Author spotlight: Claudia Schou

High-heel enthusiast, boot camp novice and fancy recipe collector. Loves Flannery O’Connor and Breakfast with The Beatles. Formerly at California Apparel News, Orange County Register and LA Times Community News.

SB Event Co.: Setting the Stage for Custom Dining
By Claudia Schou   |   July 30, 2020

Uneasy about dining outdoors in public? Bring the chef to your home for an intimate social distance gathering with loved ones On a recent sunny afternoon, Chas Escalante, SB Event Co.’s co-founder and chef, takes a tape measure in hand to assess spacing for a backyard barbecue at a home perched atop the Riviera. Just […]

Summer’s Savory Meats & Tasty Craft Brews
By Claudia Schou   |   July 23, 2020

The Shalhoobs’ Secrets for Smokin’ Summer Barbecues For some folks in the neighborhood around Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio, the aroma of burning white oak has the same tantalizing effect as a chuck wagon dinner bell. If you love Santa Maria-style barbecue then you’ve come to the right place. Shalhoob’s hip outdoor barbecue joint is famous […]

Village Eateries Pivot Again
By Claudia Schou   |   July 16, 2020

No indoor dining? No problem! Local eateries pivot to al fresco service – Montecito style French bistro tables, olive trees, and soft breezes stirring lavender blossoms. These days, dining is a moveable feast as restaurants pivot, creating stunning al fresco settings. A state mandate to curb a surge in COVID-19 called for the immediate closure […]

Cat Cora, Restaurateur and Chef
By Claudia Schou   |   July 2, 2020

Summer is officially underway, so what better way to celebrate the season than to embrace the summer tradition of backyard grilling with family and friends? A cookout is the perfect way to practice social distancing with loved ones while satiating your gustatory appetites.  Whether you’re in the mood for burgers, marinated meats, grilled tofu and […]

Santa Barbara Pistachio Co. – Leading the Healthy Snack Revolution
By Claudia Schou   |   June 25, 2020

No one understands the new snacking culture more than Santa Barbara Pistachio Co. The organic pistachio grower – founded by the Zannon family in 1991 and situated on a 440-acre ranch in Santa Barbara’s northern Cuyama Valley – lures snack lovers away from mainstream brands with artisan nuts made with natural ingredients. Gail Zannon started […]

Real Estate Appraiser Greg Brashears: Appraising Your Home’s Value During a Pandemic
By Claudia Schou   |   June 25, 2020

As we wrestle with the evolving ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Barbara’s commercial real estate world is learning how to conduct business at a distance, leaving previously on-site activities on the sidelines. MJ recently caught up with Santa Barbara native and real estate appraiser Greg Brashears to discuss navigating through a pandemic and all […]

MJ’s Guide to Local Online Shopping
By Claudia Schou   |   April 30, 2020

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping – Remotely In these tough times, it’s important to support local businesses while also practicing social distancing. To that end, when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit California and changed life as we know it, the Montecito Journal changed its local events listing page to a Grab […]

Quarantine Break
By Claudia Schou   |   April 23, 2020

High-heel enthusiast, boot camp novice and fancy recipe collector. Loves Flannery O’Connor and Breakfast with The Beatles. Formerly at  California Apparel News, Orange County Register and LA Times Community News. This year, Montecito residents welcomed spring quietly at home. Yet the season still offers serene outdoor pleasures plus a touch of social distancing. Here is […]

The Home Front
By Claudia Schou   |   April 16, 2020

With California’s statewide stay-at-home order in effect, businesses are closing and people are hunkering down at home, but still working, courtesy of Zoom and FaceTime. We spoke to four Montecito residents about how they’re managing to keep their businesses going during the coronavirus crisis: Vera Kong, Piano Instructor I spend most of my day connecting […]

Rosewood Miramar’s Chef Massimo Falsini Serves First Responders
By Claudia Schou   |   April 9, 2020

Santa Barbara’s hospitality industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. Several local hotels have laid off their staff and are now closed, putting a halt to the local service industry. Those who remain on property are keeping busy, however. For his part, Rosewood Miramar’s Executive Chef Massimo Falsini is working with first responders and other […]