Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery 457 E. Ojai Ave 640-7987 www.azuojai.com $5-$34 Catch yourself strolling down “Main Street” Ojai during the siesta hours of the day and the sidewalk may appear to glow with a golden hue, almost suggesting, dare I say it, a yellow brick road. Follow this playful path and it will lead to one of the valley’s hippest hangouts, Azu, a hybrid restaurant inspired by the Mediterranean approach to dining. It has long been a landing pad for locals and celebrities alike to take an extended break from window-shopping or the summer heat and appreciate...Read More
Author: Dane Edmondson
The sum of his beers I’ve been with my boyfriend for nine months. We are both in our late 20s and go out drinking a lot with our friends. I’ve noticed that when he’s drunk, he’ll be super affectionate and say really gushy things about me, our getting married, etc. Are his true feelings coming out, or is he just talking lovey-dovey because of the booze? — Bridal Hopes You’ve got to be wondering what it would take for you two to live happily ever after … cirrhosis? Many people insist that their personality changes dramatically when they’re all...Read More
The Ojai Valley is no stranger to musical talent, long being a stomping ground for artists to kick up creative dust. Sea At Last is looking to stir up a tornado with its raw, edgy blend of fist-pumping rhythm and confessional lyrics. Consisting of songwriters Cohen and Tory Elena, this duo has been winding its way around the 805 and gaining a strong fanbase with riveting and memorable live performances. Force of Nature Initially meeting in Portland, Oregon, in March of 2011, Elena answered a drumming audition for a musical that Cohen wrote. The original plan was to take...Read More
Fire. The wheel. The salad spinner. We are a species of inventors at heart. Our curiosity ushered us from knuckle-dragging Neanderthals to the most advanced animals on the planet. Today, the possibilities for invention and creation seem almost endless: Concepts once only mused about are evolving at light speed. In the 805, there are individuals striving to update our society both locally and globally. ONE H.A.L. OF AN IDEA Name: Kevin Knoedler Job description: Stay-at-home dad, ground-breaking software programmer Company: Coordinated Robotics Invention: NASA Award-winning humanoid robotics software The recent advancements in robotics AI (artificial intelligence) software for space...Read More
Rabalais’ Bistro 861 E. Main St. Santa Paula 525-2109 http://rabalaisbistro.com/ $2.75-19.95 At first glance, Rabalais’ Bistro and Bakery in Santa Paula seems a bit out of place. Specializing in authentic Southern and Cajun cuisine, its front patio entrance boasts wrought iron work and wicker furniture, a distinct diversion from the ’50s feel of its surrounding neighbors. But make no mistake: one step inside and it’s nothing but bon temps (French for good times). pulled pork eggs Benedict on jalapeño cornbreadKey Lime pieBeignetsIntelligensia-brand coffeeChocolate The layout of Rabalais’ is split into two delicious options: the dining room on the left...Read More
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