weekly moments captured from my point of view

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Last Friday was a very exciting day in my household. For the first time in a year, we got our 1995 Mercedes station wagon to run. The reason this is so exciting is because it is now my car! I could not be more excited to get my license and cruise around Santa Barbara in my old but fun ride.

That same day, my two friends Mackenzie and Nina and I went out to dinner at a fairly new restaurant in the Santa Barbara funk zone called The Lark. With an awesome location on lower Anacapa St., The Lark has a rustic vibe with a modern twist on both its design and its food. All meals are served family style, meaning they are supposed to feed three to six people. After contemplating the many incredible and unique menu options and munching on our complimentary gourmet popcorn (yes, they serve that) Mackenzie, Nina, and I ordered a delicious arugula and asparagus salad appetizer and a massive barbecue braised chicken with smashed yukon potatoes and sautéed spinach as an entree to share. Needless to say, by the time we left we were more than satisfied. This is absolutely my new favorite restaurant and I can’t wait to go back soon.

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photos by Maddy Rotman




Over spring break, my good friend James turned sixteen. To celebrate the day he threw an all day party at the beach. Despite the gloomy, rainy days that led up to the event, the sun must have somehow gotten the memo that it needed to make an appearance for a special someone. Thankful for the great weather, we spent the day lazily lounging in the sun and messing around in the water. James also serenaded us with his guitar as we enjoyed the view.

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After the fun day, my friends and I built up quite the appetite so we headed to our favorite sushi restaurant, Sakana, for dinner. The remainder of the night consisted of more hanging out by my friend’s pool and lots of sleep (all thanks to the sun for tiring us out). Overall, the vibe of the day was very lazy. It felt like another tease of summer where we had all the time in the world at our hands and no worries on our minds until Monday when we realized the pleasure was only temporary. Seven months down, two to go!



photos by Maddy Rotman

Comment below and let me know what your favorite beach pastimes are.

Thanks for reading,



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My favorite Baths song ^^


I recently got to go to a very small concert to see the DJ Baths. Baths, aka Will Wiesenfeld is an American electronic musician with an incredibly eclectic sound that I fell in love with last year. Some of his trademarks include sampling very strange child like voices, ambient tracks, and long, majestic fades. Basically, as my friend William likes to put it, he’s an “overweight hipster raping a synth”. Although my interest in his music faded a while ago, his concert at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara was only $12 so I thought “hey, why not”. Even though he didn’t play my favorite songs by him, his fun vibe and good stage presence made me happy I went.


After his performance, my friends and I waited in line where he was selling merchandise just to thank him for his existence and for the song “Aminals”, a wide eyed bombastic ode to childhood wonder (linked above). He even took a selfie with us!!! (highlight of my life).

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Comment below and let me know who your favorite DJ is.

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We all have our off days.

Most of the time they are because of a specific event that throws you off, but sometimes they are unexplainable and unavoidable. Monday was one of those days for me where I was having a bad day for no particular reason. Being a generally positive person, I always try my hardest to turn bad days around. There are multiple things I can do to make that happen but on Monday, I relied on the beach to lift my spirits.

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The crazy thing is that this was no day for the beach. Not only was it raining, there were also insane winds coming from the ocean current. However, I was determined to not be stopped by this as my friend Lilla and I headed to our favorite private beach after school. Considering how cold it was outside, I had no initial intentions of going in the ocean but as I walked along the sand the soft, gloomy waves looked absolutely irresistible. I ran into the water, I could see Lilla’s stare of utter confusion as she looked at me like I was mental. And looking back on it, I was! But regardless of the temperature, the spontaneous plunge made me feel like a million bucks and the sky even cleared up when I came out. From then on out, my day was completely turned around and I no longer had the unexplainable gloomy feeling hanging over me.

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photos by Maddy Rotman and Lilla Petruska

Next time you’re feeling blue, take a dip in the biggest blue of all!

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After my trip to Vail, Colorado, the remainder of my trip consisted of food, friends, and of course, the beach! The day I got home, I went to Jeannine’s Bakery for breakfast  (a local favorite) and got a delicious veggie eggs benedict and chai latte to go. My friend, Lindsey, and I took our grub to butterfly beach and enjoyed my two favorite things in life: good food and a good view. We walked along the beach with stuffed bellies and I could not have asked for a better morning.

Later that day, I headed over to my friend Mackenzie’s house along with our friend Anais. We spent a couple hours lounging around Mackenzie’s house until lunch time when we packed a picnic and headed to one of my favorite ocean lookout cliffs. Thank god for Anais’s full tank of gas that helped us make it to Hendry’s beach, our favorite ice cream shop, and a fun cruise through Montecito, all in the same day! It was a day like this that reminded me how hard it is to be bored in a beach town and how lucky I am to live where other people vacation.

Go out and explore your town. You never know what you might find!

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Hello Everyone!

Every once in a blue moon, I find myself having a day to relax. Lucky for me, yesterday was one of these wonderful days. In desperate need of a summer tease, I walked to the beach with Lilla and we stopped at our favorite cliff along the way to admire the view we so often take for granted.

Rule #1 of living in Santa Barbara: Always stop to admire a view

Rule #2: NEVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.0370001503700004I don’t know why I’m such a sucker for glimmering horizons but they make me feel a certain way that I never feel otherwise. Add in a nice song and I’ll be in a good mood for the rest of the week! Lilla recently showed me the song “Suburban Dogs” by Real Estate and I’ve been hooked ever since. It is the perfect tune for those easy breezy days off when you feel like you have all the time in the world and it is guaranteed to make you want to be outside.

Speaking of being outside, something I’ve been doing a lot of recently is walking. I have never been one to go on walks or runs (in fact I dreaded them) but recently I’ve found that they are one of the easiest ways to enjoy the good old outdoors that we so often deprive ourselves of. Not to mention, its great exercise! If you ever have some extra time in your day, I encourage you to try it.

Comment below and let me know what your favorite relaxing day activity is.

Thanks for reading!




Growing up in Santa Barbara, CA has made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Most days, I wake up to sun shining in my window and the faint sounds of the ocean around me. I know this sounds like the cheesiest thing in the world but its no exaggeration. Every day of my life I am grateful for my surroundings and even if I’m having a bad day or someone around me is, I often find myself saying “Hey, at least we live in Santa Barbara” or as my friend JM likes to put it, “We live in a place people vacation in. So suck it.”

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What makes SB so special to me is the ocean. Other than being a fun place to splash around in with your friends, it can also be therapeutic. It allows me to let go of all my worries and just go with the flow. For some it’s too cold, but I’ve become used to it. I’ll never forget the day my friends Reyna, Nina and I decided to go to the beach on a rainy day. I can’t remember why, but we were all having an absolutely terrible day and needed to get away together so we decided to go to a very private beach called Hammonds. When we got there I remember sprinting down the beach to our favorite spot, stripping down, and running for our lives into the freezing cold water. All of our worries instantly ceased and we swam around, diving under the big waves for at least an hour. Once we had gotten enough seaweed in our hair and sand in our bathing suits, we ran out and perched ourselves on top of a small cliff overlooking the beach. What was so special about it was because it was such a cold day, we didn’t see a single other person on the beach and it felt as though it was our own little world. Ever since then, the ocean has been my happy place.

Comment below and let me know what your happy place is.



rainy beach day with Reyna and Nina



Hey there foodies!

Summer. Every teenager’s favorite time of the year. With the stress of high school finals and AP tests becoming all to real, I’m starting to drive myself crazy. As I stayed home sick today, I decided to take a peak at some of my summer photos to remind myself that although these next two months will be hectic, the three months that follow them will be the best three of the year.  Today’s post is in honor of throwback thursday and a look back at one of my favorite summer dinners.

June 16th, 2013: After going on a beautiful afternoon hike in the canyons of the Santa Barbara riviera, my friends and I wound up downtown with slim wallets and big appetites. We decided to go to what is now one of our favorite burger joints, Eureka!. At the time, this exciting new restaurant was only a couple weeks old and I’m pretty sure these pictures were from my first time trying it (now, we’re considered locals there). Eureka! is praised for their “gourmet” burgers  composed of incredible home made buns, fresh vegetables, and adventurous aiolis. My personal favorite is the Napa Burger which is topped with an oven roasted Roma tomato marinated in olive oil and vinegar, pesto aioli, havarti cheese, fried pancetta, and arugula. The cinnamon and honey sweet potato fries make an unbelievable side to the Napa, or really any burger for that matter! The combo of unique food and a super cool New York City loft-type interior make Eureka a definite favorite among Santa Barbara locals. Swing by and give it a try!

Bon Appetit,


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Sophie, Ava, and I on one of our favorite hikes

all photos taken by Maddy Rotman


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Today after school, my lovely friend Lilla and I went to a local cafe called Bookends. It’s tucked away on a breath taking terrace above Antioch University near downtown Santa Barbara. We sat at one of the comfy, shaded, outdoor couches and practically devoured our usual three scoop order of beet salad, kale tabbouleh, and potatoes. You would think this combo is a no go, however, the flavors are explosive and pair perfectly together!

This cafe offers some of the most mouth watering, yet organic and healthy foods Santa Barbara has to offer. I could try to describe them but would not be able to do them justice, so I’ll just let you look at the pictures and drool. However, some of my favorites include the kale and barley salad, the tuna salad, and the roasted veggies. If you go, make sure to talk to the owner about the French potato salad (he really likes the French potato salad!) and he sure as hell as a good reason to, ITS AMAZING. They also have a great arrangement of coffee, pastries, and even ice cream. There is indoor seating at either a family style table, individual tables, or a bar and outdoor seating at a variety of large tables, couches, and chairs. 

Overall, this place is a combination of the three perfect cafe elements: great service, great space, and great food. Don’t believe me? Go see for yourself! And be sure to comment below with your favorite cafe.


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indoor family table

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all photos taken by Maddy Rotman


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My beautiful friend and food shopping buddy, Ava, with her favorite Farmer’s Market flowers.

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This past week I took a visit to one of my favorite food spots in Santa Barbara, the local Farmer’s Market. Located near downtown SB, the Farmer’s Market is filled with some of the most unique people Santa Barbara has to offer. It is also the best place to purchase fresh produce that is guaranteed to be locally grown and organic. The unbelievable aromas and vibrant tones of the food being sold overwhelms me more and more with each visit.

What I love about the market is its welcoming energy. Even if it is your first time going, the positive vibes make you feel as if the sellers have been your friends for years! There is also always a wide arrangement of street musicians jamming out and collecting tips wherever they can. This incredible communal unification is what keeps me and so many others coming back week after week.

Some of my favorite, in season foods being sold at the market this month include beets (check out my beet hummus recipe), dates, blood oranges, and a variety colorful carrots. Another FM favorite of mine is the Solvang Pie Company’s olive bread. When topped with some lemon goat cheese (found at one of my favorite FM cheese stands), it makes the perfect picnic snack!

Check out some of the photos I took at my most recent visit below and comment with some of your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies.

Thanks for reading!


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my lovely friend Ivy, working the tomato stand

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all photos taken by Maddy Rotman