Author: Jill Weinlein

Fabio Viviani’s Elegant Food and Wine

Have you ever had a good bottle of wine and wondered what type of dish to serve with it? Fabio Viviani’s goal is to simplify the pairing of wine and food, by providing east to follow recipes with his own wine collection. Brilliant! The charismatic Italian chef Fabio Viviani is a familiar face to many people, based on his multiple appearances on Bravo’s hit reality series “Top Chef.” Viviani easily earned the “Fan Favorite” title on Season 5 for his good looks and likable personality. After his on-screen appearances, he soon became one of the fastest growing household names in...

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Elegant Weekend Jaunt in Paso Robles

For my sister-in-law’s birthday, she rented a beautiful home among ancient oak trees in the bucolic city of Paso Robles. She also rented a white, stretch Hummer limousine for a day of visiting wineries and tasting some of the elegant wines in the region. The draw to Paso Robles is that it’s a idyllic weekend getaway for Californians. Situated in San Luis Obispo County, it’s 206 miles North of Los Angeles and 206 miles South of San Francisco: the perfect meeting ground for our family. She lives in Santa Cruz and we live near Pasadena. Paso Robles is now the...

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Extravagant Mandarin Oriental

The first time I flew into Hong Kong was in 1992, onto the runway of the Hong Kong International Airport. It was ranked one of the most dangerous airports in the world, which I instantly realized as our Cathay Pacific airplane flew very close to skyscrapers and landed on a runway jutting out into Victoria Harbor. This airport closed in 1998 and has been replaced by the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. I flew into this safer airport recently in June, 2015, after 10 days in China. I was surprised to see so many more...

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10 Fun Facts About Real Housewife of New York City, Kristen Taekman

The Real Housewives Of New York City’s newer member is Kristen Taekman. Not only is she a reality star, but also a wife, mother, professional model, philanthropist and blogger. I met her in California with her husband Josh to introduce EBOOST to Southern Californians shopping in Whole Foods. Josh’s company EBOOST has two new EBOOST products: Spruce, an on the go green juice and POW, a pre-workout powder. After standing for hours in front of Whole Foods, Kristen was happy to sit down with me to talk about her marriage, family, being on The Real Housewives of New York...

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Palm Springs Celebrates Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

Frank Sinatra would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Since he was a big fan of Palm Springs, this fall and winter, a variety of Greater Palm Springs resorts, restaurants and attractions are paying tribute to the “Chairman of the Board” with festive activities, ‘his way’ signature cocktails and dishes, Rat Pack-inspired parties, custom hotel packages and a lively Jack Daniel’s pub crawl. The legendary crooner and his Rat Pack friends made their second home in Palm Springs for nearly 50 years. He commissioned the most sought after architect of the day to design and build his...

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