Crystal Cruises Ambassador Hosts

Most of the high-end cruise lines hire a number of designated male escorts, many of whom are retired from other careers, to host tables at dinner and make sure the single women on their ships have a dance partner to get them kicking up their heels. Crystal Cruises is known as an ultra-luxury cruise line…

Cruising the Adriatic Coast on a Small Ship

The famous Irish writer Bernard Shaw once said, “Those who wish to see heaven on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” That statement enticed us as we booked a cruise with Adriatic Tours to cruise on the Princess Aloha. Boarding the 125 ft. luxury ship in Dubrovnik’s passenger harbor, we immediately noticed how new and clean…

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

This year’s lobster festival in Redondo Beach opened its doors on Sept. 25 through 27 with a new standard in food and entertainment at the Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon. Visitors could buy admission and food tickets online or at the festival. If you bought them online, you needed to go to a separate tent to redeem…

Go Back in Time at Descanso Gardens

What happens when a local calls up Descanso Gardens and offers a donation of almost 180 plants? Not just any plant, but a type of plant that dinosaurs enjoyed walking next to and sometimes nibbled on, almost 300 million years ago. When Katia and Frederick Elsea of La Canada reached the Executive Director of Descanso…

Uplifting Vegan Cuisine

Studies show that eating plant-based food can reduce the risk of some types of chronic disease, including cancer and heart disease. For those who who don’t want to step foot in a 100% organic plant-based restaurant, you may want to think again. Vegan and vegetarian diets are higher in dietary fiber and vitamins and lower…

Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday in Palm Springs

While enjoying Chef di Cucina Ian Gresik’s five course Italian dinner paired with Italian wines at Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles, I learned from Joyce Kiehl, Director of Communications of Greater Palm Springs, that Frank Sinatra would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. We dined on Burrata with olive crostini, potato gnocchi with…

Once – Better Than A 10!

Following chef Ricardo Zarate, one of my favorite Los Angeles chefs, has been an exhilarating culinary adventure. I first met the three-time James Beard Foundation award nominee at his spirited, urban Peruvian restaurant, Mo-Chica. He followed that success by opening Picca, near Century City, and Paiche, in Marina del Rey, introducing pleasing South American cuisine…

The 67th Emmy Awards Governors Ball

The largest formal sit-down dinner is coming up on September 20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center after the 67th Emmy Awards show. The 4,000 nominees and winners will leave L.A. Live and walk inside a beautifully transformed ballroom by Sequoia Productions. Guests will be handed a flute of Ferrari Brut NV Trento DOC Metodo Classico…

Eat. Sleep. Play. in Seattle

During Labor Day weekend we reserved two nights at the Seattle located right near the Convention Center and blocks from shopping, dining, and the Public Market. The Grand Hyatt is an ideal location for exploring Seattle. A few blocks away is the Seattle monorail taking visitors over to the Space Needle, EMP Museum, and Chihuly…