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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 2015

New YearsHAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Bonnie CarrollnEW yEARS

Life Bites News

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

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 exceptional brunch at Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara overlooking Butterfly Beach. We also have features on Santa Barbara International Film Feast favorites, and hot festival news for your enjoyment. Gifting suites for the Oscar celebrities and Doris Berg's luncheon pre-Oscar event are also included. TTT is packed with exciting tidbits about the celebs in Santa Barbara, including red carpet coverage on Michael Keaton and Jennifer Aniston's awards.

We have some sweet Valentine tips for travel and food. Wine news in Sips, as well as Oscar themed cocktails you can make at home while you enjoy the Oscars. BookBites has some great reads to take along on your next voyage or weekend away. Visit www.sbiff.org for schedule and ticket information.

Culinary Coup covers more delicious morsels on favorite dining spots, as well as the documentary on Jimmy's Chinese Garden being premiered at SBIFF this year. Recommendation on a great Lebanese restaurant in Los Angeles will surprise you, and  Style (in BookBites) has a bevy of cultural and fashion updates. Kids section has some fun trave for kids ideas and new products discovered at GBK and SecretRoom gifting suites for star babies.  You will find train travel event planning is the new buzz for celebrations-along with exciting bike trips in "wheels" section.

Teen Times with Cody Hilton has movie news this month, and some information on the 10-10-10 schedule for the SBIFF. Kids films at the Arlington Theatre will be serving free soda and popcorn to kids. BookBites covers some newly released books, including a new book release by Bill O'Rielly, and other celebs.

Look for great Oscar inspired cocktails in SIPS to enjoy during the Oscar Awards on February 22nd. The Biltmore has a great "Birdman" cocktail being served in the Ty Lounge at the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara created in honor of Michael Keaton's outstanding performance, a Cousteau Margarita and a Steve Carell Collins. Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites best of 2014 is below - take a look and see who we loved the best last year. 

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. PRAY FOR PEACE and God Bless America!

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Photographer

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LBN Best of 2014
Best Rest Opening US
Petit Trois LA, Ludovic Lefebvre
Best International Chef
Daniel Boulud
Best Airport F&B
Wolfgang Puck Express
Best TV Food Program
Anthony Bordain, Parts Unknown CNN
Best Island Resort & Spa
W Koh Samui Retreat, Thailand
Best Food Art
Cafe des Artistes, Puerto Vallarto MX
Best Winter Ski Resort
Fairmont, Mont Tremblant, Canada
Best Cocktail
Hangovertini, Lebue Hotel, Bangkok
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Victor Drai - Hollywood & LV
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Dhara Dhevi, Chaing Mai
Best Int'l Spa
Ohtli Spa, Casa Magna Marriott, MX
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Kings Palace, Bangkok Thailand
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Westin, Puerto Vallarta/Casa Tres Villas MX
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2014 Emmy's by Joachim Splichal Patina
Best Iconic Lounge
Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills Hotel
Best Italian Restauant 
Il Pastao, Giacomino Drago, California
Best Intíl Business Hotel
Hilton Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Best Seafood Plate
Ahi & Uni, La Palapa, Puerto Vallarta
Best California Cuisine
CP Dry Creek Kitchen, Chef Valette, Sonoma
Best Food & Wine Pairings
The Lark, Santa Barbara, CA
Best New Chef
Chef Carlos Gaytan, "Du Mexique" Chicago
Best Tavern F&B Style
Arlington Tavern, Santa Barbara
Best Wine Adventure
Jordan Estate Winery, California
Best Int'l & US Flights
Thai Airways, JetBlue, US Airways, AA
Best Weekend Escape
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Best Burger
The Point, Chef Bognar, Culver City, CA
Best Epicurean Event
Cancun Food & Wine Festival Boulud Dinner
Best Food Tasting Tour
Taco Tour Puerto Vallarto, MX
Best Wine List Selection
Cafe des Artistes, Secrets Cancun
Best Family Hotels
Hofsa House, Carmel; Velas Vallarta, MX
Best Travel Adventure
Patara Elephant Farm, Chaing Mai Thailand
Best Historic Celebration
City of Beverly Hills 100th Birthday
Best Films
The Chef, & Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cook Book
Toque! Normad Laprise, Montreal
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