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Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

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Avalon Waterways Launches Enhanced, Untethered River Cruise Experience

Avalon unveils an enhanced river cruise experience for travelers on its first departure of the new Active & Discovery on the Rhône itinerary aboard the Avalon Poetry II. Our new Avalon Choice program has reinvented the river cruise experience with customizable “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” options on every river cruise itinerary,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Avalon’s innovative Active & Discovery itineraries take that concept one giant step further with “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” excursions to choose from every day. This week marks the launch of the first cruise of this kind on the Rhône River.” While all Active...

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Finding your “Happily Ever After”

Growth of the Romance Industry Despite economic downturns and the growing recession, the wedding industry continues its steady climb as one of the fastest growing industries around the globe.  Couples continue to demand the best for their “special day” while raising the bar for those that follow.  As a Wedding and Romance specialist, I have planned and executed many weddings and wedding-related events throughout the years. I have seen the wedding industry change, flourish and morph into a multi-billion dollar industry. It continues its steady climb thanks in part to technology and our love for travel.  Traditional weddings have...

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Realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus

“Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth…” (excerpt from The Kraken, by Lord Alfred Tennyson) “Supple as leather, tough as steel, cold as night!” was how Victor Hugo described the writhing tentacles of a giant octopus in his 1866 novel, Les Travailleurs de la Mer. Hugo wrote of an unimaginable account of a man embroiled in a life or death struggle with a malevolent blood-thirsty cephalopod.  Indeed, what could be more horrible than to find oneself suddenly trapped in a nightmarish death struggle with...

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Soulful Keanu Reeves Makes Hollywood history

Right before the premier of JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, celebrity actor and producer Keanu Reeves (John Wick) was invited to participate in the oldest honor in Hollywood – to sign his name and put his hands and footprints in wet cement on the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Near the stage was International artist and painter Rob Prior, sweeping fluid strokes of colorful paint to the beat of music. His art is a mesmerizing combination of entertainment and excitement, drawing fans to watch him paint Keanu Reeves as John Wick. Soon many of Keanu’s John Wick cast...

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Chelsea Flower Show: Egerton House Hotel

Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are transformed with stunning horticultural displays for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 21-25).  World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. This year, in honor of the event, the  five-star Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge has received a complete floral makeover inside and out. To celebrate two new garden installations, the hotel has launched a variety of floral inspired experiences including; a new Summer Garden Afternoon Tea, a selection of botanical cocktails and a flower arranging workshop with...

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Weekend Fun in Bucolic Buellton

Planning a weekend getaway, we wanted to go somewhere within two hours from Los Angeles offering beauty, wine and culinary delights. After the winter rain, the Super Bloom is transforming California’s landscape into pastures of Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills are blanketed with vibrant yellow mustard flowers. We decided to investigate for a quick getaway. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We...

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This Mother’s Day, Spoil Your Mom with These Rum Cocktails from BACARDÍ and FACUNDO

With the Mother’s Day quickly approaching, BACARDÍ and the FACUNDO Rum Collection bring three delicious, and refreshing cocktails for a Sunday brunch with mom –  BACARDÍ Lime Cooler, BACARDÍ Rum Julep, and NEO Fresco.  The perfect cocktail for your Mother’s Day activities, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is easy to make for any Sunday brunch. An easy combination of BACARDÍ’s most refreshing new flavor – BACARDÍ Lime, watermelon liqueur, simple syrup, club soda and a splash of lime juice, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is a delicious cocktail that your mom will enjoy all summer long.  If your mom prefers dark spirits, we recommend the BACARDÍ Rum Julep, made with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, mint...

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10 Of The Most Dog-Friendly Cities To Pamper Your Pup In The UK

There’s certainly a growing trend taking hold of the UK when it comes to pampering our beloved pooches but which are the best cities? Whether you’re treating your terrier or spoiling your spaniel, we have put together a study that looks at the best cities around Britan for pampering your four-legged friend. Comparethemarket.com reveals the best locations for your four-legged furry pooch to be pampered. The research analyses the number of dog salons training centres, kennels, vets and parks relative to the population of the city. Nottingham tops the UK list while across the pond in the US, Long Beach,...

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5 Unmissable Luxury Escapes in Australia

There is no doubt that Australia is a stunning country. There are so many wonderful places to explore, made all the more amazing if you choose to explore in luxury. You can relax and admire the beauty that surrounds you, enjoy exquisite cuisine and benefit from the spa treatments that are available at many luxury resorts. If you are intending to travel by road, you need to make sure that you have a vehicle that is suitable for the trip. Ensure that your own vehicle is serviced and prepared, or take a look at sites such as DriveNow Rentals,...

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Chef Nick Stellino’s Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Recipes

In Italy, there are two things that people value the most: family and food. So, it’s only fitting that for Mother’s Day, Italian celebrity Chef Nick Stellino, the author of 12 cookbooks and the star of ‘Storyteller in The Kitchen,’ now celebrating 25 years on the air, wants to help your readers celebrate mom this year with a few of his favorite fun, easy and tasty breakfast dishes that she is guaranteed to love. Chef Stellino has shared with us his top breakfast in bed picks, along with recipes below. I’ve included his French Toast recipe with video as...

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Escape to the Luxe Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Two years ago the luxury Andaz Hotel by Hyatt took over the Cottonwoods Resort below the picturesque Camelback Mountains. They renovated each of the 185 adobe bungalows and suites, as well as built a colorful contemporary lobby and heated saltwater swimming pools. Driving up to the resort, a restored 1962 black convertible Cadillac, fondly named Nora, and complimentary Tesla house cars are parked in front of the lobby awaiting guests arrival. The friendly staff offers a glass of wine, beer or flavored water at check–in to kickoff the Andaz experience. Each of the bungalow-style adobe casitas feature stylish mid-century...

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