Author: Jill Weinlein

A Chat with Gloria Steinem

During a one-hour conversation about DACA with Gloria Steinem at Los Angeles City College, over one hundred students, faculty and Los Angelenos streamed into the Herb Albert Music Center to hear Steinem speak about equality and DACA with Samantha Ramirez-Herrera, a world renown expert in multicultural communication for the Latin and Hispanic communities.  Steinem a prolific writer, lecturer, editor and trailblazer of feminism discussed the repercussions from the recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Initiated under President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA protects immigrants who arrived in the United States in their youth...

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Inside Award Season Gifting Lounges

Stepping into the Secret Room Events gifting lounge during award season is a kaleidoscope of colors. Invitations are sent to entertainment nominees before an award show. Movie stars arrive with their managers and publicists to receive and learn about exquisite jewelry, trendy skin and hair care products, clothing, stationary and organizers, children’s products, vacation destinations and gourmet food items. A select few journalists also get to participate in the gifting frenzy. Here’s a peek at some of the exclusive products presented and gifted to guests attending the event: To get camera ready for the Golden Globes, attendees received NUDESTIX gift...

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Exclusive See’s Candies Chocolate Tour

Meeting Dave Chapman Production Coordinator at See’s Candy Corporate office in Los Angeles, I “robed up” in a white See’s Candy jacket and donned a blue hair bonnet before he escorted me into one of California’s most beloved chocolate and candy companies. For over 28 years, Chapman has made sure that Mary See would be proud of her candy company. He told me: “We make the finest, freshest ingredients and still use Mary See’s recipes to make our delicious chocolates and candies.” It’s almost been 100 years since Mary See started making candy back in 1921. Today the privately...

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Tallest Skyscraper West of the Mississippi in Los Angeles

Sitting in a booth eating sushi at the Sora restaurant located on the 69th floor of the Wilshire Grand, I commented to my friend about the magnificent views of Los Angeles. Located inside the newly opened Wilshire Grand, this upscale, world-class and state-of-the-art 73-story high-rise, offers multiple dining options in the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Inside the office building is the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, with 889 guest rooms on the 31st to 68th floors. Everywhere you look are million-dollar views. The lobby on the first floor is not the registration area for the hotel; instead hotel...

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Magnificent Marin French Cheese

California is known for many contributions to the world, including cheese. Since 1865 the 700-acre Hicks Valley Ranch has provided fresh cow and goat milk cheese. Located in Sonoma, this cheese company was fortunately untouched by the nearby California fires. In 2011, Marin French Cheese was purchased by Rians, the respected French family of cheese producers. Rians also owns Laura Chenel’s Chèvre in neighboring Sonoma County. What makes Marin French Cheese extra special is a blend of milk from three dairy breeds: Jersey, Guernsey and Holstein. These cows live less than 15 miles from the Marin French Cheese company...

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