Author: Leslie Westbrook

Global fusion in Ojai

PICTURED: Gyoza (potstickers) are just one of the many excellent offerings at the Pan Asian eatery Live to Eat. Photo by Leslie Westbrook Live to Eat 842 E Ojai Ave., Ojai 805-640-0201 $4-$28 Do you live to eat or eat to live? Both, actually — yet, I have found some confusion in the unique name of Live to Eat, a recent addition to Ojai’s restaurant scene. It took a little sleuthing to find the mostly Pan Asian restaurant with a wide-ranging menu of dishes from around the globe. To say there’s something for everyone here may be the understatement...

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DOING IT TOGETHER | Jazzy couple Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford bring a slice of heaven to Ojai

PICTURED: Pianist Mike Wofford and flautist Holly Hofmann perform at the Ojai Art Center on Nov. 17. If you are a jazz aficionado, you might want to fly, not walk, to Ojai to hear flautist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford perform on Nov. 17 at the Ojai Arts Center. The San Diego-based, globetrotting duo recently returned from their “fifth or sixth” tour in New Zealand. Just prior to that, the couple performed at the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, in Newport, where Ms. Hofmann, aka Mrs. Wofford, has been the festival’s music director for the past 13 years. And...

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Puro Italiano to the core

PICTURED: Crostini four ways: smashed cannellini bean, marinated artichoke, traditional tomato and mushroom. Photo by Leslie A. Westbrook Peirano’s Market and Delicatessan 204 E. Main St., Ventura 805-628-9028 www.deliventura.com $4.50-20 My strongest memory of grocery shopping with my Italian-American mother at Santa Monica’s Italian Bay Cities deli is holding my nose from the strong stench of cheese and salumi hanging from the ceiling.  It took time, but I’ve come to love and appreciate these aromas over the years. There’s no stinky cheese smell at Peirano’s Market and Delicatessen. Downtown Ventura is all abuzz with the re-opening of Peirano’s —...

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Flavorful, friendly and fun picnic-style dining

Ojai Rôtie469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai805-798-9227www.ojairotie.com$9-19 The sign of a successful restaurant, in my book, is one to which you want to return. Despite a somewhat limited menu (with items to go or eat outdoors on the patio), I see many revolutions back to Ojai Rôtie in my future, fate willing. If you like picnics — and flavorful food and chicken and awesome sourdough bread — then you, too, will fall in love with this new spot from Ojai-based Chef Claud Mann and business partner/longtime L.A. restaurateur Lorenzo Nicola. My friend Anne and I popped in just a week...

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Tapas Time at Herzog Wine Cellars

Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard805-983-1560www.herzogwine.comhttp://tierrasuratherzog.com/$7-$20 I’ve been curious for some time about the locally sourced cuisine at Tierra Sur restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars, located in an industrial park in Oxnard just a few minutes off the 101. A couple of things held me back: the location (a bit inconvenient, especially for imbibing) and the cost (prices aren’t posted on the online menu but I’m here to tell you they are “up there”). When I learned that the winery had launched an afternoon tapas menu in the winery tasting room (adjacent to the smallish...

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