Hook & Press Donuts

Food

You know the feeling. The one where you roll over first thing in the morning, open your eyes and think… I really need coffee. Then you remember, there’s no more coffee in the house. So you figure, if you have to venture out into the world for a caffeine fix, it has to really be worth the effort, so you might as well add a delicious donut to your caffeine fueled morning. Well, this morning after allowing myself 5 minutes of crying due to the lack of coffee in the house, I decided that today was the day. Today, I was finally going to get my hands on a Hook & Press Hand Crafted Donut.

Since their grand opening in October 2018, I have been hearing a lot of good things about H&P. For some strange reason, however, it has taken me the 6 months they’ve been open to finally sample of their gourmet confectionery treats. After today, I can officially go on record as being part of the Hook & Press fan club.

Just to give you an understanding of how determined I was to get one of these donuts today, you need a little backstory. I woke up super early, and as previously mentioned, I had no coffee in the house. I found out that the shop opened at 8am, so I got myself ready to go out, went to their website and Instagram page to see their current menu (when I commit to a plan of action, I’m all in.) I make my way outside to my car… only to find the battery completely dead. Now, for a lesser human, this could have been the end of my donut adventure. I, however, was not going to see the sun set on this day without getting my gourmet hand crafted donut. So, I called AAA and they gave me a jump. This may not seem like a major life hurdle, but you must keep in mind… I’d had no coffee in like, 18 hours! <Gasp>

Anyway, after that major (minor) setback to the morning, I was once again back on my journey and soon thereafter made it to 1131 State Street where there were still plenty of donuts to ogle and choose from. Most importantly, my pre-selected flavor – the Blueberry Pancake, was still available. Oh Mylanta! Was it ever worth the wait. Delicious airy donut, with blueberry icing and little maple swirls, topped with 4 perfectly ripe fresh blueberries bursting with flavor. My mother got the Samoa, which she totally loved – even though she doesn’t like the cookie, go figure.

By the way, these donuts were such a complete sensory experience for me – I totally forgot to get coffee. They were that good. I enthusiastically give Hook & Press 4/5 🌴🌴🌴🌴 for creative and delicious flavor combinations, staff friendliness, and value (I will happily pay $3.25 for quality like this.) Now that I know what everyone has been raving about, I will certainly be back soon.

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Unique Creations of “Kirra Makes”

Artisan

One of (the many) things I love about the Santa Barbara community, is that there are so many talented artists here. On any given day, you can walk around the Funk Zone and find unique hand-crafted gifts, clothing, or artistic edible treats. Visit a local wine tasting room or brewery, and you may happen upon a local art faire, showcasing some of the many talented artisans to be found in this diverse community.

For today’s entry, I have chosen to spotlight local artisan Kirra Stankowsky of “Kirra Makes”. Whether you want to carry your laundry change in quirky style, send a custom hand-made greeting card to cheer up a friend, or find a cute tote for your farmer’s market haul – you will no doubt find something to love from Kirra Makes (hereafter referred to as K.M.)

If I were to draw a common theme in her crafts, it would be the beauty of simplicity. You won’t find tons of wild textiles or crazy colors, but you will find a beautiful neutral color palette that lends itself well to customer customization.

Kirra’s primary focus for her current items on offer are: leather stamping (leather tag keychains), carved ink blocks for printing (greeting cards, cloth prints), embroidery (totes).

In addition to being a talented artist, Kirra is also a genuinely awesome person who is a joy to interact with. She is passionate about art and creative expression. Whether you decide to go with one of her unique pre-made designs or opt for a customization, you can be assured that you will receive a quality product that has been made with love.

Follow Kirra on Instagram @kirra.makes and stay up to date on where to find her items for sale. You can also reach her via email at kirr.gre@gmail.com.

SB Brit

SilverThorne Vintage

Artisan

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love finding new and unique boutiques and vintage stores locally. So, imagine my joy, when I was aimlessly wandering around the “Funk Zone” downtown (going from one wine tasting to another) with a friend – and I literally stumbled upon one of Santa Barbara’s newest vintage boutiques, SilverThorne (located at 22 Anacapa St #3).

Opened in recent months and named for her grandmother who taught her to sew, designer Sarah Farmer has carved out a much needed niche in the Santa Barbara fashion scene. You can find anything from vintage clothing and accessories, Prada & Manolo Blahnik shoes, custom distressed flannels – and my very favorite, Sarah’s beautifully one of a kind design upcycled vintage slip dresses. This truly is a MUST stop for fashion lovers and those seeking unique gifts.

During my visit, I found so many wonderful items to “ooh and ahh” over. There were working vintage telephone purses, custom bridal “bouquets” made from broaches, Prada shoes with eyeballs, UK Doc Martens, vintage swimsuits turned into swim dresses… the list of amazing things to look at is endless. I could have easily spent hours looking through SilverThorne’s collection, however it was getting close to closing time and I had talked poor Sarah’s ear off long enough.

SilverThorne SB without a doubt gets 5/5 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴 for quality, diverse selection, unique finds you won’t get anywhere else, and a welcoming and friendly shopping experience. I highly suggest you run, don’t walk, to check out this eclectic collection of vintage and upcycled art.

SB Brit