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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...

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...

Meet Me At “The 4th Street Market” in Santa Ana

Who doesn’t like the smell of espresso coffee wafting through the air? This is what welcomes me as soon as I open the door to this mega-food emporium. I enter the 4th Street Market, and no matter what time of day or night, I just know to come hungry! Portola Coffee Lab—home of gourmet coffee. Score! As I navigate my way around the loop, I feel like I am back in college, yup, on “the quad”. I am surrounded by food stands, and greeted by friendly, artsy...

2016 TomatoMania at Roger’s Gardens This Weekend 3/4-3/6

OK for all the gardeners in the room this weekend is a real Tomato Growing, red vegetable knowing extravaganza at Rogers Gardens! Hundreds of different plants to choose from. So many varieties your head will spin! And experts are on-hand to help you navigate...pots, soil. It's all here!! Roger’s Gardens has been transformed!! Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 4-6. Come early for the best selection!


The Best Farmers Markets In Orange County… July, 2015

SEARCH BY DAY OF THE WEEK for Seasonal Offerings From The Farm This Month- July, 2015
Farmer’s Markets are a wonderful way for all of us to support our local growers, and at the same time, enjoy fresh produce that we have hand selected. Oftentimes the markets generate a fun atmosphere, and what better way to enjoy shopping while visiting with the very family that harvested the produce or...

Breakfast In the Barn With Anne and Pascal

Mother’s Day weekend is ideal with this fun adventure with Chef Pascal Olhats (of Pascal’s Restaurant and Café Jardin) and Anne Manassero of Manassero Farms. Here was our delightful menu including Chef notes. Enjoy!



Smoked Salmon on Brioche

-Smoked salmon with cucumber, a cream condiment, served on a brioche bun.

-Mix the sour cream, lemon and shallots with splash of Worcestershire sauce and fresh...

Roger’s Gardens Free Seminar Series for January, 2015

Roger's Gardens always does such a lovely job presenting Seminars and Workshops. On Saturday mornings here is the FREE line-up for
the New Year. I know my garden could use some TLC, and ideas for the spring. Hope to see you down there!



My Edible Garden with David Rizzo
January 3, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Well-known horticulturist, David Rizzo, will discuss everything edible, including vegetables, herbs, fruits,...