June 22, 2013 |
We just returned from a trip to Sedona, Ariz., where we contacted longtime resident and musician Peter Sterling for a red rock tour. At one spot, we lay down on the flat red rocks. Then he played a rose quartz crystal bowl over us during a guided meditation. At another site, we sat out on the ledge of the rock. There, he held his "wind" harp over us and the wind danced over the strings. We could feel its vibration. That was a beautiful highlight of my trip. The next day we both got massages from his partner, Crystal Bliss, that were absolutely heavenly.
June 18, 2013 |
San Francisco startup Parakweet has gotten $2 million from angel investors to help make BookVibe a going concession. BookVibe is a book recommendation engine that tells users what book they might like to read next. Not unlike Booklikes, BookVibe seems to be moving to fill a niche partly occupied by Goodreads. Goodreads, which provides readers with many services beyond social book recommendations, isn't going away. Instead, its purchase by Amazon in March may be making the book field look promising to venture capitalists.
June 15, 2013
Stella Mare's restaurant, across from the Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara, has charming atmosphere and delicious food. Everything about this place is first rate. It is in a wonderful old house just up the street from Cabrillo Boulevard. Entrees from $24. Stella Mare's, 50 Los Patos Way; (805) 969-6705, http://www.stellamares.com . Closed Mondays. Angela Slaff By email
June 8, 2013 |
Whenever the questions turn to drugs, Bud Selig has two talking points. First, Selig inevitably says that baseball has the toughest drug policy in American sports. This is true. Second, Selig points out that he commissioned the Mitchell Report and implemented all of its recommendations. This is not true. And, because of the one recommendation Selig refused to implement, all the good intentions fueling the latest crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs cannot obscure the perception of a commissioner acting in the best interests of his legacy rather than best interests of baseball.
June 8, 2013
Angkor Wat was the highlight of our Cambodia tour, and the beautiful lobby, gardens and pool with a swim-up bar at the Somadevi Angkor Hotel added to our experience. The hotel is an easy walk to restaurants and the night markets. The lobby and bar had ample seating and free Wi-Fi, with more outdoor sitting areas overlooking the gardens surrounding a large pool. Our clean, spacious room overlooked the pool and included a safe and mini-bar. Doubles from about $51. Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa, Sivatha Blvd., Mondol II Village, Siem Reap; 011-855-63-967-666, http://www.somadeviangkor.com D. Kay Renick Ventura
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June 7, 2013 |
Transportation officials are seeking an additional $160 million for the Crenshaw Line light-rail construction budget, bringing the project's estimated cost to more than $2 billion, according to a staff report issued Friday by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The report also recommends awarding the $1.27-billion Crenshaw Line contract to Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors. Of the four bids considered, it was the cheapest and had the highest technical score. The Metro board will vote on the contract proposal later this month.
June 6, 2013 |
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday voted to keep the diabetes drug Avandia on the market with a slate of restrictions on its use, and suggested that although evidence of the drug's safety problems may have been overblown, Avandia's days as a blockbuster diabetes medication are probably behind it. The vote came at the end of an extraordinary two-day meeting in which the FDA mounted a strong defense against skeptics who...
June 1, 2013
We recently toured Venice with Rita Sartori, a fabulous private native guide. She related history in story-like form, showing us "her" city. We covered the top sights as well as other unique sites with no waiting in line. It was a memorable day and worth the price. Rita Sartori, firstname.lastname@example.org . Half-day tours from $365. Cheryl Kohr Palos Verdes Estates
June 1, 2013
You can cook live lobsters, but I prefer to kill them first. There are a lot of theories about the best way to do this, but I like the one recommended by Trevor Corson, seafood expert and author of "The Secret Life of Lobsters. " He chills the live lobsters in the freezer for 15 minutes or so. Lobsters are coldblooded, and this slows their metabolic rate and dulls their response to pain. Once they're well-chilled, place them belly-up on a cutting board. Thrust a sharp knife into the belly of the lobster between the first pair of legs and pull the knife down toward the head.
May 25, 2013
Our favorite gift shop is in the heart of Tremezzo, Italy, on Lake Como. Items include custom jewelry made by the owner and handbags by her mother. There's also a selection of Murano glass. Nice selection and moderate prices. Fleur de Lis, 4a Via Portici Sampietro,Tremezzo; 011-39-0344-41212. Jade Kemble Rancho Bernardo