Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show Fiery Foods Challenge

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (Long Beach) will be hosting The International Fiery Foods Challenge. This event brings together local chefs representing destinations found at the show. From familiar cuisine to the exotic, all dishes will have a delightful kick. The demonstrated foods are Frikadelle (a sort of German meatball), Spicy Tequila Marinated Prawns, Rendang Padang (Indonesian Caramelized Beef Curry), and Medjool Dates with chorizo, mascarpone and Tunisian harissa (a chili sauce).

 Participating chefs are Kai Loebach of CurryWurst, Amir Thomas of Duo Dishes, SriAdriani 'Jenny' Martono of Indonesia Tourism, and Tracey Augustine of Cashmere Bites. After tasting, guests can vote for their favorites and take home the recipes to recreate them.

The Mark DeCarlo Interactive Cooking Class and Competition will follow the Fiery Foods Challenge. Three lucky audience members will be picked from a drawing to prove their kitchen skills right on the spot, recreating a dish of Mark’s choosing. The audience will vote for the best cook, who will win an all-inclusive Yucatan vacation.

The Culinary Stage has good eats for Sunday’s show-goers as well. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau will hold a “Taiwan Popcorn Chicken” demonstration with Chef Frances Lee of the Mighty Boba Truck. Then, Ventura based Chef Jason Collis will host “Farm to Table—Luscious Lemon and Avocado Taste Sensations from 120-year-old, Sustainable Limoneira Ranch.” And, see a top Herradura Tequila ambassador demonstrate Tequila pairing tips.

 Following this demo, attendees can meet the brand ambassador and taste samples at the Herradura Tequila bar next to the Los Angeles magazine booth. Also not to be missed is “Travel for Foodies – Tips, Trends, and Tools for the Culinary Traveler,” with food and travel experts Michael Cervin, Linda Kissam, Dr. Kathy Gruver, and Chef Allan Cragg.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit has the  great snow conditions with a 2-3 foot base. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will be celebrating the holidays in a winter wonderland! Fun for the whole family, both resorts are nearly 100% open and terrain features including the Red Bull Plaza and Skill Builder Parks make for the ideal holiday experience. With holiday night sessions now underway at Snow Summit, guests can also ski and ride beneath the stars.

“The early season snowfall and colder than normal temperatures has provided Bear Mountain and Snow Summit with the best conditions around,” said Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing. “As Southern California’s learn to ski and ride headquarters, both resorts, including Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, will offer something for every skill level and increased terrain features to add to the excitement the season.”

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain currently have all lifts available, nearly every run open and more than 200 park features. Holiday offerings include night skiing at Snow Summit and the Annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade. All three roads to Big Bear are open with no chains required.

For more  information, visit Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Carlsbad New Years Event

Carlsbad, Calif.- December 20, 2011- Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is kicking off the New Year with a country-style New Year's party and getaway package. The property has teamed up with KSON radio, San Diego's #1 station for new country music, and morning DJ, Tammy, for the first annual "Tammy's New Year's Eve Party."
"The Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad is a beautiful, ocean view location for Tammy to celebrate her first New Year's in San Diego," said Regie Brown, general manager. "We look forward to welcoming her and all her listeners for a fun evening and start of a new Carlsbad tradition."

Tammy's New Year's Eve Party package includes overnight accommodations with late check out (2p.m.), entry and dinner for two at the New Year's party, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. The NYE package is priced at $350 per room. Reservations can be made by calling Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach at 760-476-4012 between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and ask for Tammy's New Year's Eve Party.  Cancellation policy is 48 hours.

Held in the hotel's elegant, ocean view Wave Crest Ballroom, the New Year's celebration will be emceed by Tammy and include a three-course dinner, dancing, music by KSON's official travelling DJ Ronoe, a cash bar, party favors and champagne toast at midnight.Doors will open at 8 p.m. and guests must be 21 and older.

While parents are dancing the night away, kids will have a celebration of their own in the nearby Garden Ballroom. The Kid's Party is available to children ages 4-15 and will include fun activities such as face painting, movies and video games. Kid's Party is only available to guests purchasing the New Year's Eve overnight package. Cost is $40 per child.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mammoth Mountain Best Western

Come join us at the BEST WESTERN PLUS High Sierra Hotel where you'll experience luxury amidst the breathtaking beauty of California's Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

With our knowledgeable and friendly staff ready to greet your arrival, you will enjoy our 100 percent non-smoking facility nestled in the middle of town with easy access to restaurants, shops, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Our newly renovated hotel has beautiful guest rooms, an indoor pool, hot tub, exercise room, business center, game room, and our very own Cafe 203 complete with evening lounge. From our standard rooms with a king or two queen beds, to our suites with kitchenettes or Jacuzzi® whirlpools, we have a variety of accommodations to satisfy any desire. We even have a Honeymoon Suite for that romantic getaway or Kid's Suites complete with a set of bunk beds for the youngsters. All of our rooms come standard with a 37-inch flat screen TV, free wireless Internet, an AC/heat thermostat, a work desk and daily housekeeping. Whether you are here for work or play, our complimentary hot buffet breakfast will prepare you for your day. Sorry Spot, you can't join your humans to this hotel, they are not pet friendly!

In this outdoorsman paradise you'll find adventure and fun awaiting your arrival any time of the year. In the summer you can enjoy annual music festivals such as the Jazz Jubilee and Bluesapalooza, the Ford Motocross competition, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Volcom Skate park competition, and Oktoberfest to name a few. Winter brings lots of snow and The Roxy Chicken Jam, Mammoth dog sledding, the West Coast Invitational and much, much more. Mammoth Lakes is where you want to be to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, biking, rock climbing, hiking, golfing or fishing. Whether you are a seasoned explorer or just simply looking for a peaceful vacation, we have it all. More information Best Western Mammoth Lakes

Friday, December 16, 2011

Virgin America New Service To Palm Springs

Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing travel, today celebrates the launch of its upscale, low-fare service to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) – the sixteenth market in the carrier’s expanding network.  The new destination arrives just in time for winter getaways, with seasonal daily nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to PSP and seasonal daily “same plane” through flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to PSP, as of today. 
“We’re pleased to be growing and bringing new competition into markets like Palm Springs and the surrounding desert resort cities.  When we enter markets with less competition, we see fares drop and service improve.  This area is a world-class travel destination – and visitors and residents alike deserve more air travel options,” said David Cush, President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America.  “We hope ourservice will be a breath of fresh air for residents and for travelers to the desert oasis.

Palm Springs and the other cities that make up the Desert Resorts destination, is the ultimate playground for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment.  Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Coachella, Cathedral City and Palm Desert offer streets lined with palm trees, the best in shopping, art galleries and museums and renowned outdoor dining – all amidst breathtaking scenery.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Terranea Resort New Romance Pacakges

Southern California's hottest getaway, Terranea Resort, ignites the season of romance with a month-long celebration that couples its unrivaled romantic setting with intimate packages sure to warm any heart. Located on 102 oceanfront acres, Terranea Resort boasts unparalleled views of the Pacific, Catalina Island and the California coastline. Adding heat to the sultry setting are 225 fireplaces and fire pits located throughout the property's spa, restaurants, pools and suites that create cozy nooks for snuggling with loved ones.Nelson's

KISS: The KISS (Keep it Simple Sweetheart) Package sets the stage for romance, while letting couples create their own magic discovering the resort. This package includes all the necessities for a romantic getaway: plush accommodations, breakfast for two daily, dinner for two in Catalina Kitchen or mar'sel. The rest is up to you! Rates start at $470 per night. Promotional code: KISSPKG

DATE NIGHT: Can't ditch the kids? The Date Night Package is just what cupid ordered. Date Night allows mom and dad to spend time alone while the kids have some supervised fun of their own. Families will delight in spacious two- to four-bedroom Casita or Villa accommodations that feature living areas, kitchens and dining rooms. Parents will enjoy a romantic dinner for two in mar'sel or Catalina Kitchen, while the kids have a blast at Tide Pool Kids Club for the evening (includes passes for two.) Rates start at $955 per night. Promotional code: DATENIGHT

HIS & HERS: Escape from the everyday and make some time for just the two of you with a little something for each of you.  Enjoy two nights of luxury accommodations with two rounds of golf at The Links 9-hole par 3 golf course and two 60-minute treatments in the award-winning Spa at Terranea.  Rates start at $665 per night. Promotional code: HISHERS

TUESDAY NIGHT DATE NIGHT: While parents enjoy dinner at one of Terranea's delicious restaurants, kids enjoy fun of their own at the Tide Pool Kids Club. Captain Gray and Suzy Blue invite kids ages 2 - 12 on a date night full of scavenger hunts, s 'mores and movie magic. Program is offered every Tuesday night in the month of February (even Valentine's Day). Tuesday Night Kids Club is complimentary. Advance reservations are required.

All packages are valid February 1 through February 28, 2012 include the daily resort fee. Parking, tax and gratuity are additional. For reservations, visit or call 1-866-802-8000.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dungeness Crab Season Half Moon Bay

The highly anticipated Dungeness crab season is officially upon us! These large, hard-shell crabs with a sweet flavor and flaky texture are found along the Northwest coast from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to Northern California. Half Moon Bay, a gorgeous coastal community located just 40 minutes south of San Francisco, has one of the largest concentrations of this seafood delicacy. There are more than 50 commercial boats fishing off Pillar Point Harbor, the last working fishing harbor between San Francisco and Monterey.

Everyday boats haul in their catch and visitors can purchase live crabs and fresh fish directly from the local fisherman. For those looking to catch their own crabs, several local companies offer excursions:

Huli Cat Sportfishing, (650) 726-2926,
Princeton Pantry, (650) 726-0110

RiptideSportfishing,(888)747-8433,www.riptide.netOr, satisfy that crab craving at one of the many restaurants throughout Half Moon Bay who are offering mouth-watering crab specials with Dungeness crabs caught right off the harbor. Half Moon Bay offers visitors everything from information on cozy inns and luxury coastal resorts, to renowned restaurants, farm visits, golfing, wine tasting, fishing, whale watching, surfing and much more.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Ventana Inn & Spa Special Offer

In the mountains above the sea is a place of extraordinary beauty, Ventana Inn & Spa - a magnificent Central Coast California resort. In Spanish, Ventana means window, and no more fitting name could be chosen for this Big Sur resort. Ventana Inn & Spa is a window to the dramatic vistas of the Pacific ocean, along with the green and gold flowered hills of the rugged Big Sur Coast.

Receive an additional $75 food & beverage credit for consecutive stays of 2 nights or more on top of  standard $25 food & beverage credit

Includes the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection’s 7 exclusive benefits: Best available rate guarantee; Automatic room upgrade upon arrival (when available); Free in-room Internet or Valet parking and Complimentary continental breakfast. To learn more about this offer, please visit: Ventana Inn Big Sur

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Anthony Bordain's Travel Tips For Holiday

Eat like a local.  Wherever you are, eat what the locals are good at or famous for, and eat where those locals like to eat it. Do not rely on your concierge for dining tips. He’s in the business of making tourists happy. You want the places that make locals happy. Seek out places crowded with locals. Avoid places where others of your kind are present.
Show appreciation.  People everywhere like it when you are appreciative of their food. I cannot stress enough how important your initial reactions to offerings of local specialties are to any possible relationships you might make abroad. Smile and try to look happy, even if you don’t like it. If you do like it, let them know through word or gesture of appreciation.
Visit local markets.  Get up early and check out the central food market. It’s a fast way into a culture, where you’ll see the basics of the cuisine.  You’ll often find local prepared foods at stands or stalls serving markets’ workers.
Travel prepared.  Be prepared to be stuck in an airport for indeterminate periods of time.  Load your mobile device with as many games, songs, apps, and e-books as possible to keep busy during long waits. Also, make sure to pack a battery charger to power up.
Get comfortable.  Remember to bring something scrunchy and long-sleeved, like a sweatshirt. You might need it as a pillow.
Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” Collection 6 Part 1 DVD is now available on shelves and makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the jetsetter on your holiday list! 

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Ocean Beach San Diego

San Diego is known for its diverse beach communities, from upscale La Jolla, to the lively boardwalk at Mission Beach. The Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego is home to an eclectic group of residents, from aging hippies to young families, all who have a strong since of pride in their neighborhood. A trip to Ocean Beach (or OB, as the locals call it), is fun for the whole family.
Getting There: From southbound I-5, take the Sea World Drive exit, turn right, and follow the signs to Sunset Cliffs and Ocean Beach. From northbound I-5, take the Sunset Cliffs/Ocean Beach exit and follow the signs. Read full Ocean Beach San Diego article.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Harvest Festival Pomona Coupon

Once a year the Fairplex in Pomona offers a full weekend of shopping, entertainment and holiday cheer with one of the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the west coast, boasting over 24,000 handmade treasures. Hundreds of artisans come together to exhibit and sell items such as jewelry, photographs, sculptures, pottery, toys, accessories, clothing, specialty foods, home d├ęcor and more.

Harry Potter Replica Coming To Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is planning to duplicate its successful Florida Harry Potter attraction Los Angeles. The big question is where the studio is going to find space to put the rides and shopping area. If you have visited Universal Studios Hollywood recently you know how little land there is left to develop. A contract between Universal and Warner Brosis being finalized and should be done within the next few weeks. The new Harry Potter attraction is expected to open at Universal Studios Hollywood no earlier than 2015. The World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando has been a huge success and the park plans to duplicate that in Los Angeles. Potter-themed rides, like the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster and replicas of Potter film locations like the Three Broomsticks Inn.In the mean time Universal Studios Hollywood still has a lot to offer visitors including some great discounts:
Limited-time, online-only special!
Get a second day FREE with the purchase of 1-Day General Admission. Valid through December 31, 2011.
Seven Day Pass Valid for 7 consecutive days, activated on first day of visit.