New York Marriott East Side Photo Courtesy of Marriott

New York Marriott East Side: Blending the old and the new

When I think of New York City, I think of its fabulous art museums and its distinctive skyline that enhances the city’s architecture and the history that lies behind each building. You could not guess that I am an art and architecture buff. Little did I know that I would discover a wealth of history

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Turtle Rock Vineyards

Turtle Rock Vineyards: A winery defining the Willow Creek District AVA

The term “the apple does not fall far from the tree” aptly describes Turtle Rock Vineyards and more specifically winemaker/owner Don Burns. Don grew up on Willow Creek Road in the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles.  After sailing for two years in Central America and a short stint working in the restaurant business in Florida,

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Summer Wine 2018

Summer Wine Suggestions

With almost a month left of summer, there is still time to discover some great drinking summer wine. My wine journey takes us from the Alsace region of France over to the Mosel River in Germany than across the Alps into the Alto Adige region of Italy. Continue down to Puglia before heading to the

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Shelter Dog Therapy Dog Murray

From Shelter Dog to Therapy Dog: The Story of Murray

For many, dogs play a significant role in our lives, but for others, these dogs help them stay grounded. Some dogs have the gift of helping people. For Colleen Perry, the gift was her shelter dog, Murray, who helped her therapy patients. Colleen, a Marriage Family Therapist, MFT, adopted Murray when he was about two

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Oaxacan Cuisine at Casa Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca: Delivering authentic Oaxacan Cuisine in Culver City

If you’re tired of the clogged dining scene in downtown Culver City, there are many other options just a few blocks away. A recent discovery, the colorful Casa Oaxaca is a hidden gem on Venice Blvd. serving authentic Oaxacan cuisine. Helmed by the charming Rogelio Martinez, the restaurant has been around for about four years.

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Visiting Julian California

A Day Trip to Julian California

Good food, wine, and apples are what you will discover on a visit to Julian California, a town nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains about an hour northeast of San Diego. When visiting Julian think Old West meets apple orchards with a little wine thrown into the mix. The town dates back to the 1870s during

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Albariño Wines

Celebrate Albariño Wines during International Albariño Days

Let’s celebrate International Albariño Days. Beginning on August 2nd and continuing for six days Albariño wines take the grand stage and why not because this white grape makes the perfect summer wine. Find aromatic botanical aromas while the flavor profile displays hints of citrus and stone fruit bringing a fresh outlook to white wine. The

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Visiting Portland The Waterfront

Visiting Portland: A Weekend Excursion

Visiting Portland, the scenic town that lies along the Willamette River, I found the lushness in the landscape very appealing, whether strolling in Portland’s many parks, walking along the waterfront viewing the bridges or nearby on a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Recently after finishing a wine tour of the Tualatin Valley my husband

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Garagiste Festival 2017

Garagiste Festival: Discovering lesser known wineries

Garagiste goes Urban at the Women’s Club in Santa Monica on July 21, 2018. Los Angeles wine lovers, who enjoy discovering the small often hard to find wineries, consider attending this event. This year find 48 limited production wineries that together create the innovators in winemaking and the future of wine. Each has a relentless

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Amphorae for Amphora Wine

Beckham Estate Vineyard: A passion for Amphora Wine

Part of a winemaker’s passion is finding a niche that makes their wines uniquely different yet at the same time stand out as exceptional. For Andrew Beckham utilizing his ceramic background into the winemaking process is tantamount to creating his wine. The answer became designing ceramic vessels to make amphora wine. By doing so, Andrew

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