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

Winston Churchill


nEW yEARSHAPPY NEW YEAR! nEW yEARS

Life Bites News January 2018

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 the Dolphin Bay Resort in California, a restful respite at Pismo Beach, with the most beautiful sunsets I've seen, and a star chef preparing award winning healthy food. Enjoy local health organization news, and fun holiday activities as well.

Actor Jeff Bridges & Dame Judi Dench

We also enjoyed the Kirk Douglas Awards held at Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa, where Warren Dame Judi Dench was presented the Excellence in Film  award by renowned actor and local Santa Barbarian Jeff Bridges. The cast of talented and handsome actors surrounding the great Dame Judi was memorable and fun. Don't miss the Golden Globes are being presented on January 7 in Hollywood. For the list of nominees and additional information visit www.goldenglobes.com. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will begin on January 31, with a film directed by Emilio Estevez. Visit www.sbiff.org for details on SBIFF.

 

Oscars are around the corner, and this year includes a lineup of amazing films, glitzy events, and awards to be presented that are magical. The stars will be out at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News will be there getting you all the fun and fantastic detsils. Hope you enjoy our annual Life Bites News "Best of 2017" list below, and we warmly congratulate those being honoredyou're the best!

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa


We have some great features on travel, new food items, health news in our health minded section along with
chef/restaurant updates and recipes. Look for news on the 2016 TasteTV Awards at www.tastetv.com. The awards ceremony will be held in LA in January. Our BookBites section has details on the special new releases. Look for details on LA Times Travel Show in upcoming LBN issues.


"Wheels" The ultimate Mid-Life Crisis Cruiser 2017

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 the firefighters in the Thomas Fire in California, especially for the 38 year old fireman who lost his life in December.

January 1 is the birthday of my late mother Rosaleen Joyce and January 19 the birthday of my late cousin (who was a sister to me) 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 14th birthday in January. We thank you so much for your support and hope you keep coming back. For advertising information please contact us at writebc@aol.com.


Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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WHO WE ARE . . .

LBN Staff 2016

Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor

writebc@aol.com

Rosalie Frances, Contributor, tolifebites.com

Mary Hilton, Content Contributor/Marketing Director

Maryhilton2000@aol.com


Cody Chandler, Teen Times Columnist

tolifebites@aol.com

Natasha Melikoff, Canadian Reporter

tolifebites@aol.com

Mike OConnell, Photo/Video Director/Contributor

tolifebites@aol.com

Isabella D'Angelo, Rome Correspondent

tolifebites@aol.com

Additional contributing writers are included on an individual issue basis.

Please contact the editor with questions regarding journalist assignments.

Email: writebc@aol.com

LBN Offices

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Santa Barbara, CA 93105

805-845-9976

Email contact preferred please

LBN Best of 2017

Best Rest Opening US

Eataly New York

Best New Hotel

Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara

Best Airport Food

Marriott Restaurant, Montreal Canada

Best TV Travel Program

Anthony Bordain, Parts Unknown CNN

Best Seaside Resort & Spa

Dolphin Bay Resort, Pismo Beach, CA

Best Ocean Side Dining

Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa

Best Winter Ski Escape

Fairmont Mont Tremblant, Quebec Canada

Best Cocktail

Royal Kir, Opal Restaurant & Bar SB

Best New Restaurant Design

Jean George, Beverly Hills

Best Int'l Hotel Design

Four Seasons, Budapest Hungary

Best Lunch with a View  

El Encanto Hotel, Santa Barbara

Best Art Hotel Property

Villa d'Este, Lago di Como, Italy

Best Mid-life Crisis Car

Porsche Targa 2017

Best Chocolate

Lintz Chocolate Museum, Cologne

Best Finicular Ride

Cologne, Germany- Rhine, River

Best New Restaurant

Via Alloro - Beverly Hills

Best Weekend Brunch

Avec Nous - L'Ermitage Viceroy BH

Best Family Resort

Hyatt Regency Monterey, CA

Best Airport Special Care

Amsterdamn Intl Airport KLM

Best Wine Europe Tasting

Freiherr Von Heddesdoree, Winningen Germany

Best Wine Festival US

California Classic Food & Wine Festival

Best Old World Dinner

Rote Room, Hotel Sacher, Wien

Best Wine Adventure

Buda Wine Festival, Hungary

Best City Transportation

Vienna, Austria

Best Weekend Escape

Carmel Art Festival

Best Plant Based Dishes

Chef Steeber, Dolphin Bay Resort

Best Epicurean Event

Open Market Nuremburg

Best Tasting Tour

Puerto Vallarta Street Food

Best Wine List Selection

Secrets the Vine, Cancun

Best Charity Dinner

Arthritis Assn - Bacara Resort

Best Travel Adventure

Viking "Grand European Cruise" 2017

Best Historic Tour

MelK Abbey, Austria

Best Quick Get-a-Way

Solvang, California

Best Cook Book

"One Soufle at a Time" Anne Willan

Congratulations - You're the Best!



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