All year round and especially during summer and long weekends, families in the U.S and around the world descend on Legoland in droves. The idea that this was an amusement park crowded with people kept me away for the longest time although a part of me was always curious to see what all the hype was about. All suspicions were laid to rest during a recent overnight stay at the Legoland Hotel during which I also got to visit the waterpark and the amusement park as well as the aquarium. Quite frankly, I’d have loved to spend the weekend there though I only did one night. After my visit, I can see why families with kids head straight for this park but it makes for a fun trip for folks without kids as well.
Celebrate food, wine and culture inspired by international travel when food and wine connoisseurs unite this Sunday as top chefs from Southern California come together in Hollywood for a unique and worldly experience on Madam Tussauds' 6,000-square foot Starlit Rooftop Terrace for Taste of the World 2017.
Sample small bites of creative dishes featured that afternoon and then vote for your favorite at the end of the event in a top chef style battle. Participate in a special Around the World Wine Tasting presented by Quintessential Wines and the best part - mixologists will be on-site creating exciting signature libations. Enjoy live international performances and music by DJ D-dub throughout the afternoon with a special surprise DJ performance and special guest appearances from Witney Carson from Dancing With the Stars, and many more! Enter to win an array of prizes including a Grand Prize Luxury Getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
GENERAL Tickets Include: Admission, Access to enjoy Madame Tussaud's on the day of the event, (1) Raffle Ticket, Food Tastings, Beverage Tastings & Wine Tasting, Live Performances & Music. Ticket Price: $85
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Christie Brinkley speaking to guests on her wellness routine
The City of Beverly Hills launched their summer City of WELLTH campaign today at Alo Yoga in Beverly Hills to promote the city as a wellness and health destination for locals and travelers alike. WELLTH ambassador Christie Brinkley, author Jason Wachob, yoga teacher Caley Alyssa, chef Matthey Kenney, feng-shui expert Dana Claudat, founder of Bodyism James Duigan, and meditation expert Charlie Knowles were in attendance and spoke to guests on different aspects.
Finally, everything from days 3 and 4 - so glad this is pretty close to home for a quick weekend getaway! Stay tuned for more destination videos, or read all about this experience here - Palm Desert Road Trip
Bacari GDL in The Americana at Brand in Glendale offers a new lineup of “cicchetti,” or Italian small plates. This location features a large wood-fired oven, which is used to make new pastas and pizzas, and the majority of the restaurant’s hot dishes. The menu is almost entirely different from its sister restaurants, but favorites such as the open-faced Bacari Burger and the Mac & Cheese are available here. Additionally, the Glendale restaurant offers a full bar and a straightforward, well-executed craft cocktail menu, alongside an eclectic wine and beer list. Chef Hillel offers some standout dishes - check out the pictures from the intimate dinner event. Any favorites? The malabi was the best for me as it brought back memories of desserts I ate when I lived in Oman :)
Kohei Nawa in conversation, explaining the process of PixCell Deer
Celebrated Japanese art creator Kohei Nawa visited The Broad recently for a limited engagement Spring preview and artist talk at the Oculus Hall arranged by Japan House LA. The place was packed and I can see why! Nawa’s artwork be it paintings, sculptures, performance-inspired pieces or others, go beyond the recognized Japanese themes of manga and anime to offer a new perspective altogether on contemporary art.
Western Australia is one of the last wilderness spots in the country untouched by crazy tourist traffic.
No, I have not been but I would love to go, planning as we speak and hope I get to some time soon! Meanwhile though, the folks from the Western Australia Tourism Board hosted a few of us media professionals locally to share more about what’s happening in the area and what should be on your list...
Daily morning views, this one with a closer look of all those 'happy campers'!
Began the day with a casual yoga class hosted by Stacy Mccarthy of Yoga Namastacy onsite at the Cape Rey Carlsbad. This was originally planned for the outdoors but glad it got moved in – too cold brrrr! Local yoga studio prAna provided some comfy cool yoga gear for the trip too. Especially loved Stacy’s affirmations during the session and nice to have some personal instruction on variations of different poses again given my back issues.
While this looks pretty close, it was quite far to the edge there and even harder against the tide.
Today was just choc a bloc of activities but started the day nice and early with a trip to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon where I kayaked for about an hour. Another friend paddle boarded – would like to try that sometime but unsure of my balance and core strength! The whole time kayaking I said to myself - How awesome to own a place here, just get up and head out on the water…serenity at its best. You can just sit there bobbing on the water in peace while you see crazy traffic up on the highway lol!