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'Here's the Scoop' Makes a Big Batch of Avocado Ice Cream for this Weekend's Festival

"Here's the Scoop" is known for premium gelato in Santa Barbara, and this weekend the store will be famous for an original avocado ice cream recipe.

Rocket Fizz Opening in Santa Barbara

Rocket Fizz Will Make State St. Bubble Soon

Rocket Fizz is bringing its bubbly personality to State St. in downtown Santa Barbara.

Organic Soup Kitchen Offers Free Samples

Santa Barbara Organic Soup Kitchen Offers Free Samples

The Organic Soup Kitchen in Santa Barbara is planning to prepare soup "to go" for local residents.

Never Ending Pasta Pass

From Olive Garden

Beware of Olive Garden passes on eBay

Olive Garden's all-you-can-eat pasta passes are already for sale on eBay, but buyers should beware.

Iron Chef Morimoto at LA Food and Wine Festival

Iron Chef Demonstrates How to Make Sushi Live in LA

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own sushi?  A lucky group of food lovers learned from the Iron Chef himself this weekend.

A Taste of Santa Barbara introduces guests to six different locations downtown

Getting A Taste of Santa Barbara: One Step at a Time

If you love food and history, a walking tour new to Santa Barbara might be the perfect way to spend your Saturday.


Boochies Serves up Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Organic Meals in New Santa Barbara Location

There’s a new choice for a healthy meal in downtown Santa Barbara with the opening of Boochies.

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Attracts Local Fiesta Crowd

If you are looking for the most authentic Old Spanish Days food head to Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado.

First Fiesta Food Brings Out Big Crowds

The first Fiesta food brought large crowds to the mercados again this afternoon for the beginning of what might be a four day feast for some of them.

Mercados Expected to be Jammed With Food and Music Lovers During Fiesta

The more you eat, the more you help nonprofit groups during the Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara.  Two mercados will be open for four days starting tomorrow.

SM Elks Lodge to Appear on TV

Santa Maria Elks Lodge to appear on the Cooking Channel's Man Fire Food to show what "Santa Maria Style" barbeque is all about.

Max s Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years

Max's Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years in Santa Barbara with a Week of Deals

Max's restaurant and cucina has served up heaping portions of local food and service for 30 years in Santa Barbara and this week customers are getting even more during a special celebration.

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Vegetables, farmer's market

Which organic foods are worth the switch?

Organic food has risen to become a major market over the past quarter century.


Five 'healthy' foods that may not be

You can find a health and fitness section in just about every newspaper, magazine,…

Open refrigerator

Nightly munchies don't have to bust diet

Avoiding late-night snacks is best for keeping off weight. But if you must snack,…

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Chicken tortilla sandwiches with jalapeño mayonnaise

Let this tasty treat satisfy your tastebuds.

Eating, food, burger, hamburger, mouth

Asian chicken burgers

Break out the soy sauce and leave the ketchup in the fridge for this one.

Pasta dish

Noodles with toasted wheat germ

This version of a classic Italian dish will have dinner ready in a jiffy.


Cheesy sausage rollups

These will disappear by the handful!

Recipe of the day, spices

Seven-layer dip

This is sure to be the star of any party table!

Recipe of the day, spices

Cherry Tomatoes With Lemon-Walnut Pesto Stuffing

Keep these on hand as a make-ahead!


Cocktail on the beach

A day at the beach

Whether you're on the sand or the porch, this cocktail rocks.

Cocktail drink

Hurricane cocktail

Ring in the summer with this classic cocktail.



Make this lemony liqueur as a gift, or to drink yourself.



Pear crumble

Serve this with vanilla ice cream for a taste of summer.

Fruit, cheese kabob

Rum-marinated fruit brochettes

Have a taste of the islands any time!


Strawberry Bonbon Soup

Strawberries and chocolate ... what else do you need?

House and Home Headlines


Latino Student Success Honored at Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College was recently honored as America’s top program in the…

Earthships built from scraps

Earthships, new homes made from old junk

The ability to live completely off the grid is now a reality courtesy of solar homes…

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Is student loan debt hurting the housing recovery?

Student loan debt is preventing millions of Millennials and Gen Xers from buying…

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