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Celebrity Chefs to Convene at the 13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

There are few annual events that get me as excited as the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival—a week-long extravaganza showcasing the best of San Diego’s flourishing food scene and the talented chefs (and other skilled food and beverage purveyors) that make it all happen. As one of the largest wine and food events of its kind in the United States and the largest in all of Southern California, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival (now in its 13th year) is an action-packed week brimming with cooking classes, tasting panels, celebrity chef dinners and multiple tasting...

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Desai Foundation Celebrates Diwali on the Hudson

The Desai Foundation held its third-annual Diwali on the Hudson benefit on October 26, 2016. This event has become the premier Diwali party in New York City and a glamorous affair for the Indian diaspora community and beyond. Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights,” is an annual festival celebrated as a metaphorical embrace of light over dark and good over evil. The sold-out event was attended by 300 of New York’s best: celebrities, influencers and business moguls, who celebrated the occasion in elaborate East-West fusion style, with bright colors, beautiful fabrics and colorful accents. Guests came out to support the...

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Scottsdale, Arizona: World’s Finest Golf Destination

Scottsdale calls itself the world’s finest golf destination – and the numbers seem to back up the claim. More than 330 days of sunshine each year and almost 200 public golf courses add up to a golfer’s paradise. The fact that more than 40 current and former PGA and LPGA TOUR professionals live here attests to the quality of the courses. A recently conducted market study found the number of rounds played in Scottsdale was up approximately three percent in 2014 compared to 2013. (This comes at a time when participation in golf across North America has been generally...

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‘The Scintas and a Steak’ Dinner Show Package a Stellar Vegas Experience

Whether or not you’re planning a stay at The Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, there’s one entertainment offering at the property you’ll do well not to miss:  “The Scintas and a Steak” dinner-and-a-show package. The experience combines a three-course prix fixe dinner at Oscar’s revered “Beef, Booze & Broads” Steakhouse with a VIP ticket to The Scintas—a wildly entertaining comedy and musical variety-style show currently running in the hotel’s swanky showroom. This fabulous food-and-theater package combines delectable cuisine at a top-notch eatery with world class entertainment. The Steak at Stake Of course, any dinner-and-a-show package starts with, well,...

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Savoring Sun Valley and the Trailing of the Sheep

When Hemingway first came to Idaho—on September 19, 1939, to be exact¬ home was Suite 206 at the Sun Valley Lodge. “Glamour House,” he nicknamed it, and so it remains. The Sun Valley Resort is the granddaddy of U.S. ski resorts, the first in the nation, founded by W. Averell Harriman in 1936. Since then it has attracted the rich and famous for  seasonal recreation:  golf, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, swimming, tennis ice-skating and skiing. The chic yet cozy Sun Valley Lodge has been updated and remodeled many times and, in fact, the resort just finished another monumental overhaul....

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Luxe Beat Exclusive: Living the Life with Luxury Event Planner Breeze Taylor

As one of the best-known names in luxury event planning, celebrity planner Breeze Taylor has dealt with elite clientele for the past 15 years in such cities as New York, Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Some of her clients include CEOs, presidents of Fortune 500 companies, top celebrities and athletes like Robert Smith of the Minnesota Vikings and Jeff Overton, PGA top-rated golfer. One reason Breeze has such a wide fan base: her relentless effort in the pursuit of each client’s goal, standard of beauty and meticulous attention to detail and budgets. She changed her business model in 2015,...

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Seasonal Splendor at The Omni Grove Park Inn

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, this 100+ year-old, AAA Four-Diamond resort hotel is known for its elegance and southern charm. While every season is spectacular at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the winter holidays kick it up a notch with special events such as the National Gingerbread House Competition, delicious holiday dining, live music and festive decorations. The holiday charm begins at the icicle-decorated guardhouse, followed by a driveway lined with illuminated trees. Inside, the Great Hall is dressed in glittering seasonal colors with columns wrapped in colorful garlands and a towering magnolia Christmas...

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Experiencing Minorca’s Festival of Saint John

Mention you’re going to the Balearic Islands, and you might get a quizzical look. More likely, the four islands will be recognized by their individual names: Mallorca, Ibiza, Minorca and the least well known, Formentera. They lie off the coast of Spain in the western Mediterranean Sea between the mainland and Africa. Catalan and Spanish are the official languages, but many locals understand English. The Balearics rank as favorite vacations spots for Spaniards and other Europeans. Many tourists from the UK visit annually, but relatively few Americans. The easiest U.S. gateway is through Madrid, and then you can hop...

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Ed Sheeran’s Australia Tour Keeps Getting Bigger

Ed Sheeran was recently filmed surprising a teenage fan in a Canadian shopping center to perform a duet with the aspiring teenage singer, but that’s just the latest in a number of surprises Sheeran fans have experienced lately. In particular, Ed Sheeran’s Australian presence just keeps getting bigger. First, the British troubador announced a new Australia tour after already touring the country once this year. Then, Sheeran’s fellow Brit, the singer Passenger, joined the new tour. Finally, they announced a second date in Melbourne. The New Tour Sheeran’s Australia tour was announced back in April, and tickets have been...

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Downton Abbey Visits the Biltmore

Costumes from the popular TV series are on display at America’s largest home.                             Fans of the popular PBS television series Downton Abbey don’t have to travel to Highclere Castle to experience firsthand what life was like at Downton Abbey or to view original costumes of their favorite characters. The Biltmore House, the grand 250-room Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is showcasing 47 costumes from the show during its exhibition: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times, which runs from February 5th through May 25th,...

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Spring and Luxe in Amsterdam

You are standing in a springtime garden. As you slowly turn, sunshine blazes on a riot of colors in every direction. Lush beds of tulips, daffodils and azaleas surround you. For eight weeks each year, you can find yourself among seven million tulips on seventy-nine manicured acres at Keukenhof. You probably won’t find Keukenhof in your spell-checker but you will find it less than an hour’s drive outside of Amsterdam in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands. Keukenkof, which means “Kitchen Courtyard” in Dutch, was originally part of Teylingen Castle, and the wooded land provided food and game as far back as the 15th...

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Mendocino County Events for Spring and Summer 2015

Mendocino County Events for Spring & Summer 2015 VERITABLE VINO: It’s a 10! Long known for its Alsatian varietals and corner pocket of sparkling wine producers, Mendocino County recently received a new American Viticultural Region (AVA): Eagle Peak.  Situated 10 miles northwest of Ukiah, the petite wine-growing region is home to four commercial winegrowers and one tasting room (Masút Vineyard and Winery) featuring artisan Pinots crated by Jake and Ben Fetzer; www.masut.com.  The AVA encompasses nearly 21,000 acres of rugged terrain with vineyards on east and south-facing slopes adjoining two other hard-to-find, easy-on-the-palate neighbors: Redwood Valley and Potter Valley AVAs. WALK WITH THE...

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