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Paddle Sports Center

We are so excited to showcase one of our favorite local businesses with you. Paddle Sports Center offers rentals, memberships, camps, lessons, and tours for visitors and local residents. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor, it is a three-minute walk from shop to sea. The Paddle Sports Center has been Santa Barbara’s premier kayak, SUP, surf rental center for over 25 years!

Fraser Kersey, Co-Founder, and General Manager oversees a dedicated staff, who are some of the most experienced water-men and mermaids around. With locations in the Santa Barbara Harbor, Goleta Beach Park, and Ledbetter Beach, access to some of the most beautiful views anywhere in the world, are yours to experience.

Paddle Sports Center Co-Founders conceived of the paddling membership, designed and implemented in 2010.  They have a program that has you the paddler in mind.  Paddle during your lunch break, before/after work, or on the weekend.  This is your alternative to the gym, it is your outdoor fitness center.  Just think, instead of lines to get on treadmills, you have dolphins & whales swimming alongside you! This photo (courtesy of Channel Island Outfitters and PSC) gives you a peek at where you can find yourself anytime you wish.

Everything you need is at your fingertips. Come to see the American Riviera on a once in a lifetime adventure or a daily inspiration. Paddle Sports Center has everything you need to get in the water.

 

 

 

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Eleanor said, “daddy let’s go on a date after school.” How could I resist? She has been such a help around the house and her teacher gave her the honor of being the leader today, that I said, “we can go anywhere you want.” Of course the MOXI was the first on the list.

After 20 years the dream became a reality. The MOXI opened February 25, 2017, after years of work by a determined and tireless group of volunteers, businesses, and foundations.

Their mission is to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity.

Feel free to leave your expectations at the door and get ready to discover, play and engage in a new way. Three floors of interactive experiences, organized around seven themes that all relate to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math awaits visitors daily.

We enjoy exploring the world of light, color, and shadows in this area where you can create a bold display of light patterns combined with the color mixing machine. Make sure to take the ultimate selfie at the mosaic faces exhibit.

“Are we having fun yet!”

Enjoy your day at the MOXI.

Please share your experience with us in the comments.

 

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EARTH DAY

The City of Santa Barbara hosts the two day Earth Day festival that includes live music, delicious food, and activities for the whole family. With support from sponsors: Community Environmental Council, Loa Tree, +One Events, New Noise, Firestone Walker 805 Beer and over 250 volunteers, Alameda Park is transformed into a sustainably conscious playground rooted in environmental action and awareness. It’s fun and exciting learning about everything our community is working on to improve our environment.

Eleanor is doing her best balancing. She did a great job. We were impressed! “One small step…”.

In the barrel of a plastic wave. Thank you to iSurfSchool, Green Project Consultants and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for this image reminding us to protect our oceans.

Island Seed and Feed, is an all natural pet, garden and farm supply store in Goleta. They are guided by principles of urban sustainability, organic horticulture, and community responsibility.

We purchased seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds, to start a tiny backyard garden. Eleanor has been asking us for a while to start one, so this was perfect timing. Now, it’s time to get to work!

We’re ready to plant yellow squash, Romanesco zucchini, little leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce and golden California wonder sweet peppers. Excited to get started!

Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association, is a nonprofit organization emphasizing, education, awareness and honeybee preservation to the community.

Making a stop at Mcconnell’s ice cream was a must! It’s creamy and delicious. Their ingredients are local, sustainable and organic. Yes, Please!

 

 

 

 

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Fun in the funk zone!

Hi friends!

Dave and I have been having a great time switching back and forth, sharing posts.  Hope you are enjoying them.

If you follow me on Instagram, here or here, then you know that I’ve been trying to trade in work for a little more play with Eleanor. Never trying to achieve balance (that word puts too much pressure on me), just trying to create as many memories with her as possible.

One of our favorite places to hang in Santa Barbara is the Funk Zone. You can find great food, yummy treats, fun shops and amazing art. Some of our favorites are:  Helena Avenue Bakery, they have amazing coffee and croissants, that melt in your mouth. We also love checking out Blue Door, they have amazing vintage and mid century furniture along with home decor.  Another favorite foodie spot is Lucky Penny, this is a great lunch spot. Casual, easy, yummy, and if you have little ones it’s perfect.

We are all always looking for the perfect instagrammable spots, right?! Well, there are plenty of them in the Funk Zone.

One of Eleanor’s favorite places to stop are the faces painted on the walls along Yanonali Street. They are fun, vibrant colors. All of them are painted by artist, David Flores.

If you walk a little out of the Funk Zone perimeter you will see the Moxi Museum, which is the children’s museum.  It’s a fun, science-based, great for all ages place for the family.

If you happen to find yourself in Santa Barbara be sure to check out these fun places. The whole zone is a fun experience. You can rent bikes and cruise around. There are also great hotels to stay at in the Funk Zone.  Hotel Californian, is a new modern luxury hotel, that’s amazing! We love going to the Goat Tree for breakfast.  It’s all fresh, healthy food.

We hope you enjoyed following along in one of our favorite parts of our city. Above is a small map outlining the Funk Zone. You can also click here to see a larger version. I’d love to hear if you have any favorite parts of Santa Barbara that you have enjoyed while visiting.  I love hearing an outsiders view of our city.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

 

 

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FOODIE SPOTLIGHT

Welcome to Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar. The line begins here, (you’ll be lucky if there is no line, the good news is, if there is, it moves quickly).

Life’s amazing, and of the many gifts we receive, the people we meet and the relationships we build along the way are the most enduring. Emre is one of those people. He is originally from Turkey and moved here nine years ago.

April 15, 2014, Emre opened Empty Bowl inside the Santa Barbara Public Market. Winner of the 2017 Santa Barbara Independent: Best of Santa Barbara Noodle Bar, his passion, and spirit for life and food are easily noticed as you place your order at the bar or take out counter.

Niki, Eleanor, and I were invited to the four year anniversary celebration last Sunday, and we loved every dish. We ordered the Larb Lettuce Tacos, Mama’s Hand Wrapped ” JIAOZI ” Pot Stickers, Pad Thai Khao San Road, and Pan Fried Pancit Noodle. The Summer Rolls and Roasted Duck Buns are extremely popular, so show up early!

On the menu is a great selection of beer and wine to quench your thirst.

So, if you’re just visiting or a local and craving Thai comfort street food, look no further.

Check ’em out on Instagram, @emptybowlnoodle 

 

 

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JOINING THE TEAM

I am so excited to announce that I will be a contributing member of the goodnewssantabarbara.com team. My excitement comes from finally making the decision, and following through with the action, to invest my time and effort into the dream we envisioned when Good News Santa Barbara initially launched in 2014.

Our mission is to provide a space where we can share who and what inspires us as parents, partners, and individuals.

Please reach out to us, leave comments, contact us personally with anything that intrigues and inspires you.

Here are a few pics from our day on Stearns Wharf. We enjoyed a great lunch at Long Boards Grill.

 

A couple of happy campers

A unique and interesting attraction on the wharf is the Ty Warner Sea Center.

The Harbor Restaurant and Santa Barbara Shellfish Company are great dining experiences.

Eleanor is on her way to lil’ ninjas, karate for kids class at Martial Arts Family Fitness. We love the fun, learning atmosphere.

In the year we’ve attended we have observed Eleanor build a strong body, a disciplined mind, and a resilient spirit. Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and an Indomitable Spirit are the school tenets.

Your first class is free.

Check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Trip to San Francisco

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We just got back from a lovely trip to San Francisco.  Wow, Where do I start! I completely fell in love with everything there! I was pretty much ready to come home, pack our bags, and move there.  I thought I had been there when I was a little girl, but after asking my mom and dad, they both said no.  It’s one of my dads favorite cities.  We grew up our summers on the east coast, so I’ve always had a love for NYC, but this trip had me rethink my love may be closer to me than I thought.

We decided to drive, which was super easy.  Eleanor was perfect! We stayed at the Hilton Union Square.  We got up every morning and went out for the day.  I had a list of places we wanted to go and see (most were food).  We don’t normally make lists of things we want to do, see or eat, we like going with the flow, but we had too many places we REALLY wanted to experience.  They were all good! We also got a chance to drive over to Sausilito, which is the prettiest little beach town.  This meant that we had to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, which I’m not going to lie, I was a bit terrified.  I have a horrible fear of heights.  Don’t think the day before I was taunted by the Bay Bridge, when I accidently made a wrong turn, and there was no turning back. YIKES!!!  The Golden Gate is so beautiful, and the drive over was easy peasey.  I’m not sure how I feel about that Bay Bridge yet????!!!

Some of the places we went and really enjoyed were:

Dynamo Donuts: ok, we don’t normally eat donuts, but these are, trust me when I say this, “THE BEST!”  All organic and local (when possible) and fun flavors like lemon tyme, guinness gingerbread, vanilla bean, poached pear, caramel de sel, I’m not a gluten carrot cake, maple glazed bacon apple (one of our favorites), spiced chocolate, and many more.

La Taqueria: a complete hole in the wall (we like those kinds of places), but some damn good tacos. I actually had a burrito and it was delicious, and my husband had the tacos and I tasted them.  Stick with the carne asada tacos and burrito.

Haight Ashbury: enough said!

Cow Hollow: great little shops and tons of places to eat.

Bernal Heights park: This place is amazing! You park and walk about 20 minutes to the top, and then you have 360 degree view of SF. It’s worth the hike. We met a local there, and he even said that this was one of the top 3 places to come to see all of SF.

Golden Gate park/bridge: It’s just what you have to do if you are in SF.

General Store: great up and coming artists’ work. located in a funky little area called outer sunset.

Ferry building: Such a great place to cruise around and eat your way through.  We had yummy pho at Slanted Door.

Boudin: I mean if you’re going to Fisherman’s wharf, you have to have the famous bread bowl and clam chouder.  Of course we had to have it at Boudins.

Blue Bottle Coffee: This was the BEST coffee! Just to see how they make you your own specific cup is worth going there and buying some. This is a good place for coffee connoisseurs.

We checked out so many more places, but these were some of our favorites.

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Olvera Street

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The other day my mom and I visited Olvera street.  Olvera street is in the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles.  They have lots of authentic Mexican food, festivities, and clothing.  We did a little shopping and enjoyed some yummy enchiladas and tamales.  I haven’t been there since I was a little girl, so it was fun to go back and visit.  I love LA for all of its little nooks and crannies, they are like little hidden gems.  If you get a chance to go, you should, it’s a piece of California history that is pretty amazing.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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