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"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic." Adrienne Cook 

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Letter from the Publisher
March 2020

Bonnie Carroll

Dear Life Bites News Readers,

Celebrations of St. Patrick's Day, and all things Irish, including Parades and parties honoring the patron saint of Ireland will be a highlight in major United States cities, as well as Dublin, Ireland on March 17th. Below you will find a favorite St. Pat's Day recipe for corned beef and cabbage to enjoy at your 'wearing of the green' celebration dinner. New York, Boston and Chicago all feature great parades to celebrate this great day! Chicago dyes the river green, but it has been frozen solid so who knows?
Our Chef/Hotel Profile this month is on the historic Hyatt Carmel Highlands which is located on the most beautiful ocean area in California, and is now featurig vegan and plant-based menu items in their four star restaurant. 
Lots of Valentine Celebration coverage honoring rose wine for the day of lovers included Margerum Wines, Foley Wines and so many more along with divine chocolates on the American Riviers. The American Heart Association held a fantastic strut for "Go Red" up State Street in Santa Barbara and I had the honor of joining them.
 
January/February was the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This month also brought some fantastic talent at the Grammy Awards and NAMM, and the Academy honored excellence in entertainment. Oscar presentations to honor excellence in film in Hollywood, is where the best of the best went home with the golden guy. Once again we visited celebrity gifting suites presented by special event professionals at all the Best Beverly Hills & Hollywood Hotels. WOW! and GBK visit was outstanding, as was seeing Gavin Keilly again. This was one of the best Oscar Awards - the best I've seen yet, and Actor Brad Pitt stole everyone's heart.

Check out celebrity photos and fun happenings from SBIFF and pre-Oscar parties this year. Culinary coup features the latest in restaurant/chef news. We have news on travel events in our travel section. Spa Baby takes a look at some  amazing spa treatments for best skin care. Health Minded section features some supporting events for Alzheimers, American Heart Association and Breast Cancer, including the Barbara Ireland Walk/Run for Cancer.

See BookBites for some wonderful new reads. So many great new cookbooks coming out this year. Enjoy the recipes below to celebrate St. Pat's Day with your family at home. See fun story on my visit to the premiere Irih brew makers in Ireland and link to story coverage on everything Irish in Santa Barbara.

Enjoy a beautiful poem on Ireland by my grand uncle John Walsh in our BookBites section. John co-authored a book of poems while he was in a seminary, but later became a co-founder of the American Theatre Guild, and co-founder of the first Catholic Motion Picture Company in Hollywood, worked in New York as a playwright and Hollywood as a screen writer at MGM.

Happy March birthday wishes to my son Michael, and friends Christine and  Rosemary Redlin. Hope you fish have a swimmingly fun and fantastic time!

Thank you for joining us this month, and we hope you enjoy our "It's nice to be Irish" issue. Airfares to the "Emerald Isle" are quite reasonable right now - check it out.

We wish you happy travels in 2020. Join us next month for our news from the Travel & Advenrture Show in Los Angeles, as well as Los Angeles Trave Show destinations and culinary treasures to enjoy. Please contact us with any questions regarding editorial requests or advertising rates.

Cordially,
Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor
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Or enjoy Stir-fry Cabbage with Mustard and Chives

by Amy Sherman

6 cups cabbage, cut into approximately 1 inch squares (about 1/2 head)

1/4 cup water

1/2 ActiFry spoon extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 teaspoons chives, mustard

Whisk together the water, olive oil, mustard, sugar and salt. Place the cabbage in the ActiFry and drizzle the sauce on top. Cook for 15 minutes or until tender-crisp. Top with minced chives.

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