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

 

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dock & Dine In The Beautiful Newport Harbor—Just In Time For Summer Fun!

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...

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,...

Right In Our Own Backyard…Shimmering Hotel Pools and Patios In Newport Beach

 

Here’s a summer newsflash! Let’s agree to put the car keys away and not book those airline tickets. We can stay right here in Newport Beach and enjoy some of the best “resort” experiences one could dare to imagine. An impromptu stay-cation can be the perfect recipe for enjoying a carefree summer getaway with the family, or perhaps a romantic respite for just the two of you. Here we have sleuthed our way around town to find hotels with newly renovated pools, resort games...

Pacific Wine and Food Classic Event- 2017

Mark Your Calendars---August 19-20, 2017th for the first of many summer “Pacific Wine and Food Classic” events. It will be a food and wine extravaganza at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, CA. Calling all “food & wine aficionados” who will experience a world-class culinary event! This event is the perfect Southern California weekend, on the sand in the Back Bay of Newport Beach. Cool ocean breezes, jazzy tunes and premium food & drink.

-Over...

Exploring Petite Wines With Big, Robust Flavors

On a recent summer Sunday afternoon, I found myself transported to a lush, tropical garden. The shimmering pool and greenery welcomed us with open arms. I was in for a big treat as a newbie guest---- joining the Wine Council for their summertime gathering. Exploring fine wines, paired with delicious cuisine and of course, wonderful company---what's not to like about that line up!

Robin and Marc Simpson were our incredible hosts. And we all know how much work that is to have company and be...

Pretty Summer Toes… I have found a Pedicure Gem!

Summer is here ladies---so I’m jumping in with both feet! Those of you who know me, know I had a toe fungus from a Spa Chair while getting a pedicure and it took me forever to get rid of it. Thank goodness for Dr. Ivar Roth who made that miracle happen for me. So you can imagine how freaked out I get about having a Pedicure done. I have to interview the place before I will go in. And I just did an article for Visit Newport Beach on pedicures and visited 15 places, and ladies you would be...