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"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for." Thomas Edward Bodett

February 2015

New YearsHAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Bonnie CarrollnEW yEARS

Life Bites News

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 web magazine. Our profile this month is the new hotel kid on the block Renaissance Montreal. Opened January 18th and is artistic and innovative. We will also cover Melk Abbey in Austria, an exquisite palace donated to the Benedictine monks centuries ago, filled with religious art. 

We also have features on Santa Barbara International Film Festival and SBIFF Film Feast delicious tastes, along with hot celebrity news for your enjoyment. Visit www.sbiff.org for schedule and ticket information.  TTT in February and March will be packed with exciting tidbits on the celebs in Santa Barbara, including red carpet coverage at the Arlington Theatre. We will again be covering pre-Oscar celebrity suite events in LA & Beverly Hills. The talented event producers honoring celebs will be in full swing and will include the delicious Doris Berg lunch at Fig & Olive Restaurant, a fun filled celebrity suite in BH produced by the Harris twins of Wow! Productions, the beautiful Oscar EcoLuxLounge with Debbie Durkin, GBK Celebrity Suite with Gavin Keilly; stay tuned for more fun news. 

We have some sweet Valentine tips for travel and food. New Renaissance Montreal Hotel opening is perfect for a Valentine get-a-way. Wine news in Sips with Oscar theme cocktails you can make at home while you enjoy the Oscars. BookBites has some great reads to take along on your next voyage or weekend away, along with current art & theatre news.

Culinary Coup covers more delicious morsels on favorite dining spots, and next month check in to see  a bevy of fashion updates, glitzy new products and what's hot at Oscar Gifting suites and celebrity parties.

Kids section has a great article by Sue Campbell, Canadian travel writer, on an unexpected museum in the Caribbean. The Land of And and The Land of OR are wonderful new reads for children.  You will find train travel event planning is the new buzz for rail runners, along with exciting new by air, by sea and hot car news  in our "wheels" section. 

Look for great Oscar cocktails in SIPS from Dom Perignom and Hennessy to enjoy during the Oscar Awards in February. The local Santa Barbara Hotels are offering film inspired cocktails and dinners. Among those participating are the SB Four Seasons Biltmore (photo shown), El Encanto, The Lark Restaurant & Bar, Olio e Limone, Olio Crudo Bar, Opal Restaurant & Bar and more.

Champagne, wine and liquor sponsored cocktails and sensational bites from great chefs and restaurants will be featured to serve and injoy during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, The Oscar Awards, BAFTA Awards  and more.

Have a lovely Valentines Day, and please join me each day in praying for our troops fighting in foreign lands, and for all men and women who serve to keep our great country safe. PRAY FOR PEACE - PRAYER WORKS and God Bless America!

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Photographer

WHO WE ARE . . .

LBN Staff 2010

Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor

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Cody Chandler, Film Times Columnist

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Natasha Melikoff, Montreal Reporter

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Mike O’Connell, Photo/Video Director/Contributor

Lynn Williams, Photography

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Isabella D'Angelo, Rome Correspondent

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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
Best Cocktail
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
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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