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Smoke in a Glass

  Trends are hard to predict under ideal circumstances, making it even more unlikely that even the best prognosticators could have foreseen the rise of mezcal over the past two years. The agave-based distillate from Mexico is known for its…

Livin’ on COVID Time

  When it started looking like the COVID pandemic was going to free up a lot of time for home and garden projects, personal errands, meditation and a meticulous nail regimen, I began making a mental to-do list. Never in…

Page Picks

  Summer is a time when we head to the beach, the lake house or even our backyards and nestle up to a good book. To celebrate the “great summer read,” we asked local authors what their picks are for…

Split-T’s Taste Legacy

  Any restaurant that stays in business for half a century puts an indelible imprint on its community, and the memories of first dates and family gatherings cannot be separated from that room full of tables and booths. But Split-T,…

Montecito Serenade

  The compact community of Montecito, California, is “so beautiful it’s like a screensaver,” says Seneca Beverly, a barista at the seaside town’s Rosewood Miramar Beach resort. Montecito, with a population just under 10,000, sits picturesquely in the shadow of…

Hoots Given

  It sat empty for decades, a vestige of a long-gone town and a mode of travel, but Owl Court is once again ready for roosting. Owl Court LLC, a redevelopment group led by Brad Rice, Marcus Ude, Rusty LaForge,…