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Dalan Moreno grew up in the Westside of Santa Barbara and he was a meat eater.
But around the age of 15, he watched a video about how animals are raised and killed and decided he could no longer participate in this way of life.
“After seeing it, I just felt compassion for these animals and didn’t want to participate in how our modern industrialization is killing animals,” Moreno said. “I just didn’t want anything to do with it. I never went back.”
With a large “Vegan” tattoo on his neck, which he got himself at the age of 19, Moreno proudly wears his passion. And now the 30-year-old has taken another step forward. He opened his own vegan restaurant, Rascal’s, at 18 E. Cota St. It started as a pop-up on State Street and is now his own restaurant. He said he enjoyed being his own boss.
“I started it as a side project and it became a full time project,” Moreno said. “Being able to do what I want, to do what I want, is really amazing and liberating.”
It is in a space shared with the Venus in Furs wine bar.
On Thursday afternoon, Moreno showed a reporter how he carefully hollowed out a vegan penguin cupcake and filled it with non-dairy cream. Its menu consists of torta pambazo, cauliflower tempura, loaded nachos asada and more vegan options.
Dalan Moreno injects the cream into the pinguino cupcakes. (Photo by Joshua Molina / Noozhawk)
Moreno said he is self-taught but has learned a lot from others and pays off his knowledge whenever he can. He worked for free at Satellite on State Street for a while just to learn. He also made trips to Mexico to master his culinary arts. The flavor of his food comes from the bases and sauces, he said, which make all of his vegan dishes taste great.
“It’s just on a different protein or source,” Moreno said.
Rascal’s is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. On Sundays, he makes trendy vegan burgers. The name comes from his approach and his starting attitude, he said, turning out to be a bit “naughty” while traveling in the restaurant business.
He said he knows vegan food can be delicious and hopes to enlighten more people about the lifestyle.
“I decided that I should try to do my best to do something that I would like as a consumer,” Moreno said.
On the road once more
The Santa Barbara Airbus will resume its full program on July 15.
“We are delighted to see the demand for travel continue to increase,” said General Manager Samantha Onnen. “We are very excited to return to the schedule we knew before the pandemic began. The new schedule will provide passengers with additional options when booking transportation to LAX.”
Santa Barbara Airbus closed in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting July 15, the Santa Barbara Airbus will offer eight daily trips to Los Angeles International Airport and eight LAX trips to Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta. The schedules have been adjusted to accommodate the additional trips, according to a press release. Passengers who have booked trips on the bus for July 15 or later will be notified of the schedule change and re-rented to the trip closest to their original time.
In addition to the expansion of the LAX schedule, the organization has also added transportation to cruise ports and day trips. Cruise Ship Connection will bring passengers to the San Pedro and Long Beach cruise ports once a day on cruise ship arrival and departure days.
Santa Barbara Airbus also offers three unique day trips and five Los Angeles Dodgers game offerings available. Click here for more information.
WEV arrives in the city center
Women’s Economic Ventures, an organization that helps people start businesses, moves into a newly leased space of over 3,500 square feet on the third floor of historic El Centro, 19-31 E. Canon Perdido St. in downtown -City of Santa Barbara.
“We have been carefully researching the right location for several years and knew what we were looking for was probably the office space unicorn,” said Kathy Odell, CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures. “It had to be more than a workspace. We wanted a classroom for the training courses, a boardroom for our lecture series, an event space, and a community gathering place for our clients and donors.
Built in 1927, the El Centro building recently underwent a complete renovation and was once the site of a Chinese temple in Santa Barbara’s Old Chinatown, according to a press release. The building now houses businesses such as Board & Brush Creative Studio and Sevtap Winery on the ground floor, as well as a variety of commercial tenants above.
“Working with WEV to find the perfect home, a truly unique space that would allow them to extend their services to the community, was a dream business,” said Rhonda Henderson of Radius Commercial Real Estate who represented WEV in the transaction.
Luxury horse farm in the Santa Ynez Valley
Santa Ynez resident ClaudeLee “Elee” Johnson has started a horse farm and luxury boarding house.
Fairfield Farm, a 20-acre horse farm, features a two-story stable with 30 stalls, nine all-weather stakes including irrigated grass paddocks, a rider’s ring, an Olympic-size dressage ring and a ring of 300 feet per – 250-foot grass park.
“It’s a top notch facility with huge turnouts,” Johnson said. “It’s the ideal life for a horse. It’s like a rider’s playground, with the grass field, the jumps and the dressage track. I built it the way I wanted it to. C ‘is above and beyond the norm.
The stalls are lined with rubber mats, fitted with individual fans, custom latches, automated drinkers and an automatic fly spray system, according to a press release.
The barn walkways are paved, a new fence has been installed throughout the property, and the Pennsylvania Amish Country barn doors add an air of old-world authenticity. Both jumper and dressage rings are designed for safe riding in all weather conditions, including after heavy rain.
Membership starts at $ 1,500 per month for general board and increases depending on whether residents want full care and training or start a young horse. Johnson also offers private and advanced riding lessons for adults and children.
Rocking bed tax
Transitional occupancy taxes continue to increase in Santa Barbara.
The city of Santa Barbara collected $ 1.9 million in transitional occupancy taxes for May, up $ 1.6 million from the same month last year during the pandemic.
The $ 1.9 million is up 14% from 2019. City officials said 27% higher room rates in 2021 helped push the numbers up. Overall, the occupancy rate is down 6.8%.
The city raised $ 13.3 million in the first 11 months of the fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.
The TOT budget adopted by the city is $ 17.2 million. TOT is now expected to end the year at around $ 14.7 million, 15% below budget, according to a press release.