Author: Jill Weinlein

Hamanasi is Belize’s Luxury Eco-Friendly Resort

Share: Charles Darwin described Belize in his 1842 book,  Coral Reefs of the World, as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies.” Belize borders Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. When two American divers and nature enthusiasts traveled to Belize in 2000, they fell in love with the beauty of the beach town, Hopkins. They enjoyed meeting the people in this English-speaking nation. Belize is a melting pot of Creoles, Mayas, Mestizos, East Indians, Chinese, Mennonites, North Americans, Europeans and Central Americans. With over 1,000 different live species, there are 500 types of fish and 100 different varieties of...

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The 68th Emmys Award Cocktails

Share: During the 68th Emmy Award Governor’s Ball, the dashing Charles Joly, award-winning bartender of World Class Spirits made two craft cocktails for the special celebratory party. The nominees and winners first sipped a Ketel One Moonlighter and The Emmys Old Fashioned. The Television Academy presented me with recipe cards to make both drinks at home. Here are the ingredients to make your own award winning cocktail to sip in front of the television, while watching the Emmys Award show. The Ketel One Moonlighter created by Mixologist Charles Joly is a simple, yet elegant cocktail, ideal for a toast to a...

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Legendary Film Director Francis Ford Coppola

Share: Sitting next to one of Hollywood’s greatest film directors–Francis Ford Coppola–was a thrill for me. Both of us graduated from UCLA Theater and Film School. The night I met Coppola, he was receiving a special honor and award at the 25th annual UCLA TFT Film Festival Directors Spotlight along with a talented group of film students. Sitting in a large theater at the Director’s Guild of America on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, I watched UCLA Dean Teri Scwartz honor Francis Ford Coppola with the Distinguished Vanguard Director Award Presentation. She enlightened guests with the history of Coppola’s career and...

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Sotheby’s Ornellaia Wine Auction

Share: Parking in the Hammer Museum UCLA in Los Angeles, I noticed an array of expensive luxury cars that included a Rolls Royce, two Bentleys and a few Jaguars lined up in a row. They belonged to affluent winemakers, oenophiles, wine buyers and culinary aficionados for a gala evening and dinner by James Beard award winning chef Suzann Goin. Michael Mondavi Founder, Folio Fine Wine Partners and Michael Mondavi Family Estate attended the event. He helped establish the Napa Valley wine industry to what it is today, while working with his grandfather Casare Mondavi and learning about natural farming and winemaking. Goin and her team prepared over 150 exquisite meals for the benefit dinner during the live auction of rare Ornellaia bottles conducted by Sotherby’s in support of the Hammer Museum. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is an Italian wine producer in the DOC Bolgheri in Toscana, known as a producer of “Super Tuscan” wine. Every year since the release of Ornellaia 2006, the winery chooses a contemporary artist to create a work of art and series of limited edition labels. The inspiration is from a single word chosen by the winemaker to describe the character of the vintage. This year, the winemaker selected contemporary artist Yutaka Sone. Sone works in various media, primarily marble sculpture and crystal carving. His large blocks of marble are displayed around the world. The winemaker’s word...

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American Bison Thrive on Catalina Island

Share: President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law on May 9, 2016.  Both houses of Congress agreed unanimously with the approved bill sponsored by Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo. Recognized for its historical, and cultural significance in Northern America, the bison is the national mammal of the United States. Where do bison roam naturally? National Parks, including Yellowstone, on buffalo reserves, and happily on Catalina Island for almost 100 years. The first to arrive on the island came by boat in the 1920s. Some Islanders will tell you these furry mammals starred in Zane Grey’s silent film,...

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