SB Gains an Ace

By Richard Mineards   |   February 14, 2019
Nikki Slater joins the pro staff at SB Polo & Racquet Club

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club has added a new tennis pro to its talented staff.

Born and raised in Scotland, Nikki Slater grew up playing with Wimbledon champ Andy Murray and his brother, Jamie, as her coach was the ace racketeers’ mother, Judy.

She graduated from Florida State University where she was number one in both singles and doubles, with a national ranking of 55 and a WTA career high ranking of 165 in the world.

Nikki also made two Grand Slam appearances at Wimbledon.

A nice addition to the ranks…

Tasting the Town

Santa Barbara’s second annual Restaurant Week blasts off on Friday, February 22 for ten days of miserly mastication.

The event is designed to showcase the culinary delights of our Eden by the Beach crafted by our tony town’s finest eateries.

For more than 20 years Restaurant Week founders Tim Zagat and Joe Baum orchestrated a four-week celebration of New York’s finest food, making the gastronomic dining experiences accessible to all. And in 2018 the Santa Barbara event founders brought the foodie phenomenon to the American Riviera, showcasing the best of our city’s more than 450 nosheterias.

This year’s local event will benefit the California Restaurant Association Foundation’s ProStart, a two year culinary arts and hospitality management program, that reaches more than 9,000 students at 127 public high schools.

Each participating restaurant, including Olio e Limone, Lucky’s, Tre Lune, Convivo, Bella Vista, The Monarch, Los Arroyos, Bluewater Grill, Loquita, Blackbird, and the Little Door, will offer a prix-fixe menu that includes a $25 two-course lunch and a $40 three-course dinner.

Food for thought, indeed…

Goop in Your Living Room

Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow is taking to her lifestyle and fashion website Goop to Netflix.

The 46-year-old Oscar winner will premiere a docuseries on the streaming service in the fall consisting of 30-minute episodes hosted by her and Elise Loehnen, her chief content officer.

The dynamic duo will use doctors, experts, and researchers on the show to discuss issues in the field of spiritual and physical wellness, according to Variety.

Pottery Pair

Santa Barbara warbler Katy Perry got creative for the Super Bowl.

The 34-year-old Dos Pueblos High student and her British actor beau Orlando Bloom spent the Big Game flexing their artistic muscles at a pottery studio, Color Me Mine, in Los Angeles.

Orlando, 42, was busy painting a ceramic jar for dog treats, while Katy was filming him and herself in action.


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