Beloved institution Danny’s Deli embraces its community with traditional recipes, a caring staff and a taste of Jewish culture. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Brisket roasted to melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Bagels made fresh daily. Matzo ball soup. Fat...
According to Wendy Collings, her own Hanukkah celebrations involve the whole extended family getting together and sharing a traditional Jewish meal — usually featuring food from Danny’s Deli. They also do a white elephant-style gift exchange. At Ventana Monthly’s request,...
By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Sergio Garcia is hoping to spread the word about the Oxnard Bike HUB, a community bike repair shop and second-hand bike store that opened in downtown Oxnard last November, because he knows...
Shepherdess Land and Livestock integrates land management with sustainable wool production. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Wide open skies. Rolling hills softened by velveteen carpets the color of emeralds. Oak trees, the Topatopa Mountains and a...
Story and photos by Chuck Graham The 500-pound silverback was hungry. Not hangry...just hungry. As shafts of morning light penetrated the rainforest of the Virunga Mountains in Central Africa, the mountain gorilla casually lumbered over to a dense stock of bamboo,...
Omar Reyes Benítez | Photos by Viktor Budnik Ventura nonprofit STEMbassadors is leading the way. Through programs like its IDEA Center and professional development initiatives, the organization is helping students get precious experience in a pricey industry. It was founded in 2017...
By Mike Nelson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Need chocolate? Of course you do. But what kind? You can wander through any supermarket or drugstore candy aisle and find plenty of mass-produced chocolate items — boxed, bagged and barred, some better...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer In Ventura County, picturesque locations for the most memorable wedding abound. Beautiful beaches offer seaside romance, sprawling ranches provide rustic elegance. For something chic, consider a winery or elegant property with sweeping views. We are...