place to be. 
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Grace’s Guide to Trader Joe’s

I sit down with my good friend Grace, a second-year environmental science major and spirited TJ’s employee, to hear her tips on how anyone can maximize their enjoyment of this grocery wonder. 
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