Month: April 2014

Free PIZZA at Blaze

Grand Opening of Blaze Pizza Tomorrow is the official opening of Blaze in the original Farmers Market location. They are offering free build-your-own artisanal pizzas to Blaze Pizza’s Facebook fans from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. The 45 seat fast-casual restaurant has an outdoor…

DeSano Pizza in East Hollywood

DeSano Pizza is not like 800 Degrees, Blaze Pizza or PizzaRev where you have someone assemble your customized pizza based on ingredients to your liking. Instead, you place your order at a counter and a staff member enters it into a computer that sends…

Up, Up and Away in Yountville

The first morning I walked to the lobby of the Villagio Inn and Spa in Yountville for the complimentary champagne or mimosa brunch, I noticed three different colorful hot air balloons soaring overhead. “I want to do that,” I said out loud. How cool…

Free on Earth Day

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to reduce, reuse, recycle and receive something for FREE or at a discount. Earth Day is on April 22 each year since 1970. It was conceived by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson as a nationwide day to…

Church and State – Country French Cuisine

Being a fan of the talented Chef Tony Esnault, I was excited to visit Church and State, located near the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles in the Arts District. I first met the gifted French chef four years ago when he was the Executive…

5 Bodacious Burgers in Los Angeles

Bar Verde at Nordstrom – The Grove Order a burger at the Bar Verde restaurant inside Nordstrom’s at The Grove and then tell them you want the special one from the secret menu. The regular burger has roasted balsamic onions and a Fiscalini white…

Easter Celebrations In San Diego

What better way to celebrate Easter than to be down at the beach.  San Diego has a multitude of resorts celebrating Easter weekend. Take a peek and get inspired. HOTEL DEL CORONADO The Hotel del Coronado’s Easter Champagne Brunch buffet on April 20 is…

The Strand House – Tour de Pier

I always enjoy sitting upstairs at one of the tables near the wall of glass windows inside The Strand House. I gaze out at the Manhattan Beach Pier and Pacific Ocean watching pelicans soar along the shore line. My blood pressure lowers and I…

Carnival Cruise Imagination

When the Carnival Elation left Long Beach last year to go to New Orleans, Carnival introduced the Carnival Imagination to the West Coast. The Fantasy class ship leaves the port of Los Angeles on Sundays with as many as 2056 passengers and 920 friendly…

The Journey from Croatia to Napa Valley

Born into a wine making family in the town of Desne on Croatia‘s coastal region of Dalmatia, Mike Grgich gained international respect for being the wine maker behind the 1973 Chateau Montelena–Chardonnay that shined over several white Burgundy wines in the wine tasting event…

The Markup on Wines at Mastro’s Ocean Club

We celebrated a birthday at Mastros’ Ocean Club at the Newport Coast. We had never been to this hot spot between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Six of us sat in the quieter area of the restaurant. The bar area is quite a scene….

Eating and Drinking at Coachella

The cocktail and party scene at Coachella is better than ever this year. For those who are lucky enough to go to the music and social festival, bring your sunscreen and enjoy the atmosphere, food and drink. Keep your wristbands on for a week…

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