I can hardly wait for this weekend. I will be returning to Savoy Cafe & Deli in Santa Barbara on Saturday, December 15th, from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM and again on Sunday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM signing my gluten-free, dairy-free & refined sugar-free cookbook, Delightfully Free.
|Looking toward State Street|
I love going to Savoy Cafe & Deli. Why? Let's begin with the charming, warm hospitality of owners Kathy and Paul Shields, and their entire staff, which extends not just to me but to every guest they make feel welcomed and special.
|Here I am last time with my friend and owner Kathy Shields|
Then, of course, there's the food. Creative, tempting and delicious, presented beautifully. Choices of all kinds of salads like Strawberry Spinach w/ Walnuts, Forbidden Rice Salad and Fresh Greek w/ Creamy Feta, or the best salad bar in town, homemade quiches, fresh soups like Tomato-Basil and Creamy Chipotle Carrot, innovative fresh sandwiches and a range of hot entrees like Seared Wild Salmon, Pasilla Turkey Fritters, Oven Roasted Veggies and Macaroni & Cheese, just to name a few. To top it off, Kathy bakes daily a variety of treats like cakes by the slice, pies, cookies, cheesecake and muffins. Many of the selections are gluten free, dairy free/vegan and some are naturally sweetened. It's also reasonably priced. Since I will be there all day, I will be forced to eat all three meals on site! : )
|The happy patrons on a lovely Saturday afternoon|
You'll find Savoy Cafe & Deli at 24 Figueroa Street which is just west of and perpendicular to State Street in the heart of Santa Barbara's beautiful downtown. So, if you're shopping along State Street, you're only a short walk away.
|State Street at Dusk|
I know it's a busy time of year, but maybe a stop at Savoy Cafe & Deli for a healthy, delicious meal to recharge is just what you need to make your holiday shopping memorable and fun. Kathy usually surprises me with a few offerings from my book. Here's the Pumpkin Pie and Whipped Topping she made last time I was there (yes, it was delicious).
|I enjoyed every bite!|
And, finally, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that my cookbook, Delightfully Free, would make a wonderful gift for anyone who eats gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, or who simply wants a quantum leap toward eating healthy. So, even if you have a book already, you just might want another as a gift for Christmas or for the final two days of Hanukkah. I will have some gift wrapped and ready to go!
About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.