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Award Winning Pizza at Persona in Santa Barbara

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Family, Santa Barbara, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of Persona For those of you who know Santa Barbara, you surely love it as much as I do. And for those of you who haven’t yet ventured north from Orange County to this little slice of paradise, I can highly recommend it. Last June, my family and I packed up our belongings and sold our OC house to move to SB. I always thought that California has a relaxed vibe but SB takes it down a notch to a very easy going pace. People are friendly and unassuming, palm trees are swaying in the crisp sea breeze and the wine is free flowing at the many wine tasting rooms. Downtown SB is dominated by State Street, with its shops and cafes. It is here that Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria opened its doors 3 years...

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Breakfast in the Barn at Manassero Farms

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Dining, Events, Featured | 1 comment

 I attended as a guest I love weekends and this one is special because it started so well. This morning I had breakfast in the barn at Manassero Farms at their Irvine Market location. This is no ordinary breakfast. This is a breakfast full of laughter and delicious fresh foods, right in the middle of the fields in a beautiful tent. Once a month, resident master chef Pascal Olhats selects a respected local chef to cook breakfast together on the farm. The chefs show their tips and tricks, share their passion and explain how they incorporate the farm fresh produce. This month, farmer’s wife Anne Manassero joins Pascal at the chopping block. The setting is beautiful. The tent is open and rustic, with guests sitting on wooden benches at long tables. You find yourself enjoying breakfast with people you...

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Behind the Scenes of the American Idol taping at The House of Blues

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Music | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Ford It was the summer of 2002 and I was living the single life in New York City when American Idol made its debut on television. Who doesn’t remember Kelly Clarkson winning that very first season? Fast forward twelve years and I am living in SoCal, the mom of an almost seven year old, and American Idol is about to premiere its 14th season. Had you told me all those years ago that I would be attending a live taping of the show I would have never believed you. Well, here I was at The House of Blues in LA, enjoying an evening of talented entertainment and having a behind the scenes look. The House of Blues stage had been taken over by the iconic American Idol sign and the Ricky Minor band....

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