Monday, October 26, 2015

Crushcakes Café Hands Off Montecito Location to Bree’Osh Bakery

Crushcakes Cafe owner Shannon Gaston announced that the four-months-old Montecito location will be closed and the location will become the Bree’Osh Bakery. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk file photo)
The Crushcakes Café in Montecito has closed after a mere four months as the business readjusts to accommodate its recent merger with Simply Pies.

Crushcakes owner and Santa Barbara native Shannon Gaston sent a message to customers late last week noting that as of Monday, she would no longer operate at 1150 Coast Village Rd., Suite E, which opened in May as a fourth Crushcakes location.
“Since our purchase of Simply Pies, we have become increasingly busy,” Gaston said, adding that the decision was made with a heavy heart.
“We want to focus on what we do well and in order to do that, we will be passing our Montecito shop to friends of ours.”

A new concept called Bree’Osh Bakery has opened at the storefront in October, she said, offering coffee, savory breakfast, lunches and brioche.

According to the eatery’s Facebook page, Bree’Osh is a café and food truck run by a French chef desiring “a friendly and hipster atmosphere.”

Gaston called it an authentic French bakery and coffee shop owned by friends — Pierre and Nelly Henry — specializing in homemade brioche with local ingredients.

“You will enjoy the savory brioche buns with poached eggs, French cheese and a delicious béchamel sauce and love the sweet brioches with chocolate, almond cream or with ‘praline rose,’” she said.

The new owners, a husband-and-wife duo hailing from France, told Noozhawk they had been searching for the perfect location for months before Gaston offered them the visible Coast Village Road spot. They hope to open within two weeks.
“We are really excited about this experience,” said Pierre Henry, who brings years of expertise working under some of the best bakers in Paris. 

For the entire article in the Noozhawk by Gina Potthoff, click here.

For more information on Bree'Osh, click here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Newly Priced - Rancho San Leandro

OFFERED AT $7,950,000
Rancho San Leandro is situated atop a ridge in Montecito, commanding stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. This historic property boats as its centerpiece one of the oldest and most authentic adobe homes in California.

This beautifully landscaped property of nearly 6 acres comprises olive groves, rose gardens, private courtyards & professional quality equestrian facilities, all within the guard-gated security of Ennisbrook. Just minutes from Montecito's Upper & Lower Villages, Rancho San Leandro offers incredible privacy in truly idyllic, natural surroundings. 

This incomparable offering grants the potential owner all the benefits of residence within Montecito's elite Ennisbrook estates, along with the elegant historic ambiance of one of Santa Barbara's County's oldest buildings, and the luxury of modern conveniences within the context of truly authentic Early California lifestyle. 
Amenities: Butler's Pantry, Horses, Remodeled Bath, Remodeled Kitchen.

For showings or more information contact:
Susan Pate - 805.895.9385 -

Watch this short video for unobstructed panoramic views of Rancho San Leandro: 

Click here for more information on this exquisite listing.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Shape Up Your Wake Up

Going out for breakfast used to be a rather predictable affair, but lately chefs have been ditching the two-eggs-plus-two-bacon-strips-plus-two-pancakes formula for something much more exciting, and diners are catching on. "In America, we are strong on going out for dinner," says Recipes Organic Bakery ( owner Michelle Arntz, who married into an Australian family and has been visiting that country for more than 20 years. "But in Sydney, the culture is going for breakfast, and not just on weekends - every day."

For years, whenever Arntz traveled to Sydney, she studied breakfast menus and ate beautiful, original dishes. Inspired to bring the robust breakfast culture of Australia back to her home in Santa Barbara, Arntz opened Recipes Organic in 2012 in an Old Victorian house she bought on Santa Barbara Street. Today, the cafe features organic organic, source-conscious dishes not found anywhere else, such as her Sweet Corn Veggie Fritters and Pineapple Ricotta Pancakes with cream and toasted coconut.  

Tired of the blue plate special? These inventive dishes make it easier than ever to rise and shine.
Taste Food | By Jaime Lewis | Photograph by Gary Moss