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Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam's Chowder House

Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House

by Anneli Rufus

Lewis Rossman, the executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, gave viewers an inside view of his lobster roll and demonstrated a rock cod recipe on Tasteable: California, a new TV series in which chefs at noted Golden State restaurants show off some of their best-selling dishes.

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Guinot’s Latest is a Miracle Worker



Guinot Huile Mirific


Occasionally we all fish for compliments. This won’t be necessary with Guinot’s new Huile Mirific. Every time we use it people’s reaction is complimentary, requesting to know what that incredible scent is.

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The Grand Curtis Stone

on August 26th, 2013
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by Sophie Gayot

There were many events during the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. It was not possible to attend of all them, so choices needed to be made. When I saw that Curtis Stone was hosting Lexus Live on Grand on Saturday, I did not hesitate to trade a quiet evening at home for a giant food and wine party with the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a backdrop.

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The exterior of The US Grant hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

The exterior of The US Grant hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

A Historic and Storied Gem in the Gaslamp Quarter

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The US Grant hotel has been a San Diego icon since its debut in 1910. While the handsome hotel itself is a sight to see, its history is what makes this property so fascinating. The land (which was once owned by the Kumeyaay tribe) was the home of San Diego’s first major hotel, Horton House Hotel, until it was bought and demolished by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., son of the eighteenth U.S. president. In its place, he built The US Grant (named after his father), an eleven-story, luxury hotel in what is now the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.

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Adega Condes de Albarei 2011 Albariño Pazo Baión

Adega Condes de Albarei 2011 Albariño Pazo Baión

Price: $30

Rating: 14/20

Region: Rías Baixas, Spain

Varietal: 100 percent Albariño

Production: 3,400 cases

Alcohol: 13 percent

Tasting Notes: This sleek-bottled Albariño comes from the historic Pazo Baión vineyard in the Salnes Valley. Purchased by Adega Condes de Albarei in 2008, Pazo Baión boasts 55 acres of 40-year-old vines. Its hand-harvested grapes produce intense aromas, including orange blossom and jasmine. In the mouth, it displays lemon, pear and apricot flavors supported by a vibrant acidity and a small amount of residual sugar.

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Sophie Gayot with chef Giada De Laurentiis

Sophie Gayot with birthday girl Giada De Laurentiis

by Sophie Gayot

If you did not attend the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Opening Party last night, you missed chef Giada De Laurentiis celebrating her birthday with a cake made by the Duff’s Cakemix Duff Goldman.

You also missed fine food from top chefs from LA, San Francisco, and beyond, lots of wines. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, take a look at photos from the gala. I’m hoping to see you over the weekend at the upcoming events.

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A three-quarter front view of the BMW i3 at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

After previously experimenting with electric power for the ActiveE Concept, BMW is finally ready to enter the EV segment with the all-new i3, a lithium-ion battery-powered hatchback set for commercial release in the second quarter of 2014. Continue reading “BMW i3 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Set for Production — Car News” »

by Sophie Gayot

Have you ever dined dressed all in white right on the car lanes of Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills? Presumably not, unless you were among the 1,500 participants of the first “Dinner in White” that took place last night in L.A.

Started in 1988, 25 years ago, in Paris — I attended one of the first ones back in the day — Diner en Blanc has now gone international. Brush up on your French and listen to an interview with François Pasquier, the co-founder, and his son Aymeric, co-founder of Diner en Blanc International. In my exclusive video they explain the etiquette to follow in order to be a part of this incredible dinner party.

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Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam

Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam

by Patricia Mack

Cruise lines routinely “reposition” ships to take advantage of the season or the market for one popular locale over another. Liners move from Alaska to Hawaii, Mexico to Canada or make Trans-Atlantic sailings from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean (or vice versa). This particular Trans-Atlantic voyage, from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, was seventeen days long and took place on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam — an eleven-deck, Signature class cruise ship and the second largest ship in the Holland America Line.

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Mothers LeatherTech Moisture Infusion Gel Cream

by Nick Winfrey

While we’ve all put in the hours—and the elbow grease—buffing hoods and waxing wheels and spritzing windshields with streak-free solutions, few of us take the time to care adequately for our cars’ interiors. However, upholstery upkeep is an essential part of any vehicle cleaning regimen, especially for those of us with leather or vinyl surfaces that can quickly crack or fade when neglected. Thankfully, Mothers has your seats (literally) covered with its line of LeatherTech car care products.

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