Author: Leslie Westbrook

Hot, fast and tasty at Jim and Rob’s

Jim & Rob’s Fresh Grill and Lisa’s Cantina 214 W Ojai Ave, #100| Ojai 640-1301 $2.45-9.50  Jim & Robb & Lisa’s sort of sounds like the 1969 movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (or Peter, Paul and Mary), but Jim & Rob’s Fresh Grill is a casual restaurant staple in Ojai with a recently added, groovy bar, (Lisa’s Cantina, next door) all under the same ownership with an expanded footprint. The original Fresh Grill opened in 1995 at the other end of town; it’s been located in what Ojai might consider a “ministrip-style mall” (home to...

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BLUEGRASS GOSPEL | Peter Rowan comes to Santa Paula

It may come as no surprise that my phone chat with Grammy award-winning (and six-time Grammy nominee) bluegrass singer-songwriter Peter Rowan was a rambling road of subjects and observations as he drove across the foggy Richmond Bridge on a rainy California day en route to meet his manager in Oakland, California. Rowan, who will be bringing his toe-tapping music to the next installment of the Santa Paula Concert Series on Saturday, March 4, at the Universalist Unitarian Church, has a lot rattling around in that active Buddhist brain of his. I was left to sort it out and make...

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Tiramasu with a view — and then some…

The Shoals Restaurant at The Cliff House 6602 Old Pacific Coast Highway Ventura 652-1381 I often forget about the Shoals, even though I drive by it quite often. Located on the most scenic curve of the Pacific Coast Highway, where the highway hugs the coast and the mountains, Ventura — Santa Barbara commuters pass it daily. Yet Tthe Cliff House Inn and its restaurant the Shoals, is slightly more obscured since the highway was widened, which makes it easier to whiz past. I recently met my friends Lisa and Ron there for a wonderful, relaxed lunch on a...

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Seafood spot with a conscience opens in Oxnard

Kanaloa Seafood Market and Kitchen 251 Lombard St. Oxnard 966-5159 $7-15 Who, I wondered, would head to a wholesale seafood operation based in an Oxnard industrial zone for a fish taco or bowl of clam chowder for lunch? Kanaloa Seafood Market and Kitchen is a certainly great new option for those who work in the area. It’s also a destination to purchase sustainably sourced fresh fish for home cooks and grillers. And while you are dinner shopping, you can dig into a crispy fish taco. But … but…still, I thought to myself. Then I thought of others, like...

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A WINTER GIFT | Legends of the Celtic Harp combines music and storytelling in Santa Paula

What may be one of the most charming and unique performances on the smorgasbord of holiday offerings this season (especially for those who have tired of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker ballet) is coming to Santa Paula. “A Winter Gift” — a concert of Celtic harp music (and other, some rare, string instruments) combined with tales — will be performed Thursday, Dec. 15, by the trio known as Legends of the Celtic Harp, as part of the Santa Paula Concert Series. Called “powerful and riveting,” the performance includes stories of the extraordinary, legendary and mystical powers that...

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