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"When love is not madness, it is not love. ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca"

February 2013

New YearsHAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Bonnie CarrollnEW yEARS

Life Bites News

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

Dear Life Bites News Readers,

We hope you continue to enjoy your visits to great hotels, restaurants, and travel destinations that appear in our web magazine. Our profile this month is the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. We also visited Celestino Ristorante & Bar in Pasadena. We have features on Golden Globe Gifting Suites, Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show coverage, health specials in health minded, Sweet Valentine suggestions, wine news in Sips, lots of Tinseltown Tidbits, and Burke Williams Spa news. The stars are out at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Visit www.sbiff.org for information.

Culinary Coup covers the 2013 TasteTV Awards in Los Angeles. Style has a bevy of cultural updates, and we are running travel news with cost saving trips being offered. Special promotion ideas from our travel associates and Canadian Train Travel news in "wheels." We have recomendations for romantic dinners and destinations for Valentines Day.

Teen Times with Cody Hilton has movie news this month, and some informaton on Jennifer Lawrence, as well as 10-10-10 schedule for the SBIFF. BookBites covers some newly released books for your enjoyment, including a mystery by Michael Mandaville and an easy cookbook by Neil Perry, Australia's top chef.

Please join me in praying for our troops fighting in foreign lands, and for all men and women who serve our great country. God Bless America!

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Photographer

WHO WE ARE . . .

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LBN Best of 2012
Best New Rest Chef US
Ron True, Arlington Tavern
Best International Chef
Thierry Blouet, Cafe des Artes
Best International Hotel
Chateau Laurier, Ottawa Canada
Best US Hotel Spa
Ascent, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Best Beach Destination
Four Seasons, Santa Barbara
Best US Hotel
Trump Hotel, New York
Best Intl Ski Resort
Fairmont Tremblant, Quebec Canada
Best Cocktail
Green Martini, Cafe des Artes
Best Steak & Seafood House
Rodney's, Redondo Beach
Best New Int'l Luxury Resort
Hilton Hotel, Puerto Vallarta
Best New Luxury Spa
Ascent, Tenaya Lodge
Best Art Museum
Natl Art Museum of Canada
Best Int'l Lunch
Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa Canada
Best Hotel View
Hilton Hotel, Puerto Vallarta
Best Restaurant City View
On the Roof, Wilshire Hotel LA
Best Ethnic Restauants LA
"Petrossian Paris" and "Street" LA
Best Int’l Business Hotel
Four Seasons International
Best US Business Hotel
Trump Hotel, New York
Best Spa Cafe Menu
Café Verde, Ojai Valley Inn
Best New Restaurant
Nobu, Waikiki Park Hotel
Best Museum Café
Getty Museum, Malibu
Best Tour
Valley Floor Yosemite National Park
Best Ocean Destination
Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, Italy
Best International Flights
Air Canada & US Airlines (Mexico)
Best US Flight
JetBlue, Southwest, US Airlines
Best Intl Epicurean Event
XIII Intl Gourmet Festival, Mexico
Best US Epicurean Event
Bracebridge Dinner, Yosemite
Best Dessert
Renaud's, Santa Barbara
Best Wine List
Play, Ottawa Canada
Best Family Hotels
Marriott Worldwide
Best Organic
Whole Foods Market
Best Historic Hotel
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite
Best Films
Anna Karenina
Best Cook Book
Raising The Bar, Williams & Eber
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