Author: Jill Weinlein

Elegant Hideaway at La Quinta Resort

Share: In the early 1920s, wealthy San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan purchased over 1,000 acres of land from the native Cahuilla Indians in the desert of Southern California. He hired the architect/designer Gordon Kaufman to design 20 Spanish Colonial Revival casitas with fireplaces as a retreat. Each unit was made from hand-formed adobe bricks and locally fired clay roof tiles. There is a plaque on the lobby wall of the hotel stating that the lobby was made from 100,000 adobe bricks and that the total construction of the resort cost $150,000. La Quinta translates in English to The Villa....

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Philanthropists William and Elizabeth Shatner

Share: It’s a beautiful love story of Hollywood movie and television star William Shatner meeting a beautiful woman named Elizabeth. Quickly the two realized they had a lot in common with their mutual admiration for horses and helping those in need. They married in 2001 and got to work helping others. Every year the Shatners host the Hollywood Charity Horse Show in Burbank, raising money for children’s and veterans’ charities. Priceline.com (Will’s been a spokesperson for the Priceline.com since 1997) and the generous people at Wells Fargo help host this fundraising party by bringing together horses, riders, food, auction items...

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Meet Michelin-Star Chef Cristina Bowerman

Share: Born in Rome, Cristina Bowerman is as much a scientist as an Executive Michelin-star chef. After studying Foreign Languages, being a graphic designer and graduating from Law School, she practiced law for two years before enrolling and graduating from the Culinary Arts at the University of Austin, Texas, from the program of the Parisian school, Cordon Bleu. In 2006, she started cooking at the esteemed Glass Hostaria. Four years later she was the only woman to receive a Michelin star that year.
 Bowerman has changed the gastronomical landscape with her molecular approach to food preparation. Recently Chef Bowerman...

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Fabio Viviani’s Elegant Food and Wine

Share: 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...

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