Archive for the ‘Food & Drink’

  • CORE Tasting Room Orcutt CA
    CORE Tasting Room in Old Orcutt Check out the family style tasting room in Old Orcutt, Santa Maria (Northern Santa Barbara County) for a welcoming atmosphere and outstanding selection of good to high-end wines. This month they’re running a Valentine’s Special with a tasting of assorted wines and two cheeses with chocolates and caramels for two at $25.
    by at February 20th, 2016 at 02:02 pm
  • Sandra’s recipe for Wild Boar Tajine
    Last night some friends were dropping by with a bottle of good Merlot to see the sunset. As life has been more than hectic lately, I wasn’t up to a full-on meal. Both Greg and Jessi live in North San Luis Obispo County where hunting abides, so I pulled out a wild boar shoulder from the freezer and invented a new dish inspired by my years in North Africa. The nomads...
    by at April 11th, 2013 at 01:04 pm
  • Kreo’s Cove Art Gallery Opens in Shell Beach CA
    Kevin Kreowski in his new Shell Beach "Cove" gallery.  And this guy retired from Border Patrol?! Back home in Shell Beach after a border patrol career in southern California, Kevin Kreowski has livened up Shell Beach Village with the transformation of his mother’s gift shop to hip art gallery Kreo’s Cove on Shell Beach Road. Saturday July...
    by at August 2nd, 2012 at 12:08 pm
  • Tajines made in honor of Libya fight for freedom from Gaddafi
    I love to cook, and I love to tweet, and I love Libya. Last year, throughout the heat of the battles, during the dark days, when stress was most intense, I used to calm my nerves by cooking. The following are some of the tajines I made in honor of Libya and the valiant, brave fight for freedom from the Gaddafi mafia. Today the Libyans voted in their first election. Tonight...
    by at July 7th, 2012 at 06:07 pm
  • Paso Robles grows up to fine dining Prime Rib, cheese and Vietnamese
    It had been a long time since I was in downtown Paso Robles. I used to drive through on my way to pick up my daughter at a friend’s house. I used to think that Paso Robles was a town to drive through. I admit, I was a South County snob – but I have been forced to eat my words. For my money, Paso Robles is the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo County. It’s...
    by at June 21st, 2012 at 07:06 am
  • World of Pinot Noir Tasting at the Cliffs Shell Beach CA
    Sequena Vineyards (Russian River) pours at Pinot Noir by the Sea We were lucky to get comped a couple of tickets to the World of Pinot Noir Tasting at the Cliffs Hotel in Shell Beach. The pinot happens to be one of my favorite grapes and the Cliffs Hotel is right down the road, so the luck gods smiled and gifted me the $95 pp entry. Pinot Noir by the Sea featured 69 wineries,...
    by at March 3rd, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  • Moonshadows in Malibu
      Moonshadows neon on Malibu beach Moonshadaows lounge with view of Pacific through windows What’s the best way to cap off a fabulous afternoon at the Malibu Getty? Easy, hands-down answer requiring no thought at all: drinks and dinner at Moonshadows in Malibu. It starts when you walk in the door and see the Pacific Ocean just out the window. A little on the...
    by at February 14th, 2012 at 03:02 pm
  • First impressions of Trawangan, Gili Islands, Bali
    The Gili Island of Trawangan itself is much much different from what I was expecting. I think the good old days of relaxed backpackers, drinking mushroom shakes and hanging out on the beach in bean bags like what was described to me by Indonesian locals in Sanur is long gone. I’m not sure how often they update the Lonely Planet guide, but the one we have is from...
    by at July 31st, 2011 at 05:07 pm
  • Little Ethiopia on Fairfax south of LACMA
    Messob's on Fairfax Ave There’s a string of Ethiopian restaurants and food shops in one short block on Fairfax south of LACMA on the Miracle Mile in LA. In fact, you don’t really need the sign that says you’ve arrived in Little Ethiopia. Picking a spot to eat was strictly right-brained and we were so lucky to stumble into a lively eatery filled with...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • A social day at LACMA with Ray’s Stark et al
    There’s plenty of art to see, but there’s also a social life to be enjoyed at LACMA (Los Angeles County Art Museum). Ray's for lunch White sails in the noon sky Topiary in the plaza Kinetic interactive sculpture Free Afro-American-Latino Jazz concert Stark's bar with video of The Mourners Ballet   Happy Hour  
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 08:07 pm
  • Beer, massage and Irish pub and music in Sanur Bali
    Last night had a pretty big adventure here in Sanur. I started just kinda wandering around, trying to get a feel for the area, and somehow ended up walking in circles like 3 times. By this point, I was getting really overheated and started feeling light headed. So I popped into a bar and got an ice cold beer and sat under a fan for a while which cooled me down. At this...
    by at July 13th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Strumpton Coffee Roasters in NYC serves up great brew
    Strumptown Coffee Roasters, Ace Hotel, NYC I love a good coffee shop and am always looking for the right place to get the right foam in the right atmosphere. This article was posted by Christine C Quinn who has been New York City Council Speaker since 2006. She represents the council’s 3rd district with all the great neighborhoods of Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Hell’s...
    by at July 12th, 2011 at 08:07 am
  • Java Hut best cappuccino in North Lake Tahoe
    If you are looking for an outstanding cappuccino in the North Lake Tahoe area, stop by the Java Hut in King’s Beach.  Not only have they mastered the art of the foam, but you can’t beat the “beachy” milieu reminiscent of California Surf sites. The bagel with cream cheese, lox, onions and capers was just like it should be. Judging by the steady...
    by at August 21st, 2009 at 02:08 pm
  • California Farmers Market – SLO style
    There is nothing as beautiful as a ripe organic tomato.  Unless it’s the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip.  I mean, truly, it is a really difficult choice.  Luckily, in my life, I don’t have to choose.  Right now while Vegas is blistering hot – and few places can blister like Vegas – I’ll take my cool days and chilly nights...
    by at July 28th, 2009 at 01:07 pm
  • Avila Valley Central Coast California
    It doesn’t get any better than the micro-climate of Avila Valley in San Luis Obispo County California.  Surrounded by lush green hills which protect it from the coastal fog, the valley boasts orchards, inns, hot springs and markets teeming with fresh produce and home-baked pies. The Bob Jones Bike Trail connects San Luis Obispo (the city) to the coast at Avila...
    by at July 11th, 2009 at 09:07 pm
  • All you can eat Crab in Central Coast California
    If you hankering for succulent crab, sweet and plentiful, go on Tuesdays to either Ciao Bella in Morro Bay or Spyglass Restaurant in Shell Beach (northern Pismo Beach).  Both Central Coast California restaurants have superior water and sunset views: Ciao Bella located on the Morro Bay Embarcadero looks onto Morro Rock, sail and fishing boats. Spyglass is perched...
    by at July 9th, 2009 at 12:07 pm
  • Martha Stewart Radio Show from the M
    Here’s another example of the free, fun, frivolous things you can find to do on a Thursday morning in Las Vegas. Martha Stewart’s satelite radio show Living Today on Sirius XM  was recorded live from Studio B at the M Casino and Resort with an audience of invited locals. A sample of the M’s sous chef’s braised pork ribs, nibbles of cupcakes from...
    by at June 5th, 2009 at 07:06 pm
  • Market Tea Room for delectable lunch or High Tea
    Tea Rooms have sprung up across the country and seem to be holding their own in the recession.  They play to the ladies who enjoy civilized touches like tablecloths, cozy ambience, cups of freshly brewed tea and, of course, irresistible desserts. The Market Tea Room at Antiques at the Market, with its High Tea of fresh scones, devonshire cream and assorted finger sandwiches...
    by at May 25th, 2009 at 05:05 pm
  • New M Casino Modern Chic Oasis
    The newest addition to the Las Vegas hotel scene is the M Resort Casino Spa, a modernistic, drop dead gorgeous oasis palace of hip pleasure with spacious expanses of marble, structured amber glass and lofty ceilings. First thoughts are why such a trendy palace so far from the Strip?  But on second thought, the M lies at the gateway to Las Vegas when traveling on the...
    by at May 11th, 2009 at 10:05 am
  • Mt Charleston – Vegas Summer & Winter Retreat
    The sun is beating down and the heat is unrelentingly over 110 day after day. That’s Las Vegas in summer and the only escape is the air conditioned halls of hotel-casinos, movie theaters or hibernating in your own living room. But you can jump in the car, head up 95 to the Mt. Charleston turnoff on Rte 157, speed through the high desert, and climb steadily and...
    by at September 21st, 2007 at 01:09 pm
  • 17th Annual “Ho’Olaule’A” Pacific Islanders Festival
    Join the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club for the 17th annual Pacific Islanders Festival with great music, dancing, food and crafts. This is a great two day event from 9am- 6pm Sep 15-16 and admission is free to the public. Call 702-267-2171 or go to Henderson Events Plaza Amphitheatre 200 So Water Street Henderson NV Related Free Henderson Thurs Night Live! –...
    by at September 3rd, 2007 at 06:09 am
  • “Viva Mexico” celebracion de la independencia
    There is a free celebration of Mexican Independence from Spain geared for all ages on Sep 15 from 10a-2p. There will be live music, dance and delicious Mexican . Call 702-229-2642 for more info. Brinley Community School 6150 Smoke Ranch Rd Las Vegas. Related Cine en el Centro, Ballet Folklorico – estilo America Central, Cuentos (tales) de Nuestra America
    by at September 3rd, 2007 at 06:09 am
  • San Gennaro Italian Feast
    A spring and fall festival honoring Saint Gennaro, this Las Vegas Italian feast of ethnic food vendors includes live entertainment, amusement rides and games for the whole family. Moms ride ride free all day and nite Wed, with fireworks at 9p. They are working hard on becoming “the best Italian Heritage Celebration this side of Naples.” Call 702-286-4944...
    by at September 2nd, 2007 at 08:09 am
  • Meet-ups @ reJAVAnate
    The coffee lounge with community spirit owned and operated by Hercules and John are getting lots of well-deserved publicity with mention in the Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas City Life, Call Back Magazine and on 93.1 the Party. They are offering nightly events plus fast becoming a gathering place for various meet-ups around town including chess, knitting, astrology and Independent...
    by at September 1st, 2007 at 07:09 am
  • Kiki Kalor “Cabaret” @ Josette’s Bistro
    Saturday night is Cabaret Night at the French bistro owned by the blonde bombshell, Josette. You have Kiki Kalor who could lighten up the darkest night with her songs in seven languages and her repertoire of dances from flamenco to the classic Broadway. Josette’s Bistro is open for dinner from 6p-10p, main show at 8:00 pm. The food is authentic French cuisine, but...
    by at August 18th, 2007 at 01:08 am
  • Valentine’s Singles Living Food (vegan) Potluck Party
    Transformations, a Healing Place invites singles interested in celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing recipes, learning about the value of eating fresh and uncooked, and networking with kindred spirits. Bring a raw vegan dish to share with 3-4 people. This special get together for health-focused singles is from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Casual, welcoming and inspiring. RSVP...
    by at August 8th, 2007 at 09:08 am
  • Taste of Las Vegas
    Channel 13, Smooth Jazz 105.7, The Best Restaurant Guide and Dine Out Las Vegas team up for an afternoon of great food and entertainment on Sunday Sep 9 3p-7p. 40 restaurants will present their cuisine to thousands of locals eager to sample the “Best of the Best” at Taste of Las Vegas. Admission is $35 which includes tickets redeemable for food and drinks....
    by at August 7th, 2007 at 09:08 am
  • “Ladies Legal Lounge” @ coffee house
    The 4th Saturday of each month, a local attorney, Maria Perez Avilez, hosts a “ladies legal lounge” at reJAVAnate coffee lounge to discuss legal issues of interest to women . This is a free event and open to all. reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge “Serving Humanity One Cup at a Time.” Check out their website or call 702-253-7721. 3300...
    by at August 2nd, 2007 at 04:08 am
  • Poetry Nights @ reJAVAnate
    Sundays and Tuesdays 7p-9p are designated poetry nights at the reJAVAnate coffee lounge with a mike and area for standup performances in a cozy and friendly venue run by Hercules and John. reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge “Serving Humanity One Cup at a Time.” Check out their website or call 702-253-7721. 3300 E Flamingo Rd Las Vegas NV (NW corner...
    by at August 2nd, 2007 at 03:08 am
  • Comedy Night @ reJAVAnate
    Thursdays 9p-11p were designated stand-up comedy nights at the reJAVAnate coffee lounge with a mike and area for performances in a cozy and friendly venue run by Hercules and John. reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge “Serving Humanity One Cup at a Time.” Check out their website or call 702-253-7721. 3300 E Flamingo Rd Las Vegas NV (NW corner Pecos...
    by at July 31st, 2007 at 07:07 am