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"To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it."            Mother Teresa


LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER 

October 2010       

Bonnie Carroll

Dear Life Bites Readers,

Here comes Halloween, pumpkin pie and everything wonderful about fall. We have some great news on exciting food and wine festivals celebrated annually during this time of year, including details on Wolfgang Puck & Barbara Lazaroff's American Wine & Food Festival, as well as "Bread & Roses" The Santa Barbara Fund Dinner in Santa Barbara. Cody Hilton has some interesting information for back to school, and our spa section has discount destinations ideas for October/November trips.

Enjoy all the upcoming art and style information from museums around the country, and check out the books features in October Book Bites section. Health minded offers the latest in health topics, and more. Our hotel feature is on the historic Ambassador Hotel and Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles; star studded past and hope for the future.

The Arthritis Foundation in Santa Barbara presented "Taste of the Town" a magical fundraiser, featuring great chefs and coastal vintners. Santa Barbara International Film Festival revs up for January/February event. Try a great new "Health Minded" style recipe from Executive Chef Roger Stettler, Four Seasons Maui.

I hope you will join us in remembering our soldiers fighting in foreign lands and pray for their safe return to their families. God bless them, and God bless America in these challenging times. May the flag of freedom fly now and forever.

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll 

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor

LBN OCTOBER  RECIPE
CHOCOLATE GHOSTS CAKES

Prep: 20 min., Stand: 2 min.

Yield: Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2  (12-oz.) container ready-to-spread white frosting
  • 1  (11-oz.) package cream-filled chocolate cake squares
  • 1  (0.68-oz.) tube black decorating gel

Preparation

1. Microwave frosting in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 30 seconds to 1 minute or until melted; stir until smooth. Let stand 2 minutes.

2. Place 1 cup melted frosting in a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. (Do not seal.) Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole. Pipe frosting onto each cake square in the shape of a ghost, adding remaining frosting to bag as needed. Pipe 2 dots on each cake using black gel to form eyes.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Little Debbie Devil Squares and Betty Crocker Decorating Gel.


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LBN Staff 2010

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 LIFE BITES NEWS KUDOS 2009 

BEST OF 2009

Best International Chef

Kevin Thornton
Thornton’s, Dublin, Ireland

Best American Restaurateur

Joachim Splichal, Patina Group

Best Sustainable Chef

Nancy Oaks, California

Best Bed & Breakfast

Cheshire Cat, Santa Barbara

Best New Spa

Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills

Best Film

 

Best Kid’s Film

 

NINE

 

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Best Wine Bar

THE Garden,  Four Seasons NY

Best New Beach Hotel

Shangri-LA, Santa Monica

Best US Green Hotel

Hilton Hotel New York City

 

Best Caribbean Resort

 

Blue Waters, Antigua

Best Scenic Views

Le Meridien, Rimini, Italy

Best Sunday Brunch

Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

Best Int’l Vacation Hotel

Villa d’Este, Como, Italy

Best Historic Site

Statue of Liberty, NY

Best Business Hotel

W Hotel, New York

Best American Family

Destination

Catalina Island, California

Best Winter Escape

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Island Adventure

Antigua/Barbuda

Best International Flight

AIR Canada  LAX to Montreal

Best US Flight

JetBlue    Burbank to JFK

Best New Book

The Olives Table, English

Best Epicurean Event

Wolfgang Puck & Barbara Lazoroff  American Wine & Food Festival

Best Way to see Europe

     Eurail

Best Restaurant & View

Rock Café, Rockefeller Center

 

 

 
CONGRATULATIONS – YOU’RE THE BEST!!!        

      


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