April 9, 2013 |
Do San Francisco in style before heading out on a Princess cruise to Alaska's Inside Passage. Uncommon Journeys offers the 10-night cruise with pre-boarding extras: tours of Napa Valley wineries and the city while spending three nights at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. I like this offer for the three-day pre-trip itinerary, and the fact you don't have to go to Seattle or Vancouver , Canada, to board. Elegant Alaska , as the trip is called, also features a welcome dinner at the Presidio Social Club along with a day of wine tastings in the Napa Valley and a day touring San Francisco.
April 7, 2013 |
Westlake Village, 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, seems farther. It straddles the Ventura County line, its golf courses, man-made lakes and gated estates sprinkled among gentle hills. Some weekend visitors golf. Some loll in the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village or chase immortality at the California Health & Longevity Institute. (David Murdock, the soon-to-be-90 founder of Dole Foods, owns the hotel and institute.) It's a good place to lie low. My wife, daughter and I spent $142 on lodging (one night, including tax)
March 7, 2013 |
When I was in Solvang a couple of weeks ago for the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure , afterwards I headed to Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos for dinner. The place is only open Thursday through Sunday and I'd never happened to be up there on any of those days before that weekend. I scarfed up more than my fair share of rustic flatbreads from the big wood-fired oven in the back. If I hadn't been able to get in (Full of Life which takes no reservations), I could have eaten just down the street at the year-and-a-half old Bell Street Farm , a little restaurant and market set in a turn-of-the-(20th)
March 5, 2013 |
Remember that long-running television series set in the fictitious Tuscany Valley (a.k.a. Napa Valley) years ago? Quite the soap opera, "Falcon Crest " ran from 1981 to 1990 and starred Jane Wyman, Robert Foxworth, Lorenzo Lamas and the old Spring Mountain Vineyar d . This was just when America was discovering its fascination with the wine country lifestyle. Now that the Chinese interest in wine is growing, it was only a matter of time before someone had the bright idea to make a television series about it. According to Jayne Stars (Hong Kong celebrity news in English)
February 28, 2013 |
Caroline Styne and chef Suzanne Goin opened Lucques together in 1998. A.O.C. soon followed, and a while later, Tavern . Both partners are very hands-on, Goin in the kitchen and Styne in the front of the house. Styne also puts the wine lists together and they've grown ever more eclectic and compelling over the years. The two have just moved A.O.C. into the old Orso space in West Hollywood. “I've been in love with that building ever since I used to go there with my dad,” Styne says.
February 25, 2013 |
Paso Robles goes to Farmshop: On Wednesday, starting at 5:30 p.m., Farmshop will pour wines exclusively from the Paso Robles wine country throughout dinner service. Reds and whites from Adelaida Cellars, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, Cypher Winery, L'Aventure and Tablas Creek Vineyards will accompany a la carte items, such as Scottish salmon, California lamb osso buco and roasted jidori chicken, on the Brentwood eatery's dinner menu. The flight of five wines costs $45 per person.