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January 30, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With drug violence on the rise in Mexico, business travelers venturing abroad might want to think twice about traveling south of the border. That was the message from more than 570 corporate security professionals, travel managers and human resource executives who were asked to rank the greatest risk to business travelers in 2011. The online survey conducted by International SOS, an international healthcare, medical and security company, ranked Latin America ? and Mexico in particular ?
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BUSINESS
January 30, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With drug violence on the rise in Mexico, business travelers venturing abroad might want to think twice about traveling south of the border. That was the message from more than 570 corporate security professionals, travel managers and human resource executives who were asked to rank the greatest risk to business travelers in 2011. The online survey conducted by International SOS, an international healthcare, medical and security company, ranked Latin America ? and Mexico in particular ?
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2005
South Coast Repertory's `Encantar ... as if by Magic,' an Andalusian- themed gala at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, kicks off the Orange County theatrical season. The theater company, which produced its first play on a rented stage in 1964, now occupies a multimillion-dollar complex in Costa Mesa.
FOOD
September 25, 2002 | Sandra Wu
TODAY Fund-raiser Dinner: The March of Dimes Orange County Division hosts its first "star chefs" fund-raiser for March of Dimes health programs. Chefs include Michael Mina of Aqua San Francisco, Azmin Ghahreman of the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, Chris L'Hommedieu of Aqua at the St. Regis, and Tim Goodell, whose restaurants include Aubergine and Troquet. Reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., followed by food and wine-tasting at 7 p.m. The St.
NEWS
November 22, 2001
Thanksgiving can be one of the most relaxing days of the year--unless you're the one in the kitchen, rattling through pots and pans to get the meal finished on time. Fortunately, Orange County offers several alternatives to trimming the turkey yourself. At the following eateries, you can enjoy an elegant, last-minute dinner without having to clean up the dishes: The Ramos House Cafe in San Juan Capistrano offers a four-course dinner at three times: noon, 3 and 6 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Concerned about oceans endangered by sewage and urban runoff, supporters of the SIMA Environmental Fund gathered at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort for the annual Waterman's Ball. Sponsored by the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Assn., the Aug. 23 event drew 800 guests and raised about $300,000 for environmental groups seeking to protect the world's oceans, beaches and waves.
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June 15, 2006 | Leslee Komaiko
Xi'an Three duck dishes appear on the menu at this bustling modern Chinese spot. (Mushu duck is also available by request.) The most popular is the skinny version they do of classic Peking duck, tucked into delicate pancakes with fresh scallion and plum sauce. Through a time-consuming process, the chefs get rid of the thick ribbon of fat under the duck's skin. But the skin still comes out crispy. * Peking duck, $16.95. 362 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 275-3345.
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January 6, 2005 | Leslee Komaiko
Foie gras might not be politically correct, but it can be outrageously delicious and is one of those foodstuffs few of us would ever attempt to cook with at home. In other words: It is an excellent reason to eat out. Sona At this sleek, chic dining room, the foie gras presentation starts with a slice of homemade brioche, marinated in Amaretto and vanilla and sauteed in butter until crisp. It's topped with sauteed foie gras, a beguiling pear chutney and slivers of green papaya.
NEWS
August 12, 2001 | Ann Conway and \f7
Forget tuxes with wingtips. Never mind billowing ball gowns. For the 800 people who christened the Pacific Ballroom at the new St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, style had more to do with flip-flops and sarongs than traditional black-tie silhouettes. On hand to help raise about $300,000 for environmental causes at the annual Waterman's Ball, guests dressed down while they whooped it up at the just-opened $350-million Tuscany-inspired resort.
TRAVEL
December 4, 2005 | Ken Van Vechten
Snow host? Wildlife concierge? Don't such titles make real butlers cringe? Not at all, says Charles MacPherson of the International Guild of Professional Butlers. "I am pleased that the public associates service with 'butler' or 'concierge,' whether that's a 'fish valet' or a 'surf butler.' " -- Ken Van Vechten * Old school Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa 44-600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells; (800) 233-1234, www.grandchampions.hyatt.com One- and two-bedroom villas, $699 to $899.
TRAVEL
July 29, 2001
The face of the California hotel scene is about to change: * Hotelier Ian Schrager on Tuesday will unveil his $50-million refurbishment of the 88-year-old Clift Hotel, his first property in San Francisco. He has added 49 rooms to the Clift, for a total of 375. He also is working on a $25-million redo of the Miramar in Santa Barbara, which he bought in 1998. His hip hotel holdings include West Hollywood's Mondrian and the Delano in Miami.
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