Pechanga Resort Casino…What A Surprise!

It was fun to join fellow travel writers and friends at Pechanga.  I have never been there before. With the Lunar New Year just days away from our visit, the Lobby was adorned with beautiful displays!  We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at one of their many restaurants, which I will list below. We dined at the Lobby Bar & Grill.  There is a large bar area with various sporting events featured on the big screens.  The dining room is light and airy. The creative menu features...

A Stellar Introduction To New Mexico Wines

Ok, I have to admit it right out of the gate, that I am a California gal with a pension for wines from Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles. I have probably been up there 80 times in my adult life. The highest elevation of vineyards I have walked thru (during a cooking class) was at Chappellet Winery above the dreamy Hennessy Lake in northern Napa.  So when I was trying to wrap my head around grapes being lovingly grown at 4,000 to 6,000 feet in elevation, I was utterly perplexed. Who does that?...

Join Us For This Unique Dining Experience For Charity

Welcome to Table For Ten!  Doesn’t everyone dream about having a well-known local chef create a custom dinner just for them and their friends? Yes, of course we do!  Well, there will be 350 lucky guests who get to do just that to create their very own Table for Ten!  This very special philanthropic event will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the clifftop Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. Most importantly, this event will...

8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Was Spectacular!

The Golden Foodies® is an event honoring Chefs, Restaurants Food and Drinks. With its eighth year in the books, the Golden Foodies is a stunning event that honors the Best Chefs, Libations and Cuisine of chef-driven and independent restaurants. It is the "People's Choice Food Awards" as patrons and foodies do the voting on all but a few of the awards.

I know this is hard to believe but I had never been to the event. I am usually traveling in Europe in late September as I cannot stand the...

Newport Beach Boat Parade 2019!

CELEBRATE THE SPECTACULAR 111th ANNUAL NEWPORT BEACH BOAT PARADE HOSTED BY SONS OF AMERICAN LEGION-ON THE BALBOA PENINSULA IN NEWPORT BCH.

This is a rare opportunity to attend a holiday event at the American Legion-Squadron 291, which is typically open to “members only”.  In the spirit of the holidays, please join us on one of the five nights when the award-winning annual Christmas Boat Parade will be showcased in the spectacular Newport Harbor. The...

A Tribute – Remembering & Honoring 9/11

Please join us as we remember and honor 9/11. This event is hosted by the Sons of the American Legion-Post 291 and it will be held right next door to the American Legion at Veteran’s Park in Newport Beach, CA.  How befitting, as we honor our country and all the brave men and women who dealt with this devastating event. It is forever etched in our  memories and a part of our American history.

Date: Wednesday,...

Are You Ready To Party? The Dudes’ Brewing Company Grand Opening Celebration In Santa Monica Thursday 9/13/18!

In celebration of its new flagship Tasting Room location at the iconic Santa Monica Place, The Dudes’ Brewing Company is hosting a special grand opening event on Thursday, September 13 from 6 – 9 p.m.  In addition to great beers, the event will include live music. This group will feature a special live concert by this  multi-platinum recording rock band, Unwritten Law, on the rooftop deck.

Located on the third floor of the center at...

Guest Blog: The Ultimate Safari Experience in Masai Mara, Kenya

The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular destinations in Africa and is known as “the jewel of Kenya”. This is known as one of the best places to see the “big five” including: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo.

Guest Blogger Abhishek Jha is the digital content manager at tourHQ, a curated marketplace for hiring local tour guides around the world. He...

Elegant Dining at Pascal’s Restaurant

(The lunch described in this article was kindly hosted by restaurant owner Pascal Olhats. Thank you Pascal!)

My friend and Chef, Pascal Olhats is the Owner of Pascal’s a lovely restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. By day it is a charming café with dine in, or to go offerings---from quiche to sandwiches and salads, to complete meals. Pastries are made on-site each morning. Then in the evening, there is wine by the glass or bottle, a complete dinner menu for dine in or to go...

A Perfect 3-Day Getaway To Central Coast & Carmel

Here We Come Fun! We have not found a better way to relax than to just “press pause” for a few days. We find three days is the perfect number. We can easily book Riley at the dog-sitter for a short stay, we don’t have to make a hundred phone calls or reservations and our refrigerator does not need to be emptied. We just lock up the house and go! And best of all, this seems to get us out of our routine. We do not have all the distractions, errands and projects that...