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"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for." Thomas Edward Bodett

February 2014 

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 Crescent Beverly Hills Hote, and coverage in Culinary Coup on Il Pastaio Italian Restaurante dinner with Chef Giacomino Drago. We also visited Victor Drai's Rare Restaurant & Lounge on Sunset Boulevard to meet a star mixologist. We have features on Golden Globe Gifting Suites, and a great PETA story in Health Minded thanks to Rita Branch of Secret Room Events. Sweet Valentine suggestions, tips on travel and food. Wine news in Sips, and hot Tinseltown Tidbits (have your own Oscar party; list in TTT), and review new skin care product news. The stars are out at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Special beverages and dishes being created by Opal and Arlington Tavern. Leo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, as well as Robert Redford and Bruce Dern will be on the red carpet in Santa Barbara. Visit www.sbiff.org for information.

Culinary Coup covers more delicious morsels on the Drago Dynasty in Beverly Hills. Style has a bevy of cultural and fashion updates, and train travel event planning is the new buzz for celebrations; see "wheels" section. We have some recomendations for romantic dinners and destinations for Valentines Day.

Teen Times with Cody Hilton has movie news this month, and some information on Hobbit & Wolf of Wall Street, as well as 10-10-10 schedule for the SBIFF. BookBites covers some newly released books, including a divine book by Hollywood designer Betty Kreitsel Shubert "Out-of-Style" and more.

Look for great recipes and cocktails to enjoy during the Oscar Awards on March 2nd. The Montage Parq Lounge has created a Blue Jasmine (see recipe in sips) in honor of Cate Blanchett, who will also be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites will be back on the air with "Breakfast with Nancy" beginning March 13 at 7:20 a,.m. KVOT1340. Grab a coffee and join us for fun news on food, travel and lifestyle. 

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

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Photographer

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Cranberry Cozmo, L'Ermitage Hotel BH
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Rare, Victor Drai, Hollywood
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Aurum Spa, Villa Sassa Switzerland
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Beet Salad, Polo Loung, BH Hotel
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Calzephyr Private Rail Cars, California
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25 Degrees, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
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Bracebridge Dinner, Yosemite Calif
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Guy Savoy, LV & French Laundry, CA
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Marriott & Hilton Worldwide 
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