Tastes and Travel Lifestyle

Where to Dine & View the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade This Year!

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is celebrating its 107th Year with a “Seas the Holidays” theme. The parade will run the same route as last year and will be held for five evenings, beginning on Wednesday, December 16th, and running through Sunday evening December 20th, 2015.

This event is proudly hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, and is a local favorite. There are elegantly adorned yachts,...

Finding The Rhythm of “Live Music” Spots In Newport Beach

There is just nothing better than sipping a cocktail in a lovely setting, and listening to live music. It is a heavenly blend of magic as I sway to the beat of the music and relax into a blissful trance. I have combed the local hot spots and prepared my “list of favorites”. There are a handful (quite literally) that offer live music seven nights a week. That comes as a surprise to many! And yes, there are many other locations that offer live or DJ’s on select evenings. Just to...

Union Market Update In “The District ~ Tustin”

Union Market is a combo “Food Hall” and “Collection of Boutiques” and is found in the heart of The District. Shops and eateries are cleverly all under one roof at Union Market within The District in Tustin. From a selection of gourmet foods, coffee, organic juices, cocktails, artisan shopping it offers a relaxing vibe for meeting friends, or just hanging out.

Coffee, Cocktails and Libations-
Artisan coffeehouse, Portola Coffee Lab...

Bike Route #3 – Exploring Back Bay/Nature Preserve on Pedego Electric Bikes

This is a fun electric bike tour among natural surroundings and tranquil waterways.  We take a trail set amidst the natural beauty of an estuary----with a serene bay, meandering pathways and birdlife.  On this route, we ride a total of approximately 8 miles.  I will also note a few places to grab a quick drink, a bite to eat, and even spots to return another time for kayak and paddle board rentals.  As usual, we try to traverse routes that keep us away from most of...

Exploring On A Pedego Electric Bike – Crystal Cove & Pelican Hill

Bike Route #2- This is one of my favorite bike routes, and on this adventure, we ride approximately 12 miles total. It has the charm of Corona del Mar, a nature trail with look-out points along the bluffs, amazing coastal views of the Pacific, and a few impressive spots to grab a quick drink,  or bite to eat. Best of all, riders are able to stay off most of the busy streets, by following this handy Bike Route as your guide.

We begin this ride at the Pedego Corona del Mar retail...

Celebrate Dad at Baker Ranch on 6/6/15- Putt, Dine and Test Drive Tesla

When you visit Baker Ranch, you get a taste of a resort-inspired lifestyle. But on June 6, you'll have the chance to visit this incredible neighborhood, and treat Dad to a special day.  First, dads will have the chance to join in on our putting contest. Can your Dad score a hole-in-one? Next, kids will get the chance to spoil Dad by decorating custom barbecue aprons that he can use all year-round in this sunny Southern California weather.  While all this is happening, they...

Pedego Electric Bikes~ Take A Day Cruising Around Balboa

I was recently introduced to  Pedego Electric Bikes in Corona del Mar, and was so pleased to finally feel the joy of riding a bike again, with the help of auxiliary power to assist me up the hills I have so dreaded. I have a number of routes to explore and share with you in the Newport Beach area and beyond. I decided to start with Balboa Island and the Peninsula (mainly because this involves a ferry ride across the main channel).  My friend Teri Sawyer set out...

Baker Ranch Celebrates Chef Richard Blais

Baker Ranch welcomed renowned chef Richard Blais on a recent preview day. What fun! Touring Baker Ranch in Lake Forest, is a "must do" for anyone looking for a new home in Orange County! Get a sneak peek at an amazing new development. They just announced their future parks, and have a virtual tour of “Promenade Park” in the Sales Office. This new community park that will not only be a great place for families with kids to play, but will also provide residents with a safe...

FROM FARM TO YOU…. IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD!

On a recent media event in Temecula, CA we had the pleasure of learning all about how this company is bringing fresh grown produce and culinary delights directly to consumers.  Sadly, since I live in Orange County,  I do not get to take advantage of these incredible programs, but if you are reading this article,  and reside in Temecula, or North County San Diego, boy are YOU in for a treat! The parent company is Cultivating Good. That is the main company, and under that are three...

Tour The Latest Sensation of Home Communities At Baker Ranch In Lake Forest

Save this date……February 21st, 2015. From 11:00am to 4:00pm, at Baker Ranch in Lake Forest, guests will have an amazing opportunity to take a sneak peek at an amazing new development. They will be unveiling plans for all of their future parks, and will include a virtual tour of “Promenade Park,” a new community park that will not only be a great place for families with kids to play, but will also provide residents with a safe means to travel from one end...