Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Historically Inspired Modern Luxury Lamps

Share: Lamps are a necessity that often intrigue me. When I see one that is interesting, I’ll frequently do a double take. When I saw the handcrafted iconic historically inspired table lamps from Pendulux, that combine functionality and modern luxury, I was really taken. An elegant tabletop or desk space is often a dream. More often than not, at least for me, the surface becomes a “function-only” zone. At one point, I had a glass table so I would be sure to clean my desk before leaving town. Now I have a beautiful desk in dire need of help....

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Chef Isaac Rios, Fit and Healthy

Share: Chef Isaac Rios’ recipe for The Lean Bowl is below. When I joined Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, I had no idea that The Lakeview Café would offer much beyond smoothies and snacks and have an exceptional chef like Isaac Rios. I was so impressed with the menu he has created with his team incorporating healthy and flavorful ingredients along with outstanding presentations; I knew I wanted to interview him. In addition to the breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections, The Lakeview Café offers catering services and does special events that sell-out and are member favorites. Isaac was...

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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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