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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

December 2013

hollyMerry Christmas, Happy HolidayshollyBonnie Carroll


Dear Life Bites Readers,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We have some great traditional recipes and fun family destinations for December. Much of this issue is filled with travel, food, event and spa stories on national and international destinations for your consideration.

SBIFF announced awards for 2014 festival, which include Forest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Visit www.sbiff.org for full details and ticket information..

The December hotel profile is on a fantastic and historic Chinzanso Hotel in Tokyo Japan that was rebranded and  is winning major awards. Culinary coup is full of chef news, including details on the Funghi Fest in Carmel, and a bevy of holiday food ideas. Book Bites has pre and aft holiday suggestions, and health minded offers 2014 diet and health tips. 

GBK threw a fantastic pre-party for the American Music Award nominees and presenters at L'Ermitage Hotel that featured beautiful products from a bevy of outstanding conpanies and appearances by music and television celebs.. 

Movie lovers are all talking about "Last Vegas" "Hunger Games" and "The Butler." Forest Whittaker will be honored with the SBIFF Kirk Douglas Award in December, visit www.sbiff.org for details. Cody Hilton, LBN Teen Reporter, celebrated another birthday on November 22nd and will be attending college - we may not be hearing from him for a while, but we love him and appreciate any contribution he makes!

Sips has a some great wine and cocktail ideas for bringing in the New Year, along with appetizxer and dessert creations. Be sure to listen in for Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News on travel, food and fun every Thursday on "Breakfast with Nancy" KVOT 1340 at 7:15 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for a great start every Thursday with news from Hollywood, as well as travel/food and lifestyle tastes.

We are all looking forward to the Macy's Christmas Parade that will feature the new Snoopy float. Wolfgang Puck is traveling and cooking up some fantastic recipes in Europe.I always enjoy the lighting event at Rockefeller Center in New York and especially love Joachim Splichal's "Rock" restaurant overlooking the ice rink. The  festivities in my own little home town by the sea are perculating and it looks like a 'wonderful christmas' for everyone. 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. Please pray for peace. 

Joyous Noel to you, your family and dear friends. Thank you to all who contribute to LBN, and to the many readers who have supported us -  keep coming back. LBN will celebrate its 9th birthday in January 2014. 

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor

LBN DECEMBER PARTY IDEAS holly

See Culinary Coup & Sips Sections for Food & Wine stories

LBN Staff 2013
Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor
Rosalie Frances, Contributor, tolifebites.com
Mary Hilton, Content Contributor/Marketing Director
Cody Chandler, Teen Times Columnist
Natasha Melikoff, Canada Reporter
Mike O’Connell, Photo/Video Director/Contributor
Isabella D'Angelo, Rome Correspondent tolifebites@aol.com
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Additional contributing writers are included on an individual issue basis. Please contact the editor with questions regarding journalist assignments. Email: writebc@aol.com
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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
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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
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Four Seasons International
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Trump Hotel, New York
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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)
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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
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Whole Foods Market
Best Historic Hotel
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite
Best Films
Anna Karenina
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Raising The Bar, Williams & Eber
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