Category Archives: Family

Summer Camp Ocean Pines Cambria California

Here’s a fantastic Central Coast California Summer Camp – Check out Camp Ocean Pines on the coast! Summer Camp promises to be great fun – it’s time to register for summer camp! They now have the 2009 schedule posted of the 7 great weeks of outdoor fun and adventure. Your kids will really enjoy the Big Sur Campout, and if they want to go horseback riding the Morro Bay State Park Campout will again include horseback riding. Your kids can even go to summe camp in Yosemite! We’re looking for kids 16-18 years old for our leadership training program, which is fun and great work experience!

Please view the website for Ocean Pines Cambria summer camp!



Toys for Tots Toy Drive at Pappy’s Restaurant

Pappy’s Restaurant invites you to come by the restaurant, located at the Betteravia exit off the 101 in Santa Maria, and bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10. or more for the Santa Maria Toys for Tots Toy Drive! 

Pappy's Restaurant Santa Maria Style BBQ

Pappy's Restaurant Santa Maria Style BBQ Chicken & Tri-Tip Barbecue

The owner , Bob Torres and I were talking about the best way to promote his new Santa Maria Style BBQ chicken, baby back pork ribs, and tri-tip lunches and dinners, and we thought a charity fundraising drive would be a great way to kick things off!  So Bob invites everyone to come and have a soda on the house when you donate a new, unwrapped toy at Pappy’s for the Toys for Tots Fund Raiser!  (Checks made out to Toys for Tots also welcome!)  And, if it’s lunch or dinner time, why not stay for a Santa Maria Style BBQ Chicken or tritip or ribs lunch or dinner?  The soda’s on Bob when you bring a toy! 

Santa Maria Style BBQ Chicken & Tri-Tip

Santa Maria Style BBQ Chicken & Tri-Tip

Come by Pappy’s today for  some of the finest Santa Maria Style BBBQ in Santa Maria! 

Allejandro & Santa Maria Style Seasonings

Allejandro & Santa Maria Style Seasonings

(No MSG – we checked!)  Bob sells his own brand seasoning, and it’s great!  Read more about other Toys for Tots toy donation stations in Santa Maria and Orcutt here:  Toys for Tots Santa Maria & Orcutt

Santa Barbara County Events – Santa Maria Style Barbecue

Here are two Santa Barbara County Events for Santa Maria Style Barbecue that you won’t want to miss!  When you’re in Santa Maria, you can find Santa Maria Style Barbecue dinners easily!  It’s fun to try new charity fundraising barbecues, and here’s all the info you need……

People are always wondering where to go for Santa Maria Style Barbecue – here are two suggestions!  There are regularly scheduled weekend barbecues in Santa Maria on Broadway that would be fun to check out!

  • The Filipino Community of Santa Maria Valley holds carity fundraising barbecues of Filipino food and Santa Maria Style BBQ at the Smart and Final Parking lot, 1721 South Broadway, every Saturday and Sunday of the month.  Weekly menu items include Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip, Santa Maria Style Barbecued Chicken, and BBQ Beef Kabobs, Chicken Adobo, Salad, Rice, and Bread.  Meals cost $6.00.  For information about this regular weekly BBQ event in Santa Maria, call (805) 922-3422 or (805) 922-3799.  Here are easy directions to find the Filipino Community charity fundraising barbecue.  If you’re coming from the north:  When traveling on the 101 through Santa Maria, take the Main Street exit, travel west to Broadway.  Turn left on Broadway and continue south for several blocks.  The cross street is Newlove Drive.  If you’re traveling from the south, take the Betteravia exit, travel west to Broadway, and turn right at Broadway and continue for several blocks. Here’s a link to a google map: 
  • Map to 1721 South Broadway, Santa Maria, California

  • The Filipino Catholic Society, under the direction of St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann’s Church, holds a charity fundraising barbecue every third Saturday of the month, weather permitting, in the Walgreens parking lot, 707 North Broadway, Santa Maria.  A $6.00 dinner includes Santa Maria Style Barbecue Chicken or BBQ Tri-Tip, beans, salad and bread.  This location is easy to find.  Here are directions to the Filipino Catholic Society fundraising barbecue.  If you’re traveling from the North, take the Broadway exit, drive severl blocks south, and the cross street is Alvin.  You could also take the Donovan exit, travel west to Broadway, turn left and travel one block to Alvin.  From the south, take the Main Street exit, travel west to Broadway, and turn right at Broadway, travel for about 5 blocks.  Here’s a link to a google map: Map to 707 North Broadway, Santa Maria, California

Does all this talk about barbecue leave you hungry for good barbecue?  Need to update your BBQ grill?  Here’s a great site to check out – – Homepage.

Santa Maria Style Barbeque – Best BBQ in the West!

Santa Maria Style Barbecue Chicken


Santa Maria is famous for its’ Santa Maria Style Barbecue, and for good reason!  It tastes great!

Barbecue Chicken Santa Maria Style

 The recipe for Santa Maria Style BBQ is simple, Santa Maria Tri Tip and Santa Maria BBQ Chicken can’t be beat!  Drive down Broadway any Saturday from spring to fall, and you’ll be enticed by the incredibly good barbecue aroma!  For a lazy Saturday afternoon, here’s a suggested route to see what’s cooking!  From the 101, exit Clark and head west into Orcutt, stopping first at the intersection of Clark and Bradley.  There’s usually a fund raising barbecue in the Longs parking lot.  Next, continue down Clark to highway 135 – Broadway, and head north on Broadway.  The next likely spot for a fundraiser BBQ is at the intersection of Betteravia and Broadway, again in the Longs parking lot.  This is where I found the worlds best barbecued chicken today, a fundraiser for the Coastal Xtreme Girls 14U trip to the World Series in Park City, Utah.  (Check the photos and recipe tips from the master bbq chef!)  If you don’t find Santa Maria style barbecue at this intersection here, just continue north on Broadway, and enjoy your tour through Santa Maria in search of the worlds best barbecue!  As you drive down Broadway, on a nice Saturday, anytime from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, you’re sure to find the worlds best barbecue tritip and chicken! (If you have barbecue envy and need a new BBQ – check out

Worlds best BBQ Chicken - No kiddin!

 Here’s the happy crew I found out and about on May 17, 2008 at the corner of Betteravia and Broadway in Santa Maria!  Darrell Cosand (smiling gent second from left) was kind enough to allow me to interview him and his fantastic Santa Maria style BBQ team, and shared ALL of their secrets for the best flavored BBQ in the entire world!!!  (In my humble opinion!!!)  

I guarantee you, it’s the best barbecue chicken in the entire world!!! (IMHO  ; – )