The Nest 401 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai 798-9035 $6-$20 When I first discovered the name of the new restaurant opening in downtown Ojai, The Nest, I was honestly skeptical. Call it prideful localism, but I immediately thought, “Oh no, here’s another one trying to capitalize on the town’s now nationally recognized name, and they don’t even know what it means!” (While some have claimed Ojai means “nest,” it has been confirmed that the correct translation is “moon” in the native Chumash language.) Wow, was I ever wrong … and the backstory turns out to be a sweet one of...Read More
Author: Dane Edmondson
Dave Mason is coming home . . . in a manner of speaking. The iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist who founded Traffic and helped define the classic rock genre is currently in the midst of his much-lauded tour, Alone Together Again. And on Sept. 23 he’s bringing it to Ojai, where Mason lived for many years and where he still has strong ties. “I discovered Ojai basically as soon as I came over to the States in 1969,” Mason recollects. “I drove up with a friend and it was really a nice little town. The funny thing is, it...Read More
Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery 457 E. Ojai Ave 640-7987 www.azuojai.com $5-$34 Catch yourself strolling down “Main Street” Ojai during the siesta hours of the day and the sidewalk may appear to glow with a golden hue, almost suggesting, dare I say it, a yellow brick road. Follow this playful path and it will lead to one of the valley’s hippest hangouts, Azu, a hybrid restaurant inspired by the Mediterranean approach to dining. It has long been a landing pad for locals and celebrities alike to take an extended break from window-shopping or the summer heat and appreciate...Read More
The sum of his beers I’ve been with my boyfriend for nine months. We are both in our late 20s and go out drinking a lot with our friends. I’ve noticed that when he’s drunk, he’ll be super affectionate and say really gushy things about me, our getting married, etc. Are his true feelings coming out, or is he just talking lovey-dovey because of the booze? — Bridal Hopes You’ve got to be wondering what it would take for you two to live happily ever after … cirrhosis? Many people insist that their personality changes dramatically when they’re all...Read More
The Ojai Valley is no stranger to musical talent, long being a stomping ground for artists to kick up creative dust. Sea At Last is looking to stir up a tornado with its raw, edgy blend of fist-pumping rhythm and confessional lyrics. Consisting of songwriters Cohen and Tory Elena, this duo has been winding its way around the 805 and gaining a strong fanbase with riveting and memorable live performances. Force of Nature Initially meeting in Portland, Oregon, in March of 2011, Elena answered a drumming audition for a musical that Cohen wrote. The original plan was to take...Read More
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