Cody’s Cafe Makes Your Day Memorable

Dear Readers,

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and all of us at Cody’s Cafe would like to take a moment to pay our respects to those brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our beloved country. Cody’s would like to spend this Memorial Day by serving our current and former members of the armed forces. That’s why we are offering special discounts and deals for anyone with a military ID on Memorial Day weekend.

Don’t stress having to plan a Memorial Day cookout or party. Come relax and let Cody’s take care of you and the family. This Memorial Day weekend let Cody’s serve you some of the best American comfort food classics. Thinking about having a private party? Cody’s offers a wonderfully affordable private party venue as well. Here’s how Cody’s can turn your Memorial Day into one to remember.

Family First: Cody’s believes in creating a family friendly restaurant without sacrificing atmosphere or quality. Cody’s knows how important your family is to you, and that’s why we believe it’s essential to have a great family friendly restaurant that everyone can enjoy.

Morning, Noon & Night: Whether you are looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, Cody’s servers it all: a fresh breakfast to start the day, a light lunch to keep you active, or a hearty dinner with deserts and drinks. Never worry if it’s a good time to stop at Cody’s. No matter the meal, we will be here.

Fresh is Best: Don’t waste your money stopping at one of the large chain restaurants only to be served frozen processed food. Cody’s uses local vegetables, meat, and spices. When the ingredients are only a few minutes away, there is no need for preservatives and freezing.

America’s Best: Cody’s doesn’t believe in having to over complicate things. We serve our renditions of American classics. Dishes like pot roast, liver and onions, and oven-roasted turkey have disappeared off many restaurant menus across the country. Enjoy these great American classics once again at Cody’s.

Locally Unique: Aren’t you tired of the same décor, same dishes, same atmosphere, same menu, and the same bland taste you get with every chain restaurant? Come to Cody’s and enjoy a unique taste of Santa Barbara. Bring some excitement back into dinner by staying away from chain places and sticking with your neighborhood cafe.

These are just a few reasons how Cody’s can turn your usual Memorial Day weekend into something unusual. Be sure to bring a form of military ID to receive special offers and discounts. Don’t want to to wait to be seated? Make your reservation today by calling (805) 683-5141. Or if you have any questions or comments click here.

One of our regulars at Cody’s Cafe is Rosie, from Rosie’s Cleaning Service.  After your big Memorial Day party, if you need help  cleaning up, call Rosie!

Happy Memorial Weekend!


Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Barbara:  

Memorial Day Celebration: Join the Veterans Coordinating Council to honor the sacrifice of American military members. Lunch will be provided. (Monday May 29th at 12:30 pm. 112 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Call 455-5259)

Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & Library: This Memorial Day, join the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in remembrance of those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our country. The ceremony will include a patriotic program featuring the Santa Barbara Choral Society, bagpipers, and keynote speech from featured guest, Captain Charlie Plumb.

iMadonnari Street Painting Festival: Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images.


Don’t forget to check out Cody’s superb wine list.  Try a local wine like Cody’s Chardonnay Private Label.

About Cody’s Cafe: Cody’s Cafe has proudly welcomed the Santa Barbara community since 1995. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily at reasonable prices. Customers love our warm atmosphere and cozy setting so much that many local groups use our event room for their regular meetings.  Our event room is also the perfect location for birthday parties or any other occasion you had in mind. Call 805-683-5141 for more information and to book your event. You can also visit our website to read comments from our satisfied customers who rave about Cody’s Cafe. For the latest news and information “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Laugh till you’re green in the face. Classic Friars Roast

Dear Comedy Lovers,

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Do you know why you shouldn’t iron your four leaf clovers? Because you don’t want to press your luck!

There’s no need to press your luck with our Classic Friar’s Roast DVDs. You are guaranteed some of the best laughs in the history of comedy. You can now order streaming access to our collection as well. Gift cards make the perfect accessory for Saint Patrick’s Day and other holidays. If there is a comedy buff in your life–maybe it’s you?–they are sure to appreciate and enjoy hours of classic comedy with our collections.

Since it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and since we love a good laugh, here are some more Saint Patrick’s Day jokes for your delight!

Knock Knock Who’s there?


Irish Who?

Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

How is a best friend like a 4-leaf clover?

Because they are hard to find and lucky to have.

What do you get when you cross a pillowcase with a stone?

A sham rock!

Why are leprechauns so hard to get along with?

Because they’re very short-tempered!


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This Year, the Laughs are on us.

About Classic Friars Club Roasts: With Classic Friars Roasts you can own the best comedy roasts of all time on DVD. Order the Johnny Carson Roast or watch as Don Rickles roasts Hollywood legends. Erupt in laughter as Dean Martin roasts Don Rickles. Visit the website at to learn more about these brilliant comedy sketches. “Like” the Facebook page for hilarious insights into Friars Club Roasts.

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Top 10 WordPress Themes for Restaurants

It’s not enough to just serve great food these days, every restaurant needs an engaging website to be noticed. Customers like to check out menus, read reviews and have the option of booking a table online before they visit. Luckily, you don’t need to be a design pro to create beautiful, user-friendly restaurant web designs, as there are plenty of great WordPress themes that will do the job for you. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 options.

Top 10 WordPress Themes for Restaurants


  • Sage

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

Not sure how you want your website to look? Then Sage is a great option for you as there are over 40 demo sites to choose from covering everything from Seafood, Vegan and Thai to Bakery, Brewery or Tea House designs. Once you’ve selected a demo you can use the theme options panel to easily customize the design to suit your restaurant.

Top Sage Features

  • Four free ad-ons
  • Ability to set up an online shop with WooCommerce
  • Drag-and-drop menu builder
  • Six-month customer support and one-click install

Price – $59

More info/download Sage


  • Food Truck

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

This is the ideal theme for street vendors, food truck owners or small food businesses. Food Truck incorporates simple page and menu builders and is easy to tweak, including nearly 90 custom shortcodes, 10 widgets and over 600 Google Fonts. However, this theme’s key selling point is its truck locator map, which allows customers to find you easily.

Top Food Truck Features

  • Truck locator map
  • Events listings
  • E-commerce capabilities
  • Six-month customer support and one-click install

Price – $59

More info/download Food Truck


  • Resca

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

Resca is one of the top restaurant website themes and looks great on all devices. Choose from one of the demo sites and make it your own by selecting from hundreds of colors, skins, fonts and icon options. Resca’s star attraction is its events calendar which will keep your customers in the know.

Top Resca Features

  • Events calendar and countdown clock
  • OpenTable reservation and booking
  • Ability to set up an online shop with WooCommerce
  • Six-month customer support and one-click install

Price – $59

More info/download Resca


  • Tavern

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

Tavern is one of the most popular WordPress themes for pubs and restaurants. It includes well-known plug-ins like Revolution Slider, Essential Grid and Visual Composer, all of which allow you to create any site layout. You can drag and drop pre-built features to customize your design and improve the user experience with a reservation/booking system and online shop.

Top Tavern Features

  • Translation feature
  • OpenTable reservation and booking
  • Ability to set up an online shop with WooCommerce
  • Six-month customer support

Price- $59

More info/download Tavern


  • Luigi

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

If you’re in the fine dining sector or run a high-end eatery such as an Italian Bistro, then Luigi is the classy restaurant theme for you. The theme boasts a Hero Block feature which allows for full-width images and customizable titles, text and fancy call-to-actions. Luigi also has an online table reservation system, event organizer and GoodReviews plug-in so customers can let everyone know how great your food is.

Top Luigi Features

  • GoodReviews plug-in to display customer reviews and ratings
  • Event organizer
  • Reservation booking system
  • Classy, image-heavy design

Price – $79

More info/download Luigi


  • LaCuisine

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

LaCuisine is a clean, ultra-responsive theme suitable for any type of eatery. Start with one of their stylish demo sites and edit to suit your style with the hundreds of fonts, colors and layout options. LaCuisine’s key features include sharp, retina-ready graphics and an engaging menu builder which allows diners to click on dishes and leave a review or pre-order them.

Top LaCuisine Features

    • Engaging menu builder which enables diners to leave reviews
    • Restaurant Reservations plug-in
    • Ability to set up an online shop with WooCommerce
    • Six-month customer support

Price – $59

More info/download LaCuisine


  • Nuvo

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

This is an extremely visual theme that offers unlimited color, layout and sidebar options. Nuvo will help you create a site full of Parallex full-screen images and video backgrounds; you can also choose from a huge range of animations and typography. Nuvo is easy to personalize and works well for restaurants, cafes and bistros, however, the theme does looks better on larger devices.

Top Nuvo Features

  • Stunning, image-heavy design
  • Event management section
  • Restaurant booking capability
  • Six-month customer support

Price – $53

More info/download Nuvo


  • Dalton

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

Dalton is a multi-purpose, corporate theme that works well for restaurants as well as other types of businesses. It has six unique homepage designs to start with and over 55 customizable page builder elements, as well as stunning Parallex and retina-ready visuals. This theme uses the Slider Revolution plug-in for smooth scrolling, perfect for websites with lots of images.

Top Dalton Features

  • Image-friendly
  • Integrated with WooCommerce to create online shops
  • Highly customizable with extensive theme options
  • Six-month customer support and one-click install

Price – $59

More info/download Dalton


  • Piquant

WordPress Themes for Restaurants

Piquant offers a simple, bold design and six homepage styles. There are customizable menus, clever call-to-action buttons and awesome image galleries. The stand-out feature of Piquant is its blog function which has six different post templates, so if you’re serious about engaging with your customers and updating them on new dishes and events, this is a great theme to choose.

Top Piquant Features

  • Blog function with post templates
  • Reservation and booking system
  • Compatible with WooCommerce to sell products online
  • Six-month customer support

Price – $59

More info/download Piquant


  • Rosa

WordPress Themes for RestaurantsRosa is great for restaurants, cafes and bakeries and is a popular bar website theme. If you want to focus on high-end images Rosa is a great choice as you can create stunning galleries, Parallex visual effects and video.  The theme also has handy booking and e-commerce capabilities.

Top Rosa Features

  • Ideal for image-heavy sites
  • Reservation and booking system
  • E-commerce capability
  • Six-month customer support

Price – $59

More info/download Rosa

Investing in a top restaurant theme for your website is one of the smartest moves you can make. Rather than battling with web coding, save time and hassle by choosing a ready-made theme and simply modify it to reflect your restaurant’s unique personality. Don’t forget to make use of your theme’s special features to improve user experience, including table booking, e-store and online review plug-ins. Build a stunning menu and pack your site full of enticing food images and your restaurant will be buzzing in no time!


About the Author: Taylor Reaume is a fortune 500 web marketing consultant from Santa Barbara, CA and founder of Search Engine Pros. Services provided include: Google search marketing, SEO copywriting services, ethical search engine optimization, internet marketing courses, seo consultation, seo positioning. Search Engine Pros is a Santa Barbara web marketing agency that provides a full range of web marketing services, including social media consulting, top web design, custom WordPress, web programming, and marketing SEO services. Visit the website at for a complimentary Google rank analysis. “Like” the Facebook page for regular insights on WordPress SEO. Call 800-605-4988 to request a complimentary copy of 101 Ways to Drive Traffic.About the Author: Taylor Reaume is a fortune 500 web marketing consultant from Santa Barbara, CA and founder of Search Engine Pros, a full service web marketing agency providing a range of web marketing services, including social media consulting top web design, custom WordPress, web programming, and marketing SEO services. Visit the website at for a complimentary Google rank analysis. “Like” the Facebook page for regular insights on WordPress SEO. Call 800-605-4988 to request a complimentary copy of 101 Ways to Drive Traffic.

The Pros and Cons of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass has many, many pros and very few cons. It is a potent superfood with a hefty list of benefits and very few to absolutely no negative side effects. Not only can it be taken for your general well-being, but it can also be used to treat an array of ailments as well.

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About Wheatgrass

You may be wondering what exactly wheatgrass is. Is it a wheat or is it a grass? It’s actually both. It is derived from the special “leaf seeds” of common wheat, called cotyledons. All wheats are grasses. Wheatgrass actually looks more similar to bright, green grass than it does other types of wheat. The growing process is similar to that of growing malt wheat, but wheatgrass is allowed to grow for a longer period of time. It is harvested when the sprouts begin to split and all of the parts that are above the ground are used. This is when it will provide the optimum nutrition.

What It Does

Superfoods all have really high nutritional value and wheatgrass is no exception. It has high quantities of vitamins A, C and E, along with calcium, magnesium, iron and lots of amino acids. It is an excellent way to round out your diet and provide you with new energy and vitality, especially when paired with other superfoods.

Along with all of the vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a well-rounded immune system booster. It also increases the production of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. This helps to purify the bloodstream as well as more efficiently deliver oxygen to the rest of the body. With this increased oxygen flow, you will find yourself feeling better both physically as well as mentally.

While removing toxins from the blood it also helps to cleanse the liver. It can even remove heavy metal and drug deposits that may have accumulated. Wheatgrass is also great for irrigating the body. It is a mild diuretic and can help to remove impurities as well as bacteria from the bladder, kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract.

Who Should Take It

Everyone can benefit from a small dose of wheatgrass daily. It is such a great superfood that you only need a small amount to experience the effects such as having more energy and fewer colds. Some people with certain conditions or certain ailments can get added benefits from wheatgrass. It is also obviously a good choice for anyone engaging in a detox or body cleansing regimen.

Because of it’s amazing effects on red blood cells, wheatgrass is a good way to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also helpful for those with diabetes and other blood sugar conditions. It is excellent for combating infections, especially bacterial ones. As a diuretic as well as an anti-bacterial agent, it is particularly effective against UTIs and similar infections.

As a short term remedy, it can ease sore throats along with respiratory symptoms of the cold and flu. It is also good for mild joint pain, including arthritis. It can even act as a digestive aid. Many people also enjoy the taste so it is used in a number of food and drink products to enhance the flavor.

Forms of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is a staple of specialty food stores. You can buy the raw wheatgrass, wheatgrass juice or powder, as well as wheatgrass pills and tablets. Wheatgrass has a distinct and strong flavor that is somewhat sweet. Some people dislike the flavor, which turns them away from raw, juice and powder forms. Luckily, tablets are now readily available and they do not even have an aftertaste.

Wheatgrass juice is believed to provide the largest amounts of benefits. People often take “shots” of the juice because that is all that is needed. Some people chase it with fruit juice or incorporate it into smoothies. Drinking the juice can unfortunately get a bit expensive though.

The powdered wheatgrass can be bought in bulk and tends to last longer than the juice. Many people are turning to the powdered form. It is processed though so it does lose a bit of its nutritional value. Wheatgrass is so high in nutrients, though, that even the powdered form still has the qualities of a superfood.

Side Effects

As far as negative side effects of wheatgrass go, they are very uncommon. A small number of people may experience mild nausea, constipation or loss of appetite after taking wheatgrass. The benefits definitely out-weigh these mild side effects for most, so give one of the forms of wheatgrass a try.

Do People Really Drink Warm Beer in Europe?

Being a person who has sampled quite a lot of beer in Europe, friends in America will often ask if they really drink warm beer there. Since Americans like their beer almost to the freezing point and then served in a frosty mug, they can’t imagine how you could drink beer that isn’t ice cold. The fact is European drink their beer less frosty, shall we say, than the American counterpart. This article will explore some of the reasons for that as well as shed some light on just what we Americans term as “warm beer”.

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According to experts beer as well as red wine should be consumed at slightly below normal room temperature. That is if those beverages are high quality. If they are of the highest quality we want to get every bit of flavor out of them as you can. If they are lacking in quality or are downright poor, to make them drinkable they should be as cold as you can get them. Europeans will tell you that most American beer served cold for that reason.

Although serving temperatures in beer varies country to country they are served warmer than in the USA. The specific brewing temperatures of ales are normally about 52 to 63°F, and lagers about 40 to 48°F. This might vary among brewers, but those temperatures are where the most flavors can be had from the beer, even if it is not what most Americans are used to. Remember that beer in Europe has a long-standing culture, and even if American brewers originally came from Europe in time beer was produced for volume, not for the quality.

On top of it American beers can be highly carbonated which further will mask the flavor but give it a pleasant tingle. In Europe beer is beer on its own, and I could never recall a quality beer in Europe that would carbonate their beverage.

So to conclude this short lesson on European beers and why they are not as cold as American beers, let’s mention perhaps the most famous European beer: Guinness. Brewed in Dublin it is also served chilled. But if you have a Guinness in the United Kingdom I’m sure you’ll notice that it is richer and I think more full-bodied. It’s still good in America and in other parts of the world, but Americans drink their Foreign Extra Stout. If ever you’re in Europe you should try it there, as I’m sure you will find this much better than the American version.

My 3 Favourite Recipes From Kenya

With 52 tribes in Kenya, extending from the coast to the Rift Valley lakes to the central highlands to the northern desert, the cuisines found in this country are many and varied. There is also a strong Indian influence as the spice traders started coming to Africa centuries ago and have remained to trade in various other goods since. Here I present three dishes commonly found around Nairobi. Two – the matoke and mukimo – are traditional Kikuyu dishes from the central highlands, and the chapatti is from the coast.


Ingredients (makes 15-20 chapattis):

½ litre cold water

1 kg flour





Mix water with flour, add a handful of salt, a bit of sugar and a bit of oil (the oil makes the chapatti turn golden when it cooks). Divide the mixture into balls the size of a child’s fist. Roll out each ball to a flat circle about the size of a dinner plate. Fry on a very hot, oiled chapatti pan (flat fry pan) for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

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Plantains (these are green bananas that are starchy and not sweet)


Cooking oil








Peel the plantains and potatoes and soak for about half an hour. Meanwhile fry onions, tomatoes, parsley, capsicum and salt. Add potatoes and plantains to the fried tomato mix. Cover with water and add salt to taste (the salt also helps soften the plantains quickly). Stew over medium heat until the plantains and potatoes are cooked through.

To cook minji (peas), maharagwe (beans, usually red kidney) and njahi (black beans) follow a similar recipe. Boil the peas or beans for several hours until soft. Fry up the tomato mix described above, add potatoes and water. Finally add the peas or beans and mix together over low heat.



Beans (red kidney beans usually)

Maize kernels





Boil beans and maize (generally equal amounts of beans and maize) until soft, this usually takes a couple of hours. In another pot, cook onions, tomatoes and potatoes until soft. Then add the beans and maize. Now you have githeri another popular Kikuyu dish (my favourite!). However, to get to mukimo, cook the stew for another 30 minutes before mashing it all together. The maize is tough to mash so don’t worry about the kernels staying whole. The beans and potatoes will mash easily though.

Some versions of mukimo do not use beans; instead use a leafy green vegetable such as kale or spinach which mashes with the potato to make the mukimo green.

The quantities depend on your taste and how many you are cooking for. Generally for mukimo you want equal quantities of beans, maize and potatoes with the onion and tomato simply adding some taste. For matoke the plantains should be more than the potatoes, about a 2:3 ratio. Again the tomato fry mix is simply to add taste so you don’t need too much. For the chapattis the flour should be twice the amount of water with sugar and salt to taste.

Max’s Honors US Military With Special Discount

Dear Friends,

Memorial Day is here, and all of us at Max’s would like to pay our respects to the brave men and women who have given their lives to protect our beautiful country. Max’s would be honored to have any current or former soldiers come celebrate the holiday with us. That’s why we are offering a special discount for anyone with a military ID. Bring in your military ID on Memorial Day weekend and receive 5$ off your meal.

But being a proud soldier of this country is about a lot more than just receiving praise. We at Max’s Restaurant want to take a moment to tell you why it is important for us that we get to celebrate this Memorial Day with the brave men and women who serve this country.

Here’s how we are inspired by all of those who serve this country proudly.

Leadership: Both on and off the battlefield, soldiers make great leaders, and Max’s knows the importance of leading by example. Did you know that 32 out of the 45 presidents have served in our US military before office? That’s why Max’s is proud to hire and to serve our brave men and women.

Dedication: Perhaps no job takes more dedication than to proudly serve this beautiful country. Max’s is inspired by our men and women’s dedication, and we strive to return that dedication back to our customers.

Sacrifice: Memorial Day is about honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for this country. But it’s not just those who have paid the ultimate price that have made sacrifices. That’s why this Memorial Day weekend, Max’s would be honored to spend the day with our proud veterans and give back to them.

Service: For soldiers, serving the country means laying everything on the line and protecting our home at all costs. For Max’s, it means going above and beyond to treat our customers right and to be respectful of the citizens that make this country what it is by giving them the best service possible.

Bravery: No single word encapsulates our soldiers better than the word bravery. Max’s tries to incorporate this bravery into our own business by standing up for what’s right no matter the consequences.

These are just a few reasons why Max’s Restaurant would be honored to have any of our armed forces join us on Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to bring any form of military ID to receive special offers and discounts. Don’t want to have to wait to be seated? Make your reservation today by calling (805) 898-9121. Or if you have any questions or comments click here.

Happy Memorial Day!

About Max’s Restaurant & Cucina: Max’s Restaurant is located at 3514 State Street, Santa Barbara, in the Upper State St. area. The Santa Barbara family restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Fine Italian cuisine and home-made Italian pasta are served Wednesday through Saturday evenings, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Visit the website at for complete menu selections. “Like” the Facebook page for news on upcoming dinner specials. Call 805-898-9121 to make reservations.

All About Love in the Santa Ynez Valley

Where is the love? Visit Santa Ynez Valley knows that after the new year begins, you quickly get back into the grind and tackle the new year with a ferocity. With new year goals and new deadlines fast approaching, it’s easy to get lost in work and obligations. But now that you’ve settled back into a daily routine and life per usual, isn’t it time to think about the love again? You and your loved one put a lot of effort into making things great on the homefront and the workplace, so now it’s time to do the same for just the two of you. Come celebrate the good life and find the love again this February with a romantic weekend getaway in Santa Ynez.

We’ve taken out the guesswork for you and have the sweetest recommendations in store – from accommodations, cozy dinners for two, and a lineup of great special events, we have you covered. First, you’ll need to book a room in one of our cozy Santa Ynez Valley hotels or bed and breakfast inns. Built in the traditional style of a Danish village, the Royal Copenhagen Inn in Solvang will have you believing you have traveled to Denmark. Its spacious rooms, suites, and lofts are all decorated in the Danish tradition. Check out their Wine and Spa package, and all you’ll have to do is sit back and feel the love.

Elegant accommodations and award-winning cuisine make Ballard Inn & Restaurant one of the most sought after romantic bed and breakfast inns in the Santa Ynez Valley. With its gourmet cuisine, fine local wines, and comfortable guest rooms (many with fireplaces), you’ll be enveloped in a tranquil atmosphere that exudes romance. For an additional fee, they will sprinkle your room with gorgeous rose petals at bed turn-down, add a bottle of locally acclaimed Laetitia Sparkling Brut Cuvee, leave scrumptious chocolates on the pillows, lower the lights, and set the mood with soft music.


Does music put you in the mood? Then you won’t want to miss the ultimate crooner, Johnny Mathis, as he brings “The Voice of Romance Tour 2017” to Chumash Casino Resort on Thursday, February 9 at 8PM. One of the most beloved male vocalists of all time, Johnny Mathis is a legendary member of the Grammy Hall of Fame with a dozen gold or platinum albums. Come swoon to his lush, romantic vocal stylings on adult contemporary favorites including “Misty,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “Chances Are,” and more. And don’t miss the Casino’s “Sweetheart of A Deal BINGO Winnerfest” on Sunday, February 12 at 1pm.  Sales start at 9am.

If it’s wine that does the trick, you’ll want to extend your stay over the President’s Day weekend and enjoy the 12th anniversary of “A Wine Fantasy In February,” from 2/17 through 2/20. Sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association, this is their most popular event of the year. On your self-guided tour, you’ll visit many small, family owned winery tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. It’s the one time of the year where you’ll get to taste reserve and estate wines, meet many of the winemakers and winery owners, and enjoy delicious cuisine along the way.

For more ideas, review our complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, romantic Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, or check out our suggestions for Valentine’s Day activities below. We are thrilled to share the romance of the Santa Ynez Valley with visitors to our area.

Find the Love with Valentine’s Day Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

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Here are just a few Santa Ynez Valley Valentine’s ideas you and your partner will love:

  • Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner: Saturday, February 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Sanford Winery. Enjoy a romantic evening of extraordinary wine and food in the majestic West Barrel Room. In honor of Valentine’s Day, winemaker Steve Fennell will guide you through a full course meal by Pure Joy Catering, and discuss Sanford Winery’s history, winemaking practices and estate wines.
  • Tales From the Tavern: At Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm. Featuring Peter Malvey and Heather Maloney. Tales from the Tavern is an extraordinary concert series and community cultural program that brings together singer-songwriter-storytellers / authentic troubadours and an exceptional listening audience, in the intimate setting of an old roadhouse, to share in a journey of discovery through song and story.
  • EROS DAY 2017: Celebrate with your love on EROS DAY 2017 with the Pre-Release of our 2015 EROS, Sunstone’s “Lovely” Bordeaux style Blend Saturday, February 11, from 11am-4 pm
  • Ride and Wine: Enjoy unsurpassed views with a ranch and vineyard ride at Vino Vaqueros. The rolling hills set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. After your ride, make your way back to the barn and enjoy a glass of wine from Estelle Vineyards.
  • Spend Time Together: Nothing says “I love you” more than spending time together. Explore our charming towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. Discover that treasure you never thought you’d find –  or perhaps never even dreamed of – at more than 200 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent).  Experience local artisans’ wares, jewelry, apparel and crafts from contemporary to vintage. You’ll especially enjoy “Solvang Third Wednesday” on Wednesday, February 15. This is a special day to shop, eat, drink, and play in Solvang. More than 60 unique shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, activities and professional offices offer special sales and discounts every Third Wednesday.

Valentine's Day Vacation Central Coast

You’ll also find plenty of romantic hideaway dinner locations in our quaint towns. And of course there are plenty of romantic walks, bicycle paths, picnic spots and outdoor activities where you can just relax together and talk…or whatever.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Visit Santa Ynez Valley!

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Dear Friends,

On behalf of the entire staff at Max’s Restaurant and Cucina, we would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! What better way to celebrate this momentous day with your sweetheart than a carefully crafted and lovingly served meal at Max’s? We admit we may be biased, but our thirty years in the Santa Barbara community, and the pages of positive press we have received, support our claim. We think you will agree that Max’s is the perfect choice for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day.

Let’s start with our menu. Max’s actually has several  menus, showing you the variety of food and dining experiences we can offer. We serve breakfast and brunch seven days a week, from 7 AM until 3 PM.

Max’s breakfast menu, especially our omelets, made us famous. But at night, every Tuesday through Saturday, Max’s transforms itself into a destination dinner spot, offering fine Italian dining at reasonable prices. Chef’s appetizers include bresaola, made of thinly sliced Italian lean beef cured in red wine and herbs. Our prosciutto e melone, or ham and melon, includes thinly sliced Parma ham, and is served with cantaloupe or honeydew melon. We also have caprese, calamari, and fritti or fried calamari on the appetizer menu.

Our salads are made on premises with fresh ingredients. All salads can be served with chicken, salmon, or grilled New York steak as an add-on.

The main courses round out the dinner menu at Max’s. They include a full pasta menu, a selection of fish dishes, homemade pastas, and meat/chicken dishes, with a full range of burgers and pizza with a strong Italian flair. Try our local favorite, the State Street Deluxe burger, and you will never want to go back to ordinary burgers. The State Street is a beef burger with arugula, caramelized onions, tomato, white wine sauce, and bacon on a toasted bun. Delicioso!

From top wines to Italian dishes, breakfast favorites and special events, here are five reasons to visit Max’s Cucina and Restaurant this year.

  1. Reputation – Max’s Restaurant and Cucina has been serving customers in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. We’ve earned a great reputation for our service, delicious breakfast dishes, fine wines and authentic Italian evening menu.
  2. No corkage Wednesdays – between 5pm and 9pm every Wednesday we waive the $15 bottle fee with every entrée purchase.
  3. Varied menu – Max’s has a varied menu packed with freshly-prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. Customers love our special breakfast hashes and pancake stacks, as well as our Italian meat, pasta and pizza evening dishes.
  4. Wine selection – we serve a full range of locally-produced and imported wines as well as champagnes, which you can order by the class or bottle. We also have a limited edition collection of specially-priced Cellar Selection Reds. Take a look at our full wine list here.
  5. Special events – Max’s often hosts exciting events for our customers to enjoy. Last year we enjoyed comedy nights with top acts like Carol Metcalf and Paul Clay, as well as an Oktoberfest evening with a German-themed menu and a New Year’s Eve party. Stay tuned for more events at Max’s in 2017.

You can stay informed of our latest events by reading our blog. The blog also includes articles of interest and significance, as well as the occasional digital coupon.

For more digital coupons, be sure to join our mailing list, which you can do from the bottom of any page on the website. Simply provide us with an email address, and we will send you special discounts and coupons. You also receive a free pasta dish when you sign up for emails.

Max’s is located at 3514 State Street in Santa Barbara, between the Las Positas and La Cumbre freeway exits. To make reservations, call us at 805-898-9121 or make a reservation online. For more positive recommendations, find us on Yelp and read our reviews. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our Youtube channel.

About Max’s Restaurant & Cucina: Max’s Restaurant is located at 3514 State Street, Santa Barbara, in the Upper State St. area. The Santa Barbara family restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Fine Italian cuisine and home-made Italian pasta are served Wednesday through Saturday evenings, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Visit the website at for complete menu selections. “Like” the Facebook page for news on upcoming dinner specials. Call 805-898-9121 to make reservations.

Hop Over To The Eagle Inn For Easter Vacation

Happy Easter From The Eagle Inn

Happy Easter From The Eagle Inn

It’s time to hop on over to The Eagle Inn for a wonderful Easter vacation! Our beachside hotel will make your spring and Easter celebrations special with some of the best hotel rooms in Santa Barbara. Located in the popular West Beach neighborhood, the Eagle Inn is a comfortable boutique bed and breakfast hotel by the water.

To get you excited about a trip to our cozy Santa Barbara inn, we’ve included a list of some Easter activities to enjoy. Plus, we’ll also give you a special deal on stand up paddle lessons – something the whole family will love! If you’re just making Easter plans now, check our last minute Santa Barbara hotel deals – you’ll find discounts of 10% or 15% off our most popular room options.

Top Easter Activities in Santa Barbara

Here are activities you and your family can enjoy in Santa Barbara this Easter:

  1. The Great Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 10:00a.m.-12:00noon at Elings Park. The softball fields will be transformed into a colorful sea of 15,000 candy filled eggs. There will also be activities including a bounce house, face painting, music and complimentary Starbucks coffee.
  2. EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department presents a fun search for candy and prize-filled eggs in the park. EGGstravaganza will take place in two park locations: Chase Palm Park and Bohnett Park. Attendance is free, open to children up to and including age eight.
  3. Vineyard Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery. Over 2,000 eggs are hidden in the garden surrounding this vineyard tasting room. Eggs are filled with candy for the kids and some special prizes for their parents. Secure your tickets early.
  4. Santa Barbara’s Easter Service: At the Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Sunday, April 16 at 9:00a.m. Service features live music, children’s area, refreshments, and a message of hope. Guest speaker is best-selling author, Nick Vujicic.
  5. Celebrate Easter with Bubbles: Sunday, April 16 from 12:00noon-7:00 p.m. at Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Celebrate Easter with a flight ‘Fesstivity’ of sparkling wines including Fess Parker’s Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée, and Blanc de Noirs.
  6. Chef Weston Presents Easter Brunch: Sunday, April 16 from 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. “Spring renewal” is the theme of this brunch menu featuring local ingredients and hand-crafted breads.
  7. Celebrate Easter at The Lark: Sunday, April 16 from 5-10 p.m. Executive Chef Jason Paluska presents spring market specials, in addition to The Lark’s dinner menu.
  8. Easter Champagne Brunch: Sunday, April 16 from 10am-3pm at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. This culinary celebration features serving stations including made-to-order omelets, a carving station, local seafood, pasta, salads, and decadent desserts.

Take advantage of our special deal for stand up paddle lessons – just $89! The group launches from the beach, paddling past boats, through the historic wharf, under the pier, out to buoys, and along the beach, seeking wildlife and fun.

Of course there are many year-round activities in Santa Barbara you won’t want to miss. Download our complimentary Santa Barbara Vacation Guide, “101 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara,” for some not-to-miss Santa Barbara fun. Visit our website at or call 805-965-3586 today to make Easter hotel reservations.

Happy Easter from The Eagle Inn!

Your Beachside Hotel in Santa Barbara

Want a great gift idea?  Show your appreciation for a friend or co-worker with an Eagle Inn Gift Card. Click here to order a gift certificate using our online system, or to do it by phone, call us at (805) 965-3586 and place your order.