the american riveria

Welcome to MWQPR- TASTE SANTA BARBARA FOOD TOURS

We are excited to welcome our newest client, Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours!

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Their EAT PLAY LOVE LOCAL message embraces Santa Barbara's beautiful & diverse cultural background, while offering tourists & locals the opportunity to Taste Santa Barbara. 

One of their many progressive food + libation tours, through Downtown Santa Barbara. 

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Learn a bit more about Taste Santa Barbara below:

Looking for a new way to explore Santa Barbara? Are you a foodie, or have a friend who considers themselves one? 

Experience, “The American Riveria” as we taste, sip and explore your way through Downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy the beautiful architecture as you walk and learn all about our towns culture, history, beautiful wine country and of course the food! 

 

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Entertaining Out of Town Guests? Looking for the perfect way to try new restaurants around town without committing to an entire meal?

This 3.5 hour progressive tour is foodie tested and approved! Suitable for most ages, all fitness levels (you’ll cover under 2 EASY miles and burn some calories along the way)! Food Allergies or dietary concerns? Not a problem- We happily accommodate food allergies, just let us know when booking the tour!   

 

You’ll finish the tour full of fun facts, delicious food and a smile on your face!

--Eat, Love, Play, Local--

C California Magazine

While waiting to board a recent flight to Scottsdale, spotted the  C Magazine Summer Issue featuring The Pasta Shoppe in the 'Around Town section'!  

Stop by & sample their latest handmade fresh pasta, combining farmers market vegetables, classic italian recepies in an open air kitchen. 

38 West Victoria Street•Santa Barbara, CA 

@eatlovepasta  

 

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Walking around Santa Barbara

A lovely morning stroll through Santa Barbara captured via iPhone photos.

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Stunning doors, I've walked past 1,000 times de la guerra street.

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Fresh, handmade pappardelle pasta with oxtail ragu. 

 

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A bite size McConnels cup at The Lucky Penny.

 

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Fresh Beet & Kamut pasta at The Pasta Shoppe.

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Social Media Giveaways

Recently, when asked about social media giveaways I found at a momentary impass....

To giveaway or not- that is the question.  

The Pasta Shoppe, recently launched a social media promotion. Encouraging customers to photograph their favorite Pasta Shoppe dish.  

When launching successful promotions do customers apprexiate gifted value (complimentary items) vs. public acknowledgement (highlighting pucture or social media handle)  ?

Have you entered a giveaway contest?  

 

If so, what motivated you & would you rather receive accolades or gift certificates? 

 

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Photo via @eatlovepasta from @kpviolin 

 

To Market, to market

April 14th, 2014 Santa Barbara welcomed The Public Market.   

Similar to Eataly in NYC & The Ferry Building SF, The Public Market (on a smaller scale) offering visitors a selection of Gourmet delicacies & artisan cuisine paired with exclusive wine and beer selections- hello, heaven! 

The market still seems to be working out kinks such as lines, communal seating and all over cohesive ambiance. 

My niece- Fiona (pictured below) is a BIG fan of The Public Market, bouncing  around from Rori's ice cream (their children's cones with vanilla are a favorite) to the french fries at Bel Campo.

 

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Rori's Ice Cream Children's Cone

Granted she has a children's cone & I'm wrangling a double scoop, don't judge. 

 

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Another all-star showing, Bell Campo's French fries as you can tell, Ms Fiona is a happy camper.

 

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More roris (it's a frequent stop)

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Quick stop at Granada Books then back to the market. 

Favorite spots to stop & sip

Finding time to catch up with friends, over drinks is a rare & favorite pastime.

SamaSama located in Santa Barbara's Arts district, inspired Indonisian cuisine. Recently remodeled, their indoor & outdoor seating along with Delicious drinks menu, does not dissapoint!

Looking for a happy hour ? Their happy hour menu is on par for my favorite in town & the spicy wings--- addictive!

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