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Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla
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Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla

“Bijou” is French for “jewel,” which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistro is relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou’s roots extend much deeper […]

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Amour Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train isn’t so much a mode of transportation but rather a time machine transporting passengers back to an era when the journey was as scintillating as the destination, itself. Particularly well-suited for couples seeking quality together time, this excursion offers an elegant sojourn through the heart […]

The Casa
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Historical Luxury in the Heart of the Oldest City

I’ll put St. Augustine up against any other U.S. city in terms of charm. Sure, as America’s oldest city, it’s bustling with historical ambiance and attractions, but it also has a certain je ne sais quoi that adds a level of quaintness I don’t find in other cities.

La Ferme de la Lochere
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Exploring the Foods and Wines of Burgundy

If I have the choice between an elegant plate of paté and a comforting bowl of pasta, I’m going to choose pasta. After living in Italy for two years, I became accustomed to the country’s popular food and wines, spending much of my time in Italian cooking classes and on […]

A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 
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A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 

Dining at a Chef’s Table should always be a titillating treat of tantalizing tastes. Traditionally, a Chef’s Table is located in the kitchen – where the guests can watch, and “ooh” and “ahh” as the Chef and his/her team work their culinary magic. That was not how it was at […]

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Interview with Chef Jaime Chavez, Sirena Latin Seafood Restaurant San Diego

Amid a renaissance underway in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, one new restaurant—Sirena—promises to bring Latin flair to the fare served up in this burgeoning community. This South American inspired seafood restaurant, which opened up to the public in October of 2014, dishes up a creative, sustainable and fresh-forward menu […]

The Most Sought After Provence Treasures
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The Most Sought After Provence Treasures

The crab stuffed tomatoes and eggplant-lamb cake braised in candied tomatoes were activating every taste bud imaginable; they were savory, zesty and rich. Then came dessert: shredded fennel with saffron sorbet. A soothing liuorice-anise taste — potent, yet purifying. The adeptness to pair flavors using traditional techniques with a sophisticated […]

Spending Quality Time on Cannery Row in Monterey, California
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Spending Quality Time on Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Cannery Row on Monterey Bay is an easy two-hour drive south of San Francisco. Two good reasons to add Monterey to your northern California holiday are that it is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the Golden State, and it is far less commercial than San Francisco. It’s a great place to enjoy some […]

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Divine Dining by Design at The Second Story Liquor Bar Scottsdale

Crazy. Sexy. Cool. No, I’m not referring to the gals of the famed pop music trio TLC, but rather Scottsdale’s hottest new haunt—The Second Story Liquor Bar. This eclectic eatery is trending as the see-and-be-seen Old town Scottsdale hotspot, and with good reason. The vintage-inspired vibe and visionary victuals at […]

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Bounty and Beauty at Dominick’s Steakhouse Scottsdale

There’s much to love about a classic American steakhouse—from the dimly lit atmosphere, refined dark wood décor, white linens and formal service staff to impeccable cuts of meat cooked to perfection. In this age where avant-garde grub is captivating culinary attentions, one restaurant’s traditional approach continues to delight: Michael Dominick’s […]