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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes Aug.6th

Mark your calendars! Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 3-8pm will be the 9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes. Fresh Lobster and many other delicious items are on the menu—plus music, dancing and best of all this benefits two fantastic charities: Make-A-Wish® Foundation and Leadership Tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LobsterfestAtNewportBeach.com . The Event  … Read More

North Italia Restaurant Launches Special Community Wine Dinners

North Italia hit the scene with a big splash here in Irvine. An instantly popular spot, we quickly forgot that California Pizza Kitchen existed in this spot previously. The dining room is ginormous with lots of seating options—from intimate two-tops, to huge round tables, and long tables for bigger groups.. The large glass wall allows  … Read More

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  … Read More

A Great Pairing! Rombauer Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

It is always great when two wonderful things are paired together, and this is the case here with this announcement. On Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm my favorite vineyard, Rombauer in Napa Valley, and 21 Oceanfront will be presenting an exceptional Wine Dinner at their restaurant. The guest speaker escorting us through this dinner will  … Read More

Beachcomber Café At Crystal Cove Beach Unveils Delicious New Spring Menu!

It’s hard to describe the Beachcomber Café and Bootlegger Bar without first understanding the Crystal Cove Historic District. I call this spot a “toes in the sand” experience, with a Restaurant, Bar, Rental Cottages, an Experience Center and Private Event Space. For those wanting to take out of town guests somewhere really special, this is  … Read More

Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen Is Magnifico!

I flashed back to a wonderful trip along the Italian coast. One might do the same when you experience Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen. With the Pacific Coast just across the highway I found the sun was gently setting at the dinner hour. The archways and pillars defining the Crystal Cove promenade give this venue  … Read More