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Learning A New Language Means Jumping In With Both Feet!

Have you every wished you could take your foreign language skills to a whole new level?
Well… Bill Blanning has done just that. He dusted off his old high school French language skills
and jumped in with both feet! Traveling to Lyon, France he enrolled in a week long immersion
program and stayed at the home of a hosting family. The Program is called Lyon-Bleu International . In LA Times new “Departure Points” section about learning and traveling, you can read about
his adventures on this journey. Thanks for sharing Bill! (Merci pour le partage, Bill!) http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-departure-points-20171009-story.html
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Recipe: Salmon Asian Marinade

Everyone asks for this recipe and can be used on other fish…Enjoy! Ingredients: For Four Servings -2 cloves of Garlic finely minced (I use cubed frozen Garlic from Trader Joes near veges) -4-5 tablespoons of Sesame Oil (I get mine at Trader Joes) -1/4 cup Olive Oil -3 tablespoons of vegetable oil -2 tablespoons of Soy Sauce -2 tablespoons of Rice Vinegar -Juice from ½ of lemon -1/2 Cup (or less) of Green Onions-finely chopped with minimal white portion -Salt and Pepper (I use Lemon Pepper from Trader Joes) -Splash of White Wine -Can add other herbs finely diced or from jar such as basil (Or cubed Basil in frozen section near veges is really good for stir fry and Italian dishes too.) -Sesame Seeds Optional (I do not use as they sometimes get burnt, but could add toward last five min. Directions: -Mix all ingredients and …
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A Welcome New Restaurant Opens In Laguna Beach, Meet “Oak”

The new Oak restaurant stakes its claim along the tawny Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. And what a treat it was to join them for a recent media visit. The restaurant is perched on the seond floor of a handsome modern building and overlooks the highway with lovely sunsets and ocean views below. As Executive Chef Chris Tzorin describes the cuisine “It is comfort food with a modern twist“. The black glazed plates with a matte finish are his canvas to create some incredible cuisine which we thoroughly enjoyed. But let’s being with the setting and meander our way to the menu and other details about the restaurant. It is a rustic, yet modern environment. Lots of clean surfaces here with beautiful woods, creative lighting and black and white accents. There is a large bar presence, wine cellar, open dining room and floor to ceiling doors that fold back …
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It’s TONIGHT…. Join The 1 Year Celebration at YNK @ Irvine Marriott

It’s a party!!! They are going to take guests on a “celebratory journey” at YNK, which stands for, You Never Know. And you really don’t. It is ever changing. Every three months they feature a different iconic city or region from around the globe with videos on the walls, and specialty hand-crafted cocktails specific to that spot! You will actually think you are there! Are you ready? Next they will feature Amsterdam! The event is open to the public TONIGHT Friday, September 15 at 5:30pm. Reservations are required ahead of time, and space is limited. Irvine’s beloved cocktail destination and speakeasy YNK by Ellis Adams Group is celebrating their one year anniversary. They will be serving up some of YNK’s most popular libations from each of their rotating cocktail menus over the past year. The cocktails will be available for purchase as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres and YNK swag …
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Dock & Dine In The Beautiful Newport Harbor—Just In Time For Summer Fun!

Dock and Dine Motoring around the Newport Harbor is an idyllic adventure. The charming homes line the waterfront promenades, the seals are barking, pelicans are gliding above, and we smile and wave at our fellow boaters and kayak paddlers. And boating often turns to dining in one form or another. Here we find 12 great choices for “dock side” dining in Newport Harbor. With waterfront access, here are some of the special spots you may not have even known had “dock & dine” capabilities. From the most casual local’s spots, to elegant settings, this list has a plethora of options for you and your guests to explore. And just for the asking—many of these same restaurants provide “take away” dining for your boat-touring. With a mere phone call, delivery can be made to your boat dockside. How very Newport Beach of you! Listed here are 12 restaurants on the water …
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Discovering Two Unique Wine Bars in La Jolla… You Just Gotta Try Them!

Our International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) gathered a small group in the charming seaside town of La Jolla to make an introduction to two wonderful wine bars. Both are doing things is a new and different way. These are NOT your parent’s wine bars. We first stopped at We Olive & Wine Bar along Prospect Street in the bustling, upscale downtown area of La Jolla Village. Parking can be a challenge, so good luck with that. You might have to hoof it a few blocks, however it is worth doing so. The second stop was to LJ Craft Winery and this is south of the Village in a residential area. It is charming and filled with the local community folks. The oversized windows open up like big garage doors and people just hang their heads in and wave or say hello as they stroll past or bring …
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