I think that in the world of sweets, there are two categories of people: those who love chocolate and those who don’t. Very rarely, we run into the second category, and when it happens it’s good because it leaves more for us —- you will understand that I am part of the first group.
So, if you are not one of these rare specimens, and will be in the Los Angeles area on December 28th, 2014, there is only one place you’ll want to be: the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show.
We are moving east to Sin City! On Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, the third annual Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival will take over Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy more than forty different restaurants. There will be more than three dozen wineries and spirits companies on hand as well, along with the usual posh amenities that make this desert oasis one of GAYOT’s Top 10 Las Vegas Spa Hotels. Bring a food-loving friend, or book a room with a special someone for a weekend full of culinary adventures. After all, the Red Rock is one of GAYOT’s 2014 Top 10 Las Vegas Sexy Hotels, and even made our annual list of Top 10 Las Vegas Romantic Hotels.
Despite Los Angeles’ proximity to the ocean, it’s practically impossible to dine at the beach, toes in the sand, with a meal prepared by an on-site chef. It may be even more difficult to enter the Jonathan Club, one of the city’s oldest social clubs, which operates a seaside bungalow just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. For years, the exclusive space has allowed members to enjoy the surf, sand and on-site amenities, but for one night in August, the doors will be open to all.
Mazda makes donation as part of its Drive for Good program
Mazda of North America, in the culmination of its Drive for Good program, has donated $500,000 to the Red Cross. Mazda thus becomes the first automaker to be involved in the Red Cross’ annual Disaster Giving Program. The DGP was set up to provide a safety net of available funding in order to allow the Red Cross to respond more immediately in case of disaster.
“Our Mazda Drive for Good program has enabled all of us at Mazda to focus on giving back to our local communities and our nation as a whole, so it was a natural fit for us to partner with a great organization like the American Red Cross,” reported Jim O’ Sullivan, Mazda of North America’s president and CEO.
Mazda’s Drive for Good program involved the automaker donating $100 and an hour of community service for every new Mazda sold between November 25, 2013 and January 2, 2014. Contributions went to the customers’ choices among one of four national or 32 local charities. The Red Cross has a long and storied history of frontline disaster and war relief. Its blood drives help contribute to over 5,600 transfusions daily.
I mostly review restaurants at dinner, sometimes at lunch, but never at breakfast. However, when I was invited to flip pancakes with Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, I got up (early) and drove to Hollywood this morning.