Local Love / Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

Welcome to the very first installment of Local Love, a brand new weekly series here on Wish List, inspired by my favorite Santa Barbara area shops.    This is how it all began… One day, a couple of weeks ago, I stopped by a magazine shop in Montecito, still a part of, but just on the outskirts of Santa Barbara.  On my stroll back to my car, the loveliest little shop caught my eye and there, on the corner, was Rori’s Artisanal Creamery.  This charming and smartly designed spot is airy and so pleasing to the eye.  It’s got the perfect mix of modern and vintage styling … the wooden details, the mason jars, the glass containers, the striped straws, the cool outdoor seating and, of course, the ice cream.  I asked the very radiant, spirited owner and deliciousness concocter, Rori Travato, what I should call her decadent creations.  I mean, can something this insanely tasty be given the somewhat ordinary name, ice cream?  Yes, she said.  Call it what it is.  So I will call it this-is-my-happy-place ice cream; full bursting flavor (I had the salted caramel.  Holy of all holies, I can assure you.). And, just when I didn’t think it could be any better, according to their website, every ingredient in the ice cream is hand selected, local and organic whenever possible.  They use Straus Family Creamery organic milk, cream and eggs, and- to my taste buds- their flavors are pure and natural.   I am, without shame, in love with an ice cream shop.  Have a look… Here’s Rori and lovely Paige.  (They were very kind even though I stopped by, unannounced, while they were just opening and setting things up for the day.) Such a treat, this place.  If you’re local to the area or planning a visit into town, swing by and get your fill. Rori’s 1024 D Coast Village Rd. Montecito, CA 93108 (within the Montecito, Vons shopping center) (805) 770-2266 Su – Th 10 am -10 pmFr – Sa 10 am -11 pm

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Mom…

This is a picture of my mother, taken sometime during the 1950’s.  I don’t typically share a whole lot of photos of my family on here (except for my husband and dog) because I want to respect their privacy; but most especially that of my father and step-mother who don’t like all this social media nonsense.  But today I’m taking a leap and sharing about my mother.  I’ve mentioned her from time to time, though given that today marks the anniversary of her passing over 30 years ago, I am feeling drawn to share some memories of her.  And hope you will enjoy them, too. Thing is,  I was pretty young when she passed away, but luckily, I hold some particularly wonderful and vivid memories.  Still, I welcome more.  So I asked my siblings, who are all older than me and have had more time with her, to share theirs about her.  I am thankful that I now have these, revealing just how much she loved us, how artistic she was, and how great her sense of humor was.    Here are a few thoughts about my mom from some of my siblings… “I think you and I carry a lot if mom’s traits. She had a quirky sense of humor & was very artistic. I used to sit with her as she painted. I remember her teaching me how to paint seagulls. Mom was elegant & adventurous. I remember how great she smelled and looked as she would often go on dinner dates with dad. She seemed hurried a lot, like you do, but I’m sure that is part if the controlled chaos that the two of you are/were about…We were very close & I felt her presence the moment she passed in the form of heavy static electricity. That was mom. She was a big energy!” (side note: Our mother passed away on Friday, February 13th.  All the power went out in our house and even our watches stopped.  I’d say my brother, Ed, is accurate in his insight of her big energy.  Makes us all feel connected, I think.) “She loved lightening storms and would make us hot chocolate.  She would put Cath on her lap and we would watch the storm from the window.”   “Mom and Cath would draw with us, hand-over-hand ; Cath loved oil pastels…you seemed to be so enthralled as a toddler with how…

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Red velvet…

I get that the world might be tired of the whole red velvet dessert thing, but I may not ever; especially when made in cahoots with salted caramel.  It is not the way of my people to say no to salted caramel. I found this recipe for red velvet and salted caramel whoopie pies via Adventures in Cooking and had to add it to my list.  One of my goals for this year is to bake more.  This would be a good one to entice me into doing just that.

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About life…

If you haven’t already caught on, it’s Valentine’s week.  Some people flip out over this day, and of course others would rather it be crushed dead.  I’m in neither category.  But if I were to choose a stance, I’d stay away both from banking on Valentine’s day to be the only proof that someone loves me and from encouraging the bitterness that comes with feeling a lack of love if there were no one in my life to tell me so. Sebastian is, clearly, on one end of this spectrum.  He thinks it’s a ridiculous holiday.  And I’m good with letting the day pass without any fanfare.  My favorite times, February 14th or otherwise, are the moments of joy that pop up when the sky is wide and clear and there is laughter surrounding me and those I love.  So this Valentine’s week is being kicked off with this thought inspired by the above words and image; the awareness of the hugeness of beauty around us, whether we feel we are surrounded by love or not, I can assure you that you always are… [ photo from this beautiful post on The Fresh Exchange ]

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Once Upon a Time / 34

I had some nice down-time this past week; not a whole day off but enough snippets of calm, hanging out, and relaxation to instill me with enough clarity and motivation to move along to my next stage of work.  I like times like these because I get to have much needed time with friends and it also gets my creative ideas a space to thrive- which is always great.  I came up with a few new concepts for the business, including collaborative projects.  More on that in the coming months. Anyhow, here is my week in pictures; give or take… An afternoon at the beach after a tasty meal at one of my favorite lunch spots  (such a beautiful day). Hair accessories for customers (these materials are so flipping lovely). Grabbing a drink and chips with my peoples. I stopped by a Valentine’s bake sale at a preschool where some friends’ children go.  This was my stash.  (those Unicorn Poop sugar cookies were insanely tasty.) And some really wonderful links gathered this week from around the web… This video is all you need to bring you to your happy place.  Watch it all the way through.  I promise it’ll make you smile. I think this is accurate (and so uplifting, when you think about it.) One night last week, I decided it would be a really good idea to start a facebook page for Mars the dog.  It’s ridiculous, but you’re welcome to join in on the ridiculousness HERE. This song is dreamy. Enjoy a relaxing weekend, friends. Love,  Cath

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Make / 6

As an artist, I generally gravitate more toward playing around with textiles, fabrics, metals- that sort of thing.  But every now and again I reach for the watercolors because I love to see how it plays on various surfaces.  It was one of my favorite mediums to introduce when I was an art teacher and it continues to be my go-to art form when I want to clear my mind. I love these DIY watercolor tags from Eat, Drink, Chic… simple, sweet, and beautiful. [Here’s the full watercolor tags diy.]

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