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Posted on August 6 at 2:39 p.m.

I am so glad to see a relaxed & innovative adventure like this on the Mesa. The Staff was very welcoming & attentive. You could see at once that they had undertaken considerable planning & work to transform the previous space into a terrific completely new & green atmosphere. I can never resist a Beet juice drink. The Hummus was very good---I liked the smeared-on-a-board presentation, & the accompanying delicate Flatbread was outstanding---more please! The sliced baby mushrooms in the Tacos, however, were all but obliterated by the grill, and the much needed & looked forward to lemon cream fraiche to balance out the harissa was barely there---as a whole much too fussy, but the pepitas were a good idea & the scattering of flower petals was a nice touch. A Lemon tart is always a great finnish. Give this new & inventive endeavor a try. We will definitely be back to experience the chef's progression thru the seasons...

On Meatless on the Mesa

Posted on May 10 at 3:04 p.m.

Boarders is out of business.

On Seattle's Best Borders in Goleta

Posted on February 23 at 3:21 p.m.

Another S.F. Ferry Building Marketplace for the precious few---in keeping with the "S.B. way". What a missed creative opportunity to bring the food revolution to the people in a myriad ways. Shame on the power elite for once again co-opting a great idea for personal gain.

On Santa Barbara’s Public Market Takes Shape

Posted on December 19 at 2:45 p.m.

Not sure... It was the King of the New York Pizzeria at the 3281 Wishire Branch, between S.Berendo St. & New Hampshire Ave., down the street from that big Immanuel Presb. Church. When we were there they seemed to have more spontaneous choices not listed. I had the White Ricotta with Mushrooms & Spinach & the White Eggplant Parm. Broccoli.

On Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Posted on December 19 at 1:43 p.m.

Very disappointed. Nothing like the pictures on-line, very finely chopped/minced & sparse toppings, white option was so heavily ladden with oil that it bent down & extensively dripped all over everything. But most importantly it was sorely lacking in any flavor. Discarded leftovers. Is this the way New Yorkers like their pizzas?

We recently enjoyed some thin crust pizzas in a unique mid-Wilshire joint in L.A. that knocked our socks off. Geat atmosphere. Pizzas so crispy, unbelievable choice of unusual toppings & blends, each tastey ingredient came through. If we lived nearby we would be eating our way through their extensive creative menue. Nothing like the usual suspects elsewhere. But we wouldn't leave S.B. just for its pizzas.

On Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Posted on August 28 at 5:17 p.m.

In the interest of transparency, I never understood why the police substation dissapeared in the 1st place several years ago. I asked why at the time and never got an answer. I rarely see a PAL van there any more either. I have been in there several times in the past. It was very fast paced & noisy---perhaps that is why I didn't seem to fit in or get the job I was seeking with the younger generation. Both the neighborhood & the B. & G.'s Club would benefit greatly from some basic pro-active outreach such as the clubs specific types of donations most needed, and the various types of volunteer opportunities available. Also prior notification of any proposed changes (such as the police vacating their office there), & news of up & coming community events held there before they happen. Perhaps a youth newsletter project for them to gain the various publishing slills. Our children are grown, but we would still like to feel connected in a meaningful way. PS. I love my neighborhood & always feel totally safe here.

On Bohnett Park Gets Major Makeover

Posted on August 18 at 3:48 p.m.

As invaluable spaces are vacated & become available for sale in the downtown district, are we going to fill each one with one more sidewalk-adjacent large Condo Box? By abrogating our responsibi8lity to the whole, and turning it over to the chosen few, the other end of Chapala has already become a desolate and cold stretch of space. A downtown should have a variety of centralized public spaces for all to enjoy. Those spaces should have inviting open access for residents & visitors alike, and not be handed over to the control by a private few. A towns' downtown district should reflect the unique creative, artistic and cultural makeup of its location, citizenry, and history. It should include spaces for all to enjoy now, and not just for the 37 chosen few in 2018 who can afford to buy and thus secure a potential public space solely for their private use---many of whom may hold their units only for occasional occupancy as 2nd homes.

Santa Barbara should not sell out its' potential public spaces to greedy soulless box developers. Instead it should seize any opportunity to recognize and enhance its' vibrancy through imaginatively designed multi-use public spaces that meet multiple public needs. Condo boxes are a shortsighted use of invaluable space within a town's core area. This is poor, developer-controlled planning. When will we stop handing over the power to financially motivated developers to negatively represent and shape our town's very soul? Are we to be increasingly known only for our ticky-tacky privately owned & contrived pseudo Spanish style boxes?

There is, however, one uniquely creative private land use project I have seen in our downtown area. The award winning, unbelievably situated, imaginatively designed, and oh so commutable Abblits home. An astounding use of a typically undesirable and unbuildable space. Who would have thought?... It has succeeded on so many levels. The whimsical tile work alone sends me to heaven. It's evening lighting during the holidays made a confluence of shaby parking space and alleyways shine. No wonder, for so many reasons, it has become a not-to-be-missed sight on our visitors' tours.

On New Vision for Old Vons Lot

Posted on May 3 at 6:47 p.m.

A great educational collaborative application towards large scale community building. And a significant local jump-start contribution from the resources of UCSB's Black Studies Dept. gleaned from their experience in publishing the only academic journal dedicated to Haitian Studies in the U.S. Imagine pooling the potential & creative resources of all of the Depts. in the greater U.C. system toward a united goal of community development & social change at the Country level. What better learning experience than for students to explore what it takes to successfully---on all levels, re-build & maintain an entire country. The opportunity to put social & economic distributive justice into action. An education, not simply of remaining within the ivory tower & recycling itself, nor solely directed towards short term personal advancement. Instead a complex holistic long-term mega project, elements of which could eventually be replicated elsewhere in untold ways. Brain storming of the highest magnitude. Combining the resources of both grass-roots citizenry & applied academia, out there in the real world. This time not the specific focus of a particular non-profit, nor the usual political model motivated by power & gain. Above all, and most important, hopefully any assistance & design would continually be guided by the expertise and on-going input of Haitians themselves, both at home & world-wide. Haitians would initiate and be the impetus & key resource for the entire learning process & experience, to build a society in which they would ultimately most wish to live and thrive.

On UC Haiti Summit Sets Stage for Continued Relief

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