JULY 2015 LIFE BITES NEWS
Dear Life Bites News Readers,
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY and we hope you are enjoying your summer with family and friends.
Our hotel feature this month is on the Marrakesh - Romantic escape to the dessert with every state-of-the-art comfort and style. Enjoy a day in the open market buying exotic gifts, sunbathing by the pool and the soothing silence of the night dessert during dinner.
Sips has some great wine festival news, including the Central Coast Wine Classic 2016. Culinary Coup is full of great restaurant and food news. Look for film, food & wine events to enjoy around the world. Events include Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara.
Montage Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the 2016 ISPA gathering that attracted health and spa media to learn about "what's new in the spa world." Our BookBites has some fabulous take-along books for reading on the plane.
We are adding a new feature "By Air" on air travel in the "Wheels" section giving kudos to Airlines providing great service to travelers. Take a look to see who we are featuring each month.
Spa AVA at Four Seasons
VA Spa by Four Seasons is the epitome of luxury, renewal and beauty. This is where guests will experience an authentic Bohemian spa encounter. Highlights include mineral baths, five large treatment rooms including a couple’s suite, plus two spa baths, a vitality pool, separate steam and sauna rooms, a lounge area, and unique treatment menu provided by three cosmetic lines. Story in Spa Baby Secret section.
Pray for peace - pray for all the people who were hurt and lost their lives in Turkey. Pray for those leading our Country and all the men and women in our armed forces fighting in foreign lands!
Happy Birthday to my daughter Mary (July 12), my darling grandson Leo (July 15) and my adorable GG Nolan (July 2) . . . you are all loved so much!
Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor
4th of July Healthy Egg-cellent Breakfast Quesadilla courtesy of Pritikin Longevity Center
- 1 cup diced assorted vegetables (the more colors the better!)
- ½ cup egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 whole-wheat, low-sodium lavash thin bread
- 3 Tablespoons shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons fat-free sour cream
- ¼ cup pico de gallo (no salt added) or no-salt-added salsa (such as Enrico’s brand)
- In a medium nonstick skillet, sauté vegetables until beginning to brown. Add egg whites and scramble. Season with black pepper.
- On a warm griddle or flat-top grill, place lavash thin bread and let the side facing the heat get hot.
- Turn the bread over on the griddle or grill, and sprinkle the cheese on top side.
- On half of the top side, spread the vegetable scramble and cilantro.
- When the cheese begins to melt, fold the thin bread in half to cover the vegetables. Press firmly, using a tool like a large firm spatula or bottom of a pan. Flip on the other side, grill for about 2 minutes, and press.
- Remove from heat. Cut quesadilla into four pieces. Serve two pieces per person with fat-free sour cream and salsa on the side.
Summer Cognac Cocktails
Sips has some refreshing cocktail ideas using Mathilda and Pierre Ferrand Cognac products. Cheers!
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LBN Staff 2016
Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor
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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
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
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
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 Cook Book
Secrets of the La Varenne - Anne Willan
Congratulations - You're the Best!