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Author: Jill Weinlein

Food & Beverage Trends in 2020

Looking to eat healthier in 2020? Food and beverage manufacturers are enhancing food and making it even more flavorful for every dietary need. Here are five trends that will be even more popular this year: Plant-based Craze Some of the 100% plant-based meat products leaders include Impossible, Beyond Meat, No Evil Foods, Schouten and Gardein. They continue to develop more products in 2020 including plant-based meat balls, sausage and crumble for tacos. Butchers and meat brands won’t be left out of this vegetarian and vegan “plant-based” craze in 2020. More meat-eating consumers will swap a traditional beef burger for one with 30% plant-based ingredients, to...

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Aloha Welcome at Hawaii’s Fairmont Orchid Resort

The 32-acre Fairmont Orchid Resort is located in an ideal climate zone on a northwestern beach along the Kohala Coast on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The weather is mild year round for weddings, family vacations and corporate functions. On the majestic Kohala Coast above Kona, this area receives about 10 inches of rain a year, with a little bit more up in the hills. Whereas Hilo on the other side of the island receives up to 150 inches of rain. Upon check-in the gracious staff offer Hawaiian leis to each guest. In the warm and friendly Hawaiian culture, a lei of...

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Yosemite Mariposa County Offers a Winter Wonderland

About a 4.5 hour drive from the greater Los Angeles area is Yosemite Mariposa County. During the winter months, the traffic is light and there may be snow on the mountains and trees in the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite Valley. Even though the resort is not in Yosemite Valley, it’s about a 45 minute drive to the majestic Half Dome tunnel view spot and worthy of a day trip. At approximately 4,000 feet elevation, it does snow, however it seldom stays for very long. Check snow reports and road conditions at the National Park Service. Tenaya Lodge is just about two...

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Baja’s “Sexiest” Wedding Destination

Known as one of the “sexiest resorts” in San Jose del Cabo, ACRE Hotel offers an intimate setting for small to grand weddings. Situated among towering palm and mango trees, the 25-acre farm resort is near the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. This Baja resort destination is known to have up to five weddings a week.   There is plenty of parking near the entrance of the resort. Guests walk down a pathway among 1,000 year old cactus and agave plants. Checking in, the bar creates creative cocktails and serves a variety of tequilas and mezcal spirits. This adult only...

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World of Hyatt Teams with Lindblad Expeditions

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is collaborating with Lindblad Expeditions, a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, are offering a new loyalty benefit for World of Hyatt members. One of the small Lindblad Expeditions ships is the National Geographic Venture. She is the second new ship built in Lindblad’s history and launched in December 2018. Offering 50 spacious rooms with 22 of them featuring a step-out balcony with two chairs and a table. Six cabins connect for families and groups to be close together. Each cabin offers a pillow-top pocketed coil 13-inch thick mattress, fitted with 310-thread count sheets and Pima...

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Dreamscape Virtual Reality Experience

Live out the fantasy of free-flying at the newly launched Dreamscape “DreamWorks Dragons Flight Academy.” This new immersive virtual reality interactive experience is now at the Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, and Dallas’ famed NorthPark Center. Dreamscape VR destinations will soon be in Columbus, Ohio and the New York/New Jersey metro area later this year and into 2020. This thrilling storytelling experience is ideal for a birthday, date night or family fun activity. Inspired by DreamWorks Animation‘s critically acclaimed film trilogy – “How to Train Your Dragon”, this interactive experience allows eight VR participants a reserved time to experience the...

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QUI Platinum Extra Añejo Tequila

Most people think sake or beer pairs well with Japanese cuisine, sushi and sashimi, however at NOBU Restaurants, they believe QUI Tequila is an ideal pairing. When the NOBU team met entrepreneurs and QUI co-founders Medhat Ibrahim (Owner and co-founder of Casa la Femme), Mike Keriakos (Co-founder of Everyday Health, Inc.) and Pete Girgis (President of QUI) their premium tequila soon became the core spirit served at all NOBU Restaurants worldwide. While sipping QUI poured into a low ball glass with an extra large ice cube, I met Girgis and Ibrahim during a sit-down dinner at NOBU Malibu. One...

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Viva Las Vegas Chocolate Tour

The enthusiastic staff inside the M&M World open the double doors each morning at 9 a.m. Located right on the iconic Las Vegas Strip, groups of chocolate fans line up to hear the Bruno Mars song “Uptown Funk” play in the background, as M&M staff members warmly welcome guests, inviting them to taste and shop in their one-of -a-kind retail store. M&M world is the first of many multi-sensory stops on the new Vegas Chocolate Tour. Tour guides Joni Moss and Shaena Engle organized this unique tour over drinks and dinner one night. “There are multiple chocolate tasting opportunities in Las...

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Uplifting American Ballet Theatre

Each December, the American Ballet Theatre celebrates the end of the year with their annual ABT Gala. It’s held in Southern California inside the luxury Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Attendees enjoy a multiple course dinner with wine pairings, while watching intimate dance programs by many of the world-renowned artists of American Ballet Theatre, including Principal Dancers, including Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, and Devon Teuscher, along with 17 other dancers performing in full costume. Principal Dancer James Whiteside was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening event on Dec. 16, 2019. Not only is...

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Flying in a luxury United Airlines Polaris Business Class seat

Recently I was invited to travel from Los Angeles to Brazil for a six day action packed trip while staying at two Marriott International hotels, Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort and Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel, and visiting some of most iconic sights in both cities. I wanted to be refreshed after a long flight to see the beautiful beaches, stand next to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, enjoy the colorful street art and appreciate the culinary delights, so I upgraded my flight to United Airlines Polaris Business Class. My host purchased an Economy seat on...

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Luxe Art by 47 Artisans at Japan House Los Angeles

When d47 MUSEUM opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, it also included a restaurant and a store displaying beautiful handmade items from 47 prefectures in Japan. Japan’s four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, have prefectures that were created in the early Meiji Period to replace the old feudal domains. Prefectures are akin to other country’s states. Now at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of Japan’s prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design with JAPAN 47 ARTISANS. This exhibit will be in the Los Angeles location until January 5, 2020. Visitors...

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Cruising the Cyclades on Variety Cruises

Sailing to multiple Greek Islands on the small motorized sailing ship Galileo, passengers have the opportunity to visit some of the most well known islands in the Cyclades including Mykonos and Santorini, as well as less populated islands steeped in Greek history. Boarding the 157-foot, 49 passenger wooden ship from Marina Zeas in Athens, Greece, for an 8-day ‘Jewels of the Cyclades’ cruise passengers are welcomed by the Greek Captain and his crew of 16, as they receive their stateroom key. The four level ship has portholes in each tastefully decorated cabin. Twin beds are either separated or pushed...

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