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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 26, 2016 


is a 
popular adage “if it was easy, everyone would be doing it”, so my visit to Lucky’s a white table cloth 
restaurant in Montecito seemed a simple enough task. Lucky’s is clear in their mission: steaks, chops, 
and seafood. Located on Coast Village Road in Montecito, the space has seen its fair share of businesses 
since it was built in 1926. Not all were restaurants - this writer wasn’t present for the Pink Squirrel in 
the 50’s (and is still not convinced that the owner actually had a pink squirrel, but that is for another 
day), Irelands in the 60’s, and a few others after that. By the late 90’s the building had seen better 
days and area residents thought the location had just plain run out of luck. As luck would have it, 
however, a few Montecito residents gave the building a makeover, and Lucky’s was born as Montecito’s 
clubhouse - a home away from home complete with a patio, bar and dining area. I have often thought 
that fine dining is a dying breed, but Lucky’s has restored my faith.

The menu lists wonderful aged prime steaks featuring a 24-ounce porterhouse steak and 18 oz bone-
in rib chop - for me, the meat closest to the bone is my favorite. A closer look at the nightly specials 
reveals comfort food that you will appreciate as much I do, like Thursday’s Market Street Meatloaf, 
created and introduced to Lucky’s by GM and Chef Leonard Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz has been at 
Lucky’s for eight years, with 22 years in the restaurant business prior to that, and has brilliantly brought 
some of his favorite dishes to Montecito. Besides the meatloaf, consider the chili with just the right 
amount of beans for texture (I suggest having the cheese and onions on the side).

On my last visit, I sat at the bar , and had the calamari appetizer with a burger. I don’t eat burgers that 
often, but when I do I want something special, and Lucky’s offers an eight-ounce burger made with 
meats from the kitchen, and the fries are all house-made (if you follow my column, you know I’m a 
stickler for fresh French fries!). Of course, there are many popular salads on the menu including the 
house favorite “Lucky’s Salad”, and an iceberg wedge that is almost a meal in itself. The wine list has 
many California offerings, including wines from Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and Napa - with more 
than 25 wines by the glass, there’s something for every taste. With so many items on the menu, my 
suggestion is to come with a friend and share. Lucky’s 1279 Coast Village Rd. Montecito (805)565-

Peter Dills hosts a local radio show every Sunday at 5 PM on AM 830 KLAA 


TMJ or temporomandibular joint disease is a 
common problem with a complex treatment. 
The usual symptoms are: numbness of the 
jaw and temporal area, and dull and/or sharp 
pain of previously mentioned areas (temporal 

Some of the causes of TMJ include stress (grinding 
the teeth), direct trauma, or bad diet habits.

 The majority of these patients use dental 
appliances or pain medication: 800 milligrams 
of ibuprofen (Motrin) three times a day or 500 
milligrams of naproxen two times a day, with no 

 Examination of the affected areas (temporalis 
muscle and the mandibular joint) begins with 
light to moderate digital palpation of the TW and 
GB meridians around the ear. A series of trigger 
points will be discovered that, when palpated, will 
produce local and/or referred pain (referred pain/
numbness toward DU20 or the jaw). Other trigger 
areas involved coincide with acupuncture points, 
primarily SI18 and 19; GB2; TW2; and tae yang 
(extra point), and secondarily TW16 and 17 and 
GB12 and 31.

 Treatment duration: The treatment frequency 
is once a week for 4-6 weeks. Within 6-8 
treatments, the patient should be able to feel some 
improvement: pain and/or burning is reduced, the 
range of motion of the jaw is increased, and pain 
medication is reduced or discontinued.

As with almost all muscles disorders, the 
indication of the appropriate stretching exercises 
for the muscles involved will assist in a speedy 
recovery. A course of daily stretching exercises is 
recommended as part of the protocol to reduce 
stress of the temporomandibular joint. The 
stretching exercises are done three times a day, 
five times each session, maintaining the stretch for 
five seconds. It is convenient to apply heat for 15 
to 20 minutes before the stretching exercises are 
done to increase the elasticity of the muscles, and 
ice (five minutes, if needed) afterward to reduce 
the inflammation produced by the stretching 
exercises. A bland diet is another way to reduce 
the stress to the joint.

 Other treatments: Local taping (stretching tape) 
is used to reduce the tension of the muscles involved 
(myofascial release). Some patients respond to a 
single cortisone injection (administered locally to 
reduce the inflammation and edema of the muscle/
joint). Surgery is another approach that may be 
needed in some patients.

 References : http://www.acupuncturetoday.

Julie’s Favorite Family Recipes



2 oz.unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cups(4 oz)semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup unsalted butter,softened

3/4 cup white sugar

2 large eggs.

2 tsp.pure vanilla extract

1&1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup(6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup (3 oz) white chocolate chips

1/4 cup (1.5 oz)milk chocolate chips.


DIRECTIONS: - yield 2 1/2 dozen

Preheat oven to 375.

Line cookie sheets with waxed paper.In a double boiler or microwave melt the unsweetened chocolate 
and the 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. Stir frequently with wooden spoon or wire whisk until 
creamy and smooth.

Pour melted chocolate into a large bowl.Add butter and beat with electric mixer a at medium speed 
until completely combined.Add sugar,eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
Scrape down sides of bowl.Add the flour and all the chocolate chips.Chips should be distributed 
equally into the dough.Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball.,about 1 & 1/2 inches in diameter.
Place dough into paper lined panes 2 inches apart.With the palm of your hand, flatten each 
ball to 1/2 inch thickness.Bake 10-12 minutes.Transfer cookies with a spatula to a cool flat surface.