Sippin’ by the Dock of the Bay

The Grand Tasting at the Sixth Annual San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival
The Grand Tasting at the Sixth Annual San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

by Ann Wycoff



The 6th annual San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival, a five-day foodie fête, was a smash success with 170 world-class wineries and spirit producers, along with 70 of San Diego’s award-winning fine dining restaurants on hand.




The East Village was hopping Friday night at the Wonderhaus, the iconic Wonder Bread Factory downtown, where merry imbibers sampled reserves, rum concoctions from Tommy Bahama, a jazzy effervescent champagne cocktail with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, a robust seasonal ale from Sierra Nevada and myriad good wines.


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What’s Cooking at the White House?

President and Michelle Obama host their first state dinner
President and Michelle Obama host their first state dinner
 by Jeff Hoyt
Who wants to cook a big dinner right before Thanksgiving? Last night, President and Michelle Obama hosted their first state dinner for more than 300 guests, honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The First Lady, chef Marcus Samuelsson (Aquavit in New York, C-House in Chicago) and White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford designed a menu “to showcase the best of American cooking,” she said at a press preview.


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Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera Turbo
Porsche Panamera Turbo

Power of Four

by Alain Gayot

The definition of a Porsche could be along the lines of: Sleek and efficient German-made two-seat sports car with a mid-or rear-positioned engine with impeccable handling.
  So, why is it that when the engineers in Stuttgart move the engine to the front and add two more doors, the car flies even higher, on a business level? And, it’s an SUV to boot, which could not be furthest from the definition of what the iconic car born circa 1946 had been, and it’s been Porsche’s top seller since inception.  

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Tequila Time

A Hornitos Cocktail
A Hornitos Cocktail


by Becky Sauer


This week is already Thanksgiving, but it still felt like summertime at the Hornitos Tequila Block Party last Sunday, November 15th, in Burbank. The back lot of Warner Bros. Studios provided the perfect suburban setting for nearly a thousand folks to enjoy an afternoon of barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs, cupcakes, cotton candy, and, of course, Hornitos Tequila cocktails. 


 Guests could indulge their inner child and play old-school games like badminton, ping pong and Twister, or duck into the “Mischieve” photo booth and pose with the provided fake mustaches, oversized sunglasses or plastic vampire fangs (a favorite among the “New Moon” fans).

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Bouchon Voilà!

Larry King with Sophie Gayot at the opening of Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills
Larry King with Sophie Gayot at the opening of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in Beverly Hills

By Sophie Gayot


Last night, the grand opening of Thomas Keller’s third Bouchon restaurant in Beverly Hills was definitely the place to be. The long, red carpet was filled with celebrities, including Larry and Shawn King, Jay Leno, Pierce Brosnan, Don Johnson, Gilles Marini, Ryan Seacrest, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Some were driven to and from the event by BMW, one of the night’s sponsors.


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