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Chef's Corner-Candace Hilger , Chef of Twenty88, Camarillo

Former leading lady of the corporate chef world, Candace Hilger couldn’t have been happier to leave the confined strict rules and guidelines, to more freedom as Executive Chef at the new restaurant and wine bar, Twenty88. Located in Old Towne Camarillo by owners Vince & Annette Pillard, she is having fun experimenting with what works for her menu and staffing her kitchen with talented, eager, and more importantly, fun people with a passion for cooking.

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MAR
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Discover The Undiscovered - Cimarone

 

Discover The Undiscovered - Cimarone
If you've had the pleasure of touring Santa Barbara's wine country, you’ve likely visited some combination of the Santa Maria Valley, the Foxen Trail, Los Olivos, the Sta Rita Hills, the downtown "funk-zone," or the Santa Ynez Valley. These fantastic wine trails are posted clearly on most wine maps. But not all of the great spots are included on the maps for mainstream wine travelers to visit, and not all spots are open to the public. Santa Barbara’s wine business has grown and evolved over the years, and now includes some recent discoveries and new AVA's. One of the younger AVA's in California, and more specifically Santa Barbara County, is Happy Canyon, which officially earned its AVA designation in 2009.
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NOV
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Woody's BBQ

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The tri-tip is the greatest piece of meat that ever could be tasted. I'm really the meat and bbq sauce loving girl that wouldn't be caught with any vegetables or lettuce ruining my sandwich. Until one day when Evan made sure I tried the tri-tip sandwich from Woody's.......
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NOV
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Gotetsu-Skewers & Sake House

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 With Ventura County lacking authentic, original styles of eating, Yukari Watanabe has brought a piece of Japan right to Ventura. This is one place I can't wait to go back to again and again for what she creates next...
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Chef's Corner-Sean Studds , Chef of Faculty Club, Santa Barbara

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Getting ready for another school year, Executive C is prepared and awaiting the first day of school at the Faculty Club on the campus of University of California Santa Barbara. Although busy throughout the year, Chef Studds still finds down time with a less stressful schedule than most executive chefs have. Whipping up delicious and fresh soups, salads, risotto, and seafood everyday, these students and faculty are experiencing five star lunches, that are so affordable!

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AUG
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Only one element to be concerned with- ELEMENT COFFEE

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It's always fun driving around Old Town Camarillo and seeing the classic design of the streets mixed with the new businesses and boutiques. Element Coffee is right at home on Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo, it is a great place to sit and relax. When we walked in it was late in the day and very mellow. We enjoy small businesses and family owned restaurants because they are not tied down by a corporate office. Element can change their options and menu and they really listen to the customer to create a great drink specifically for you.
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Chef's Corner-Greg Murphy, Chef of Bouchon, Santa Barbara

 
 
Graduating from UCSB with a BA in environmental studies, there doesn’t seem to be a more appropriate job than keeping Santa Barbara County fed with local produce and great wines. Always striving to be more creative with food, Chef Murphy is really whipping up some food masterpieces and customers cannot get enough.
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JUL
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What a Catch You’ll Find at Lure’s Fish House

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I will start out saying that it's really nice to have a quality seafood place in the 805. That's something Ventura County has definitely been lacking and as word gets out, I know Lure's Fish House will be the number one place people will go when they want seafood.
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OCT
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Toppers By The Sea

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Wow is all that could be said by both Evan and I when we walked into the Toppers at Channel Islands, also known as Toppers by the Sea. Thundering and lightning, we ran inside to find a huge two story masterpiece with tons of windows to display the amazing view of the harbor. If you've ever eaten at Toppers Pizza Place before, you know each one is single story, has the basic benches, T.V.s, salad bar, etc. Well, Toppers by the Sea is definitely making a statement and redefining your idea of what this popular pizza place should look like. Your mouth will drop just like ours did in awe of what you walk into. 
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Carli's Bistro

CarlisBistroTucked away in Old Moorpark, off the beaten path, Carli's Bistro is found with a feel of a beach house; frayed bamboo looking umbrellas contributes to this feel on their outdoor front patio. I love how they have their patio in the front because they are right across the street from the AMTRACK train tracks and can catch that every once in awhile, as well as just be entertained from the people walking by. It's very low key and quaint so you get a feeling of "kick off your shoes and stay awhile" eating in the historic area; being in a rush is not what Old Moorpark is about.
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