Author: Leslie Westbrook

Ojai fixture delivers Mexico City flavors

La Fuente Restaurant 423 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai 646-1066 La Fuente Mexican Grille 107 E. El Roblar Drive Meiners Oaks Under $10 This cozy, family-owned Mexican restaurant at the back of a small strip mall, with a few tables out front, is known for its tamales, homemade corn tortillas and basic inexpensive Mexican fare, all prepared by the hardworking ladies in the kitchen. With parking at a premium, this inexpensive Ojai favorite is one of two La Fuentes owned by the Vegas family. The downtown Ojai one is run by Yolanda; her sister runs La Fuente Mexican Grille in...

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Eating Ojai: A movable feast

Ventura Food Tours www.venturafoodtours.com 805-295-TOUR $54-80  Ventura Food Tours conducts three-hour walking food-tasting (and wine, if desired) tours in Ojai, in Ventura and in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. The website invites participant on Ventura Food Tours to “eat your way through Ventura County, one bite at a time.” Eat, we did, one Saturday in Ojai. My friend Tracey (a professional wedding florist and foodie) and I signed up for the Eating Ojai Tasting Tour that began on a Saturday morning at 10:30. The spring weather was perfect on what also happened to be April Fools’ Day and the first...

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Veggies with a side of yoga and Zumba

The Oaks at Ojai 122 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai 646-5573 www.oaksspa.com $140  For $140 you can have a pretty rad meal for two with a good bottle of wine an upscale restaurant. You might be treated to an “amuse bouche” (a little taste) sent out by the chef. In olden days, a “palate cleanser” — often a lemon sorbet so you could continue to the next course, taste buds renewed, would separate each course of your meal. The Oaks at Ojai offers a variation on this theme that includes all-day dining — with the pauses in between ranging from...

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Love at first bite

KC’s Market Indian food to go 4200 N. Ventura Ave., # A Ventura 643-0176 $1.50-$5 At the far end of Ventura Avenue — after you’ve passed a slew of Mexican restaurants and mercados and the Bell Arts Factory and thrift shops and various tiendas— the road begins to curve and you feel as if you’ve entered into a scene from one of my favorite movies of the past couple of decades — There Will Be Blood. The industrial rural scenery continues and then a rather bland, beige building appears unexpectedly. The spot is home to a terrific Mexican food...

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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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