THE CHARMING SANTA BARBARA: CHOCOLATE MAYA

When a cup of tea simply won't do, and I'm in need something rich and with more kick, I step inside the wonderful world of Chocolate Maya . . . 

THE ELEGANT SANTA BARBARA: SAN YSIDRO RANCH

The old-world ambiance and rustic elegance of San Ysidro Ranch, a hotel tucked into the hills of Montecito, cannot be beat . . . An afternoon of decadence is most certainly high on my list of favorite things on earth. Is there two greater words in the English language than "ROOM. SERVICE." I think not.

THE COLORFUL SANTA BARBARA: RENAUD'S


The most perfect macarons outside of Paris are just a few blocks from my home at a bustling little French Cafe, Renauds . . . It's a wonderful, dangerous situation.

THE HIP SANTA BARBARA: THE FRENCH PRESS


I first encountered Bryan Foehl, the pastry chef at The French Press, while he was helping run an outdoor dinner on the bluffs of the sea in Morro Bay. He seemed excited and into every bit of the eating experience, from the appetizers to the sweets. Now I'm hooked on his light and lovely pastry, served daily at my favorite Santa Barbara coffee shop . . .

THE EXTRAVAGANT SANTA BARBARA TEA: THE BILTMORE FOUR SEASONS

For the fanciest and most traditional tea scene in town, look no further than the Biltmore Four Seasons.