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The Santa Barbara Public Market Officially Open for Business

Posted On: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 2:19 PM

The Santa Barbara Public Market is barely finishing up its first official week on the corner of Chapala and Victoria and it's already an instant hit with locals and visitors alike. No scientific evidence is needed, anyone can see this through the huge smiles left on the customer's faces as they taste their way through all of the specialty offerings. And, if you have ever tasted a cupcake made by Enjoy Cupcakes, you know there is no convincing needed!

The Santa Barbara Public Market

Opening its doors on April 14th, 2014 The Santa Barbara Public Market is dedicated to providing the Santa Barbara community with handcrafted, regionally sourced and sustainably made food and wine. With 15 unique shops, there is a little something for everyone. From meats, breads and cheeses to coffee, cupcakes and juices to wine, beer and beyond, The Santa Barbara Public Market has become a one-stop, delicious-shop.

Don't believe us? See for yourself! Doors are open from 7am-10:30pm, but make sure to double check before you go, as certain shops open at later times.

Here are a few images from our latest visit:

The Santa Barbara Public Market Entrance 

Upon entering The Santa Barbara Fresh Market, you can instantly see (and smell) all of the possibilities!

 Enjoy Cupcakes

Enjoy Cupcakes: Cupcakes and cakes artfully presented and lovingly prepared by hand.

 Belcampo Meats Co

Belcampo Meat Co.: Offering sustainably and humanely-raised meats and poultry.

 Crazy Good Bread

Crazy Good Bread: Specializing in unique handcrafted loaves of bread that pair perfectly with great wine & cheese.

Wine Plus Beer

Wine + Beer: An outstanding collection of the finest wines, handcrafted ales and beer.

Earth Day Festival 2014

Posted On: Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 2:18 PM

Santa Barbara South Coast has a long history of protecting mother earth. In fact, did you know that the first ever Earth Day Celebration was held in Santa Barbara? With the creation of the Community Environmental Council in 1970, also brought birth to Earth Day in Santa Barbara.

Continuing the tradition into 2014, this year's two-day celebration in honor of our precious earth will be filled with entertainment, education and community! On April 26 - 27, bring your family and friends to come together at Alameda Park with 35,000 people from across the South Coast to celebrate, connect and recharge! A few highlights to Santa Barbara Earth Day 2014 will feature live bands, exhibitor booths, cultural and dance performances, art exhibits, green car show, Green Shorts Theater, an eco-market place, children's enchanted forest, a beer and wine garden and so much more! Did we mention this event is FREE to attend?!

Join us April 26 - 27 in Alameda Park, come car free, and be care free! Here are a few photos from last year's celebration:

Santa Barbara Earth Day Exhibits
Earth Day Exhibits 
Photo By Erin Feinblatt

Santa Barbara Earth Day Entertainment
Live Entertainment!
Photo By Community Environmental Council

Santa Barbara Earth Day Events
Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of eco-fun!
Photo By Erin Feinblatt 

 

Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend and Wine Festival

Posted On: Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 10:14 AM

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the vines of Santa Barbara wine country are growing with an abundance of grapes in preparation for this year's harvest. The newly budding vines mark the arrival of spring and the beginning of countless afternoons spent sipping world-class Santa Barbara wines, surrounded by our Mediterranean climate and breathtaking panoramic views that stretch from the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend
Photo By Toretti Family Vineyard

If you can already picture yourself kicking back with a glass of cool Chardonnay and thinking "one afternoon is simply not enough," then the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend is for you! With over 40+ wine events April 10-13, the annual Spring Weekend and Wine Festival attracts wine lovers from near and far to participate in one of a kind opportunities to attend wine maker lunches and dinners, winery and tasting room open houses, vineyard walks, a golf tournament, and even a Farm-to-Table picnic and concert. Events include a Wine & Dine Event held at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort on April 11th, where you'll sip 90+ point top rated wines and savor culinary creations prepared by some of Santa Barbara's top chefs. Fans of the Oscar winning movie Sideways can enjoy a shotgun-start golf tournament with host Rex Pickett, the author and playwright of Sideways at Sandpiper Golf Course in Goleta. Or if the open waters are calling your name, enjoy a two hour cruise aboard the "Channel Cat", a luxurious 42-foot catamaran, for a gourmet wine and food pairing event.

Santa Barbara Vintners Grand Tasting
  Photo By  Santa Barbara County Wine

But of course, we can't forget the main attraction, the annual Vintners Festival Grand Tasting! During this event, every single one of the Santa Barbara Vintners 100+ members will gather together to present and sell their wines. Not to mention the additional pairings of food, music and art. Talk about savory! And, just like when you visit Santa Barbara wine country tasting rooms, many of the wines will be poured by the winemakers themselves.

If you are a wine lover like me, the problem will be selecting which one, two or all of these wonderful events to attend! It's the perfect opportunity for a romantic weekend getaway or perhaps a girl's weekend stay! For more information please visit, sbvintnersweekend.com

Get your forks ready, Fork Fest 2014 is almost here!

Posted On: Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 11:54 AM

For our foodie friends and libation lovers, the tastes and plates available in Santa Barbara South Coast are guaranteed to send you into a delectable daze. With so many options to choose from, the list of Santa Barbara wine, food and beer to try can sometimes be overwhelming, although, this is a problem we happily embrace. But, thanks to Crown the Town, the challenge to try the best bites and sips of Santa Barbara has been made easy with Fork Fest 2014.

Fork Fest 2014 

On Saturday April 5th, head on down to The Funk Zone (specifically Mason Street, between State and Anacapa) where you'll get try 9 Santa Barbara eateries as they come together to compete in a friendly fork-off competition to win your vote! Each vendor will prepare one delectable "forkfull" of culinary excellence, in hopes that it will send your palate into paradise!

As your taste buds are sent into a tizzy, breweries, wineries and other spirits will be available while We the Beat (featuring Yoni Berk, aRod & DJ SB) provides musical entertainment. Clear your calendar, because this is one delicious event you don't want to miss! Tickets are all inclusive at only $55. Each admission ticket includes entry, a sample from each vendor, a selection of beer, wine and spirits (remember to drink responsibly) and of course, a great time!

The participating restaurants are:
Blue Tavern
Arlington Tavern 
Organic Soup Kitchen
State & Fig
Killer B's BBQ and Bar
Silvergreens
Enterprise Fish Co.
Casa Blanca Restaurant
The Chase Bar & Grill

While you eat, enjoy beverages from:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
Cutler's Artisan Spirits
Sort This Out Cellars
Pali Wine Co. 
Pure Order Brewing Company
Island Brewing Company

Last but not least, this event will not only provide unlimited amounts of fun for your Saturday afternoon, the event will also help raise funds for the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County. Each ticket sold to Fork Fest will provide two meals to those in need, in the hopes to provide 2,000 meals to help solve hunger issues on the Central Coast. Additionally, Fork Fest will be donating a portion of event proceeds to a new non-profit, Vow4Mal, which aims to eliminate drinking and driving and promotes smart choices for young people in Santa Barbara.

Time is running out and so are tickets! For more information and tickets, please visit crownthetown.com.

Announcing: Santa Barbara Pandora Station

Posted On: Friday, Mar 21, 2014 4:40 PM

No matter if you’re on the other side of the country, or the other side of the world, let the tunes of Santa Barbara’s Pandora station transport you to the sandy shores of Santa Barbara South Coast.

 Santa Barbara Pandora Station

Picked by people like you, this dedicated station is a collection of songs, genres and artists provided by our Facebook fans and Twitter followers.

Tune in, turn it up and begin dreaming you’re in sunny Santa Barbara.

5 Interesting Facts About Orchids

Posted On: Monday, Mar 10, 2014 12:58 PM

Now in its 69th year, the International Orchid Show returns to Santa Barbara March 14-16th. As one of the oldest and largest shows in the United States, hundreds of orchid species will be on display, as well as hybrids by over 50 exhibitors from the US, South America, and Asia.

As spring makes it way, Santa Barbara flowers are in full bloom. In fact, with our warm Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara South Coast produces more orchids than any other region in the country! Additionally, our very own Carpinteria is home to the nation's "flower basket", the largest producing region of cut flower farms remaining in the United States! To honor this beautiful and delicate flower, here's a list of 5 interesting facts that are a must read before attending this must see event!


1. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants. In fact, there are more than 25,000 documented orchid species throughout the world, and more are being discovered every day!

Cymbidium Oxnard Dots - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
(Photo By Heidi Kirkpatrick)

2. The vanilla orchid (and its vanilla bean) is the only commercially grown orchid crop. Who knew orchids could be so delicious!

3. Although generally thought of as a tropical plant, orchids grow on every continent, in every climate, from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost jungle (with the only exception of Antarctica).

Phalaenopsis - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 2
 (Photo By Heidi Kirkpatrick)

4. From small to big, the smallest orchid is the size of a dime, while the largest weigh several hundred pounds

5. Having an orchid teaches patience. To grow an orchid, the plant's first flowers won't appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. And even then, some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year.

Zygopetalum - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 3
 (Photo By Cal Orchid)

Make sure to catch these flowers in boom and purchase your tickets to the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Not only will the orchid species be on display and for sale, attendees will get to see various demonstrations and art shows.

*Orchid facts were sourced from the Fair Child Garden

 

Santa Barbara’s Pinot Noir isn’t just for Wine

Posted On: Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 12:56 PM

We're just days away from the 14th Annual World of Pinot Noir festival, where ticket holders are invited to swirl, sip, and savor over 200 delicious Pinot Noirs. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, don't worry, it's not too late! But act fast, as this event is sure to sell out.

To celebrate this luxurious feast for the senses, we've decided to honor the Pinot Noir grape and introduce you to all of the different, but amazing, uses of this alluring wine-grape. That is of course, other than its already outstanding powers for producing some of the region's best wines.

1. Blackberry Pinot Noir Sorbet
Perfect for a sunny Santa Barbara afternoon, this Blackberry Pinot Noir Sorbet is a sweet treat that will send you into sorbet bliss.

 Blackberry Pinot Noir Sorbet

2. Cherry, Sage and Pinot Noir Jam
Jam isn't just for toast! Try this Cherry, Sage and Pinot Noir Jam on ice cream or as a glaze on chicken or pork. Or, it's so good to eat it by itself!

Cherry, Sage and Pinot Noir Jam

3. Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs
Do you like to host dinner parties or need a go to appetizer? Here's a super easy, and delectable dish that is fit to bring to bring on any occasion, Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs.

 Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs

4. Pinot Noir-Infused Blackberry Ice Pops
The real question is why haven't you tried these Pinot Noir-Infused Black Berry Ice Pops! Use your favorite Pinot Noir and transform them into a frozen treat, guaranteed to get you through and hot summer day.

 Pinot Noir-Infused Blackberry Ice Pops

5. Cranberry Pinot Noir Spritzer
Not only does this Cranberry Pinot Noir Spritzer have a fancy name, but its presentation and taste are just as classy. Try this recipe for your next cocktail party and you are sure to impress.

Cranberry Pinot Noir Spritzer 

10+ Romantic Santa Barbara Date Ideas

Posted On: Monday, Feb 24, 2014 9:57 AM

Just because it's past February 14th, doesn't mean that romance has disappeared on The American Riviera®. In fact, Santa Barbara South Coast is just the place to keep your love burning bright 365 days a year. Just in the name itself, Santa Barbara, The American Riviera®, conjures up romantic images. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, trying to make up for a Valentine's Day that didn't go as planned, or in the beginning stages of a new relationship, we're here to suggest Santa Barbara date ideas for any age, activity and price range.

Santa Barbara date ideas 

For the laid-back couple, there are many things to do, see and experience, without breaking the bank. Take a Sunday drive up California State Route 154 and head to Cold Springs Tavern for out of this world tri-tip sandwiches and a free concert. If you'd rather stay closer to town, take the afternoon to rent bikes to ride around town ending up at your favorite waterfront restaurant for dinner. Or, if you would prefer to have a special moment with your special person, nothing beats a sunset stroll along the beach. Trust us, it's hard to top a Santa Barbara sunset.

For adventure seeking couples, it's time to buckle up and get ready to begin your roller coaster romance. We suggest kayaking to The Channel Islands or stand up paddle boarding alongside sea lions and dolphins. Not only will you share amazing views from the water, you'll work up an appetite to then have a romantic dinner in one of many Santa Barbara restaurants. If concerts are more your speed, the one and only Santa Barbara Bowl is an outdoor amphitheater guaranteed to amplify your night with performances by artist like Jack Johnson, 311, and Carlos Santana, to name a few.

For the luxurious couple, there is only one way to indulge, and it begins with a complete romantic weekend getaway to Santa Barbara South Coast. Our hotels and hideaways are just the beginning. Think spa and wellness packages, unlimited rounds of golf, strolling through the vineyards and wine tasting in the valley, horseback riding along the beach, and snuggling up under the stars. With a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, the possibilities are endless.

Santa Barbra courthouse date 

For the foodie couple, take a food tour to savor all of the plates and pours available. You'll get to eat your way through Santa Barbara, what could be better? If you like to create your own dishes, head to one of our many Farmer's Markets available and plan a picnic in the Sunken Gardens at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, or make a homemade dinner with all of the fresh and local ingredients.

For the artistic couple, Santa Barbara has a new hotspot in town that's a hot bed for art, wine and food. While this area is called The Funk Zone, there is no funk about it! Take a tour at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry and then sip on hand crafted wines throughout the various tasting rooms, all within a few block's radius. From lawn games such as corn hole, to live music, there is a little something for everyone. If you're looking for something a little more intimate, we suggest taking a tour at the breath taking grounds of the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens or Lotusland.

No matter what you end up doing during your date or weekend getaway to Santa Barbra, you and your loved one will feel like you have stepped into your own little world, just how two people in love do.

Film Feast: Scene One

Posted On: Friday, Feb 7, 2014 5:17 PM

Guest Blogger: Cat Puccino, National Sales Manager

In honor of Film Feast 2014, Olio e Limone Ristorante created not one, not two, but THREE special menus! The first menu, "Scorciatoia" or "Short Cut" included 2 courses, the second, "Lungometraggio" or "Feature Film" included three courses, and last but not least, "Epico" or "Epic Film" included a delicious four courses.

I enjoyed the Short Cut menu, which started with Zuppetta di Vongole con Fregola Sarda (local clams with white wine, garlic & parsley broth and a side of fregola pasta). The dish was indescribably awesome! The broth was seasoned perfectly, and I sopped up every last bit with rustic, crusty bread. For my main course, I opted for the Straccietti di Bue alla Pizzaiola (beef tenderloin medallions, tomato, capers, oregano oil and grilled polenta). The hearty portion was satisfying on every level and was a perfect choice for the wintery night ahead.

There's a reason why Olio e Limone Ristorante is a Santa Barbara gem - it's wonderful, flavorful, and consistent food served by a professional wait staff in a comfortable atmosphere.

Olio Limone Film Feast 1

Olio Limone Film Feast 2 

5 of the Happiest of Hours in Santa Barbara

Posted On: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 12:37 PM

For those living and vacationing in paradise, every hour along the shores of Santa Barbara South Coast is a happy one. No one can deny that the year round sun and sand brings added joy that you can’t find anywhere else. However, for those looking to find the happiest of Santa Barbara happy hours, our list below of Santa Barbara bars will bring smiles to you, your friends, and your wallet.

Enterprise Fish Company- While the restaurant area of Enterprise Fish Company is filled with savory seafood dishes, the true gem lies in the bar’s happy hour. Unlike many of the happy hours in town, Enterprise Fish Company extends their happy hours from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays and 5pm to close on Sundays. The days of racing straight over from work to ensure our first (or second, if it’s been a long day) drink order has been placed are over! At Enterprise Fish Company, say hello to extended hours, delicious seafood appetizers, and generous pours in your wine glass.

Enterprise Fish Company Happy Hour

Cielito Restaurant- The only thing not happy about this particular happy hour is that the restaurant is closed on Mondays. And if you have ever tried a plate or pour here, you will know what a shame this is! Running 4-6pm daily (with the exception on Monday), Cielito will leave you wanting more, as their happy hour menu for food is just as good as their specialty cocktails. Did someone say margarita alegre?! Yes, that and so much more.

Brewhouse- Food, brews, and friends are sure to make your happy hour at Brewhouse a memorable experience. But, in addition to their happy hour menu, this local’s spot is hands down one of the best places you can bring man’s best friend. This dog friendly happy hour will treating your four legged friend like a VIP.  There is even a special menu. On a sunny day (which as we know is most days in Santa Barbara), head on over to Brewhouse from 4-6pm to sit and sip the afternoon away on the sun filled patio.

Brewhouse Happy Hour

Blush Restaurant & Lounge- Experience the buzz of downtown Santa Barbara at Blush Restaurant & Lounge’s daily happy hour from 3pm-7pm.  Soak up the sun and warm weather with a glass of wine and top notch appetizers.  Included in their savory selections are Filet Mignon Bites and Lobster Mac and Cheese. How could anyone resist!?

Blush Restaurant and Lounge

Paradise Café- Discover a piece of Santa Barbara with a visit to Paradise Cafe.  The original building dates back to 1915 and is a favorite spot of locals. From 4:30pm-7:30pm on Monday-Friday, sip a margarita and take in the beautiful sights and architecture Santa Barbra is known for.

Paradise Cafe

Hollister Brewing Company- Beer aficionado? Hollister Brewing Company is known to always have 15 different and unique beers on tap at any given time! Sit back, relax and enjoy a pitcher of handcrafted beer from 2-6pm Monday- Friday. Prefer wine? You’re in luck! Even for those who prefer a glass of wine can sip on several selections from Santa Barbara wineries.

These Santa Barbara bars, lounges, and restaurants are just a start; explore our whole food and wine scene to find favorites of your own!

 

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