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

Winston Churchill


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Life Bites News January 2019

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 The Grand at Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, a restful respite in Quintana Roo Mexico. Enjoy local health organization news, and fun holiday activities as well.

Actor Hugh Jackman Kirk Douglas Award Recipient

We also enjoyed the Kirk Douglas Awards held at Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa, where Hugh Jackman was presented the Excellence in Film award. Don't miss the Golden Globes being presented on January 13 in Hollywood. For the list of nominees and additional information visit www.goldenglobes.com. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will begin on January 30-Feb 9, with an amazing lineup of films and celebrity appearances. 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 details. Hope you enjoy our annual Life Bites News "Best of 2018" 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 2018 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, including Michelle Obama's best seller. Look for details on LA Times Travel Show in upcoming LBN issues.


The Grand at Moon Palace AWE Spa

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.

Great Italian recipe in Culinary Coup from Italian Cooking Vacations for your enjoyment 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 2019

Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor

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Rosalie Frances, Contributor, tolifebites.com

Mary Hilton, Content Contributor/Marketing Director

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Natasha Melikoff, Canadian Reporter

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Mike OConnell, 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.

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LBN Best of 2018

Best Disaster Recovery

Montecito Inn, Montecito California

Best Symphony Concert

Hoffburg Hall Vienna Orchestra

Best Restaurant Opening

The Monarch at Montecito Inn

Best Salmon Plate

Steel Diner Pike Place Market, Seattle

Best Red/White Chowder

Bluewater Grill, Santa Barbara

Best Adult Resort & Spa

Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta

Best Winter Ski Escape

Fairmont Mont Tremblant, Quebec Canada

Best Cocktail

Barbie's Bath Bomb, Finch & Fork, G.Piperis

Best Seattle City View

Seattle Sea Planes

Best Inclusive Family Resort

The Grand at Moon Palace, Cancun

Best Hotel Renovation  

Hilton Santa Barbara Resort & Spa

Best Como Italian Cuisine

Ca' Dario Santa Barbara & Goleta, California

Best International Festival

Gelato Festival America

Best Family Travel Fun

The Budapest Eye

Best Ground Transport

Viking Cruise Tours Throughout Europe

Best French Restaurant

Loulay, Seattle Washington

Best Kobe Steak

CUT Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills

Best Family Resort

The Grand at Moon Palace, Cancoon

Best European River City

Passau, Germany & Regensburg Germany

Best Gourmet Tasting Menu

Jean Georges Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills

Best Music Festival

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2018, Quintana Roo

Best Old World Dining

Rote Room, Hotel Sacher, Vienna Austria

Best Champagne Sips

Kollarzs Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest

Best Burger

25 Degrees Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Best Weekend City Escape

Sheraton Grand Seattle, Washington

Best Lebanese Cuisine

Habibi - The Grand, Cancun, Mexico

Best City Market

Grand Market Budapest Hungary

Best Film Festival

Santa Barbara Internagtional Film Festival

Best Airport

Amsterdam, Holland & Munich, Germany

Best New film Releaset

World of MARWEN

Best River Cruise

Viking "Five Country River Cruise" 2018

Best Historic Tour

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Best Danish Get-a-Way

Solvang, California

Best Cook Book

"Dingle Ireland Cookbook"

Best Charity Dinner                    Arthitis Foundation Central Coast

Congratulations - You're the Best!



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