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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

December 2016

hollyMerry Christmas, Happy HolidayshollyBonnie Carroll


Dear Life Bites Readers,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We have some great traditional recipes and fun family destinations for December, along with some wonderful reviews on European dining hot spots. Much of this issue is filled with travel, food, event and spa stories covering national and international destinations for your consideration.

Our Holiday Gift guide has some great gift ideas for friends and family, and visit "Health Minded" to read an inspiring interview with the founder of Resqme, the revolutionary company that developed a lifesaving tool to keep for use in your automobile to save your life in an emergency.

The December hotel/chef profile The Hotel Royal Savoy Hotel Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, who has been awarded top culinary honors following its reopening. The beautiful changes made to this traditional Swiss faorite are worth a look, and he chef and menus are exquisite.

The Hotel Royal Savoy Hotel Lausanne Diningroom

January brings the Golden Globes, and the Oscars Movie lovers are all talking about all the hot films being considered for the 88th Oscars on February 28th. Oscar Fun and Food are always on our menu of film fun. Stars will walk the red carpet in February at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. For details visit www.sbiff.org.


Sips has some great wine and cocktail ideas for bringing in the New Year, along with appetizer and dessert creations. Enjoy my coverage of the Art Lewin red carpet openig in Santa Barbara sponsored by buywine.com wines.  Special travel reports on fun destinations for the New Year. Health Minded sponsored by Central Coast Home Health features coverage of the Dream Foundation Dreamland Gala  at Bacara Resort, a dream filled evening in every way, including signature cocktails from Patron Tequila!

We are all looking forward to the Macy's Christmas Parade that will feature the amazing Snoopy float. I always enjoy the lighting event at Rockefeller Center in New York and especially love Joachim Splichal's "Rock" Restaurant overlooking the ice rink. The  festivities in my own Santa Barbara home town by the sea are perculating and it looks like a 'wonderful Christmas' parade and festivities for everyone around the Nation. 

I hope you will join us in remembering our soldiers fighting in foreign lands and pray for their safe return to their families. God bless them, and God bless America in these challenging times. May the flag of freedom fly now and forever. Please continue to pray for peace. 

Joyous Noel to you, your family and dear friends. Thank you to all who contribute to LBN, and to the many readers who have supported us -  keep coming back. LBN will celebrate its 12th birthday in January 2017. 

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor

LBN DECEMBER PARTY IDEAS holly

See our gift section for giving ideas. Culinary Coup & Sips Sections for Food & Wine ideas.

WHO WE ARE . . .

LBN Staff 2016

Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor

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Rosalie Frances, Contributor, tolifebites.com

Mary Hilton, Content Contributor/Marketing Director

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Delia Csipkay, Contributing Editor

Cody Chandler, Teen Times Columnist

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Natasha Melikoff, Canadian Reporter

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Mike O’Connell, 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. Email: writebc@aol.com

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Best International Chef
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Best Island Resort & Spa
Villa del Palmar, Island of Loretto Mexico
Best Food Art
Hotel Imperial, Vienna Austria
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Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, New Mexico
Best Cocktail
Pretty Petals - Kollazs Brasserie & Bar
Best Restaurant Design
EssZimmer  BMW Welt Center Munich
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Gresham Palace, Budapest Hungary
Best Int'l Restaurant
Hotel Sacher - Rote Restaurant
Best Art Exhibits
Hofburg Palace - Vienna, Austria
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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


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