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New Year's Eve Dinner in Santa Barbara?

Here is a Santa Barbara tourism link for some of the restaurants that offer NYE specials:

http://www.santabarbaraca.com/blog/in...

Dec 17, 2014
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New Year's Eve Dinner in Santa Barbara?

Age? Yes, anything in the Funk Zone or lower State Street Old Town will be good if you are younger. 35 and under? Any of the restaurants in the below 1000 blocks of State Street or their surrounding blocks in the Funk Zone off East Yanonali. I would think Palace Cafe knows how to throw a good party too. Or more up town the Benchmark might have something planned. Blush has a good outdoor patio and very nice vibe if you are a little older than college age.

Dec 17, 2014
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Harbin - China - Ice Festival 2015

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

We are staying on the main street so I gather we can just drop in on what looks interesting. How cold was it and could you walk around much in that weather because it sounded like they had outdoor food stations at the festival sites.

I imagine we will want walkable restaurant suggestions too - main pedestrian mall area or close by.

Harbin - China - Ice Festival 2015

Heading to the Harbin China Ice Festival in January 2015 - will be staying central down town at the IBIS.

Any BLD recommendations or what food will be available at the Festival grounds itself?

Thanks.

Cooking School Near San Louis Obispo, CA

Hip and SLO are not two things I don't readily put together. Sorry. Certainly the hippest part of SLO are the Railway Plaza restaurants and the downtown creekside restaurants. They have a Culinary Carnival coming up in Feb 2015 - might want to contact these folks for some help with your request:

http://www.sloculinarycarnival.com

Another thought is the vintage railway trips between SLO and Santa Barbara because sometimes they have special food trips - the Cheese train, etc. Check the South Coast railway museum for this info when they start up again. Day-tripper turnaround trips -though they do start and end in SB - but it is a fun trip.

Dec 11, 2014
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Cooking School Near San Louis Obispo, CA

Check Cuesta College -they may have a culinary dept or some adult ed classes.

Dec 11, 2014
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Dining suggestions for South Lake Tahoe this weekend

Cheese fondue is very good at the Swiss Chalet - old style Tahoe restaurant and fondue hits the spot on wintry days.

Ooops, sorry but this venerable old Tahoe establishment is now closed and gutted to become a brewery.

Dec 05, 2014
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Anything new on the Central Coast for breakfast and lunch?

Madonna's charm is that it is quality tacky, not cheap tacky. It endures and is very well-crafted kitsch. And the food is solid and classic too.

Dec 01, 2014
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Anything new on the Central Coast for breakfast and lunch?

Not new but often overlooked and always good: Madonna Inn south of SLO for both breakfast and lunch. Just had their half BLT with hearty side salad and house made chunky blue cheese dressing. Remains worth a drive.

Nov 29, 2014
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Need wedding reception ideas! Santa Barbara for 10 people

Stelle Mares has a very nice private party room with french doors out to a small patio over looking the Bird Refuge small lake. Country French style dining in an old home converted into a restaurant. Maximum for that room is about 20 so it would be very nice for only 10.
http://www.stellamares.com/

I think you should easily able to do this for under $1000.

The El Encanto Hotel also has smaller private venues - prices may go up but worth a look to see what they can do for a private party - very lovely spot in town.

Nov 27, 2014
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Best Burgers

Have eaten Habit burgers several times - they are okay. Not the best and not the worst. I think they are more marketing hype right now as they spread their franchise.

Nov 26, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Thank you for the instant report and great news about Toma. Glad we finally got you pointed in the right direction and alerting us to the "Monday" problem for visitors.

Nov 18, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

You obviously know your food so looking forward to your review of Toma to make sure our local dining reviews are not getting excessively puffed up.

Because according to these recent local reviews looks like you are making an excellent choice. Have not been there myself since it changed hands from the former Emilio's. Enjoy.http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

PS: I always get nervous when I read too many reviews laced with the words "to die for" and "awesome".

Thanks for the Korean tips - and better capture them before they end up on the LA board. Recent trip to S Korea opened this cuisine, new to me so I want to explore it more now in my own backyard.

Nov 17, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Cold Springs Tavern - open Mondays - out Highway 154 about 20 minutes up the hill. Watch out for the left hand turn-off to Staggecoach Road.
http://www.coldspringtavern.com

Crocodile at the Lemon Tree Inn on State Street - midtown - near Alamar - open Mondays: http://www.treeinns.com/pages/crocodi...

Nov 16, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Mixed reviews for the Miro at Bacara.
http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

Nov 16, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Love to get a report on Bacara dining. Only been there for event banquet stuff - okay, but they do keep trying to be noteworthy in their restaurant offerings, for the prices charged.

Or try Cold Springs Tavern up Highway 154 for a real get away retreat feeling and basic comfort food - same thing, open on Mondays? I think you just might like Crocodile at the Lemon Tree Inn - electric and always something that works in a surprisingly slightly chic setting for a "motel".

Now please trade me your recommendations for Koreatown.

Nov 16, 2014
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Lunch in Paso Robles?

Artisan, downtown

Nov 16, 2014
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Monday night in Santa Barbara

Had not thought of this challenge and can't rightly say what you can expect. But the Canary Hotel dining (now called Finch and Fork) has been good in the past - not first tier but good enough if you can't find anything else. I can give you a list of plenty of other choices but don't know myself if you will run into the same thing - Monday closure.

If you want to keep doing research, try Toma, Juliene, SamaSama, Louies at the Upham Hotel, or my good old standby when all else fails - Crocodile at the Lemon Tree Inn - thinking here of those restaurants associated with hotel/motels that may well keep a 7 day schedule.

Just wander around the 1000-1300 blocks of State Street and the side streets and you will find at least some local favorites if not the best, best, best. La Arcada Court has some worthy choices too - Petit Valentin and Cielito.

For very good casual, the new SB Public Market (West Victoria Street- first block) keeps hours that might work if you want something good to eat - counter and carry out style.

Nov 16, 2014
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where is a good Italian market with imported cheese and meats in Santa Barbra area?

SANTA BARBARA/GOLETA:

Via Maestra 42 in the San Roque neighborhood on Upper State Street in Santa Barbara carries good imported Italian deli items.

Metropolus in the SB "Funk Zone" on East Yanonali Street has a lot of higher quality imported and deli items too.

The old Italian Grocery which is now moving to Radio Square on West Carrillo, downtown Santa Barbara had some good imported Italian staples.

The SB Public Market on West Victoria Street has a very good cheese shop, a fresh pasta counter and good local olive oils to try.

And even the Indo-China market in the K-Mart shopping complex carries a surprising array of international products.

Nov 12, 2014
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Thanksgiving in Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo

Agree, Madonna Inn - just south of SLO. Save room for their spectacular Toffee crunch cake. http://www.madonnainn.com/cakes.php#

Nov 12, 2014
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Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara

Cold Springs Tavern - hands down winner.

Nov 11, 2014
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LA to San Luis Obispo...where to eat?!

Mo's BBQ- Philty Phil ribs on Pomeroy Street in downtown Pismo Beach.

Oct 07, 2014
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"Old Palm Springs"

Looking forward to your report when you get back. Everyone is always stumped when asked about good dining in this area. Hope you have time to add all the good details and that you enjoy your time there very much. I know they have the best backyard grapefruit in the world - sister has winter place there.

Oct 06, 2014
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"Old Palm Springs"

If you take the highly recommended Hollwood Homes bus tour of old Palm Springs, the driver will give you local restaurant tips and what happened at some of the more legendary watering holes. Plus they take you to the Old Mill Market in Palm Desert for the very best date shakes.

Oct 04, 2014
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Best of Bakersfield Food Tour

I believe Valentin moved to Santa Barbara, where it is now Petit Valentin in La Arcada Court on State Street and very well recommended. (2014)

Oct 04, 2014
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Santa Barbara "Eat Street" - Milpas St Festival - 1st weekend in Oct

A new food festival is starting in Santa Barbara - on "Eat Street" - Milpas Avenue where there are many small eateries which have had long-time local followings but are getting wider recognition, not just the now super famous La Super Rica Taqueria. (#15 Tocino Especial - yeah!)

http://www.independent.com/releases/2...

Oct 03, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

Awww.... they still do flaming, table side desserts at The Stone House. This might be the deal maker. Plus if you are staying at the Bacara, this would keep you in the same mood. And you have to love the JFK and Jackie honeymoon connection too.

http://www.sanysidroranch.com/images/...

BWT: I do think Downey's has some of the best desserts in Santa Barbara. They aren't just sweet, heavy and/or trite. But refreshing and elegantly flavored for a fine ending to a classic meal.

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

TOMA on Cabrillo Blvd: I have not been here myself since the ownership changed but it is getting consistently high marks on local blogs - it was always a favorite under prior management - a lovely more casual spot but with enough atmosphere to make it special, particularly if the dining is now as good as locals re reporting.
http://www.tomarestaurant.com

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

Good location choice too, but more down-market than StoneHouse, Downeys or El Encanto.

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

StoneHouse is a more quiet, romantic setting. The local "big event" restaurant is Downey's - quiet, discreet casually elegant, refined service. They have a sweet alcove table too.

Recently at buchon for a "big event" (only because Downey's was closed on Monday) and left feeling very confused what the fuss is about that restaurant. Food was meh. Busy and lively, not exactly an intimate moment place. But it is popular.

Juliene has great food but tables are close and it is small and casual.

El Encanto Hotel is another terrific location setting. Or for something more rustic but very romantic - Cold Springs Tavern.

Sep 27, 2014
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