Interview with Michael Lewellen of Lucas & Lewellyn Winery

Up on the 71st floor of the US Bank in Los Angeles, I enjoyed an informative luncheon paired with Santa Barbara County wines. At my table sat Michael Lewellen, the son of  Royce Lewellen from Lucas & Lewellen Winery.Michael shared with me a little bit of the history of his father’s winery. His dad partnered…

Santa Barbara Vintner – Brander Wines

Santa Barbara County wines are the closest backyard wine region to Los Angeles. “It’s one of the most diverse regions to produce some of the best grapes in the world,” said organizer Allison Levine from Please The Palate, welcoming a group of oenophiles to a Santa Barbara Wine Road Trip luncheon. “The wine region is located…

Mother’s Day Special So Cal Spots – 2017

Napa Valley Grille – The new Executive Chef Kenny Spost makes the best French Toast in LA with mascerated strawberries and braised pork chilaquiles – Here’s my review-http://beverlypress.com/2017/05/mothers-day-brunch-napa-valley-grille/ The Grill on the Alley Beverly Hills This is the first year that The Grill will serve Mother’s Day brunch. Bring Mom on Sunday, May 14 to…

Masters of Taste 2017

Last Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the clouds opened at the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena less than two hours before hundreds of people were going to arrive for a 3 p.m., entrance to the second annual Masters of Taste. It was sunny and dry by the time I arrived and strolled the 50-yard line feasting…

Avocado. Margarita. Cinco de Mayo

Everyday is a Cinco de Mayo celebration when you sip a margarita and nibble on tortilla chips and guacamole. I learned from registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade working with the Hass Avocado Board some fun facts about avocados. Here’s what I learned – Avocado is a fruit that contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it…

Inhale in Indian Wells

Read why the Miramonte Resort and Spa is a great getaway to inhale, swim, bike, nap and get a spa treatment. Click here to read my review featured in InTravel Magazine – https://www.intravelmag.com/item/1198?lang=en&limit=1&limitstart=0

Wildly Joyous Georgia McBride at The Geffen Playhouse

Walking into the Geffen Playhouse theatre, I admired how lighting designer Josh Epstein draped an array of jewel colored string lights from the stage out into the side walls of the theatre, creating an ambiance of a dive bar or nightclub. Above the center stage is a framework of lighting trusses with red rope lights,…

Summer Fun at the Suncadia Resort

During Earth Week I had the opportunity to meet Katie Sheppard the Director of Marketing at Suncadia Resort. She came down from Washington State to make an Earth Day donation at TreePeople LA. Katie and a TreePeople volunteer led our group on an Earth Day activity that included weeding, mulching and watering trees in a canyon…

Enjoying Lompoc – Flowers. Art. Wine. Dine

Santa Barbara County is one of the most beautiful destinations in California. The city of Lompoc is just above the city of Santa Barbara and closer to the beach than the towns of Solvang or Los Olivos. It’s also one of the most affordable areas in the county for locals and visitors to get more…

The Outrigger Signature Experience

Next time you plan a trip to Oahu, be sure to check into the Outrigger Waikiki Beach or Outrigger Reef to take advantage of the Signature benefits – http://luxebeatmag.com/outrigger-waikiki-signature-experience/

Indian Wells Newly Renovated Resort

Check out my review of the new Signature Experience at the Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells – http://luxebeatmag.com/morning-hike-spa-miramonte-resort/

So Cal Passover Dining Options in 2017

1. Passover is one of Brent’s Deli favorite holidays because it’s all about family focus and great food. Pick up some favorites that include homemade matzo ball soup and charoset, beef brisket with Au jus; 1/2 Roasted Chicken; Gefilte Fish with Horseradish and Chopped Liver; Roasted Potatoes and Cooked Carrots and assorted Macaroons and chocolate-covered matzo brittle. Brent’s will…