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

                      See LBN "Best of 2014" Below

nEW yEARSHAPPY NEW YEAR! nEW yEARSBonnie Carroll

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 monthly online magazine. Our profile this month is on Rosewood Inn at the Anasazi in Santa Fe, the ultimate winter get-a-way. See Health Minded for story on Chef Bill Bracken and the new food truck charity organization he is creating to feed the hungry in Orange County, California. Entertainment news includes updates on the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival Jan 23 - Feb 2, and the Kirk Douglas Award presented to Actress Jessica Lange in Santa Barbara. Celebrating New Years at the Granada Theatre 2015. The stars will be out at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Visit www.sbiff.org for award and schedule information. See LBN "Best of 2014" list below.

January 10th Golden Globes celebrity suite events and winners news will be interesting, and we have some great features on travel, new food items, health news in health minded, along with Chef Bill Bracken feature in Health Minded, and chef/restaurant updates with recipes. Look for news on the 2015 TasteTV Awards in Los Angeles to be held at the Egyptian Theatre on January 15 at 6:00. Martha Stewart will be inducted into their Hall of Fame. For tickets go to TasteTV.com. Golden Globe at home dinner recipes to enjoy, and find great reads in BookBites section. A bevy of cultural updates, and travel news on winter destination trips being offered in travel section. See our news from the LA Times Travel Show in upcoming LBN issues.  My Ciao Bella Chili recipe to enjoy during football extravaganza parties is in culinary coup. Mangia Bene!

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 peace within the cities in the U.S. Pray for cities and people who have been subjected to angry and violent marchers protesting, rioting and destroying property to show their power against the government and legal decisions made supporting the police in 2014.

January 1 is the birthday anniversary of my late mother Rosaleen Joyce and January 19 birthday of my dear late cousin Joyce Stein Justin - I miss them so much, and will be thinking of them often during this month.

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

WHO WE ARE . . .

LBN Staff 2014

Bonnie Carroll, Publisher/Editor

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Rosalie Frances, Contributor, tolifebites.com

Mary Hilton, Content Contributor/Marketing Director

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Cody Chandler, Teen Times Columnist

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Natasha Melikoff, Montreal Reporter

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Mike OíConnell, 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. PR people are requested to please contact the editor with questions regarding journalist assignments. Email:tolifebites@aol.com

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LBN Best of 2014
Best Rest Opening US
Petit Trois LA, Ludovic Lefebvre
Best International Chef
Daniel Boulud
Best Airport F&B
Wolfgang Puck Express
Best TV Food Program
Anthony Bordain, Parts Unknown CNN
Best Island Resort & Spa
W Koh Samui Retreat, Thailand
Best Food Art
Cafe des Artistes, Puerto Vallarto MX
Best Winter Ski Resort
Fairmont, Mont Tremblant, Canada
Best Cocktail
Hangovertini, Lebue Hotel, Bangkok
Best Restaurant Design
Victor Drai - Hollywood & LV
Best Int'l Hotel Design
Dhara Dhevi, Chaing Mai
Best Int'l Spa
Ohtli Spa, Casa Magna Marriott, MX
Best Art Exhibition
Kings Palace, Bangkok Thailand
Best Int'l Beach Escape
Westin, Puerto Vallarta/Casa Tres Villas MX
Best Celeb Event Menu
2014 Emmy's by Joachim Splichal Patina
Best Iconic Lounge
Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills Hotel
Best Italian Restauant 
Il Pastao, Giacomino Drago, California
Best Intíl Business Hotel
Hilton Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Best Seafood Plate
Ahi & Uni, La Palapa, Puerto Vallarta
Best California Cuisine
CP Dry Creek Kitchen, Chef Valette, Sonoma
Best Food & Wine Pairings
The Lark, Santa Barbara, CA
Best New Chef
Chef Carlos Gaytan, "Du Mexique" Chicago
Best Tavern F&B Style
Arlington Tavern, Santa Barbara
Best Wine Adventure
Jordan Estate Winery, California
Best Int'l & US Flights
Thai Airways, JetBlue, US Airways, AA
Best Weekend Escape
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Best Burger
The Point, Chef Bognar, Culver City, CA
Best Epicurean Event
Cancun Food & Wine Festival Boulud Dinner
Best Food Tasting Tour
Taco Tour Puerto Vallarto, MX
Best Wine List Selection
Cafe des Artistes, Secrets Cancun
Best Family Hotels
Hofsa House, Carmel; Velas Vallarta, MX
Best Travel Adventure
Patara Elephant Farm, Chaing Mai Thailand
Best Historic Celebration
City of Beverly Hills 100th Birthday
Best Films
The Chef, & Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cook Book
Toque! Normad Laprise, Montreal
Congratulations - You're the Best!


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