Firefly At Studio City For The Last Days Of Summer

For many of us the summer is over.  We have wrapped up our vacations, the kids are back in school and we are back to work.  However, autumn has not exactly arrived yet and the Fall Equinox arrives this Saturday, September 22nd.  For those of you still enjoying the last days of summer (in California…

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Inspiration Lost: Anthony Bourdain

I have been on a hiatus for over a month mainly due to technical issues with the website.  I am back with a secure and safe to use website. It is unfortunate that my first post back happens to be about the loss of renowned chef and entertainer Anthony Bourdain.  However,  I felt the need…

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Baazar Meat – An Eclectic Culinary Experience

Some years ago, while walking the beaches of Barcelona we came across a beach shack with the best Patatas Bravas I had tasted since tapas “hopping” in Barcelona.  Million Dollar views, sound of serenity and taste buds that were aroused.  Not since then had I found Patatas Bravas that could meet the match until James…

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Fall Into Harvest At The Restaurant At Leoness Cellars

With the arrival of fall we also basque in autumn fruits of the heavens and the gift of Dionysus himself.  It’s time to harvest grapes in the vineyards with grand festivals and celebratory grape stomps.  Napa is the most famous for its wineries and grape harvest festivals alongside its renowned restaurants by legendary chefs.  Down…

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Caviar and Blini With Champagne

Happy New Year! I can’t believe that we are almost to the end of 2016 already! When you live season to season, you really don’t realize where the time has gone. Some of us plan something special to ring in the New Year – perhaps a night full of memorable movies and munchies with lots of popcorn.…

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Restaurant Week & Stay At Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

I happened to make it to San Diego during Restaurant Week. I caught the last few days of it while I was staying in Downtown at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. It has a charm of its own with a naval theme that is complemented by bay and marina views. Although none were…

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Ponte Winery Estates & Grape Stomp

September is harvest season all over California. I believe grape harvest season is the best time to visit wineries because the weather is a bit cooler and the ripe grapes hang beautifully everywhere. Just like in Italy, the early fall is perhaps the most beautiful season to visit when everything comes alive with festivals and…

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Staying & Dining At The Palazzo & Venetian Resort Hotels

While I just couldn’t make it to Italy this month to bring you my Italian inspirations or an autumn in Italy, I do want to report on my visit to what you might call the closest to Italy in America …. in a kitschy way. I did not head to Little Italy, but this month…

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