Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sip This: Outpost’s Tipsy Turvy Mocktail

In an effort to provide alternative food and drink dinners, Executive Chef Damien Giliberti and team are creating a Cinco No Drinko fest on May 5 by the firepits at The Goodland (5650 Calle Real, Goleta; 964-6241). Along with four scrumptious courses of food — think cilantro, hibiscus, and white tortillas to honor the Mexican flag as well as lamb barbacoa tacos — the evening will feature a series of nonalcoholic cocktails (including a mole with corn and a hibiscus with coconut milk), and then a star of the current menu, the Tipsy Turvy.

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Bella Vista’s Biltmore Bargain

(Chef Marco Fossati in the Biltmore garden)

A parmesan wheel is an impressive hunk of formaggio, pretty much four feet in diameter, two feet tall — a Mack truck tire worth of cheese. Striking all by its mighty self, the wheel is really something to see when hollowed out and turned into a mixing bowl of sorts for your supper. But that’s the kind of treat in store for you if you head to Bella Vista at the Four Seasons Biltmore for a Wednesday Chef’s Table.

It’s almost like an extension of Restaurant Week, a rare chance to sample fine dining at a reduced rate ($45 per person). The menu kicks off with a choice of two first courses, proceeds to a pasta dish — perhaps a Gnocchetti “Cacio de Pepe” that gets prepared tableside in that giant parmesan wheel and finished with extravagant summer truffle — and then a dessert, which some weeks will be a sampler.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pico Brings Burger Night to Santa Barbara

When Pico opened in the Los Alamos General Store three years ago, they wanted to support North County locals by offering half-off meals every Wednesday night to card-carrying residents. “But when winter came,” Chef Drew Terp explains, “we knew we were not going to make any money if we kept charging half price.”

Instead, Terp started making a secret burger menu every Wednesday night just for those regulars. Week one, they sold 19 burgers. Week two, 70. Week three, Terp says, “We sold out of burgers in an hour.”

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Poetry on the Air!

Want to hear me talk about poetry? Here's a PA Spotlight segment from KCSB with reporter Jenny Boyar. We talk the SB poetry scene, about my book, and I read a poem too.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Years of Poetry All in One Book!

It's here! My first full collection of poetry, The First Night We Thought the World Would End, has been published by Brandenburg Press. You can get it at Chaucer's in Santa Barbara or online starting April 1 (no joking!) at that Amazon place. In fact, you can pre-order now, if you'd like.

"It's this looking closer and his ability to bring to life the details in clear and often beautiful language that urges us to keep reading these poems," writes Gerry LaFemina.

"There's a gathering feeling to this book; meditative and lyrical, his poems contemplate a range of wonders from the minutiae to the grand," writes Alexandra Lytton Regalado.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sip This: Fontanafredda Barolo 2011

It’s easy to be intimidated by big, bad, bold Barolo, the delightful wine from the Piedmont in Italy made from nebbiolo. It needs time in-bottle to even its tannins, it’s usually not cheap, and you feel like you need to make a perfect porterhouse to pair it with. But relax, there’s this Fontanafredda (suggested retail $45) from one of the historic producers from the region.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Sip This: Margerum Syrah 2017

After years of buying great grapes from others to make his wines, Doug Margerum signed a long-term lease at Honea Vineyard a couple of years ago so that he could better create his own estate wines.

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