••• While Restaurant Guy reports that Brass Bear Uptown (right), in the former Cafe Stella space off Las Positas, has soft-opened. Owner Seth Anderson says, “We have had some soft opening days but are still getting everything dialed in before we are open open.” UPDATE 1/27: Noozhawk says it has indeed opened, with a profile of the owners.
••• According to Little Heart Cafecito, the Santa Barbara Public Market will be closed from Monday, January 30, to Sunday, February 5.
••• Speaking of Calabasas, I’m always seeking recommendations for restaurants between here and LAX. I’ve enjoyed Moody Rooster in Westlake Village, and I really liked the Sherman Oaks outpost of Petit Trois, but it’s a bit out of the way. Friends have suggested Two Doughs in Agoura Hills and Lovi’s Deli in Calabasas. Any others we should all bear in mind? (P.S. I’d also love to know if there’s any really good coffee near the 101.)
••• Could change be coming to Trattoria Vittoria? A friend sends word that it may be under new management. The restaurant’s website isn’t working, but that’s apparently unrelated.
••• I was noodling around Google Maps, thinking about a walk somewhere new, when I saw the European Deli & Market, which I had never heard of. It’s on Hollister Avenue, just west of Modoc (and there’s parking behind the building but the entrance to the one-way driveway is on the west side of the building). As someone who gets extremely excited about new food, I was in heaven. The store has the kind of stuff you only see in markets in Europe and the Middle East. Because I’m not allowed to buy more food right now (we’re trying to empty our pantry in advance of a move), I only bought one thing—halloumi, which is hard to find around here unless you’re OK with it being covered in dried herbs. Once we’re settled in, I’ll be back for the pickles (including the turnips and cherry tomatoes), for sure, and sauerkraut, and pierogis, and who knows what else…. Well, not the canned meat.
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