Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Chef Ivan Flowers, Passion, Flavor & Knowledge

Share: Ivan’s recipe for Crispy Skin Pan Seared Salmon below. During the late 90s, I had the pleasure of meeting Ivan Flowers when he was the Executive Chef at A Different Point of View in Phoenix. The meal was so memorable, that when my longtime friend Brenda Hill and I decided to write our first book, Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel, I knew I wanted to include Ivan. He provided us with two delicious recipes at the time. Since then, I have followed Ivan from Sedona and then on to California. Now, Chef Ivan Flowers is bringing...

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True Myth Wine – Worth the Patience

Share: San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley in the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo County has several fine wineries and True Myth 2014 Chardonnay is a delightful find from one of the Niven Family vineyards. I recently had the pleasure of tasting and enjoying the 2014 Chardonnay from Paragon Vineyard. The winemaker is Christian Roguenant and The Niven Family has pioneered this Edna Valley AVA for more than forty years. The 2014 Chardonnay is rich, fruity, smooth and balanced and was fermented 50% in French oak barrels and 50% cold tank fermented, 38% was in total new oak....

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California Eco-Friendly Winery Events For Earth Month in April

Share: Eco-conscious consumers have many ways to celebrate with sustainably produced wines during California’s 6th Annual Down to Earth Month in April. California wineries will be offering dozens of sustainability-focused events and activities throughout the month from Earth Day wine festivals, farm-to-glass tours and walks with the winemaker to vineyard hikes, VIP eco-tours and more. Created by Wine Institute — the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses — Down to Earth Month raises awareness about the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Sustainable Winegrowing Program, one of the most comprehensive and widely adopted in the world, involving vineyards that grow 70...

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Le Royal Makes Your Skin Feel Luxurious

Share: Gold is a color frequently associated with royalty and the color that Le Royal picked to showcase its high-end beauty line, which is infused with 24K. There are numerous creams and serums with the finest ingredients that make your skin feel pampered and rejuvenated. All of the expensive and innovative products are infused with some 24K, hence carrying the gold through to your skin. According to LeRoyal: LE ROYAL LUXURY 24K GOLD INFUSED SKIN CARE IS THE LATEST INNOVATION IN THE INDUSTRY.  Le Royal 24K  products are currently available in some of the most expensive Chain Stores, Cosmetic Stores,...

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Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, Oregon

Share: During October of 2008, I had the pleasure of discovering Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, Oregon, while on a trip with my late husband Norm and dear friend Brenda Hill. It is almost ten years later and Gogi’s is still thriving. Two brothers, chef Gabriel Murphy who runs the kitchen and Jonoah Murphy who runs the front of the house including the bar, own this successful establishment that continues to please its customers. Gogi’s is located at the foot of the lovely Britt Gardens. The Murphy brothers pride themselves on using local organic products whenever possible, with much of it...

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