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"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" Winston Churchill

                      See LBN "Best of 2015" Below

nEW yEARSHAPPY NEW YEAR! nEW yEARSBonnie Carroll

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 monthly online magazine. Our profile this month is on Chef Nesser of Hotel Fond du Lac in Switzerland, and the Switzerland extravaganza at William-Sonoma in Beverly Hills where VIPs and media cooked with the talented Swiss chef. Guests cooked with the chef and savored hard to find Swiss wines. Visit #InLoveWithSwitzerland. We also had some fantastic visitors from Ireland at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara sharing the wonders of Belfast to Dublin. Santa Barbara"Foggy Dew" musicians entertained guests and Lough Erne gave me a Teddy for my Nolan! Wonderful new tours are scheduled in Ireland for 2016.

The Golden Globes and Oscars are around the corner, and this year includes a lineup of amazing films, glitzy events, and awards to be presented that are many and magical. The stars will be out at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February. Visit www.sbiff.org for award and schedule information. Don't miss our annual LBN "Best of 2015" list below, and congratulations to all the winners.


January Golden Globes celebrity suite events and winners news will be interesting, and we have some great features on travel, new food items, health news in health minded, along with chef/restaurant updates with recipes. Look for news on the 2015 TasteTV Awards at www.tastetv.com the awards ceremony will be held in San Francisco February 11. Our BookBites section has information on Dick Van Dyke's new book. A bevy of cultural updates, and travel news on winter destination trips being offered appear in our travel section. Look for details on LA Times Travel Show in upcoming LBN issues.

Special thank you to Marion Fourestier, French Tourism and LA French Consul General for the amazing lunch and 2016 highlights for travelers to France. The Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood lunch was fantastic French inspired event, and many hugs were shared with our host due to the serious attacks that took place in Paris; we all pray for those who lost their lives and their families in this senseless attack. Thank you France Atout and Air France for your Inspiring examples of strength under fire.

Please join me in praying for our troops fighting in foreign lands, and for all our men and women who serve our great country. Prayer works . . . pray for world peace, and pray especially for peace within the cities in the U.S. where there has been great unrest.

January 1 is the birthday of my late mother Rosaleen Joyce and January 19 the birthday of my late cousin Joyce Stein Justin - I miss them so much, and will be thinking of them often during this month. Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News will be celebrating its 11th birthday in January. We thank you so much for your support and hope you keep coming back. For advertising information contact us at writebc@aol.com.

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

WHO WE ARE . . .

LBN Staff 2014

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LBN Best of 2015
Best Rest Opening US
Valette, Healdsburg Ca
Best International Chef
Rupert Schnait, OPUS Hotel Imperial Vienna
Best Airport Food
Wolfgang Puck Express
Best TV Food Program
Anthony Bordain, Parts Unknown CNN
Best Island Resort & Spa
Villa del Palmar, Island of Loretto Mexico
Best Food Art
Hotel Imperial, Vienna Austria
Best Winter Ski Escape
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, New Mexico
Best Cocktail
Pretty Petals - Kollazs Brasserie & Bar
Best Restaurant Design
EssZimmer  BMW Welt Center Munich
Best Hotel Design
Gresham Palace, Budapest Hungary
Best Int'l Restaurant
Hotel Sacher - Rote Restaurant
Best Art Exhibits
Hofburg Palace - Vienna, Austria
Best Lunch Escape
Hendry's Boathouse - Santa Barbara
Best Celeb Event Menu
2015 Emmy's - Joachim Splichal
Best Iconic Lounge
Blaue Lounge - Hotel Sacher, Vienna
Best Italian Restauant 
Via Maestra 42 - Santa Barbara
Best Sunday Brunch
Four Seasons Biltmore - Santa Barbara
Best Seafood
Hog Oysters - San Francisco
Best Theatre Experience
 Erkel Theatre Opera - Budapest Hungary
Best Food & Wine Festival
Buda Palace - Budapest Hungary
Best & Oldest Book Store
Korn & Berg, Nuremberg Germany
Best Old World Restaurant
Ratskeller - Munich Germany
Best Wine Adventure
Jordan Estate Winery, California
Best Int'l & US Flights
Air France, Air Canada, Air Berlin, JetBlue
Best Weekend Escape
Ojai California
Best European Deli
Belvarosi Diszotoroa - Budapest
Best Epicurean Event
Gourmet Intl Festival - Puerto Vallarta
Best Food Tasting Tour
Budapest Food & Wine Tour
Best Wine List Selection
Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta CA
Best Bed & Breakfast
Simpson House Inn - Santa Barbara
Best Travel Adventure
Viking River Cruise - Romantic Danube
Best Historic Tour
Ringstrasse, Vienna Austria
Best Films
Burnt, Joy
Best Cook Book
Secrets of the La Varenne - Anne Willan
Congratulations - You're the Best!


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