Author: Jill Weinlein

Elegant Hideaway at La Quinta Resort

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. With...

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Philanthropists William and Elizabeth Shatner

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. (Will’s been a spokesperson for the since 1997) and the generous people at Wells Fargo help host this fundraising party by bringing together horses, riders, food, auction items and...

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Meet Michelin-Star Chef Cristina Bowerman

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 partnered...

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Fabio Viviani’s Elegant Food and Wine

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 in...

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Elegant Weekend Jaunt in Paso Robles

For my sister-in-law’s birthday, she rented a beautiful home among ancient oak trees in the bucolic city of Paso Robles. She also rented a white, stretch Hummer limousine for a day of visiting wineries and tasting some of the elegant wines in the region. The draw to Paso Robles is that it’s a idyllic weekend getaway for Californians. Situated in San Luis Obispo County, it’s 206 miles North of Los Angeles and 206 miles South of San Francisco: the perfect meeting ground for our family. She lives in Santa Cruz and we live near Pasadena. Paso Robles is now the...

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Extravagant Mandarin Oriental

The first time I flew into Hong Kong was in 1992, onto the runway of the Hong Kong International Airport. It was ranked one of the most dangerous airports in the world, which I instantly realized as our Cathay Pacific airplane flew very close to skyscrapers and landed on a runway jutting out into Victoria Harbor. This airport closed in 1998 and has been replaced by the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. I flew into this safer airport recently in June, 2015, after 10 days in China. I was surprised to see so many more...

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10 Fun Facts About Real Housewife of New York City, Kristen Taekman

The Real Housewives Of New York City’s newer member is Kristen Taekman. Not only is she a reality star, but also a wife, mother, professional model, philanthropist and blogger. I met her in California with her husband Josh to introduce EBOOST to Southern Californians shopping in Whole Foods. Josh’s company EBOOST has two new EBOOST products: Spruce, an on the go green juice and POW, a pre-workout powder. After standing for hours in front of Whole Foods, Kristen was happy to sit down with me to talk about her marriage, family, being on The Real Housewives of New York...

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Palm Springs Celebrates Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

Frank Sinatra would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Since he was a big fan of Palm Springs, this fall and winter, a variety of Greater Palm Springs resorts, restaurants and attractions are paying tribute to the “Chairman of the Board” with festive activities, ‘his way’ signature cocktails and dishes, Rat Pack-inspired parties, custom hotel packages and a lively Jack Daniel’s pub crawl. The legendary crooner and his Rat Pack friends made their second home in Palm Springs for nearly 50 years. He commissioned the most sought after architect of the day to design and build his...

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67th EMMY Awards Governors Ball

The largest formal sit-down dinner is on September 20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center following this year’s Emmy Awards show. As the 4,000 nominees and winners walk inside the beautifully transformed ballroom, they will be handed a flute of Ferrari Brut NV TrentoDOC Metodo Classico. The Governors Ball is known for its dramatic elegance, and this year’s theme, “Reigning with Radiance” is spectacular with subtle shimmering hues and rich vibrant textures. It’s classic grandeur in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Sequoia Productions has designed the exquisite party at the helm of the talented Cheryl Cecchetto. This is the...

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Sake 101 with Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori

Sake is an elegant beverage to sip with Japanese cuisine during a special meal or festive celebration. Innovative Dining Guide (IDG) employs three sake experts to guide guests in their upscale Sushi Roku restaurants in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena and Las Vegas and their West Hollywood Katana restaurant. IDG’s Sake Sommelier Eiji Mori shared 10 interesting facts about sake: 1. Sake is made from fermented rice, but the rice is not the same grain that one would eat. It’s a special rice that is larger, stronger and contains less protein and lipid than ordinary rice. 2. To make sake, the...

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Extravagant Dining at Barton G. LA

It doesn’t get any better in Los Angeles than dining at the elegant and innovative restaurant of Barton G. LA. Tantalizing nitro-cocktails arrive on mirrored trays, while flaky lobster pop tarts poke out to be admired and eaten from inside bright yellow retro toasters.  Drinks and dishes here are to be admired and appreciated — and demand attention in a fun and glamorous setting. Decorating one of the interior walls is fashionable white textured felt. Another wall is filled with small, wood square paneling made from recycled wine barrels. Beyond are rows of  single orchid flowers displayed in small...

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