Cheshire Cat Named in Top 10 Romantic Inns List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 12th, 2014 – SANTA BARBARA, CA – Historic Cheshire Cat Inn of Santa Barbara recently made the 2014 list of Top 10 Most Romantic Inns nationwide featured on  This marking comes as no surprise as this award winning Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast has been a long favored getaway destination.

Among the finest accommodations in Santa Barbara, each room follows along the same whimsical inspiration as the inns name, bearing titles like the Dormouse’s Room, the Mad Hatter’s Room, the Duchess’s Room, and the White Rabbit Balcony Room.  Guests can expect to find the same kind of storybook charm and romance throughout the inn couched in such amenities as gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine & hors d’oeuvres, and in-room Jacuzzis. Cheshire Cat Inn has also partnered with Santa Barbara fine dining restaurants Louie’s and Downey’s to offer an unparalleled vacation package to impress even the most discriminating tastes.

Travelers looking for the perfect place to honeymoon or rekindle passions will certainly find it here nestled in Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate, sidewalk cafes & boutiques, and waterfront adventures.  In fact, many of the town’s best offerings are right within walking distance to the inn.  Guests can even book an in room massage as part of their ideal romantic getaway.

About: Cheshire Cat Inn is made up of three Queen Anne Victorians, a Coach House and three cottages, originally constructed in 1894.  Fountains, gazebos, and lush flower gardens abound.  Many of the rooms have fireplaces, refrigerators, and private balconies, and all are decorated with English antiques, and the coziest, most romantic of linens and accessories. Rates range from $194 – $429. For more information or to inquire about specific dates, visit their website, see their Facebook page, or call (805) 569-1610.


Celebrating in Style With Sammy’s Limos

Thanksgiving means different things to different people. For college students, it’s time to get together with old friends and celebrate. For families, it’s time to enjoy special activities together. Visitors to Santa Barbara might want to take this time to see all our beautiful city has to offer. Whatever you are doing, do it in safety and style with Sammy’s Limousines and Tours. We offer the finest in luxury with our top notch fleet, as well as providing you with drivers that are knowledgeable tour guides.

Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara is a great time for fun, food and partying, with many events you can enjoy with friends. If your party plans call for alcohol, leave the driving to our Santa Barbara limousine service so you can have more fun. There is no better way to celebrate this special time of year than by renting one of our SUV Limousines, Luxury Sedans, or Passenger Vans. Let us do the driving while you experience the holiday charms of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and the surrounding communities. Here are a few suggestions for Thanksgiving events in Santa Barbara where you can have our professional chauffeur drive you and your guests:

  • Thanksgiving Dinner: Imagine the look of surprise on your guests’ faces when you invite them over for Thanksgiving dinner and one of our luxury limos pulls up to the door! Pile everybody into the vehicle as we whisk you and your guests off to one of Santa Barbara’s finest restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Santa Barbara Zoo: What could be more fun than taking the family to the Zoo’s Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash before heading out to dinner? Beginning at 10:00 a.m. zookeepers will give many of the animals, including the elephants and gorillas, pumpkins to play with, so visitors can watch what happens.
  • Wine Tours: Guests staying for the weekend? Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez are home to some of the best wineries.Sammy’s wine tours are the perfect choice for a great wine tasting day.
  • Santa Barbara Nightlife: Santa Barbara’s downtown becomes a popular hub of party-goers and people looking for a little fun. Hundreds swarm State St. where dozens of bars and clubs line the downtown strip.

If you’re drinking, don’t get behind the wheel and take the chance of being arrested or hurting yourself or someone else.Sammy’s Limousines owns and operates the most luxurious fleet of vehicles in the Santa Barbara California area, while still maintaining very affordable prices. Book your ride now and enjoy a safe Thanksgiving.

About Sammy’s Limos and Tours: Since 1992, Sammy’s Limos has been Santa Barbara’s number one limos and tours company. Sammy’s Limousines offers the finest in luxury with a top notch fleet of limousines that are available for Santa Barbara wine toursSanta Barbara weddings, Santa Barbara proms, and Santa Barbara sporting events.  Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805-963-8294 to book a reservation or obtain a free quotation.

Make It a Fun Valentine’s Date at The Neighborhood Bar!

If you are tired of all the hype and pressure surrounding Valentine’s Day, and are just looking for a great place to spend a fun night together, then The Neighborhood Bar is for you! Voted Best Bar in Santa Barbara, five years in a row, The Neighborhood Bar serves up a fun Santa Barbara Happy Hour until 8:00 p.m. every day. The Olympic Games will still be in full force, so you can sit back and cheer for Team USA on one of our eighteen satellite TVs. Or you and your sweetheart can have the opportunity to share in some good-natured competition with our Indoor Ping Pong Tables, Billiards, Foosball, Video Games and more.

TheNeighborhood-FebFacebookProf2-300x238Start off with one of our reasonably priced “Eat and Drink” specials, served from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. every day. For only $10 each, you and your Valentine can choose one of our menu items priced at $7.50 or less and enjoy your choice of a well cocktail, house wine, any pint, or any bottled beer. Or try one of our sandwiches and burgers, with your choice of thin-cut fries or a side salad. You might even be interested in one of our specialty pizzas, or you can build one of your own together. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, try one of our bar munchies like flash fried jalapenos, chicken wings, taquitos, or crispy calamari strips.

You’re sure to enjoy the fun of our low key local hangout spot with Touch Tunes, ping pong, billiards, Buck Hunter, foosball, and many other fun games. You can sit inside and join in all the action, or relax on our dog-friendly patio while choosing one of the twelve beers we have on tap to taste-test with your Valentine.


There is always something going on at The ‘Hood’, so come on down for Valentine’s Day and get a taste of the “real” Santa Barbara. You will spend the evening eating, playing games, watching sports, or listening to some great music. Everyone is welcome, so you don’t have to worry about what to wear or whether you’ll fit in. Just come prepared for a great evening because we’re all about the good friends, good food, and good times.

Bring your sweetheart down to The Neighborhood Bar and Grill for Valentine’s Day because the beer is always cold and the food is always good!

About The Neighborhood Bar and Grill: Located at 235 West Montecito Street in Santa Barbara, The Neighborhood Bar has been voted the best bar in Santa Barbara for five years in row. Guests enjoy a relaxed environment, happy hour until 8:00 p.m. every day, excellent food at an amazing price, served up by a helpful and friendly staff, and plenty ofneighborhood bar entertainment. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805-963-7600 for more information or to book a private party.

Dave’s Killer Bread OR Ezekiel Bread, Which Is Better for You?

Has this happened to you? You got connected with a health and fitness guru and have been following their prescriptions to a better life. They have sold you on the idea of eating only carbohydrates from a good source. One of those good sources came highly recommended and you have been eating Ezekiel Bread for a while now.


You’re at the gym one day, having a great workout and making a new friend. As you chat about your eating habits, this new friend swears by Dave’s Killer Bread. Now you are wondering if perhaps you could make a better choice for your carbohydrate sources by switching to Dave’s Killer Bread. As you ponder this new thought, you hear the voice of your current health and fitness guru in your head speaking to you about how Ezekiel Bread is the only way. What do you do? Well, that is where I am able to help you. I’ve wondered the same thing myself and went about looking into the similarities and differences. I’ve made my choice and you can make yours.

Let’s take a look at what the breads have in common. They both use “all organic whole grain” sources for their ingredients and that is a great thing. They both use sea salt in the bread making process. They both offer several varieties of bread for you to chose from. You know what folks say, “variety” is the spice of life. So both breads bring that spice to you. Both brands make a multi grain bread, a whole wheat bread, and a multi seed bread. Both breads are carried in only certain stores making their availability limited. Many big chain food stores will carry either one or the other brand.

Now let’s take a look at the differences. All breads from Food For Life (manufacturers of Ezekiel Bread) use only sprouted ingredients and no flour of any kind in any bread. Dave’s Killer Breads use either cracked, crushed, cultured or rolled whole grains for their breads. So, which is better? That is debatable. It is believed that sprouted grains are more readily digested by the body. If you do have trouble digesting grains, this may be a slightly better choice for you. Beyond digestion the differences are negligible.

Food For Life offers five varieties of bread: 7 Sprouted Grain, 3 varieties of Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain (Flax, Low Sodium, & Sesame), and Sprouted Whole Grain&Seed. Dave’s Killer Bread offers eight varieties of bread: 21 Whole Grain, Good Seed, Power Seed, Blues Bread, Cracked Wheat, Sprouted Wheat, Good Seed Spelt, and Rockin Rye.

All of the five varieties of bread from Food For Life do not use any sugar of any kind. All of the 7 varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread use either organic dried cane syrup or organic cultured wheat (or both) as a natural preservative. For any of Dave’s breads the amount of sugar added averages 4 grams per slice. For those of you cutting carbs to get that ripped body ready for the stage, you may want to choose bread’s from Food For Life exclusively in that 12 week pre show prep time.

All of the five varieties of bread from Food For Life do not use any oil, while three varieties (Cracked Wheat, Blues, & Rockin Rye) of Dave’s Killer Bread do use a small amount of organic expeller-pressed canola oil. This small amount of oil in those two breads add a negligible amount of fat to the bread.

The final difference between the breads is the serving size. All breads from Food For Life have a standard serving size of 1 slice equal to 34 grams. All breads from Dave’s Killer Breads have a standard serving size of 1 slice and the grams vary from 42 grams to 50 grams, with the typical being 45 grams.

With all of that great information at hand which bread are you going to choose? There is one more factor to take a look at and that is the cost to purchase a loaf of bread. On average most stores that carry either of these breads will charge you just under $6.00 for a loaf of bread. That is on the high side as far as breads go.

For me, this is the major factor in my choice. Both bread companies make a comparable good carb source bread. My local Costco store carries a few varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread and because they can make a large bulk purchase they also offer the least expensive pricing for a loaf of bread. On average I pay about $3.75 for a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread. So for now, I’m a Dave’s Killer Bread fan.

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What Is French Sea Salt – What Is the Difference Between Sel Gris and Fleur De Sel

French Grey Salts are natural salts gathered from salt ponds in the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the coast of France. Two of the most common salts are Fleur de Sel and Sel Gris, also known as French Salt.


Fleur de Sel is harvested from the surface of the pond. It is a high quality and delicate salt that has a white color. It has an earthy flavor that might also be a little sweet. This salt is used to salt meats, vegetable, fish, and many other dishes.

Sel Gris, or French Salt, is gray in color. It is harvested from below the surface after it has passed through clay basins. It is also used to salt various dishes. Both salts have a much higher mineral content than regular table salt.

There are many benefits, beyond flavor, to be had when using French Sea Salt. Thanks to the high mineral content there are many health benefits. No chemicals or preservatives are added which also adds to the health perks of using French Sea Salt.

One concern when using salt is the high sodium content. However, Fleur De Sel or Sel Gris has a high magnesium content which allows unused sodium to be eliminated through the kidneys fairly rapidly. They minimize water retention while provoking saliva production. Mucus elimination occurs which helps in the release of toxins from the body. It is important to drink lots of fluids while using them as this will aid in the toxin release process.

These salts act as a natural antihistamine and can help relieve allergies. They are also a natural soporific and help a person to fall asleep naturally. Just drink warm water with a pinch of sea salt before bedtime every night and watch the sleep benefits occur. Sea salts can also be used as a beauty aid. They are mainly used as an exfoliant or scrub but the high mineral content also allows them to be added to certain cosmetics. Fleur De Sel or Sel Gris mixed with water can be sprayed on hair to give a nicely textured look.

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Total Living Drink Greens Review

Juicing has become a big phenomenon amongst health professionals, fitness gurus, nutritional experts and even cancer patients. The juicing machine is also finding its’ way into a growing percentage of American households.


The idea behind this phenomenon is that you’ll be able to get the pure, nutrient-dense ingredients that your body will be able to immediately put to great use. What’s nice is that this can be done without eating an endless amount of fruit and vegetables. This is made even better when you find out just how great the juice actually tastes. All of this is actually the driving force behind what’s known as the Total Living Drink Greens by Kylea. The following Total Living Drink Greens review will go over this product in detail.

This product comes in a powdered form. However, since it really does utilize juices, this is not a powdered form of raw, whole produce. Instead, the fruits and vegetables have actually been juiced -the juice is where the phytonutrients are largely located. These are then converted into a powdered form. Thanks to this process the company’s claim that 1 full serving of their product is the equivalent to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables is actually valid and even highly impressive. In order to experience this for yourself you simply need to add 1 scoop of their powder to your blender with any of the other ingredients that you’d like to have in your smoothie. (Adding water or ice cubes will help to make the smoothie less thick.)

This Ingredients Found in the Total Living Drink Greens

While there are a lot of different ingredients found within this product, some of the main superfoods include:


Apple Juice


Bitter Mellon


Brown Rice








The Price of the Product

If you were to go to a trusted supplements store, such as whole foods, and buy everything that is found within the Total Living Drink juice powder, it would cost you at least $250. All you have to do is take a moment to break down the servings and you can see that there is tremendous value in getting all your daily nutritional needs in one product. So, it shouldn’t be too surprising that you’ll be paying $99 for 2.6 lbs. Whenever you use a full scoop per day, this will last you for a month. You can stretch this out so that it will last for 2 months if you only use a half a scoop per day.

Even though this is really a personal preference, for most people it’s a no brainer whenever you stop to consider whether you want to pay anywhere from $200 to $300 to purchase 8 or 9 different supplements or pay less than $100 and open the lid to just one canister each day. Take some time to think about this powder’s contents, cost and how easy to use and you’ll see what a great choice this product is whenever you’re interested in managing your weight, replacing meals or simply living a healthy lifestyle. Remember that one scoop of the Total Living Drink Greens can be used as a meal-replacement too. Each scoop contains over 38 grams of nutrition, including almost 12 grams of protein!

The Good News about This Product

The Total Living Drink Greens also contains amino acids, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, herbs, probiotics and protein. Of course, this means that there are also a lot of vitamins and minerals found within this product too. Both the protein and the antioxidant servings are really potent and the digestive enzymes are comprehensive as well. This additional protein isn’t found in most of the other superfood drinks that are on the market today so you’ll definitely want to take this important, added bonus into consideration. What most people truly appreciate though are the superfood juice extracts.

Some Drawbacks to This Product

The way this drink tastes is somewhat different because of how strong the broccoli and wheatgrass are. For this reason, you’ll want to add other fresh fruits or vegetables, maybe even some juice to counter the flavor. Anyone who is already used to the flavor of “green” drinks probably won’t even notice the taste at all though.


Now that you know more about Total Living Drink Greens, it’s important to know more about superfoods in general. Whenever you take time to look at the other products that are available both online and in stores today, you can clearly see why this product is at the top of the list. Even though some of these other products are actually quite impressive with the results they can provide, this product is a true nutritional giant.

So, if you have a busy schedule and want to do your very best to keep your kitchen clean at all times, then this is the supplement that you should be putting into your smoothies each day. There have been a lot of success stories whenever it comes to using this product for weight loss, as well as many people who are very happy with using this as a meal replacement too. This is because it’s loaded with fruit and vegetable superfoods, over 13g of superfoods per serving and 38 grams of total nutrition per scoop.

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The Top 10 Most Powerful Weight Loss Juice Recipes

If you’ve never tried this method before, all you need is a good, quality juicer and some fresh fruits and vegetables and you’re good to go. Juicing can help you lose and maintain your ideal weight in a variety of ways. One of its greatest benefits is cleansing and detoxification. Through this process, your body flushes out toxins which increase the risk of diseases and infections. Toxins are stored in fat, so when they are removed from your system, you lose fat cells as well. Another way that juicing helps you lose weight is by boosting your energy, so that you can perform fat-burning exercises.

There are literally thousands of juicer recipes out there, but here are some of the most effective most powerful ones you can try:

Cucumber and Tomato Slimmer


3 cups chopped tomatoes

2 cups diced cucumber

1 stalk celery

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

The Weight Watcher’s Breakfast


2 medium carrots

1 cup chopped watercress

2 red tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup baby spinach

1/2 cup cilantro

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

Slimmin’ to the Beet


1 small beet, cubed

4 celery stalks

1 cup chopped spinach

1 bunch cilantro

1 tsp. sea salt

Orange and Greens


3 medium carrots

2 celery stalks

1 handful spinach

1 handful parsley

1 apple

1/2 lemon

Sweet with a Spike


1 grapefruit

1 small kiwi

3 carrots

1 small beet

1 yellow pepper

1/2-inch ginger, peeled

The Dieter’s Cooler


1 cup watermelon, seeds included

1 lemon

1 tsp. mint leaves

Tropical Chili


1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup sliced pineapple

1/2 lime, peeled

1/2 chili

Garden in a Glass


1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup celery

1/2 cup carrots

1/2 cup beetroot

2 oranges

1/2 lemon

1-inch cube ginger root

Green Juice Dessert


1 banana or 1/2 avocado

1 orange

1 large carrot

1 apricot, fresh or dried

Berry Effective Weight Loss Juice


3 apples

1/2 cup fresh cranberry juice

1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp. powdered psyllium

These delicious juicer recipes are very effective in weight loss, provided that you also do your part in trimming down – healthy eating and regular exercise is a must. Drink a fresh glass of any of these weight loss juices before a meal to suppress your appetite. You can also mix and match any of your favorite fruits and vegetables to create your own weight loss juices, just be sure to watch your fruit ingredients as they are high in natural sugar content.

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Santa Barbara Bar Voted Best Bar 5 Years In A Row

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 19th, 2013 – SANTA BARBARA, CA – West beach Santa Barbara bar “The Neighborhood Bar” recently won the best Santa Barbara Bar as voted by the people in the Independent Magazine.  The Hood has  won the SB Readers’ Poll award five years in a row for best bar in Santa Barbara in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.

If you’re a Santa Barbara local, you’ve probably heard of The Neighborhood Bar located on west beach at the corner of Bath and Montecito St. Known for its laid back atmosphere, you will find the best Santa Barbara nightlife at “The Hood.”

“When you think about it, there really aren’t a lot of big neighborhood bars,” said David Burkholder, who is currently beefing up his own through expansion and new construction. “They usually are very small with a small clique of people who go to them. Where we are and what we do makes everybody feel like this is their neighborhood bar. And some of the reasoning behind this was actually on purpose.  From the start, we were going to be unlike any other place. This award helps us feel like we’re doing the right thing.”

The Neighborhood Bar has something for everyone. It’s a favorite hangout spot among locals because of the close proximity to the beach, cheap drinks and casual environment. Tourists on Yelp and Trip Advisor report The Hood as one of the best people watching spots on west beach. You may see anything from stumbling old locals and hippies, to young girls and frat guys. The hood has a diverse crowd, from singles, couples, small groups, business owners to back hoe drivers, 21st birthday gatherings to softball pre and post game party people.

“We would like to thank our loyal hood fans for voting The Neighborhood Bar the best Santa Barbara Bar in the Independent Newspaper five years in a row.  We work hard to give the people what they want, and this kind of recognition is greatly appreciated by each of our hard working bar tenders and cooks.  We know that we would never have come this far without the support of our loyal hood fans,” said David Burkholder, owner.

About The Hood: Affordable, yet respectable Santa Barbara restaurants are not easy to find. The Neighborhood Bar is one of the best restaurants Santa Barbara has to offer. You’ll enjoy excellent food for an amazing price served up by the helpful and friendly staff. Visit the site at and join the Facebook page at

The Neighborhood Bar
235 West Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-7600