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November 2015

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER



Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Life Bites News Readers,

Happy Thanksgiving! This issue includes stories on travels in Germany, Austria and Hungary. We share "Life is but a Dream" experience on Viking River Cruise up the Danube, and introductions to star chefs in these destinations. Hotel Chef Profile is on Rupert Schnait, Imperial Hotel and his divine food Art at OPUS. Hoping to wear my new Roma Boots in the rain...if it ever rains in Calironis. We will be sharing some great seasonal recipes for 'game lovers' and visiting family. Check LBN's gift guide for upcoming holiday and travel ideas. 

OPUS - Hotel Imperial

Entertainment news and fun film tips are seen in TTT - AFI film festival schedule, opening of Santa Barbara Opera Season, and upcoming holiday events. We are running travel news on holiday trips being offered throughout the world, and assisting our tourism and travel friends with their promotions during the holidays. Short on my amazing trip to Nuremberg on Air France recently will surprise you. Alaska Air and Air Berlin are offering some great ticket deals. Use the tourism board offices for helpful information; we have them listed on our links and archive page.

BookBites is full of great reads and fine art news. We will be putting up great book gift ideas for the holidays. Look for review of "Carmen" in Budapest, Hungary. The historic Erkel Theatre was a grand venue for this modern, artististic and memorable performance of Bizet's loved opera.

Look for special offers traveling home for fall and winter holidays, which is the place to be if you love the turning leaves and the falling snow. Holiday luggage gift ideas in our gift guide section are worth a peek. Culinary Coup covers exciting venues and tastes from Europe, and coverage of the fantastic Spago luncheon with Austrial tourism professionals, and latest news on travel throughout Austria in 2016.

Below is a great quick turkey gravy from Mc Cormick, and a fantastic Texas style chili for hungry football fans. I've also included my Ciao Bella Chili in Culinary Coup Section.  Note: Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News radio reports on food/travel/lifestyle in Vienna and Hungary will soon be heard on KZSB radio with host Arthur Von "Around the World Travel" and in the new year on CRN Radio.

Wishing Elizabeth O'Connell Larson a very Happy November 2nd Birthday and Cody Chandler Hilton a very happy November 22 Birthday! I love you both and hope you have a joyful day.

Keep praying for our men and women fighting in foriegn lands. Pray they all come home safely, perhaps for the holidays.!


Thanks for joining us this month.

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor

WHO WE ARE . . .

LBN Staff 2015

Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor

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Rosalie Frances, Contributor, tolifebites.com

Mary Hilton, Content Contributor/Marketing Director

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Delia Csipkay, Contributing Editor

Cody Chandler, Teen Times Columnist

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Natasha Melikoff, Canadian Reporter

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Mike OíConnell, Photo/Video Director/Contributor

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Isabella D'Angelo, Rome Correspondent

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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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Wolfgang Puck Express
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Best Island Resort & Spa
W Koh Samui Retreat, Thailand
Best Food Art
Cafe des Artistes, Puerto Vallarto MX
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Fairmont, Mont Tremblant, Canada
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Hangovertini, Lebue Hotel, Bangkok
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Victor Drai - Hollywood & LV
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Dhara Dhevi, Chaing Mai
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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
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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
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Arlington Tavern, Santa Barbara
Best Wine Adventure
Jordan Estate Winery, California
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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
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City of Beverly Hills 100th Birthday
Best Films
The Chef, & Grand Budapest Hotel
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Toque! Normad Laprise, Montreal


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